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Jeannie Mai shared her "difficult" breastfeeding experience after welcoming her first child with rapper Jeezy.

"Breastfeeding is even more difficult than giving birth," she said.

"The Real" co-host shared her journey with fans on her YouTube series Hello Hunnay. She said she struggled to produce milk for her daughter, Monaco.

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"For the past three months, I've been by myself with my own little thoughts, trying my hardest to get any squeeze of milk possible out of my breasts," she said in an episode on May 19.
 
RELATED: Internet Trolls Force Jeannie Mai-Jenkins to Reveal Baby’s Gender
 
"I've had nobody to talk about it so you're welcome. Welcome to the party."

Jeannie recalled the moment after Monaco was born. A nurse placed the newborn's face under her breast and the baby instinctively latched on.

"I saw Monaco's poor little face and she just started doing the thing. That was why I felt I need to breastfeed. I didn't feel like I had an option. I just felt like this is what you do."

However, Jeannie's mammary glands weren't producing milk for the hungry newborn.

In a panic, she took vitamins, drank tea, chewed gummies and tried again to pump milk, but she only produced an ounce of milk.

"It was really, really, really upsetting," she said. "You feel so defeated when your baby's hungry. You're not producing enough for the baby. You're seeing all these commercials and other women and even Instagram showing these amazing pictures of moms bonding with their kids breastfeeding."

Jeannie said she discovered a breastfeeding pump that helped her produce breast milk for her baby.

"This is the first time I get to connect with moms," she said. "I really just want to hear so much from everybody out there and I have so much to learn."
 




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It's a girl for TV host Jeannie Mai-Jenkins and rapper Jeezy!

The first-time mom revealed the sex of her baby on Tuesday after furious backlash from Jeezy's fans on social media.
 
RELATED: Jeannie Mai Jenkins & Jeezy raising their newborn child to be gender fluid
 
Jeannie announced her daughter's sex a week after 'The Real' co-host Adrienne Bailon revealed Monaco Mai Jenkins' name on the show.

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Jeannie, who is on maternity leave, appeared via a preview video clip of Wednesday's show to announce she and Jeezy had a baby girl.

"Ok, so, I am very excited to share that Monaco Mai Jenkins is a girl," she said, as her co-hosts, Loni Love, Bailon, Garcelle Beauvais, and guest host Charisma DeBerry celebrated on the set.
 

 

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Jeannie, 43, and Jeezy, 44, originally planned to raise their baby with a neutral gender. However, they reportedly abandoned their plans after the Internet expressed their unsolicited opinions.

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Jeannie, who previously shared her struggles with postpartum depression, said she wants a closer relationship with her daughter than she had with her own mom.

"That's the part that I'm still just so overwhelmed with. I can't explain to you how many visions jumped into my head this moment I put that little girl into my hands. I thought about my relationship with Mama Mai. That already, I can't wait to have that bond with Monaco."

She continued:

"I also thought about all the things that I didn't learn as a little girl, that I can't wait to teach my daughter now. There's just so many reasons why raising a little girl is such an honor to me. I would have been happy with anything, but to have Monaco, I can't tell you, I feel chosen. It's emotional, and I can't wait to raise a really strong, loving, empathetic, humorous, fashionable, fly, little girl."

 

 
In a video on her Hello Hunnay YouTube channel earlier this month, she explained the meaning behind her daughter's masculine name.

"I thought Baby J's name should be a J name because obviously Jeannie and Jeezy, makes sense, but that wasn't the name that came to us. What really came to us was how baby J came to fruition for us when we were dating."

She and Jeezy chose the name after going on holiday in Monaco and "established what was going on for us."

She also gave fans a peek at her baby's neutral genderless nursery which lacks the primary colors red, blue and yellow -- colors that are necessary for babies to see the world correctly.

"That's really the theme of the nursery: what Monaco is about. Family, moments, traveling, discussions, important key points in my life and Jeezy's life that brought Monaco here," she added.

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Monaco is Jeannie's first child and Jeezy's 3rd or 4th. He has two grown sons, Jadarius and Shyheim, and possibly a daughter from previous relationships.

Jeannie divorced her first husband because she didn't want any children.

Jeezy, a rapper and former drug dealer, has been silent since his daughter's birth.

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The Internet is reacting to Jeannie Mai-Jenkins and Jeezy allegedly raising their child to be gender fluid or gender neutral. Their decision sparked debates on social media and blogs.

Jeezy's fans, in particular, are having difficulty understanding the concept of raising a child to be genderless.


