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Halle Bailey has welcomed a son with her boyfriend, rapper DDG. Here's everything you need to know about their relationship.

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Halle Bailey has welcomed a son with her boyfriend, rapper DDG. Here's everything you need to know about their relationship.
  • Halle Bailey announced the birth of her son Halo following months of pregnancy speculation.
  • The actor has been dating rapper and YouTuber DDG since early 2022.

Halle Bailey and DDG announced the birth of their son following months of pregnancy speculation.

"The Color Purple" star shared a close-up photo on Instagram Saturday of a manicured hand wrapped around a baby's tiny hand, which featured a gold bracelet etched with the name "Halo."

In her caption, Bailey confirmed that Halo was the name of her and DDG's — real name Darryl Dwayne Granberry Jr. — new bundle of joy.

"Even though we're a few days into the new year, the greatest thing that 2023 could have done for me, was bring me my son," she wrote. "Welcome to the world my halo the world is desperate to know you."

The news of their baby's arrival may have shocked some fans as the 23-year-old kept her growing baby bump hidden with oversize clothing and few media appearances in the latter half of 2023.

The Grammy-nominated singer, who rose to fame alongside her sister Chloe Bailey, has also previously responded to backlash against her boyfriend after calling her out for "kissin' dudes" as part of her acting work.

Here's a complete relationship timeline for everything you need to know about Bailey and DDG.

January 2022: Bailey and DDG begin dating

Per Elle, the couple was first spotted together in January 2022 at an Usher concert. Footage taken by a fan and shared on @theshaderoom showed the pair sitting together as DDG drank a beverage and Bailey excitedly reacted to what was taking place onstage.

Later, Usher shared photos to his Instagram Stories showing Bailey and DDG from backstage at the same concert, confirming that the two attended together.

The same month, DDG posted a vlog titled "I TOOK HER ON A UNDERWATER DATE" that showed him scuba diving with an unidentified woman. Many at the time speculated it was Bailey in the video.

March 27, 2022: The pair make their relationship Instagram official

DDG confirmed that he and Bailey were together when he gave the singer a 22nd birthday shout-out on Instagram, according to Complex.

"Happy Birthday to the beautifulest, the flyest, the sweetest ❤️Love you forever ," he captioned the post, which has since been removed from his page.

The post contained a carousel of photos and videos of them together, including one that showed DGG placing a large studded necklace bearing the 'HALLE' on her neck.

Bailey posted in the comments: "u will make me cry again."

June 26, 2022: Bailey and DDG make their first joint red-carpet appearance

"The Lion King" actor and the rapper posed for photos together on the red carpet of the 2022 BET Awards, where Bailey's sister Chloe performed.

Speaking to Extra correspondent Rachel Lindsay on the carpet, Bailey said: "I have my boo with me today. We're so excited. We're gonna have so much fun just supporting Chloe. It'll be great!"

The same month, Bailey featured DDG in a video posted to her social media for the first time. In a TikTok, they practiced vocal warm-ups together, which she captioned: "Singing lessons with @DDG."

August 22, 2022: Bailey confirms that their relationship began after DDG messaged her

The new parents met on social media, according to Bailey.

In an August 2022 interview with Essence, Bailey said that before he slid into her DMs, she was familiar with DDG from his YouTube days and was "a fan of his for years."

"I grew up being on YouTube and would always see the young Black creators and was constantly inspired by them," she recalled. "He was one of them."

Per the interview, Bailey said she stumbled across his online videos in 2015.

"I completely forgot about him," Halle continued. "But then I saw that he was dropping music, and I really gravitated toward this one song. Coincidentally he messaged me—and the rest is history."

When asked if she was in love, she responded: "Yes. For sure I am."

That month, the couple were photographed together again at the Variety Power of Young Hollywood Event, and DDG released the music video for his song "If I Want You," starring Bailey.

October 10, 2022: Bailey shares a sweet birthday tribute to DDG

After her birthday message from DDG, Bailey returned the favor in October when DDG turned 25.

She posted a compilation video of various adventures and dates they had been on together, which she captioned: "happy happy birthday @ddg ♥️love you forever."

December 12, 2022: DDG accompanies Bailey to the premiere of 'Avatar 2: The Way of Water'

The couple rounded out 2022 with another red-carpet appearance, this time stepping out to support James Cameron's blockbuster "Avatar" sequel, "Avatar 2: The Way of Water."

