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Draya Michele, 39, ‘struggling to breathe’ amid pregnancy by NBA star Jalen Green, 22

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Draya Michele said she is “struggling to breathe” as she enters the third trimester of her pregnancy with her baby girl with boyfriend Jalen Green.

“I feel like I am at the bottom of a pile of heavy humans,” the 39-year-old wrote on her Instagram Stories Thursday.

“Most hours of the day I feel like I am struggling to breathe.”

Pregnant Draya Michele in a red Adidas bathing suit.
Draya Michele said she is “struggling to breathe” as she enters the third trimester of her pregnancy with her baby girl with boyfriend Jalen Green. drayamichele/Instagram
Draya Michele's Instagram message.
“I feel like I am at the bottom of a pile of heavy humans,” she wrote on her Instagram Stories. drayamichele/Instagram

The “Basketball Wives” alum’s message comes nearly a week after she announced she is expecting a baby with the 22-year-old Houston Rockets player.

“Happy #InternationalWomensDay !” she captioned an Instagram carousel filled with pics of her growing baby bump last Friday.

“As women, we navigate through so much, often leading us to question, ‘What is my purpose?’ For me, the magic lies in motherhood and the awe-inspiring ability to bring life into this world over the span of two decades,” she added.

Jalen Green playing basketball.
The “Basketball Wives” alum’s message comes nearly a week after she announced she is expecting a baby with the Houston Rockets player. Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Draya Michele's maternity pics.
Michele shared a carousel of maternity pics on Instagram in honor of International Women’s Day. Instagram/@drayamichele

Michele — born Andraya Michele Howard — said she is “overjoyed” to share her love for her baby girl at seven months of pregnancy.

Though the Mint Swim founder did not tag or name her daughter’s father in the post, Washington Wizards star Kyle Kuzma tagged both Green and Michele in his congratulatory comment.

Michele’s pregnancy announcement went viral, as several fans criticized her for getting pregnant by a man who is 17 years younger than her and around the same age as her 21-year-old son, Kniko.

Draya Michele's maternity pics.
She said she is “overjoyed” to share her love for her baby girl at seven months of pregnancy. Instagram/@drayamichele
Pregnant Draya Michele in sheer tights.
The Mint Swim founder faced backlash for having a child with someone who is 17 years younger than her. drayamichele/Instagram

“17 years is wilddddd. Having fun with a younger guy is cool bc yall both grown. Having a baby by one that’s the same age as your son speaks a lot about your character as a person,” former “Basketball Wives” star Mehgan James tweeted last Saturday.


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After turning off the comments on her pregnancy post, Michele posted a cryptic meme on Instagram about “being misunderstood.”

“Get comfortable being misunderstood. Only a fraction of people will be able to truly grasp your essence. You are not on anyone else’s timeline of comprehension,” the post shared via her Instagram Story read.

Jalen Green playing basketball.
Green signed a four-year, $40.8 million contract with the Rockets in 2021. Getty Images
Jalen Green's "Draya" tattoo.
He has Michele’s name tattooed on his lower stomach. Instagram/@jalen

“Also, it’s none of your Business how others choose to perceive you. Most High sees you clearly – let that be enough.”

Green — who signed a four-year, $40.8 million contract with the Rockets in 2021 — has not publicly addressed the former reality star’s pregnancy.

Rumors began surfacing last year that the athlete and Michele were dating after they were spotted together on several occasions.

Pregnant Draya Michele.
The couple’s baby is due in May. drayamichele/Instagram
Draya Michele and her son Kniko.
Michele is also a mom to sons Kniko and Jru. Getty Images for iHeartMedia

While it’s unclear how serious their relationship is, several eagle-eyed fans noticed that Green has Michele’s name tattooed on his lower stomach.

In addition to Kniko, Michele is a mom to son Jru, 7, whom she shares with former NFL star Orlando Scandrick.

Green and Michele’s baby girl is due in May.

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