Jhong Hilario is about to be a father.
On Instagram on Thursday, November 26, the "It's Showtime" host announced that he and his girlfriend, Maia Leviste Azores, are expecting their first child.
"Thank you Lord!" he captioned a photo of him touching his girlfriend's baby bump, with the hashtags #SamplePrince, #SamplePrincess, and #Soon.
Using the same photo uploaded by Jhong, Maia also revealed her pregnancy on Instagram.
Friends and fans of the couple flooded their respective Instagram pages with congratulatory messages. These include Jhong's fellow "It's Showtime" mainstays Anne Curtis, Vhong Navarro, Kim Chiu, Amy Perez, Jugs Jugueta, Ryan Bang, and Ion Perez.
Just last July, Jhong and his girlfriend celebrated their ninth anniversary as a couple.
It was in 2014 when Jhong first revealed his relationship with Maia, who is 15 years his senior.
He said that despite his celebrity status, it wasn't easy for him to prove to his girlfriend's family that he has clean intentions for their daughter.
“Ito kasi ‘yong babaeng ipinaglaban ko talaga kahit sinabing hiwalayan na. Mali ko lang din kasi nag-aaral pero no’ng nalaman ng family na ako ‘yong boyfriend, and siyempre dumaan sa masusing pag-iimbestiga ‘yan, kung ako ba ‘yong Gary sa Mara Clara, pero na-prove ko naman sa kanila na malinis ang intensyon ko,” he said.
Jhong, 44, is separated from his former wife, Michelle Westgate.