Actress Tika Sumpter isn't rushing into marriage as she prepares to become a first-time mum.
The star, who plays First Lady Michelle Obama in new movie Southside With You, is expecting a little girl with her boyfriend, who she hasn't named, and explains family pressure won't force her to wed.
"One of the first questions my mother asked when she found out I was pregnant was, 'Are you going to get married?'" Tika tells Fit Pregnancy & Baby magazine. "I'd love to, but maybe in a year or so. I've been with my boyfriend for more than a year and a half. Our relationship is not dependent on a ring. I love him to death, and he loves me to death, and that's all that matters to me."
And she admits her man has been tremendously supportive even when she opted to keep her pregnancy under wraps for as long as possible.
"I didn’t want to hear, 'Who's the dad? Are you with the dad?' she tells the publication. "Social media can be harsh, and I'm a mama bear, protective of my family. So that's why I waited to tell people, including some friends. My friends weren't mad at me. They said, 'You did it the way you wanted to do it. You're an inspiration'."
And Tika reveals she even kept the baby news from her agent and manager - and her TV boss Tyler Perry, the creator of her show The Haves and Have Nots.
"It’s hard to be pregnant, because you get scared about your job," she explains. "I even felt worried about telling my agent and manager. Then when I was five months, Tyler Perry texted me: 'Are you pregnant?'
"Inside, I was thinking, 'Oh, my God, how did he know?' I wrote back, 'What are you talking about? You're crazy!' But when I saw him that afternoon, I told him. He just said, 'I knew it! Tika, this is going to be the best time of your life'. I feel lucky that he’s been so supportive."