09/06/2007 AT 8:00 AM ET
Proving exes can be civil, words of encouragement for Halle Berry have come from an unlikely source – former husband Eric Benét.
“I wish Halle and her partner a healthy baby and all the happiness in the world,” singer Benét, 40, said in a statement released to PEOPLE by his manager, Lynne Malone, Thursday.
The Oscar-winning actress, 41, announced she was three months pregnant on Tuesday. Father-to-be is boyfriend Gabriel Aubry, a 32-year-old model she met during a Versace ad shoot in Los Angeles in November 2005.
Benét and Berry wed in January 2001, but had a roller-coaster romance soured by his self-confessed philandering. The couple separated in October and six months later the split was official.
Reporting by RYANN BLACKSHERE