Vanessa Simmons Reveals Rev. Run’s Reaction to Out of Wedlock Pregnancy
By: Amanda Anderson-Niles
Vanessa Simmons shocked a lot of folks when she confirmed she is currently expecting her first child with her boyfriend and son to Damon Wayans, Mike Wayans. The Simmons sister took to her Instagram account to confirm the news, and even revealed to her supporters that the happy couple is expecting a baby girl. Although lots of Vanessa’s supporters were excited to learn of the news, her pregnancy has also been met with some criticism considering her father is notable minister Rev. Run Simmons. Many imagined Rev. Run would have been disappointed to learn of Vanessa’s pregnancy, but in a recent interview with Essence Magazine, she reveals her father reacted quite the contrary. She tells the publication:
“There’s this whole idea of first comes the marriage then the baby carriage so I was so nervous. But my dad was actually really excited because this is the first grandchild for my family.
“I think somewhere deep inside he was kinda like, ‘When am I going to experience that part of life?’ Of course he wants us to get married, but for now he was like, ‘We’re gonna figure this out. Just be happy and have a healthy pregnancy. I’m behind you a hundred percent.'”
Vanessa also says that although marriage didn’t come before the baby in her case, she and Mike want to get married after the baby gets here:
“Of course we talk about that and it’s looking good. But I don’t want to be a pregnant bride. I wanna have a beautiful wedding, hopefully a destination wedding where I can show off my figure in a beautiful long flowing dress.”
When it comes to baby names, Vanessa says that she’s “stumped” on names for her baby girl, but she’s super excited that her first child is on the way.