R&B singer Eric Benet, the former husband of Oscar winning actress Halle Berry, has released a statement via People magazine offering words of encouragement to his ex and her mate regarding the announcement of her pregnancy. “I wish Halle and her partner a healthy baby and all the happiness in the world,” singer BenÃ©t, 40, said in a statement released by his manager, Lynne Malone, Thursday. The Oscar-winning actress, 41, announced she was three months pregnant on Tuesday. Father-to-be is boyfriend Gabriel Aubry, a 32-year-old model she met during a Versace ad shoot in Los Angeles in November 2005. BenÃ©t and Berry wed in January 2001, but had a roller-coaster romance soured by his self-confessed philandering (sex addict). The couple separated in October and six months later the split was official. In 1994, BenÃ©t signed with Warner Bros. Records, releasing his solo debut album, True to Myself, in fall (1996). His next album, A Day in the Life, was released in 1999; its first single, “Georgy Porgy (featuring Faith Evans)” received significant airplay, but the second single, “Spend My Life With You (featuring Tamia)”, became a smash hit. “Spend My Life With You” rose to number one on the American R&B charts, was certified gold, and nominated for a 2000 Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group. The album, A Day In The Life also won a Soul Train Music Award for Best R&B/Soul Album, Male.
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