Danny Gokey and His Wife Layicet are Expecting a Baby

Season 8 American Idol alum, Danny Gokey announced via twitter today that he an is wife, Leyicet, are expecting a baby in January.

Hey guys I’m happy to announce that my wife @leyicet and I are having a baby!! She a little over 3 months pregnant & due in January!!! Yay!!

The couple were married in January of this year. “We are so thankful to have found each other and now be able to spend the rest of our lives together,” the newlyweds told People magazine at the time.

As most of you know, it was Danny’s second marriage. He lost his first wife, Sophia, in 2008–just weeks before his Idol audition–after a routine surgery for congenital heart disease.

Congratulations to the happy couple!

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  • Anonymous

    Congrats to Danny & his wife!

  • Anonymous

    Congrats, Danny & Leyicet !!

  • Anonymous

    Danny is so amazing with babies and kids.  He will be an absolute natural as a dad.  I am very happy for the two of them.  

  • Anonymous

    I’m happy for both of them. Congrats!

  • Anonymous

    Idol babies all over the place!  

    Congratulations, Danny and Layicet!

    (Now I want to see an “Idols Babies” cartoon show with toddler versions of our favorites having adventures in the nursery.  Can you imagine how cute a baby Allison would be?)

  • Niall

    I’m no fan of Gokey but I am a huge fan of babies and happy families. Congrats to the Gokeys!

  • Indigobunting

    “Idol babies all over the place!  ”

    LOL, So true; the alum are mostly late 20’s, early 30’s-prime baby making age.  Who will be next?

    Congrats and good luck to Danny and wife.

  • Anonymous

    As a big fan of Danny’s I’ve seen many fan photos and I’ve always been struck by how happy Danny looks holding babies and I’ve thought many times how wonderful it would be for him to get to hold one of his own.  So happy for him and Leyicet!

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  • CSFan

    ” LOL, So true; the alum are mostly late 20’s, early 30’s-prime baby making age.  Who will be next?”

    I was wondering the same thing when I saw this entry. Maybe Kris and Katy Allen or Diana and Ace?

  • OffLeash

    First time I see a picture of his wife. She’s a real beauty! Congrats to both of them!

  • Indigobunting

    Or Lee DeWyze?

    Paul McDonald?

    Crystal Bowersox even said she wanted to get ‘knocked up’ again, lol.

    Not Carrie Underwood-she is doing the very wise thing IMO, and taking time to solidify her marriage with her husband before adding the blessing, yet incredible stress of babies.  I waited 5 years before having my kids and haven’t regretted one minute of it-you can never get those years back :)

    If we want to place bets…..mine would be Kris Allen.  

  • Anonymous


    Not Carrie Underwood-she is doing the very wise thing IMO, and taking
    time to solidify her marriage with her husband before adding the
    blessing, yet incredible stress of babies.

    Oh I dont know marriages can break at anytime or the unexpected can happen. For whoever chooses to have a family good luck cause they are going to need it, lol.

    But back on topic, Danny also announced the news this morning at a service he was appearing at. He also debuted a song he reworked with the original writer called “Love Again ”


  • Anonymous

    well Kris has said that he’s not ready for kids yet, so I don’t know if he & Katy would be next. Jason Castro maybe? I know he and his wife had a kid not too long ago, but for some reason I picture him as someone who would want a big family. Or maybe Lee — he’s getting married pretty soon, right?

    I’m trying to think of which Idols are married (not that that’s a prerequisite for having kids, of course) :)

    didn’t Carly announce a little while back that she is pregnant? 

  • Larc

    Congrats to Danny and his wife!  Leyicet is an unusual name.  Anybody have an idea how it’s pronounced?

  • happyhexer

     Ley as in “lay,” i as in “if,” and cet as in “set.”

  • happyhexer

    So a dannygokeybaby is in the oven.  And Crystal, no Lee or Andrew was required in the making thereof!  Will be interesting to see who the baby looks like.

  • happyhexer

    Although I agree with Certain1 that there are no marital guarantees and that marriages can break at any time, all other things being equal, I think it is better for a couple to have a few years under their belt as a couple first, before bringing children into the equation.  Of my friends who are happily married (which, thankfully, is most of them), only one couple had children right away.  The rest waited a few years.  As Indigobunting said, you can never get those early years back.  Even once the kids are grown, adult children can have problems, or they have children of their own, and then you add grandchildren to the mix.  I LOVE children.  But the only time to have them is when both partners are sure that they are ready.

  • happyhexer

    Kris and Katy Allen are still young.  They have plenty of time to wait, and absolutely should, if that is how they feel.

    Yes, I thought I had read that Carly Smithson (?) was pregnant.

    I think Carrie Underwood has time to wait, too.  But one can’t wait too long, either, without running the risk of fertility problems.

  • Larc

    Ley as in “lay,” i as in “if,” and cet as in “set.”

    Thanks, but with the accent on which syllable?  LAY-i-set?  Lay-EE-set?  Lay-i-SET?  I’m sure I’ve never heard that name before.  When I Google it, only Danny’s wife pops up.

  • windmills

    Congratulations to Danny & Leyicet. I wish them a happy, healthy pregnancy and a happy, healthy baby who brings them a lot of joy :)

  • Anonymous

    larc, I believe your first option is the correct one. 

    I was just telling my husband, Danny and Leyicet are doing the same as my parents, i.e. I was born right around their first anniversary.  As to having children right away vs. waiting, I think there are risks and benefits either way.  Especially if they want to have several children, I can see why they want to get started.  I don’t think there is one right answer, it depends on the couple.  Of course Danny and Leyicet had a pretty quick courtship and so one might have expected them to wait a little longer, but I’m guessing that one of the things that they bonded over must have been the desire for family, so I’m not really surprised that this announcement came relatively soon.  I keep smiling when I think about it – as cute as it has always been to see Danny with babies, it caused a little pang too because I know how much he and his first wife wished they could have kids.  It is great to see him getting this second chance at happiness.

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  • Daytripper73

    Carly Smithson is due pretty soon I think. What about Michael Johns and his wife? I don’t think they’ve had a baby.

    I would be surprised if Diana and Ace have a baby before they are married (which appears to be happening sometime in summer 2013 from little clues here and there in interviews). Even then she’ll only be 26 and might want to wait a couple years.

  • steph6449

    There’s a fair amount of emphasis on the last syllable of Leyicet’s name, I think, as well as the first.  You can hear how Danny pronounces it toward the end of the video link that someone brought over below.

    Congratulations to the happy couple. I imagine all that practice Danny has had as uncle to 15 nieces and nephews (more now?) will come in handy. And that he will find out fast that being around others’ kids is not the same as having one of your own 24/7 ;)

  • Anonymous

    Congrats to Danny and his wife.

    I think with Carrie, her husband has a job that requires him to travel to so many places just like when she is working. I think, they should and can wait for a couple more years.

    With Kris, who knows ?. Zorro is quite a handful as of now, I think.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jamie.gilland Jamie Kay Gilland

    Brooke white had a baby a month or two ago. named her London she is cute from pictures on twitter I have seen.