Joe Francis and Girlfriend Expecting
The Girls Gone Wild creator Joe Francis and his girlfriend Abbey Wilson are expecting twin girls. The couple met six years ago in Los Angeles. They have been dating ever since.
Last month, Francis told US Weekly he was ready to have children with his longtime love. The decision was made final after seeing friends Kourtney Kardashian and Kim Kardashian interaction with their children. “We both have always wanted children,” he said. “We have watched our friends evolve into such incredible and compassionate people as a result of having such wonderful children.”
At the time, model Abbey Wilson said she was prepping for pregnancy by reading baby books and watching what she ate. “Without a doubt I will be the disciplinarian,” she said. “Joe will surely spoil them and give them everything they want!”
Francis is best known for Girls Gone Wild franchise. He began the collection in 1997 when he started using infomercials to sell his products. The videos he sold involved college women exposing themselves for the camera. The franchise made more than $20 million in its first two years of production. By 2002, Francis had made 83 different Girls Gone Wild titles.
Francis and his girlfriend are pleased to be expecting twins. The couple chose to do IVF because they wanted both babies to be “healthy” and disease-free. Despite his history, Wilson is excited to be a father of two daughters. “We chose to have girls,” he said. “I believe people will finally understand my love, respect and admiration for women.”
Francis and Wilson did not always have such a blissful relationship. The couple participated in the third season of VH1’s Couples Therapy. One of the issues they had to work on was the model’s struggle with an on-going eating disorder. “I’m 25 now, and I started when I was 12,” Wilson said on the show. “So it’s been a 13-year battle so far.”
Wilson is best known for her work for the Wilhelmina modeling agency. In 2012, Wilson won Francis’ Girls Gone Wild’s “Search for the Hottest Girl in America.” She is also training to become an actress.
The creator of Girls Gone Wild filed for bankruptcy in 2013. Francis filed in order to keep Wynn, the Las Vegas resort, from acquiring his company’s assets. The hotel had a $10.3 million lawsuit against Francis.
Since finding out they were expecting, the parents-to-be have told the exciting news to most family and friends. The couple are already planning out what the babies’ room will look like. “We’re hoping for some advice our good friend, designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard!” Francis said.
Currently, guy pal Mario Lopez is teaching Francis the ropes on fatherhood. The X Factor host has two children of his own. He married Broadway dancer Courtney Mazza Dec. 1 2012 in Mexico. Their first child, Gia Francesca was born September 2010. The couple’s son, Dominic was born September 2013.
Francis and girlfriend Wilson are expecting twin girls, but will they have the same godparents? The couple are still deciding on who they will choose for that responsibility, but the role might be given to a fellow Kardashian-Jenner. “Perhaps someone we all may know,” Francis said. “Perhaps not?”
Opinion By April Littleton