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Halle Berry in a family way

Los Angeles Times Staff Writer

Halle Berry’s having a baby.

The 41-year-old actress confirmed that she is three months along with boyfriend Gabriel Aubry’s baby, according to Access Hollywood. Recent tabloid reports have been speculating as much, fueled in part by photos of the normally svelte Berry sporting a bit of a bump.

“Yes, I am three months pregnant! Gabriel and I are beyond excited, and I’ve waited a long time for this moment in life. Now the next seven months will be the longest of my life!” Berry reportedly wrote in an e-mail to Access Hollywood’s Nancy O’Dell. “Can’t wait to see you . . . . Until then, you heard it from ME first!”

O’Dell, who used the e-mail to report the confirmation, said in a statement that she was “ecstatic” for her friend.

“I told her she is about to embark on the best time of her life! She is such a sweet person . . . so genuine . . . and therefore, will make an incredible mom. And can you imagine how gorgeous this baby is gonna be! Halle sent me the most adorable bunch of clothes for my new baby . . . I can’t wait to do the same for her.”

Berry’s manager did not return a phone call from the Los Angeles Times seeking comment.

It’s unclear what the pregnancy will mean for Berry’s shooting schedule. According to IMDB, she has as many as four movies in the works, all with tentative 2008 release dates.

There were unconfirmed reports today that Berry would be pulling out of “Tulia,” the John Singleton-directed film about an attorney working on behalf of a group of men wrongly convicted of being involved in a drug ring. That movie would have reunited her with Billy Bob Thornton, who appeared opposite Berry in 2001’s “Monster’s Ball.” It was a performance that netted Berry her best actress Oscar. Movie representatives declined to comment.

In the meantime, Berry’s newest film, “Things We Lost in the Fire,” opens Oct. 26. It is about a widow struggling to put her life back together with the help of her deceased husband’s best friend (Benicio Del Toro).

Times staff writer Chris Lee contributed to this report.

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