"I am a new man," the singer says after welcoming his "perfect" son Mason

By Emily Fromm
Updated July 05, 2007 11:30 AM

Former Backstreet Boy Kevin Richardson now has a little boy of his own: He and wife Kristin welcomed their first child, a son, on Tuesday, according to a message on his MySpace blog.

“We are officially parents,” Richardson, 35, wrote on his online page Wednesday. “At 4:56 a.m. Tuesday morning (7/3/07), our son Mason made his entrance into the world.”

The proud papa continues: “He is a healthy 8 lbs. 2 ounces/20.5 inches long and has a full head of dark hair. He and Kristin are perfect and I am a new man. Thank you for your positive vibes and prayers.”

(A rep for Richardson confirms the posting is authentic.)

Richardson and the former Kristin Willetts, 36, wed on June 17, 2000, outside Richardson’s hometown of Lexington, Ky.

They met in 1993 in the employee cafeteria of Orlando’s Disney-MGM Studios theme park, where he worked as a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle and she was a dancer with the park’s Beauty and the Beast show.

Richardson left the Backstreet Boys in 2006 after 13 years with the group.