Zonnique Pullins IS pregnant.
She confirmed she’s expecting her first child with her boyfriend of two years, rapper Bandhunta Izzy.
“Literally every year, probably for the past three years, this same rumor [that I was pregnant] had come out,” Pullins tells PEOPLE. “This time I actually am pregnant. It’s weird!”
Currently five months along, the mom-to-be, 24, says her pregnancy has been “really easy” so far.
“With it being my first time being pregnant, I had so many expectations and was thinking, ‘Oh, it’s going to be really hard,’ ” she says. “I never really had morning sickness.”
Pullins admits, though, that there’s been one major difficulty: trying to navigate doctor’s visits amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
“It really sucks being pregnant during the coronavirus,” she says. “At first, I’m like, ‘This is the perfect time, like everybody is locked in. I don’t have to worry about going out. So if I want to hide it for however long, I can hide.’ “
“But when it comes to going to doctor’s appointments, I go to all of them by myself. I ask every single time, ‘Can I bring my boyfriend?’ And they’re like, ‘No, only you can come,’ “ Pullins continues.
“That’s been the worst part,” she adds. “I’m hoping by the time I’m ready to have the baby it will be over with. But I’m sure it won’t be, so I’ll be in there with one person, most likely. I’m just trying not to get my hopes too high anymore.”
When she found out she was pregnant, Pullins says she was “kind of sad at first.”
“I have a million brothers and sisters so I’ve always been the one like, ‘I’m not having a baby anytime soon,’ ” she tells PEOPLE. “That was always my thing. So I was kind of sad at first, and my boyfriend was really excited from the jump. He was like, ‘You know it’s whatever you want to do.’ “
“I was calling my cousin, and they were laughing at me because they already knew that I didn’t want to have a baby anytime soon,” she continues. “I was like, ‘Why are you guys laughing?’ And I’m just crying and stuff.”
Pullins adds, “But after a while, I’m like, ‘Now I feel like I can do this. It’s something that will mature me and change me in a great way.’ I’m trying to wrap my head around it, and now we are here.”
Pullins will tell her stepfather T.I. — who is married to her mother Tameka “Tiny” Harris — about her pregnancy for the first time on the premiere episode of her new millennial talk show The Mix, which will air live Tuesday night.
“I felt like it may be a little funny to get his reaction,” Pullins says. “He can’t get mad or anything. Even my real dad [Zonnie Pullins], I just told him last week, to be honest. You’re always your dad’s little princess. So, I just wasn’t sure how he’d feel.”
In addition to her stepfather, Pullins tells PEOPLE she still has about “half” of her family to tell about her pregnancy.
“That’s the crazy part,” she says. “It’s not even the world that I’ve been not telling. All my fans are like, ‘Oh, all you have to do is say yes.’ But half of my family I still haven’t gotten around to calling. Some of my sisters still don’t know. But my sister Deyjah, she was the first sibling that I told.”
You can read more from her interview and check out a few more cute maternity photos here.