January 24, 2020
Usain Bolt is set to become a father for the first time with his girlfriend of many years, Kasi Bennett. The retired athlete shared the happy news via social media, and fans have been sending in their good wishes.
A few years back, Bolt, 33, mentioned that he and Bennett were thinking of starting a family, and now, it turns out he wasn’t kidding. The couple is getting ready to welcome their bundle of joy.
Bolt took to Instagram on Thursday with a photo of Bennett posing in a billowing red gown and cradling her very visible baby bump. "I just want to say a KING or QUEEN is about to be HERE," he announced while also tagging his partner.
On her Instagram page, Bennett gave fans more snapshots from her red dress photoshoot, including one where she posed on a yacht and held up colorful balloons. She gushed over their unborn child in three posts, calling him/her their "biggest blessing," "greatest celebration," and "golden child."
There’s no word yet on the gender of Bolt and Bennett’s baby, but fans and famous friends have taken to their respective comment sections with well-wishes and kind words.
Bolt reportedly told Reuters in 2019 that he is done with sports, which might be a good thing because now he has all the time
According to PEOPLE, Bolt and Bennett, a Marketing professional, have been dating for nearly seven years. In 2017, the retired Olympian confirmed that they were both ready to start a family.
"I have [had] a girlfriend for four years now [and] it’s going steadily, so we’re thinking about kids very soon," he told the outlet back then. "We’ll see how it goes; we’re taking our time."
According to Kenya’s The Standard, Bolt also recently expressed his readiness to welcome kids with Bennett. "I've learnt it's never a good time to have kids," he reportedly said. "You just have to buckle down and do it."
Bolt and Bennett reportedly became more serious about their relationship following his retirement from sprinting in 2016. He told PEOPLE at the time that he planned to devote more time to their romance.
Since then, Bolt has tried his hands at a soccer career, per NY Daily News. After playing for a Norwegian team and training for an Australian minor league squad known as the Central Coast Mariners in 2018, he retired again.
Bolt reportedly told Reuters in 2019 that he is done with sports, which might be a good thing because now he has all the time in the world to be a doting dad to his unborn kids. Congratulations to Bolt and Bennett!