Chilli made her first official public appearance with her boyfriend Matthew Lawrence last week at the Lifetime Movie Club event celebrating Female Black Excellence shortly after the announcement of the upcoming ‘TLC Forever’ documentary premiering on Lifetime and A&E simultaneously.
Back on March 3, Matthew revealed to ET that his ultimate ‘game plan’ was to start a family with Chilli, which set the headlines alight with rumors that the couple were trying to have a baby. When asked if children are in the cards in the near future, Matthew said, “That’s the game plan. That’s what we’re trying to do.”
“My life is in complete bloom right now. I get to spend time with an amazing woman like Chilli,” he added. “I’ve never gotten to be able to experience that kind of relationship before. She’s really, really special.”
However, this week Matthew cleared up some misconceptions about his previous comments on the subject. In an interview with E! News on March 15, Matthew clarifies that he “didn’t mean to put any pressure” on his TLC queen.
“It’s such an interesting story. Joe and I were commiserating about this plan that we had to have children together … when we were growing up,” he said of older brother Joey Lawrence. “And I missed the first go around and now he’s starting a new family and I was thinking, ‘Man, it’d be great if we could do it again, when I didn’t have the chance to raise a family together.’ “
“So that’s what I meant by that. I didn’t mean to put any pressure on somebody I was dating or anything,” he explained.
Matthew also reiterates that “[Chilli is] already a mother, she has an incredible son. I respect so much as to how she’s raised him,” he said of Chilli’s son Tron, 25, whom she shares with ex Dallas Austin. “She’d be an incredible mother again and I’d be incredibly lucky but that’s way in the future.”
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