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Mariah Carey made a big announcement–finally. She is pregnant with a baby that is due to arrive this spring. After months of media speculation the singer said: “At this point, there is no choice. I either talk or I hibernate.”

Carey and her husband, America’s Got Talent host Nick Cannon have been coy about rumors of her pregnancy but now the cat is finally out of the bag.

Mariah said: “Yes, we are pregnant, that is true! It’s been a long journey. It’s been tough because I’ve been trying to hold on to a shred of privacy.”

Nick chimed in: “The greatest gift on the earth is a child. We’ve had names picked out from the first day we met and we want to stay true to that.”

Contrary to media reports suggesting that they are expecting a boy, the couple was emphatic that they not know the sex of their baby, nor do they plan to find out in advance.

Mariah has a new CD titled Merry Christmas II You, due out on November 2.


Check out video of the announcement below: