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10 December 2023

It's a boy for proud mama Penelope Cruz

Cruz and Bardem were married at the beginning of July at a friend's house in the Bahamas (FILE)


Oscar-winning Spanish film stars Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem have become the parents of a baby boy, their first child, in Los Angeles, the actress's spokesperson has confirmed.

"Penelope and Javier welcomed their first son into their family last week. Both parents and baby are doing great," said the spokeswoman, confirming Spanish press reports.

Cruz gave birth at the Cedars Sinai medical centre in Beverly Hills on Saturday, the Spanish celebrity magazine Hola! said on its website.

Cruz, 36, and Bardem, 41, met when they starred opposite each other as lusty teens in Bigas Luna's film "Jamon, Jamon," back in 1992.

In 2008 they were back together on the silver screen in Woody Allen's  "Vicky Cristina Barcelona", for which Cruz won an Academy Award as best supporting actress.

Bardem, nominated for an Oscar in "Before Night Falls" (2000), won an Academy Award in 2007 for his role in "No Country for Old Men."

On Tuesday, he received another Oscar nomination as best actor for his performance in the film "Biutiful" by Mexican director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu.

El Pais said "friends of Bardem began to suspect (the baby was born) when the actor did not respond to any calls to congratulate him on his nomination."

The couple married in July last year at a ceremony in the Bahamas. They had kept their romance quiet for years, but Bardem got personal when he won a best actor award at Cannes in May for his role in "Biutiful."

"I share the joy of this prize with my friend, my companion, my love, Penelope Cruz," Bardem said at the time.

"I owe you so much, and I love you very much," Bardem said, drawing tears from Cruz, a longtime muse of Spanish director Pedro Almodovar.