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News: A pregnant Ciara shows off baby bump with Harpers Bazaar

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Ciara won’t say when she’s due, only that she has two babies on the way. “I got this baby and my album,” she laughs, rubbing her hands over her belly, which is extra round under horizontal stripes. At what looks like seven months pregnant, Ciara Princess Wilson, an R&B celebrity the waiters here treat like royalty, is wearing a tight tonal-striped jersey minidress, slip-on sneakers, a Chanel tote, and zero makeup. We are at the Hotel Bel-Air in Upper West Los Angeles. On the way, my Lyft driver asked if I was going to meet the Fresh Prince. I replied, “Better—a Princess.”

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Lately, too much of Ciara’s press has been bound to her acrimonious breakup with Future, a troublingly hot-cause-he-knows-it rapper born Nayvadius DeMun Wilburn. They also have a baby together—also named Future. But Ciara has no interest in talking about her past relationship, because she isn’t one to dwell. And why should she? She cut things off romantically with Future in 2014 and moved on; within two years she was married and pregnant with a new man. Her husband, Russell Wilson, is a quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks, and, at 28, is three years younger than his wife.

When talking about Wilson, Ciara’s elocution is dotted with ellipses and hyperbole. Their relationship is, “even greater… just… so… amazing… awesome… It really is.” One of the greatest things about Russell, Ciara shares, is how he supports her: “When you know they’re going to be your champion, always in the corner…” I joke that her quarterback is a cheerleader, and she agrees. It’s too rare to have straight men back us up, I say. “If someone’s not supporting you and your vision and your dreams,” Ciara agrees, “—whether it’s your relationship partner, your friend, whomever, then you’ve got to make sure to keep it moving. If people aren’t lifting you up, even if you’re the strongest person in the world, eventually it does chip away at you. You don’t even realize that you’re losing yourself. And that’s the scariest place to be in life… I don’t want to lose myself. I love myself too much. I love life too much.”

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