February 11, 2023: Bailey and DDG shut down cheating rumors on social media

Singer and model Rubi Rose — who previously dated DDG — posted on X about seeing her ex's new girlfriend wear her clothes, leading many to speculate that there was some drama between the couple.

As @theshaderoom pointed out, Rose's post was prompted by the fact that Bailey had recently worn a black and white graphic t-shirt that Rose also appeared to own.

According to Elle, DDG himself fed the rumor mill when he temporarily unfollowed Bailey and posted on his page: "All these girls the same, ain't no way." The post has since been deleted.

He later denied cheating, writing on X: "nobody cheated on nobody btw. don't take my tweets too serious."

Bailey also addressed the situation in a now-deleted X post. Per Elle, she wrote: "The devil is working lol Please don't feel into the lies, especially from a third party. Stay blessed everyone."

April 24, 2023: Bailey speaks about managing her private life alongside her rising celebrity status

Bailey spoke to British Vogue that month about how her relationship with DDG had been affected by her rising superstardom before the release of the live-action remake of "The Little Mermaid."

"There's a lot of eyes on me now, especially with what's to come," she said at the time. "And sometimes I wish I didn't have so many eyes on me, especially experiencing something like this for the first time."

On her relationship with DDG, she also said: "Experiencing deep love for the first time in my life is something I feel has opened a whole new world for me creatively."

"What it feels like to love someone other than your family, like somebody you may not have known two years ago but now they're the center of your world," she continued.

July 13, 2023: DDG releases a new song that seemingly calls Bailey out

DDG dropped the song "Famous," which was immediately met with backlash from fans.

The lyrics described DDG's insecurities with Bailey's career, namely her work on "The Little Mermaid," in which she starred as the romantic lead opposite Jonah Hauer-King. Ariel (Bailey) and Eric (Hauer-King) kiss once in the PG-rated picture.

"I'm tryna figure out what we gon' do / How we gon' get to the top? / Filmin' a movie now you kissing dudes," the lyrics read.

"You know I love you a lot / I don't give a fuck if that shit for promo / I don't wanna see this shit no more / Why is y'all holdin' hands in the photo? / You know I'm insecure, that's a no-no," they continue, seemingly referring to the fact that Bailey held hands with Hauer-King at the film's London premiere.

Elsewhere, DDG raps on the track: "Hardest thing I did was fall in love with a famous bitch."

August 2023: DDG's Instagram Live fuels pregnancy rumors

In August, DDG shared an Instagram Live that showed a woman who appeared to be Bailey walking around in the background, XXL reports. Fans began to reshare snapshots of the video, speculating that the couple could be expecting their first child together.

The swirling rumor mill prompted Bailey's sister, Chloe, to respond on social media. "Y'all better keep my sister's name out your mouth, thank you," she said in a video shared by PopCrave.

October 17, 2023: Fans continue to speculate about Bailey's pregnancy

Months before the birth of their child was announced, Bailey began wearing oversize clothing and dresses with high waistlines, leading many fans to believe that she was trying to disguise her growing baby bump.

In paparazzi photos obtained by Page Six, Bailey could be seen wearing a large grey hoodie and loose-fitting sweatpants while walking with DDG in Santa Monica, California.

The same day the photos were published, Bailey and DDG attended the Glamour Women of The Year Awards in London together. She opted for a black baby doll dress with a full petticoat underneath that dramatically flared out around her midriff.

December 25, 2023: DDG boasts he spent '$500,000 on Christmas' and shows off gifts for Bailey

DGG showed off the high-end items he purchased for "The Little Mermaid" star in a series of Snapchat videos and photos. In his words, he "spent $500,000 on Christmas" gifts.

As E! Online reported, he gifted Bailey a Hermès Birkin bag, Balenciaga snow boots and pants, and a yellow gold Tiffany & Co. HardWear bracelet to start, valued at $12,700.

"I can't believe you got this," Bailey said after unwrapping the bracelet, per the outlet. "This is the one we tried on just to play and just to pretend."

In return, Bailey gave DDG a pair of two-carat diamond stud earrings, which he claimed cost "$30,000 in his caption.

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