The Dancing with the Stars champ welcomed son Shai Alexander with fiancée Peta Murgatroyd on January 4. “This is, without a doubt, the best thing that has ever happened to us!” the couple gushed in a statement announcing their son’s arrival.
Sure, winning an Academy Award is pretty cool, but becoming a father? That’s incredible. Just ask Ali, who welcomed daughter Bari Najma with his wife, Amatus Sami-Karim, in February — just days before he won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his work in Moonlight. What a week!
The former One Direction singer has probably picked up a tip or two from fellow father Louis Tomlinson before he and his girlfriend, Cheryl, welcomed son Bear in March. ” My close friends and family know there are very few times when I’m left speechless… wow!” Payne gushed while announcing Bear’s birth on Instagram. “I’m incredibly happy to welcome our new baby boy into the world, it’s a moment that I will never forget for the rest of my life and my favourite memory I have so far.”
Introducing the littlest Jedi! Isaac and his girlfriend, documentary filmmaker Elvira Lind, kept mum about their Lind’s pregnancy for months, but the pair announced his arrival in an unforgettable way: with Lind holding her new baby, while accepting multiple awards for her film, Bobbi Jene, at the Tribeca Film Festival in April.
And two babies make four! Back in February, the country star and his wife, Lauren, announced they were expecting a child — and adopting a little girl from Africa. In May, the couple finally brought daughter Willa Gray home from Uganda, where she quickly became acquainted with the family’s dogs, and life on tour (Rhett brought her out onstage during one of his shows in May.) Willa will become a big sister in August, when Lauren is due to give birth to another daughter.
The actor and wife Anna Wood welcomed their first child, Bowie Rose, on April 2, and she wasted no time in making her social media debut. “She’s the light of our lives,” Wood captioned a photo announcing her birth, while DeHaan showed himself bonding with his new daughter shortly after she entered the world.
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Something tells us Lucille Ruby Odom will get to listen to the best lullabies around! Her parents — the Hamilton alum and Tony winner and his wife, Broadway star Nicolette Robinson — welcomed the pint-sized cutie on April 23, “after a brief but harrowing labor on the part of her incredible mother, Nicolette Kloe Robinson, the dragonslayer,” Odom Jr. wrote on Instagram, adding that he was “deeper in love by the minute.”
Somerhalder and Nikki Reed have yet to met their little one, but based on the touching Instagrams the pair posted to announce Reed’s pregnancy, they’re already in love. “This has been the most special time of our lives and we wanted to keep it between the three of us for as long as possible so we could enjoy this time with each other and our little one who is growing so fast…because that’s what they do, they grow so fast,” Somerhalder wrote. “Thank you for your kind energy.”
With an action star for a father and a supermodel for a mother, Statham’s first child with fiancée Rosie Huntington-Whiteley will definitely be destined for big things. And we’re sure that Statham (who has a secret talent for photography) will be sure to capture every moment.
Presenting … the NBA’s littlest baller! Oklahoma City Thunder star Westbrook has an MVP of his own: son Noah Russell, who was born on May 16. And considering he and wife Nina both played basketball at UCLA, we’re sure it’s only a matter of time before little Noah masters his jump shot.