Colleen Ballinger, better known as her online comedic personality Miranda Sings, announced that she is expecting her first child and that she is engaged, nearly two years after revealing that she was divorcing her former husband
The 31-year-old comedian, who created and starred in the Netflix series Haters Back Off, which follows the fictional family life of Miranda Sings, shared the exciting news in a YouTube video she posted to her channel.
California-based Colleen, who has more than five million subscribers, has already racked up more than eight million views on the video in which she announces her pregnancy, and her engagement to her Haters Back Off co-star Erik Stocklin, 35.
News: Colleen Ballinger, 31, otherwise known as Miranda Sings announced her pregnancy in a YouTube video
Waiting: She started the ten-minute video, which she posted to YouTube, with her taking a pregnancy test on April 24
Happy: After seeing the positive test, she was over the moon excited about becoming a mom
Best friends: Her fiancé Erik Stocklin, 35, whom she calls her best friend, made a brief appearance in the video, but Colleen notes that he is very shy and private
In the ten-minute video, fans of the YouTuber can see as she breaks down in tears over finding out that she’s going to be a mom and revealing the news to friends and family who are over the moon for the mom-to-be.
Co-stars: Colleen and Erik met on the set of her Netflix show Haters Back Off after he was cast as her character’s love interest
The video starts with Colleen taking a pregnancy test on April 24 and showing her surprise at finding out that she is expecting.
‘I’m freaking out. It’s so faint but it’s there. I think I’m pregnant,’ she says in the video. ‘Oh my God I’m so excited. I have a baby in me,’ she adds as she tries to hold back tears.
The video then cuts to a montage of Colleen telling people that she’s expecting, ranging from family to friends to fellow comedic talents.
Later, Colleen can be seen sitting in front of the camera while she dishes more about her pregnancy news and reveals how far along she is.
‘I am 13 and a half weeks pregnant,’ she says.
‘For those of you who speak English and not pregnant woman talk, that means three and a half months pregnant. I can’t believe I’m saying this out loud to a camera. This has been the hardest secret to keep from you guys.’
Happy tears: In the video, she even breaks down into tears because she is so overcome with joy
Showing off the bump: Colleen shared a picture of her and her baby bump to Instagram shortly after she announced her pregnancy
Family: In the video, Colleen revealed to friends and family that she was expecting
Reactions: A friend gave a priceless reaction while Colleen told her the news
She adds that she has tried to keep her relationship with her fiancé private because he’s ‘very shy’ and ‘social media isn’t his thing’.
She met Erik in 2016 when she cast him to play Miranda’s love interest in her Netflix series Haters Back Off. The two were friends for awhile but didn’t start dating until early 2018. The pair confirmed their relationship in June.
‘Erik and I have an awesome relationship. We started as friends and that turned into best friends and that slowly turned into more. When it turned into more we very quickly realized this is my person and we knew we wanted to be married, we wanted to have a family together and grow old together,’ she says.
She adds: ‘I know we recently let you know that we are dating but also are engaged and that is something we did not tell you. So, we decided to have a baby together and now I’m pregnant.’
Excited: People were all smiles when she told them the news. She even showed one friend the positive pregnancy test
Grandchild: When she told her parents (pictured) they couldn’t have been happier
Embrace: The video showed her hugging one of her friends after telling her the news
Colleen admits that she wanted to ‘Kylie Jenner’ her pregnancy and keep it to herself for as long as possible because she wanted it to be a special moment for those closest to her and also because the first three months of pregnancy are ‘really scary’.
‘The first trimester – the first three months – are really scary,’ she says. ‘It’s really easy to lose the baby. You’re really really sick and a lot of bad things can go wrong so you don’t know what could happen so you’re not supposed to tell people too much if you’re pregnant for those first three months.’
She also reveals she waited to tell her fans because she was nervous she wouldn’t receive an ‘100 per cent positive reaction’.