 
RELATED: Jeannie Mai Jenkins & Jeezy raising their newborn child to be gender fluid
 
Gender fluid means a person who's gender expression or gender identity is neutral or shifts between masculine or feminine from day to day.

The Gender fluid movement is part of a larger agenda to raise children who view sexuality on a spectrum rather than strictly heterosexual.

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Parents who choose to raise a genderless baby typically expect friends and family to avoid using male or female pronouns in the presence of their baby. They are also asked to refrain from giving their child toys designed for girls or boys.

Stores like Target eliminated its pink and blue aisles to help parents who are raising their children to be genderless.

Jeannie recently revealed her child's gender neutral nursery that lacks the primary colors red, blue and yellow. Primary colors cannot be mixed from other colors and are the source of all other colors.

A baby's developing brain needs primary colors in order to see the world correctly. Toy makers use the colors red, blue and yellow for this purpose.
 
RELATED: When Can Babies See Color?
 

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AllHipHop.com reacted strongly to the news that Jeezy, formerly "Snowman," is raising his child to be gender fluid.

"I will say this, that is a far cry from the Snowman that we once knew from back in the day if this is true. Clearly, Jeezy has grown up right before our eyes over the last couple of decades and he is no longer a drug-dealing & rapping Trapstar."

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Forbes.com published an article featuring tips on raising a gender fluid child.

1. Make gender less important

Remove gender labels from your language. Focus on how kids can be free of restrictions based on gender norms. Don't comment on a girl's physical appearance.

2. Point out sexism in the world around them

Parents must teach their children about sexism and stereotypes. Help kids recognize stereotypes whenever you spot them and know how sexism shapes the world we live in.

3. Remember that toys do not have a gender

Give children toys that are vital to their physical and psychological development such as blocks and board games that teach counting and spatial skills.

4. Watch out for the "pink and blue tsunami"

The brain is at its most malleable up until around the age of seven. "This is why gender neutrality matters," says Gina Rippon, professor emeritus of cognitive neuroimaging at Aston University, UK. She says avoid the "pink and blue tsunami," in which the constant stressing of differences between boys and girls will change their brain and their behavior.

5. Do not try to erase gender

Don't emphasize gender but don't completely erase gender either. The goal is not to erase gender, but to reduce the impact of gender stereotypes that accompany gender labels, says Lisa Dinella, associate professor of psychology at Monmouth University, New Jersey.
 

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First-time mom Jeannie Mai-Jenkins opened up about her struggles with postpartum depression after giving birth to a genderless baby.

The Real co-host and her husband, rapper Jeezy welcomed their first child, Monaco Mai Jenkins, earlier this month. The baby's gender is still a well-kept secret. Sources say the couple want their child to choose their own gender.

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Jeannie, who is 43, said she originally planned to hire a surrogate, but she decided to conceive naturally despite the high-risk.

In a post on Monday, the new mom revealed her struggles, saying her "fourth trimester is the hardest".

"While being a new mom is the most exhilarating moment I have ever experienced in my life— nothing prepared me for postpartum. NOTHING. No book I've read, advice I've gotten, that could have compiled ALL the things I'd need just to sit, lay down, walk, or even hold our baby... The 4th trimester has been the hardest trimester yet, but I'm a happy, healing mom over here. #postpartum."

Jeannie responded to a social media follower, saying her hormones are fluctuating all over the place:

"hormones... girl I can't control my crying. Good news or bad news has me bawling. Then you see the dark hole you COULD crawl into, but you fight it by all means to avoid depression–it's CRAZY."

Jeannie may be second-guessing her decision to raise a genderless child. Her social media is flooded with rude comments like this one:

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The baby is Jeannie's first and Jeezy's 3rd or 4th.

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Jeannie Mai Jenkins and rapper Jeezy (Jay Jenkins), finally revealed their newborn child's name. But the baby's gender is still a secret because the baby is genderless.

Sources say Jeannie and Jeezy believe their child should decide what their gender will be. They say expressing one's gender identity is a personal decision that a child should make on its own.

Jeannie, who is currently on maternity leave, allowed her co-stars reveal her child's name on Thursday's episode of The Real. Adrienne Bailon said:

"Today is an extra exciting day because, guess what ... we have a Baby J update. Welcome to the world, Monaco Mai Jenkins."

 

 

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In a video uploaded to YouTube, Jeannie gave fans a peek into her baby's nursery and said she was inspired to name her child after visiting Monaco with her husband.

"That's really the theme of the nursery: what Monaco is about. Family, moments, traveling, discussions, important key points in my life and Jeezy's life that brought Monaco here."

