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Eddie Murphy to be a dad for the ninth time

Published 05/11/2015

Actor Eddie Murphy and his girlfriend 33-year old Australian model Paige Butcher attend the NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Phoenix Suns at Staples Center in 2012. (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
Actor Eddie Murphy and his girlfriend 33-year old Australian model Paige Butcher attend the NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Phoenix Suns at Staples Center in 2012. (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
Paige Butcher and Eddie Murphy attend SNL 40th Anniversary Celebration at Rockefeller Plaza in February in New York City. (Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
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Honoree Eddie Murphy and model Paige Butcher arrive at Spike TV's "Eddie Murphy: One Night Only" at the Saban Theatre in November 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Christopher Polk/Getty Images)
Eddie Murphy
Eddie Murphy
Eddie Murphy

Eddie Murphy is preparing to become a father for the ninth time.

The veteran comedian, 54, and his model girlfriend Paige Butcher, 36, are expecting their first child together, his representative confirms to Entertainment Tonight.

Butcher is due to give birth in May (16).

Murphy has five children with his first wife Nicole, while he also has a son by each of his exes Tamara Hood and Paulette McNeely, in addition to a daughter, named Angel, with former Spice Girls singer Melanie Brown.

The actor has been dating blonde beauty Butcher since 2012 and Eddie previously spoke about how divorce impacted his view on relationships.

Eddie split from his former spouse Nicole in 2005 and their divorce was finalised in 2006, after 13 years of marriage. It was a difficult time for Eddie, who had just landed the role of troubled soul singer Jimmy 'Thunder' Early in movie Dreamgirls, and luckily the film gave him an emotional release.

“Getting divorced didn’t sour me on the institution of marriage,” he told The Washington Post. “I’ll tell you what I’ll never do: I’ll never get divorced again. That’s a s**t deal for anybody.

“They say, ‘Oh, this is great, this is his best acting, it looked like you were really crying on the inside.’ I was.”

Divorce wasn’t the only personal hardship Eddie has experienced in the past, as his childhood contains several painful events. Eddie and his brother Charlie lived with their mother Lillian and stepfather Vernon following his parents' divorce when he was just three, and when he was also very young his father Charles was killed by a girlfriend.

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