Update: It’s official, those adorable dimples will live on! “I’m really excited. I’m happy. I can’t wait to be a dad,” Mario Lopez tells People. As we reported earlier today, Lopez, 36, and his girlfriend, actress Courtney Mazza, 28, are expecting their first child. So is the Extra TV host ready for diaper duty? “Of course,” Lopez says. “I grew up in a large family. I’m fired up! I don’t know what we’re having. I’m going to wait to see [the baby's gender] so it will be a surprise.”
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Saved By the Bell alum Mario Lopez, who now hosts Extra, is expecting his first child with girlfriend, Broadway dancer Courtney Laine Mazza, Star reports.
“Mario is over the moon with joy since finding out he’s having a baby,” a family friend says. “She’s approximately three months pregnant and is healthy and happy.”
The 36-year-old reportedly announced their happy news at a Super Bowl last month. “With a huge smile on his face and surrounded by friends and family, Mario announced he was having a baby and handed out pricey cigars. After the initial shock, everyone was thrilled by the news, giving Mario hugs and high-fives.”
Mario’s mom Elvira is said to be thrilled about the news. “She’s beaming and can’t stop talking about her new grandchild,” the family friend says. “She always wanted Mario to have children and keeps saying, ‘It’s about time. He isn’t getting any younger!’”
Mario — who was very briefly married to Ali Landry — isn’t likely to rush down the aisle with Courtney, whom he started dating in 2009 after he split with his Dancing with the Stars partner Karina Smirnoff. “Although the baby news has thrilled Mario, he isn’t making any marriage plans… yet.”
Mario’s grandfather Rafael Trasvina confirmed Mario’s baby news. “I am very excited that Mario and Courtney are having a baby. I don’t know if they are having a boy or a girl — we have to wait until the baby is born — but I am very happy for them.”