 

 

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Other celebrities raising gender-fluid children include Will and Jada Pinkett Smith whose children Jaden, 23, and Willow, 21, often flip flop their genders.

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Singer Pink and motocross racer Carey Hart are raising Willow Sage, 7, and Jameson Moon, 2, without strict gender restrictions.

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And Grammy-winning pop singer Adele's son, Angelo, 9, was spotted wearing a Disney princess dress. "I can't wait to know who his best friends are going to be, who his girlfriend or his boyfriend is going to be or what movies he likes," she told TIME magazine.

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Jeannie Mai is a new mom. 'The Real' co-host welcomed her first child with husband Jay Jenkins, aka Jeezy.

Jeannie, 42, announced the birth on Instagram on Tuesday, January 11, alongside a photo of her newborn's blanket. "I asked God for a life of love and happiness. He sent me my family," she wrote.

"Baby Jenkins is here."

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Jeannie began trying to have a baby immediately after marrying rapper Jeezy, 44, a father of four.
 
RELATED: Jeannie Mai Jenkins: 'I'm so proud to finally be Mrs. Jenkins'
 
They tied the knot at an intimate backyard wedding in March 2021 in Georgia.

After suffering a miscarriage, Jeannie told Women's Health magazine that she considered in-vitro fertilization (IVF) but ended up conceiving naturally.

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"It was the most beautiful sign that anything's possible, that you're not in control and God has a plan. Being a mom is hands down the hardest role in the entire world. Now that we're bringing another Jenkins into the picture, I have no idea what to expect."

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Jeannie married high school sweetheart Freddy Harteis in 2007. They divorce in 2017 after she refused to give him a child.

In October 2018, Harteis and his girlfriend Linsey Toole welcomed a daughter named Emersyn Rose.

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Jeannie Mai has confirmed rumors that she and husband Jeezy are expecting their first child together.

The daytime TV host confirmed the rumors in an exclusive interview with Women's Health magazine.

"Jeezy and I have been kind of saving this and hiding this for five months," she tells Women's Health. "So, we're relieved to finally share the news."

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The Real co-host said she hid her growing baby bump from her friends and associates for months.

Her co-hosts, Adrienne Houghton, Loni Love, and Garcelle Beauvais, had no idea she was expecting.

Jeannie, 42, and Jeezy, 43, are middle aged, so she struggled to conceived.

They finally opted for in-vitro fertilization (IVF), a cost-intensive procedure that ranges between $8,000 and over $100,000. The price doesn't include a surrogate and is not covered by insurance.

Jeannie chose to carry their baby herself despite the high risks to mom and unborn child.

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"We both needed a bit of assistance, especially with me being 41 at the time," Jeannie explains. She told Women's Health she discovered she was pregnant about a month before the couple's March 2021 wedding at their Atlanta home.

However, soon after, she suffered a miscarriage. "I wondered if I was being punished. I wondered if I'd jinxed myself or cursed myself," says Jeannie.

A week after their wedding, she discovered she was pregnant again.

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"It was the most beautiful sign that anything's possible, that you're not in control, and God has a plan," she says.

The baby is the first for Jeannie and the third for Jeezy.

"Being a mom is hands down the hardest role in the entire world," says Jeannie. "Now that we're bringing another Jenkins into the picture. I have no idea what to expect... He's an amazing dad," Jeannie says, and it "overwhelms me with even more love."

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Jeannie Mai-Jenkins and Jeezy's marriage is still in the honeymoon phase, according to the ecstatic daytime television host.

The couple surprised fans by tying the knot in an intimate ceremony at their Atlanta area home on March 27.

The 42-year-old Capricorn said life is different as Mrs. Jay Jenkins.

"Oh my god. Married life feels 1,000 percent different than when we were dating, in the greatest way," Mai said on Tuesday in an interview with Entertainment Tonight.

"I loved our dating life because we really spent such concentrated quality time getting to know each other and making sure that we were right for each other," she said.

"And now being married, it's even more handled with such delicacy and such thoughtfulness, because we're in our 40s and we both grew up in households that weren't healthy marriages. We have never seen what that looks like.

"[Today] he looked at me before he took off again to another long day of work and he said, 'Tomorrow, don't book anything. I've got you.' And I'm like, 'Ooh,'" she said. "Immediately, I'm already thinking about what am I going to wear... I'm already planning it, as I'm here sitting in work with you."

Jeannie appreciates the consistent level of attention she gets from her loving husband.

"Something like that from your spouse immediately sets something for you to look forward to because [it shows] the intention to date me, even though we live in the same home and we're going to bed in the same room. And then it eggs me on to think, 'Ooh, I can't wait for my next date with him. I can't wait to whisk him off his feet and surprise him.'"

