Brazilian footballer Hulk is finally a happy man. The Atletico Mineiro striker has confirmed that a niece from his former marriage is pregnant with his fourth child.

Hulk, whose real name is Givanildo Vieira de Sousa, recently took to Instagram to share the happy news to millions of fans around the world. The heart-warming post sees the couple flashing ultrasound scan photos of the unborn baby as he holds Sousa up in the air.

According to The Sun, the former Porto ace began seeing Camila Sousa in 2019 and came out in the open about it in the same year he split from Iran Angelo, his wife of 12 years in July. Reports indicate that the footballer made the announcement of being in a relationship with a family member in December, Mirror reported. Hulk was an uncle to Sousa all through his former marriage with Angelo.

While his current relationship has wagged tongues and stirred familial controversies, Hulk has reiterated that he couldn’t care less as his conscience was clear. A spokesperson for the football star maintained that he had no qualms in admitting the reality of his relationship with Angelo to his family and her brother.

However, Angelo has opened up about her dismay and the “great pain” her ex-husband’s relationship has caused her. To which, Hulk reportedly slammed Angelo for “treating him like a monster”. As he addressed the infidelity allegations levied against him, Hulk once claimed, “I never had a relationship with Camila when I was married. I am a man. I was not happy in my marriage.” He further added, “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.”

The 35-year-old once revealed how sparks flew between Sousa and him when they first met in China, with the liaison finally ending in wedlock in March 2020. He was still an active part of the Chinese side Shangai SIPG and played for the team. Hulk admitted that he was besotted with Sousa, whom he found to be “young and beautiful”, but averred that the two were single when they got involved with each other. 

Givanildo Vieira de Sousa or the Hulk Givanildo Vieira de Sousa, Hulk, of Shanghai SIPG FC in action during the AFC Champions League 2017 Group F match between Shanghai SIPG FC (CHN) and FC Seoul (KOR) at the Shanghai Stadium on 26 April 2017 in Shanghai, China. Photo by Power Sport Images/Getty Images