Hulk, a Brazilian striker has shared that he is expecting a baby with the niece of his ex-wife.
Givanildo Vieira de Sousa, 35, known as Hulk, is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a forward for Atlético Mineiro and the Brazil national team.
He confirmed Camila Sousa was expecting in an Instagram post which included footage of them kissing each other and photos of them holding up an ultrasound scan photo of the unborn baby.
Hulk started dating Camila, the niece of his ex-wife Iran Angelo, in late 2019 after ending his relationship with his former lover just a few months earlier. Having ended his 12-year relationship, Hulk was an uncle to Camila throughout the marriage with Iran.
The couple married in March 2020 while Hulk was still playing for the Chinese side Shanghai SIPG following his split from the mother of his two sons and a daughter.
The pair are now expecting their first child together, and Hulk’s fourth overall. It is not yet known if the child will be a boy or girl.
Hulk posted the news on Instagram alongside photos of himself and Camila with ultrasound images.
The footballer says: “Today with a heart full of gratitude to GOD, I come to share with you that for the fourth time I am being blessed with another child.”
“My heart overflows with so much happiness and I can only say thank you GOD. We are already looking forward to receiving you, child, we love you unconditionally. Come full of health my baby,” he added.
He also posted a homemade video of him dancing with his wife as he lifted her in his arms and kissed her while she held the hospital snaps.
The footballer, famed for his body strength, reportedly broke the news of his relationship with Camila to his family and kids with Iran named Ian, Thiago, and Alice in December 2019.
A spokesman for the player commented at the time: “Hulk called the parents and the brother of Camila and told them the truth.”
“It was Hulk himself who made the information public because he had nothing to hide. His position is transparency and he wants to avoid lies and malicious comments.”
Iran has since spoken out on the “great pain” her ex-husband’s relationship with his niece has caused her, but Hulk has slammed his former partner for “treating me like a monster” and has addressed her allegations of infidelity.
He stated: “I never had a relationship with Camila when I was married. I am a man. I was not happy in my marriage. I had countless reasons. I spent my entire marriage betraying Iran. She lived a single life.”
“She just wanted to have the status of wife of the Hulk. Camila came to China. I don’t think I’m an ugly person and I’m young. Camila is young and extremely beautiful. We ended up getting involved. We were single.”
“We came back from China and told the family when you came back and you went to media. I have a clear conscience and peace. If you want to continue cursing me and treating me like a monster, the choice is yours. But criticize on top of the truth,” he added.
Hulk, who was playing in the Chinese Super League when he started his relationship with Camila, claims he and Iran had been separated for over a year.
Iran previously said she will never forgive Camila. She says: “I gave everything to this girl since she came into the world. I sacrificed my dreams so many times to make her dreams come true.”
“And here I am not talking only about material goods, because these are easy to give when you have money, but love, affection, attention, respect … everything. If I made a mistake, my God, it was because I loved and trusted too much,” she added.
Hulk made his debut for Brazil in November 2009 in a friendly against England and was recalled to the national side for the 2022 World Cup qualifiers after a five-year absence.
He signed for Atletico Mineiro on a two-year contract in January 2021 after scoring 77 goals in 145 appearances for Shangai SIPG.
He acquired his nickname due to his likeness to actor Lou Ferrigno, who played the Incredible Hulk on the eponymous 1970s television show. He has also played for Porto and Zenit Saint Petersburg in a 17-year professional career.