Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are feeling lucky about their first child together.
‘‘It’s true,’’ the 32-year-old reality TV star said in a statement on her website Monday. ‘‘Kanye and I are expecting a baby. We feel so blessed and lucky and wish that in addition to both of our families, his mom and my dad could be here to celebrate this special time with us.’’ Kardashian’s father, Robert , died in 2003. West’s mother, Donda , died in 2007. Kardashian added in the blog post that she was ‘‘looking forward to great new beginnings in 2013 and to starting a family.’’
The 35-year-old rapper revealed to a crowd of more than 5,000 in song form at a concert Sunday that his girlfriend is pregnant. Kardashian was in the crowd at Revel Resort’s Ovation Hall with her mother, Kris Jenner, and West’s mentor and best friend, Jay-Z.
The news went viral online, with thousands posting and commenting on the expecting couple. Most of the Kardashian clan tweeted about the news, including Kim’s sisters. Kourtney Kardashian wrote: ‘‘Another angel to welcome to our family. Overwhelmed with excitement!’’
West told concertgoers to congratulate his ‘‘baby mom’’ and that this was the ‘‘most amazing thing.’’
Representatives for West and Kardashian didn’t immediately respond to e-mails about the pregnancy. The rapper and reality TV star went public with their relationship in March. Kardashian married NBA player Kris Humphries in August 2011 and their divorce is not finalized.
West’s Sunday-night show was his third consecutive performance at Revel. He took the stage for nearly two hours, performing hits like ‘‘Good Life,’’ ‘’Jesus Walks,’’ and ‘‘Clique’’ in an all-white ensemble with two bandmates. Kardashian was expected to spend New Year’s Eve at public appearance at a Las Vegas nightclub.
Green Day sets tour dates
Green Day is going back out on the road. The Grammy-winning punk band announced new tour dates Monday. The band canceled the rest of its 2012 club schedule and postponed the start of a 2013 arena tour after singer-guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong’s substance abuse problems emerged publicly in September when he had a profane meltdown on the stage of the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas. Armstrong told fans in a statement Monday that he’s ‘‘getting better every day’’ and ‘‘the show must go on.’’ The tour is scheduled to begin March 28 at the Allstate Arena in the Chicago area. The band released its most recent album, ‘‘Tre,’’ on Dec. 11, more than a month ahead of schedule.
Gaga’s bully fight grows
Lady Gaga has enlisted a Yale University psychologist in her campaign to end bullying. Marc Brackett, a research scientist, is one of seven scholars named to the advisory board of the singer’s Born This Way Foundation. The New Haven Register reports that Brackett has been working on an anti-bullying project with Facebook. This spring he’ll head up a new center at Yale devoted to teaching emotional intelligence in schools and other organizations.
Brackett, who is deputy director of Yale’s Health, Emotion and Behavior Laboratory, said understanding how to recognize and regulate emotion makes a big impact on the workplace, family life, and school. It’s particularly relevant in curbing bullying. Brackett said emotions play a role in memories, relationships, decision-making, and health. ‘‘It’s pretty much our whole life,’’ he said. ‘‘Our argument is that we should provide every child with an emotional education. It should start in preschool and it should never end.’’
In October, Lady Gaga’s foundation chose University of Nebraska-Lincoln psychology professor Susan Swearer to help with research. Swearer will lead a research board that advises the foundation on its youth empowerment and tolerance programs. Many academics have been doing research on bullying issues, ‘‘but how do we communicate what we know and get it out there to the public?’’ Swearer said. ‘‘It helps to have a megastar with a global network, who is thoughtful about the research.’’ The practical application of Lady Gaga’s anti-bullying campaign includes parking a bus outside her concerts where youths can learn about local resources that help them deal with problems. And scholars will monitor the program’s effectiveness.
“As 2012 draws to a close and I am drawn to inner reflection, I realize I only have about 12 more hours to figure out what Gangnam Style is.” - An end-of-year tweet from Lexington’s own Rachel Dratch.