*Singer Monica has become a mom for the third time.

The artist on Tuesday (Sept. 3) welcomed daughter Laiyah with her NBA hubby Shannon Brown. Kobe Bryant’s wife Vanessa revealed the happy news in an post on Thursday.

“I am so honored to announce that baby Laiyah Brown has arrived!,” she wrote. “Mommy and baby are healthy and well. Congratulations @shannonbrown26 and @monicamylife! We love you guys and we can’t wait to meet Laiyah! 6lbs (pounds) 9/3/13.”

The proud dad gave fans a sneak peek at the newborn later on Thursday, when Brown shared an Instagram photo of himself holding the baby in his arms. He captioned it: “I Thank God for her!!! Joy has been restored in my Life!!!”


This is the first child for the couple, who married in 2011. Monica also has two sons, Rodney and Romelo, with rapper Rocko, while Brown is father to Shanonn Christopher, his child from a previous relationship.