‘I love you guys, I love sharing my life with you guys but the thought of anyone saying anything not 100 per cent positive about something I am so excited about really scares me,’ she says. ‘I have never cared about anything more like I have a baby.’
Sneak peak: Colleen got a preview of her baby while looking at a home ultrasound
Parents: Erik touched Colleen’s growing belly during a video montage
Grumpy: Although Colleen said she’s very excited to be pregnant, she also admitted that she has been miserable
But even though she’s excited to become a mom, she says that her channel isn’t going to become ‘pregnant mommy vlogs’ and that she is still going to be doing the same type of videos she has always been sharing.
And for those wondering what’s going to happen to alter ego Miranda, she says she has a really fun idea for the character and that she’s excited to for her fans to also watch those videos.
Colleen then reveals some of the symptoms she had already faced during her first trimester and admits that although excited, she has been ‘miserable’.
‘I’m so grateful that I was able to get pregnant because I know that is a struggle for a lot of people but let me tell you – pregnancy ain’t no joke,’ she says.
‘The first three months have been miserable. I have been so sick and so exhausted. There are so many symptoms that I had no idea about. You guys want to know my symptoms? No? I’m going to tell you anyway.’
‘We’re not going to call it morning sickness by the way. That’s some cute name some man made up to make it sound cute when you’re pregnant. It ain’t cute. It’s not in the morning. It’s all day and all the time. You’re just sick all the time.’
Crazy: Colleen said that right now, the baby is the size of a peach, which to her is ‘wild’
‘I have had nausea, constipation, stuffy noise, headaches, body aches, sleeplessness, exhaustion, fatigue, muscle pain, gas and y’all know I was gassy before you have no idea how bad it gets when you’re pregnant.’
‘I have been extremely emotional, extremely moody, sharp pains because all of my organs are moving throughout my body to make room for a baby – didn’t know that happened. Peeing every five seconds, acne, bloating, veins popping out everywhere on my body – my legs, my arms, my forehead, my everything.’
‘Extreme starvation but at the same time, having no appetite – that’s a weird one,’ she says. ‘Weird food cravings – I’ve been eating a lot of pickles, a spitty mouth, basically every single flu symptom you can think of I have all the time.’
‘So pregnancy has been no joke but like I said I’m really grateful that I am pregnant, I just feel like more pregnant women should be allowed to complain about how horrible it is.’
She adds that she has been ‘so grateful’ for Erik because he has been incredible throughout her pregnancy.
Split: Colleen announced on October 2016 that she was divorcing her former-husband Joshua Evans (pictured)
Hilarious: Colleen is best known for her internet character Miranda Sings. She posts videos of the character on YouTube and performs her one-woman comedy act on tour
Actress: She created, produced, starred in and wrote for her Netflix series Haters Back Off, which aired on the streaming service for two seasons in 2016 and 2017
‘I already love this kid so much,’ she says. ‘Ever since I was a little girl I dreamed of being a mom and it’s what I thought I was meant to do so I’m really excited.’
‘I have wanted this for so long and I am so excited that I get to do it with my best friend in the whole world. The last ultrasound the baby was kicking and dancing and partying around in my belly. It was so cute and so fun to watch. It’s the size of a peach right now – it’s so wild.’
In October 2016, Colleen announced that she was divorcing her husband of one year, Joshua Evans, in an emotional video where she revealed that the two have split after saying ‘I do’ in the summer of 2015.
Colleen had nothing but nice things to say about her ex but he admitted in his own candid YouTube video titled Heartbreak, that she was the one who asked for the divorce.
Colleen is best known for her internet character Miranda Sings. She posts videos of the character on YouTube and performs her one-woman comedy act on tour.
She created, produced, starred in and wrote for her Netflix series Haters Back Off, which aired on the streaming service for two seasons in 2016 and 2017.
Most recently, she wrote a book titled My Diarrhe, which is schedule to be released on July 10 and includes pages from Miranda’s baby book, poems from her years as an emotional teen, secrets from her dating life, and stories from her rise to fame.