Ahead of the VMA’s last night, former NFL player Colin Kaepernick’s partner Nessa Diab announced surprising news for the couple. They are parents! After secretly becoming pregnant, Nessa announced the news before hosting the VMA’s red carpet.

Nessa shared a black and white image of the couple in what appeared to be a hospital bed with their newborn. “I thought long and hard about sharing our life-changing news today. I decided to do so because today is the first day in a few weeks where I stepped out for work with a new life title – MOM!” Nessa began her post. The couple hid their baby’s face in the image and did not reveal details about their newborn, including their name, gender, or birth date. “Colin and I welcomed our amazing baby to the world a few weeks ago and we are over the moon with our growing family.”

The TV host continued her caption by shedding a bit of light on becoming a parent with Colin, who she has been dating since 2016. “Recovering after delivery has been a journey and honestly I wasn’t going to share anything because this is sooooo personal to us and I realized I’m a complete mama bear! Colin is the most amazing dad and I’m soooo grateful that he is by our side for every moment of this journey. I know sharing this allows me to connect with you in different ways that I never imagined. My conversations and life experiences have already changed. And my world has gotten that much bigger thanks to our sweet little baby who has shown me how to love in ways I never knew. Thank you everyone for your support as always.”

While Colin did not share a post about his newborn to his own Instagram page, he did reshare Nessa’s announcement post to his Instagram stories. Recently the NFL player turned American civil rights activist revealed he wanted to return to the sport sharing, “I know I have to find my way back in. So if I have to come in as a backup, that’s fine. But that’s not where I’m staying. And when I prove that I’m a starter, I want to be able to step on the field as such. I just need that opportunity to walk through the door.” Colin last played in the NFL in 2016 following controversy over his political statements on the field where he would take a knee during the national anthem in protest of systemic oppression against the black community.

Congratulations to Colin and Nessa on the arrival of their first child! We hope they are enjoying their new life as parents.

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