Houston Texans running back Ben Tate and his rumored girlfriend, “Bad Girls Club” star Tasha Malek, appear to be expecting their first child together.
Multiple sports blogs, including Robert Littal’s Black Sports Online and Terez Owens, report that Malek, known simply as “Tasha” to her fans, is pregnant with Tate’s baby. Moreover, her Instagram account seems to support the claim.
Tasha seems to attend the Texans’ home games on a weekly basis in support of Tate, and usually posts photos of herself wearing the running back’s jersey number. “It’s game time!! My favorite shirt I’ve done so far! All for him! #44,” Tasha captioned an Instagram photo before last Sunday’s game, referencing a bejeweled “Tate” T-shirt that she made. The photo also marked the first occasion that Malek has posted a photo that prominently features her baby bump.
After the game, Malek posted a photo of herself and Tate in the Texans star’s car, which was captioned with a “heart” emoji. The pregnant “Bad Girls Club” star also uploaded a behind-the-scenes photo of in what appears to be a Reliant Stadium press box.
While neither Malek nor Tate has publicly confirmed the apparent relationship, the “Bad Girls Club” star’s Instagram posts lend credence to the rumors. Tasha has referenced Tate in Instagram posts dating back to at least July 2013.
One photo may even provide a clue to the day Tasha learned that she was pregnant. On Sept. 29, she and Tate were all smiles in a photo taken in Tate's car. "We have a lot to smile about," the photo's cryptic caption read. About two weeks later, Malek's baby bump made its first appearance.
Tate and Malek havent’ revealed how they met, but they each have roots in Alabama. The 25-year-old running back played college football at Auburn University, while Malek’s Twitter profile identifies her as a 2008 graduate of the University of Alabama. Despite the intense rivalry between their respective alma mater, the couple appears to get along just fine.
As a key part of the Texans offense, Tate is probably a bit more well-known in celebrity circles. Still, Malek has earned a bit of a reputation in her own right. She was prominently featured in the seventh season of “Bad Girls Club,” where she earned the nickname “The Posh Princess” for her diva-like antics. However, she was kicked off the show right before the season finale after engaging in a physical confrontation with another cast member.