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Jeannie Mai-Jenkins took questions from her YouTube subscribers during a livestream on April 29, titled "Let's Talk About The Wedding."

As you know, Jeannie and rapper Jeezy (Jay Jenkins) recently tied the knot in an intimate wedding ceremony for family and friends at their near Atlanta home.

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In her livestream, she wore the same pajamas that she changed into after her wedding ceremony.

Viewers couldn't help but notice Jeannie's immodesty in her livestream. Jeannie explained that her boobs kept popping out of her pajama top because her Fabletics bra is "a little too small for me."

In response to the question about her co-hosts, Jeannie explained that the guest list was restricted to people she and Jeezy knew personally.

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She said Jeezy had a guest list of people that were "so special to him", but they weren't invited because they didn't know her personally.

Then she tried to clean it up by stating the guest list was kept small due to "Covid restrictions" in Atlanta (there are no Covid restrictions in Georgia).

Jeannie also said her co-hosts were among the first to know about the wedding because she called them and informed them beforehand.

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She said everyone will be invited to her and Jeezy's second wedding -- including her co-hosts and others outside of her inner circle.

Question: Would you go to a co-worker's second wedding if you weren't invited to the first nuptials?

Watch as Jeannie answers the question about her wedding guests below. The FULL video is here.
 

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From a Press Release:

After having a fairytale wedding, newlyweds Jay "Jeezy" Jenkins (recording artist, entrepreneur & philanthropist) & Jeannie Mai-Jenkins (Emmy Award winning co-host of The Real) partnered with The Tony Robbins Foundation alongside Jeezy's Street Dreamz Foundation to gift over 500 bicycles to children and young adults in Atlanta.

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Taking place at the historic Clark Atlanta University, the giveaway was preceded by a rally which included motivational speeches from Jeezy as well as Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance-Bottoms (pictured right with Jeannie and Jeezy).

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Giving back to the community that raised Jeezy has always been a priority to him and the choice to give away bicycles was a personal one. "The only time I felt free was when I was in motion. That’s your chance to see where you want to go in life because if you stay still, that’s where you'll stay." Jeezy continues "If you’ve got a vision you can achieve it, just like you can ride from one street to the next, you can do that with life, too!"

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In addition to Keisha Lance-Bottoms, the community giveaway was also attended by President of CAU Dr. George French, Hank Stewart, Senator Tonya Anderson, Bernice King, Karyn Greer, Xernona Clayton, City Councilmen Andre Dickens, Ambassador Andrew Young and more.

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Jeannie Mai Jenkins is still on cloud 9 after tying the knot with rapper Jeezy, real name Jay Jenkins.

"The Real" co-host married Jeezy on March 27 at their mansion in Atlanta. She discussed the couple's nuptials during Tuesday's episode of the daytime talk show.

Jeannie revealed she officially signed her name with her new surname for the first time.

"So today, actually with my [executive producer] Rachel, I officially signed my name for the first time with Jenkins to it.

Jeannie said she signed her name "we can put it into the show credit that you see today. That was the first time I've ever signed it, in its official way, so I'm so proud to finally be Mrs. Jenkins!"

Jeannie, 42, also opened up about her wedding day to the raspy voice rapper. She wore a custom nude Galia Lahav gown with a sheer bodice over a billowing chiffon skirt.

"I knew that I wanted something very effervescent and nude. I did not want to wear white, because we all know that white symbolizes purity, and that ship has sailed! I knew I wanted nude because the color, it represents how skin deep I want to be with Jay. It's a color that represents how transparent we are with each other."

Jeannie was forced to quit "Dancing with the Stars" in November when she was rushed to hospital with epiglottitis, a potentially life-threatening inflammation in the throat that can block airflow.

She underwent emergency surgery, and later said Jeezy was her "rock" and stayed by her side throughout the procedure.

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Rapper Jeezy and Jeannie Mai tied the knot during an intimate wedding ceremony in the garden of their Atlanta home on March 27.

The couple applied for a marriage license at the Fulton County clerk's office on Monday, March 29.

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They met in 2018 and got engaged last year. It is Jeannie's second marriage and Jeezy's first.

Vogue.com obtained exclusive photos of the intimate wedding in the garden of the couple's mansion. The photos were snapped by photographer Denis Regie.

Jeannie said, "Nothing like getting married in our very own backyard."

The 43-year-old rapper wore a pink suit designed by his favorite tailor, TeoFilo Flor. Meanwhile, Jeannie, 40, wore an off-white silk taffeta bridal gown designed by Galia Lahav.

