Brazilian striker Hulk has announced his niece is pregnant with his fourth child.
Camila Sousa, a soccer star, confirmed their pregnancy in an Instagram photo. It featured photos of them kissing and holding up ultrasound scans of the unborn child.
Hulk, a forward for Atletico Mineiro, is real name Givanildo de Sousa. He announced that he was in a relationship with his younger relative, after ending his 12-year marriage to Iran Angelo.
According to reports, his 32-year old relationship with Camilo was revealed in December 2018.
After his divorce from his mother, the mother of his sons and daughter, the 35-year old footballer played for Chinese side Shangai SIPG. The couple got married in September 2020.
It is not yet known if the child Camila is expecting will be a boy or girl.
Hulk wrote alongside an emotional Instagram post showing him lifting his partner off the ground and holding the couple’s ultrasound photos of their unborn baby: “Today with a heart full of gratitude to God, I come to share with you that for the fourth time I am being blessed with another child.
“My heart overflows with so much happiness and I can only say thank you God.
“We are already looking forward to receiving you child, and we love you unconditionally.
“Come full of health my baby.”
He also posted a home-made video of him dancing with his wife as he lifted her in his arms and kissed her while she held the hospital snaps.
According to reports, the footballer is well-known for his physical strength. He broke the news about his relationship with Camila to his entire family, which included his three school-age children, Alice, Ian and Thiago.
A spokesman for the striker said in a statement at the time: “Hulk called the parents and the brother of Camila and told them the truth.
“It was Hulk himself who made the information public because he had nothing to hide. His position is transparency and he wants to avoid lies and malicious comments.”
Hulk made his debut for Brazil in November 2009 in a friendly against England and was recalled to the national side for the 2022 World Cup qualifiers after a five-year absence.
After scoring 77 goals in 145 games for Shangai SIPG, he signed for Atletico Mineiro in January 2021 on a 2-year contract.
His resemblance to Lou Ferrigno, the actor who played the Incredible Hulk in the 1970s TV series, gave him his nickname.
Iran has since spoken out on the “great pain” her ex-husband’s relationship with his niece has caused her but Hulk has slammed his former partner for “treating me like a monster” and has addressed her allegations of infidelity.
“I never had a relationship with Camila when I was married,” the footballer has claimed.
“I am a man. My marriage was not happy. There were so many reasons. I betrayed Iran throughout my marriage. She lived a single existence. She wanted to be the Hulk’s wife.
“Camila came to China. I don’t think I’m an ugly person and I’m young.
“Camila is young and extremely beautiful. We ended up getting involved. We were single.”