Celebrated ballerina Misty Copeland is now a mom. She revealed the surprising news in an interview with PEOPLE while dishing on her new athletic fashion line Greatness Wins. "I'm on maternity leave right now," she said. "I have a 3-month-old. But I will be back on the stage in 2023, hopefully, in the fall." The 39-year-old’s son's name is Jackson and she shares him with her husband Olu Evans who she has been married to since 2016. While she hasn’t shared much else information about her son, she did mention that they will be going out of the country soon.
"We just got Jackson's passport a couple days ago," she said. "So we're on our way to Corsica this summer in France."
The American Ballet Theater's Principal ballerina began receiving fame as one of the very few Black ballerinas. In 2015, she made history as American Ballet Theater’s first Black principal dancer and she has danced for many others such as the legendary artist Prince. Her career literally takes place center stage, but when it comes to her personal life, Misty tends to be more private. In other words, don’t expect to see much of her son.
"My personal life I've really kept pretty private my whole career," she shared.
"Definitely with my son, I wouldn't have him probably be on camera for anything. But when it comes to my career and what I'm doing, I'm really open."
The Firebird author has also gushed about her husband and how he has been a big help during her transition into motherhood. "It's never easy, but I wouldn't be able to do it without having a support system," she explained. "My husband is incredible and he's an amazing dad. He's been there for me throughout my entire career to help me to be able to balance those things."
"But you have to make sacrifices. I'm not at big events every night and out partying and going to dinners. I have to make sacrifices to be able to do all the things that I want to do."
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