Wale just announced some exciting news— he’s a father! The rapper took to Instagram and Twitter to tell fans that he and his longtime girlfriend Chloe Alexis Jourdan welcomed a baby girl named Zyla Moon Oluwakemi.

According to TMZ, Jourdan gave birth Friday in a New York City hospital. The outlet reported that it was a long delivery for the couple and that Jourdan went into labor on Wednesday. Wale confirmed the news posting an Instagram photo of him holding the newborn’s tiny hand. In the lengthy caption, the rapper gushed about his baby girl revealing that he kept his and Jourdan’s pregnancy news a secret because of the pain he went through when he previously lost his unborn child.

 

Overjoyed . I keep the most important things in my life so far away from people because I'm sensitive . Quite possibly too sensitive to even be in this business nevertheless I spoke on the downward spiral that ensued after complications with my previous child... For that reason I kept this very private as I prayed every day to receive this blessing . Thank You to all my friends so many , Iman/Teyana . Draya and O.Mel and Robyn. Finn Balor Neil Lawi. Bryson, Kehlani WizardEd.. So many ppl that stayed up wit me and talked me thru such a sensitive subject ... I named my album SHiNE when I knew my babygirl was on the way ...I want to be a better man than I ever been. I'm so flawed I'm so imperfect and the world knows it... I just want to honestly be the best version of myself I can be.. My focus is renewed I'm infinitely in love with my princess and I truly appreciate all the love you have shown her and how understanding many people who knew were .imma keep workin on me and pray to God I can design a young princess who flourishes to an absolute queen .. I got u baby ... U go girl .. You are my everything and I'll see to it we SHiNE my precious Zyla_

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“Overjoyed. I keep the most important things in my life so far away from people because I’m sensitive. Quite possibly too sensitive to even be in this business nevertheless I spoke on the downward spiral that ensued complications with my previous child… For that reason I kept this very private as I prayed every day to receive his blessing,” he wrote.

Wale also talked about wanting to become a better person for his daughter and his hopes that he can raise her to be an “absolute queen.” “I’m so flawed I’m so imperfect and the world knows it… I just want to honestly be the best version of myself I can be,” he posted. “My focus is renewed I’m infinitely in love with my princess and I truly appreciate all the love you have shown her and how understanding many people who knew were. Imma keep working on me and pray to God I can design a young princess who flourishes to an absolute queen.”

Wale, who canceled an appearance Friday at the One Africa Music Fest because of his daughter’s arrival, has also been gushing about the baby girl on Twitter.

During an interview last year with Billboard, Wale discussed how difficult it was when an ex-girlfriend miscarried around 10 or 11 weeks. “I was  visualizing my child’s face,” he said. “We gave it a name and everything. All of that went away.”