*Six months after “The Real” co-host Jeannie Mai tearfully announced her divorce from Freddy Harteis – partly due to her not wanting children – he revealed that he and his new girlfriend are expecting their first child.
Mai has been open on the show about Harteis’ desire to have children while she does not, and how that had caused strife in their marriage.
Harteis announced that his girlfriend Linsey Toole was pregnant via a photo of himself on Instagram holding a sign that read. “I love you, Daddy.” The pic, now deleted, was captured by The Jasmine Brand.
“If you’ve seen me in the last six months you have seen me not able to wipe a crazy grin off my face because of a beautiful woman who captured my heart,” Harteis wrote in the caption. “And, in the last four months, I have been walking on the clouds because of the thought of us having a miracle of our own and yesterday, my heart about burst out of my chest when we found out our precious child, would be our precious DAUGHTER.”
He continued, “I cannot wait to hold and kiss my sweet girl, she will be crazy beautiful like her mama. Inside and out! I am overwhelmed with excitement and hope for this beautiful little life on the way! I can’t help but be giddy about this miracle on her way! Daddy can’t wait to take you hunting little one:) xoxo.”
Toole shared a video of herself getting an ultrasound but has since made her social media private.
In October 2017, a rep for Mai confirmed that she and Harteis were amicably divorcing after 10 years of marriage. In 2014, she famously opened up to her co-hosts about how she and her then-husband disagreed about expanding their family. (Watch above.)
“You know how much I love Freddy, my husband. He’s my life. And before we got married, I was very clear about the fact that I probably would not have kids, just because I’ve never felt that. And now, getting older, he definitely seems like he wants kids, and he actually came out and said that he wants children,” an emotional Mai said at the time, tearing up on-air.
“I guess it’s just really hard because I can’t just have a child for another person, and you don’t have a child to save your marriage, but we are in love, and we are enjoying life, and he’s my Freddy, and I’m his Jeannie, and we don’t have any other problems except that, which, you never know what could happen in the future,” she added. “So right now we are clinging to each other, and we’re waiting for God to kind of tell us what that means, and it’s kind of weird to go to sleep every single night holding on to that person you love so much, not knowing where it’s gonna go.”