Yesterday, at Carver Bank in Brooklyn, Eric Benet came by my ‘Give Back Tour’ to help collect coats and toys for the tristate’s less fortunate residents.
In case you’ve been under a rock, not only is Eric Benet newly married to his longtime love, Manuela Testolini, but the couple are also expecting their first baby together. Eric got very emotional as he discussed the impending birth.
Eric on what it will be like starting all over again as a father….
Now that I have this opportunity to love again, it just feels completely different. And being a father of a 19 year old and knowing that another one is on the way…. its an amazing blessing. Everytime I have that thought in my mind of India, my 19 year old daughter, holding the baby whenever it comes, the thought gets me emotional because it seems like about 5 years ago when India was born.
With a 19 year old already out of the house, what made Eric want to start all over again?
…Back then when India came, it was joyous and loving, but I was also scared. I didn’t know what to expect and I was a single father. So there were a lot of those feelings of like damn am I gonna be able to do this? So the joy was mixed with fear. Fast forward to 19 years later and the fear is gone. Looking back now I know that I have nothing to look forward to but joy, love, and all the gifts that a child can bring. So I’m excited.
And how many babies are they planning for?……
We want at least a couple. (whaaaaa?? a couple? Is Manuela on board with this?) This is definitely a joint decision. If its a girl this time you know we’re gonna sit down and say alright let’s go for a little boy and vice versa. So we want at least a few more.
One thing’s for sure, Manuela may be the one 8 months pregnant, but Eric was truly sporting the pregnancy glow!! Clearly he has a lot to be grateful for. In addition to the new wife and baby, his upcoming album “The One” drops in spring of 2012. Eric launched his own label under EMI called Jordan House Records…..ANNNND he was just nominated for a Grammy for Best Traditional R&B performance. Congrats!!