- Sophia Grace Brownlee and her cousin Rosie McClelland became viral child stars in 2011.
- The pair sang a cover of “Super Bass” by Nicki Minaj and became regulars on “The Ellen Show.”
- Brownlee, now 19, announced that she is pregnant in a YouTube video on October 22.
Sophia Grace Brownlee, who went viral and became a child star after appearing on “The Ellen Show” in 2011, announced that she is pregnant in a YouTube video on October 22.
Brownlee, 19, became an internet celebrity when she was just eight years old after she sang a cover of “Super Bass” by Nicki Minaj in an October 2011 YouTube video with her then five-year-old cousin Rosie McClelland. The duo were invited to perform the song live on “The Ellen Show”, and became instant celebrities, subsequently making regular appearances on the show with their own segment, “Tea Time with Sophia Grace & Rosie,” in which they interviewed celebrities like Taylor Swift and Katy Parry.
The pair also made several television appearances together on children’s network Nickelodeon, and have both built up individual followings on YouTube as lifestyle influencers, posting vlogs and regular updates about their current lives.
In her most recent YouTube vlog, Brownlee said she is 21 weeks pregnant, and waited until this point to tell her followers to make sure that “everything’s completely fine” and that there were no complications with her pregnancy.
“I’m super super happy about it and I can’t wait to share this journey with you guys,” she said in the video, adding, “I do feel like people will be quite surprised. I’m happy about it, that’s all that matters.”
Brownlee said she would continue to give her followers updates about her pregnancy, including revealing the baby’s sex, in a separate video.
Commenters under Brownlee’s video said they were happy to hear the news, and many said they were surprised by how quickly the former child star had grown since first appearing on “Ellen.”
“The time does fly! Congratulations and Best Wishes for you and your beautiful baby!” said on top comment with 270 likes. “Feels like just yesterday when this girl was on my little pink iPad screen, me binging through her on the Ellen show. Cannot be any much happier for you than I already am!” said another commenter.
McClelland, who was recently seen with Brownlee when the pair appeared on a special reunion segment of “The Ellen Show” in May, congratulated her cousin in a statement posted on her Instagram Story, which has since expired but was seen by Insider.
“Together forever, words can’t explain this feeling! So excited for this next chapter, here for you, will buy milk, babysit, but I don’t think I can change a nappy just yet. Love you so much,” wrote McClelland.
On October 23, McClelland posted a photo of her and Brownlee hugging on Instagram. The post was captioned, “This photo was the moment Sophia told me she was pregnant (as you can see I am crying) Congratulations to my beautiful cousin Sophia on the news of your pregnancy! To say I’m excited is an understatement, I can’t wait to share this whole new chapter with you and be by your side watching you be the best mum ever!”
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