Yup, Gokey and his second wife, Leyicet Peralta, are thrilled to announce that they're expecting a baby early next year. Gokey tweeted the happy news on Sunday: "Hey guys I'm happy to announce that my wife and I are having a baby!! She a little over 3 months pregnant & due in January!!! Yay!"
Meanwhile, his wife joked on her own Twitter account, "Yes, my husband has finally announced it, I'm not fat! I am actually pregnant," adding that she and Gokey are "very excited."
The new little addition should arrive just in time to help the couple celebrate their first anniversary, which falls on January 29. Congrats!
It's nice to see such a happy 2012 developing for Gokey, as he's weathered considerable tragedy already in his life. The singer lost his first wife, Sophia, in 2008 when the 27-year-old died following surgery for congenital heart disease. Gokey founded the charitable foundation Sophia's Heart in her honor--and, when announcing his engagement to Peralta, the couple asked for donations to the foundation in lieu of wedding gifts.
Impending fatherhood isn't the only thing on Gokey's mind these days. What with the recent departures of both Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez from American Idol, he's weighed in with his own choices for replacement judges: "I suggest that Bert and Ernie become the next judges for American Idol...and perhaps Cookie Monster to bring the energy," he joked on Twitter over the weekend.
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