Gossip blogger Perez Hilton weeps at birth of first child

Feb 28, 2013
Richard A Jinman

Fatherhood and a stream of congratulatory tweets received from 'stars' get gossip writer blubbering

Perez Hilton and his baby

PEREZ HILTON, the gay blogger who has made a name for himself by being bitchy about celebrities, has been reduced to tears by the birth of his first child.

Sadly, the man who likes to dish up the stars' intimate secrets, has not revealed if the boy has a name, who its mother is, or whether his fatherhood is the result of adoption, surrogacy or a miracle.

Hilton, whose real name is Mario Armando Lavandeira Jr, announced he had become a father in the same way he announces most things: on his eponymous website. In a post headlined "A very important message from Perez", the 34-year-old wrote: "I am ready to announce that earlier this month I was blessed with the birth of my first child, a beautiful and healthy baby boy – with lots of hair on his tiny head".

The "surprise" announcement was accompanied by a photograph of the blogger "gently cradling the tiny tot", says the Daily Mirror.

Hilton has been inundated by congratulatory messages from the "stars". But, in a bitchy style reminiscent of Hilton's best postings, the Mirror points out that the starry well-wishers are mostly B-listers such as Paris Hilton (no relation), US chat show host Ricki Lake, reality TV star Courtney Stodden, The Back Street Boys and Christian pop star Joe Jonas.

Katie Price was among the British celebs who sent Hilton their best wishes. "Great news to wake up to!" she tweeted. "Congrats Perez."

The combination of the birth and the flood of congratulatory messages appears to have had a profound effect on Hilton. "I can't stop crying! Every time someone tweets me 'Congrats Dad' or 'Daddy' the tears just start streaming!" he wrote on his Twitter account.

The Daily Mail says it got wind of Hilton's impending fatherhood in January when he was spotted buying baby clothes at a shop in Los Angeles. "It seems they were "for his very own little bundle of joy", the paper says, not unreasonably.

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