Portugal and Real Madrid star is a daddy, but who's the secret mama?
Just days after his team was eliminated from the World Cup, Portuguese star and man-candy-about-town Cristiano Ronaldo announced on his official Twitter and Facebook accounts that he's become a first-time father. And the world reeled with shock, because seriously, that came out of left field. As did the follow-up news that neither Paris Hilton nor Kim Kardashian is the wee one's mother. So who is?
Cristiano made his announcement on the evening of July 3 while on holiday in the U.S. Apparently he heard that there were supposed to be fireworks this weekend and he took it metaphorically. The statement read, "It is with great joy and emotion that I inform I have recently become father to a baby boy. As agreed with the baby's mother, who prefers to have her identity kept confidential, my son will be under my exclusive guardianship." Huh. Strangely Ricky Martin–esque, no?
Not coincidentally, Señor She Bangs (But Not Me) himself tweeted his congratulations to CR9 just hours after the news broke. "Parabéns!!!!!Muita felicidade para você e sua nova família! (Congratulations! Much happiness to you and your new family!)," Ricky wrote in Portuguese.
Meanwhile, soccer-watchers around the world were scrambling for details. First on the scene were the savvy ladies of Kickette, who assembled a detailed timeline of the announcements and Cristiano's whereabouts. According to various sources including Portuguese TV, the baby, named Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos after his father, was born June 17 to an American mother and weighed in at a hefty nine pounds. He's currently in Portugal with Cristiano's family, while the new papa is spending quality time in New York with his swimsuit model girlfriend, Irina Shayk. Spanish Media Paid Woman To Bed Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano's statement continued, "No further information will be provided on this subject and I request everyone to fully respect my right to privacy (and that of the child) at least on issues as personal as these are." Well, sure. But that won't stop us from speculating. Cristiano spent some time in L.A. last year, which could be when his mini-me was conceived. And though he's been linked with Paris and Kim, among a number of other ladies, in between breaking up with Nereida Gallardo via text message and hooking up with Irina this year, we probably would have noticed if either of them had popped out a sprog last week.
Some sources are speculating that he used a surrogate, rather than this being an unplanned pregnancy, but that's kind of weird, because why would he plan for a baby to be born during the biggest tournament of his professional life? And come on. He's Cristiano Ronaldo. For every woman who's turned off by his love of baby oil, waxing, and tighty-whities, there are a dozen who'd happily incubate his spawn. Whatever the real story is, we know that at least when Cristiano Jr. falls on the ground crying, it's because he's a baby and not because he wants the ref to give him a penalty kick because that mean man from Germany breathed on him.
Via People and Kickette. Photo via Bauer-Griffin.