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Gossip Girl's Jessica Szohr expecting first child with Brad Richardson

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Jessica Szohr announced she is expecting her first child with professional hockey player boyfriend Brad Richardson, 35.

'Full of joy!' wrote the 35-year-old Gossip Girl star, who uploaded a photo of her baby bump to Instagram on Wednesday. 

In the black-and-white snapshot, Szohr looked to be in the midst of laughter as Richardson gazed down at her burgeoning belly. 

a man and a woman taking a selfie: Expecting: Jessica Szohr announced she is expecting her first child with professional hockey player boyfriend Brad Richardson, 35; Brad and Jessica pictured © Provided by Daily Mail Expecting: Jessica Szohr announced she is expecting her first child with professional hockey player boyfriend Brad Richardson, 35; Brad and Jessica pictured

She had on a scalloped tank-style bodysuit and her lengthy brunette hair was styled into a wavy half up half down 'do that elegantly flowed down her back.

Before unveiling her pregnancy to her 762,000 followers, the actress teased her photo shoot on her Instagram Story. 'Let life surprise you,' the post read. 

Jessica and Brad reportedly began dating sometime in late 2018 or early 2019, but did not go public with their romance until March of 2019, according to Us Weekly.

Richardson, who plays center for the Arizona Coyotes, was previously married to a woman by the name of Lauren Hunt from 2014 until their divorce in 2019.

a woman standing in front of a sign: Joyous: 'Full of joy!' wrote the 35-year-old Gossip Girl star, who uploaded a photo of her baby bump to Instagram on Wednesday © Provided by Daily Mail Joyous: 'Full of joy!' wrote the 35-year-old Gossip Girl star, who uploaded a photo of her baby bump to Instagram on Wednesday

The former couple happen to share a three-year-old daughter named Lexi.

Shortly after sharing the news, Jessica's comment section was flooded with love from fans and some of her famous pals.

Pretty Little Liars star Claire Holt commented a string of 'yays,' while Eiza González wrote: '"CONGRATULATIONS.'

The Ruins actor Jonathan Tucker deemed Jessica and Brad's pregnancy as the 'Best news of 2020,' while Zoey Deutch gushed over how much she 'loves' the couple. 

Brad Richardson et al. taking a selfie: The one: Jessica and Brad reportedly began dating sometime in late 2018 or early 2019, but did not go public with their romance until March of 2019, according to Us Weekly; Jessica and Brad pictured on Saturday © Provided by Daily Mail The one: Jessica and Brad reportedly began dating sometime in late 2018 or early 2019, but did not go public with their romance until March of 2019, according to Us Weekly; Jessica and Brad pictured on Saturday a person wearing sunglasses talking on a cell phone: Thankful: 'I am thankful for you today and everyday! I know I tell you that from time to time and it doesn’t mean I have to post it & share it... but today I wanted anyone who follows me or is interested in my life to know that this man is a special human with a huge heart:) & I am lucky to have crossed paths with him!' wrote Jessica on Instagram of Brad; Jessica and Brad pictured in January © Provided by Daily Mail Thankful: 'I am thankful for you today and everyday! I know I tell you that from time to time and it doesn’t mean I have to post it & share it... but today I wanted anyone who follows me or is interested in my life to know that this man is a special human with a huge heart:) & I am lucky to have crossed paths with him!' wrote Jessica on Instagram of Brad; Jessica and Brad pictured in January

'Congrats!!! You’ll be the most amazing mom,' commented Erin Foster, followed by a string of red heart emojis.  

Back in January, Szohr penned a touching tribute to Richardson on her Instagram, which also included an outdoor selfie of the pair. 

'I am thankful for you today and everyday! I know I tell you that from time to time and it doesn’t mean I have to post it & share it... but today I wanted anyone who follows me or is interested in my life to know that this man is a special human with a huge heart:) & I am lucky to have crossed paths with him!' she wrote. 

Prior to falling into Brad's arms, Jessica was romantically linked to former professional football player Scotty McKnight, 32.

Scotty McKnight, Jessica Szohr posing for the camera: Former flame: Prior to falling into Brad's arms, Jessica was romantically linked to former professional football player Scotty McKnight, 32; Scotty and Jessica pictured in 2015 © Provided by Daily Mail Former flame: Prior to falling into Brad's arms, Jessica was romantically linked to former professional football player Scotty McKnight, 32; Scotty and Jessica pictured in 2015 Aaron Rodgers wearing a baseball hat: On and off: Szohr also reportedly endured an 'on and off again' romance with Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, 36, between 2011 and 2014; Aaron pictured in 2019 © Provided by Daily Mail On and off: Szohr also reportedly endured an 'on and off again' romance with Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, 36, between 2011 and 2014; Aaron pictured in 2019

Szohr and McKnight lasted from 2015, until their breakup in 2017, according to Us Weekly.

The football hunk also happened to date Jessica's Hollywood colleague Hayden Panettiere, 31 from 2011 until late 2012.

Szohr also reportedly endured an 'on and off again' romance with Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, 36, between 2011 and 2014.

Jessica is best known for her role as Vanessa Abrams on the beloved teen drama series Gossip Girl, which ran for a total of six seasons on the CW from 2007 until 2012. 

Chace Crawford, Ed Westwick posing for the camera: Gossip Girl: Jessica is best known for her role as Vanessa Abrams on the beloved teen drama series Gossip Girl, which ran for a total of six seasons on the CW from 2007 until 2012; (L-R) Jessica, Penn Badgley, Blake Lively, Ed Westwick, Taylor Momsen, Chace Crawford and Leighton Meester pictured © Provided by Daily Mail Gossip Girl: Jessica is best known for her role as Vanessa Abrams on the beloved teen drama series Gossip Girl, which ran for a total of six seasons on the CW from 2007 until 2012; (L-R) Jessica, Penn Badgley, Blake Lively, Ed Westwick, Taylor Momsen, Chace Crawford and Leighton Meester pictured Read more
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