"I envisioned this gown before it was even made," Jeannie said. "I can't believe it turned out so perfect. It's the most beautiful gown I have ever seen."

She added: "I collaborated with my stylist Lisa Cera and the Galia Lahav atelier to custom design the layers and the perfect hue. The finished product was everything I envisioned."

The couple had two ceremonies to honor both cultures. "The tea ceremony was very sacred to us," Jeannie told Vogue.

Her father walked her down the aisle. "We were so glad he did. My dad is my rock," she said.

And since they live in wide open Atlanta, no one wore face masks to the wedding.

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Rapper Jeezy and TV personality Jeannie Mai will soon be husband and wife. The power couple picked up their marriage license one year after they announced their engagement, according to TMZ.

According to the Fulton County clerk's office in Atlanta, Jeezy and Jeannie Mai applied for their marriage license on Monday, March 29. The couple now has a 6-month window before they have to file again for another license.

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This will be Jeannie's second marriage.

The 42-year-old Capricorn was married to her high school sweetheart Freddy Harteis from 2007 until 2017. The couple divorced after she discussed their childless marriage on the Fox TV-owned talk show "The Real."

Jeanie previously discussed having two wedding ceremonies to honor both of their cultures.

Jeezy explained why he proposed to Jeannie in an interview on the Fat Joe Show.

"When you get the one, you can't even play with it," he said. "When you locked in mentally, that's the battle right there. You want to build, you want to grow."

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The 43-year-old Grammy-nominated rapper is a little gun shy about marriage. He was engaged previously to an African woman named Mahi, whose daughter he treated as his own. He also has two grown sons, Jadarius and Shyheim.

The couple started dating in 2018 and announced their engagement following a whirlwind courtship.

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For many couples who wait 3 or 4 years to tie the knot, the Dopamine has already faded and the bare bones of their relationship are exposed.

What happens next depends on how equally yoked they are.

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Is there trouble in paradise for Jeezy and his fiancée Jeannie Mai? Insiders whisper that Jeezy and Jeannie are stepping back from their wedding plans.

Jeannie underwent surgery on her throat a few weeks ago, and Jeezy wasn't exactly there holding her hand every step of the way due to his busy schedule - which included a Verzuz battle with rapper Gucci Mane.

MTO News spoke with one of Jeezy's pals, who said, "Jeezy wants to hold off on marriage. They're engaged, so there's no need to rush things."

He added, "Probably [they'll get married] in 2025 or something like that."

When Jeannie was asked about the upcoming nuptials a few months ago, she sounded less than enthusiastic.

Read between the lines:

"Honestly, right now that's not at the top of our lists," she says. "We're so happy we're able to celebrate an engagement right now. I feel like we got work to do, so when it comes to our individual work and our individual projects and the messaging we want to send to people -- even the way that we use our Instagram -- it's really important right now to spread an energy of positivity and uniting one another than it is to be planning a wedding.

Relationships that fly high and then burn up upon reentry to earth are typically referred to as Dopamine relationships. Read here for more info on that.

This is the phase of Jeezy and Jeannie's relationship when that instant attraction they once felt for each other has faded.

Now they must reexamine their relationship to determine if they are equally yoked and if they have anything in common.

Question: When do you think Jeannie and Jeezy will announced their split?

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Jeannie Mai pulled out of Dancing with the Stars after falling ill with epiglottitis, an infection of the throat.

The 41-year-old TV personality left the reality TV competition series after seeking medical attention for the potentially life-threatening inflammatory condition that can cause swelling and block airflow to the lungs, ABC reported on Monday.

Symptoms of epiglottitis are fever, sore throat, difficulty swallowing, or difficulty breathing.

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"My doctors discovered a health concern with my throat which requires immediate attention and surgery," she said in a statement to Good Morning America.

"I am heartbroken that my DWTS journey has to end here. I have pushed myself to new limits physically and mentally, and I am so proud of how far we’ve come."

Jeannie was competing with professional dancer Brandon Armstrong on the show and, following her sudden departure, producers have opted to only eliminate one couple from the show this week.

"Jeannie has inspired us, along with millions of fans, with her energy and dedication," they added in a statement. "We wish her a full and speedy recovery. Since Jeannie had to withdraw from the competition, tonight’s show will feature the eight remaining couples and a single elimination."

Rapper Nelly, Selling Sunset's Chrishell Stause, Backstreet Boys singer AJ McLean and Disney Channel actress Skai Jackson are among those competing in the current 29th season.