Chelsea Clinton says she and her husband are expecting their first child later this year.
The daughter of former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced at a Clinton Foundation event in New York that she and her husband, Marc Mezvinsky, are “very excited” to be having their first child later this year.
The former first lady says she’s “really excited” about becoming a grandmother and it makes the work of empowering future generations even more important.
The 34-year-old vice chairman of her family’s foundation made the announcement at the end of an event on empowering young women.
“No Ceilings” event host America Ferrera was wrapping up the event when 34-year-old Clinton stopped her to make the announcement, according to BuzzFeed. It will be the first child for Clinton and her husband, Marc Mezvinsky.
Chelsea Clinton said last year in a magazine interview that she hoped 2014 would be “the year of the baby.”
“Marc and I are very excited that we have our first child arriving later this year,” said Chelsea Clinton.
Sitting with her mother in side-by-side armchairs on a stage at a New York City event on empowering women, Clinton delivered the news with a broad smile.
The audience at “Girls: A No Ceilings Conversation,” organized by the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation, immediately broke into applause and cheers.
“I certainly feel all the better whether it’s a girl or a boy that she or he will grow up in a world full of so many strong young female leaders,” Chelsea Clinton told the audience.
“Thank you for inspiring me and thank you for inspiring future generations including the one that we’ll be lucky enough to welcome into our family later this year,” she said. (Reporting by Barbara Goldberg, Additional reporting by Jonathan Allen; Editing by Paul Thomasch and Gunna Dickson)
Former president Clinton told reporters in Davos, Switzerland, in 2011: “I would like to have a happy wife, and she won’t be unless she’s a grandmother… It’s something she wants more than she wanted to be president.”
Both expectant grandparents immediately took to Twitter to share their happy news.
Bill Clinton tweeted: “Excited to add a new line to my Twitter bio…grandfather-to-be! @hillaryclinton and I are so happy for Chelsea and Marc!
An equally thrilled Hillary Clinton tweeted: “My most exciting title yet: Grandmother-To-Be! @billclinton and I are thrilled that Chelsea and Marc are expecting their first child!” (Additional reporting by Jonathan Allen; Editing by Paul Thomasch and Gunna Dickson)
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