Tennis star Naomi Osaka has announced that she’s expecting her first child with rapper Cordae.

“The past few years have been interesting, to say the least, but I find that it’s the most challenging times in life that may be the most fun. These few months away from the sport has really given me a new love and appreciation for the game I’ve dedicated my life to,” she said. 

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Osaka shared a picture of a sonogram on Twitter adding, “I realize that life is so short and I don’t take any moments for granted, everyday is a new blessing and adventure. I know that I have so much to look forward to in the future, one thing I’m looking forward to is for my kid to watch one of my matches and tell someone, ‘that’s my mom,’ haha.”

Osaka went public with Cordae in 2019. She has taken a break from sports and plans to return for the Australian Open in 2024.

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“I don’t think there’s a perfectly correct path to take in life but I always felt that if you move forward with good intentions you’ll find your way eventually,” she added.

Who is Cordae?

Cordae Amari Dunston known popularly as Cordae is a rapper, singer, and songwriter. He was born on August 26, 1997 in North Carolina but moved to Maryland.

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In 2015, he graduated from high school and decided to go to college at Towson University. He later dropped out in 2018, explaining that college was “bigger than him” and that he was mainly doing it for his mother. He moved to Los Angeles shortly afterward.  

He shot to fame after releasing remixes of popular songs, such as My Name Is by Eminem, and Old Niggas. 

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Cordae lists Nas, Jay-Z, Kid Cudi, Kanye West, Eminem, Capital Steez, Lil Wayne, J. Cole, Big L, Travis Scott, and Kendrick Lamar as some of his biggest influences. 

In 2016, Cordae participated in a Black Lives Matter protest rapping amid the crowd about the struggles he faced. He also spoke about the issues he’d been noticing in his community.

In July 2020, he was arrested at a Breonna Taylor protest in Louisville, Kentucky, along with American professional football player Kenny Stills.

He began dating tennis star Naomi Osaka in 2019, after meeting her at an LA Clippers game.