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In somewhat of a shocking revelation, Jetcomx has learned that artist Mathangi “Maya” Arulpragasam, aka M.I.A., is pregnant with her very first child. The reports were confirmed when pictures and video surfaced of her with a baby bump. The father of the baby is fiancé Ben Brewer, the front-man of New York City-based rock band _The Exit. The details of her pregnancy were leaked during an exclusive interview on PitchforkTV, the sister site of the highly influential indie-music website. As if there was any doubt about the pregnancy, in the video interview taped before her Saturday night performance at Diesel’s XXX Party, the singer stated that she was currently “creating a baby.” She also brought up the fact that,
“When I found out I was pregnant and Paper Planes was in the iTunes top 10, it seemed like the whole world was reshuffled in one week, and all my plans went out the window. And that’s the lesson…you can’t make plans…”.
Back in the summer, M.I.A. announced that she was performing her last show ever. She cited such reasons as travel and visa snafus. The pregnancy, though, was probably the main reason of the cancellations.
It is interesting to note that M.I.A. is more active in producing music than she’s ever been before. She has been seen collaborating on Baltimore-based teen rapper Rye Rye’s debut album, as well as recording covers of Tom Waits’ Way Down In The Hole (from TV’s The Wire) with hip-hop artist Blaqstarr. She has also been seen going back into the studio with fellow producers Switch and Diplo, reportedly to work on a follow-up to Kala.
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