Hollywood actors Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, the high-profile pair dubbed TomKat by the media, have had a baby girl they have named Suri.
A spokesman said the couple “joyously welcomed” Suri, who weighed in at 7lbs 7oz and measured 20ins. He added: “Both mother and daughter are doing well.”
A statement said the name Suri had its origins in Hebrew, meaning “princess” or in Persian, meaning “red rose”.
Suri is the first baby for Holmes, 27, and the first biological child for Cruise, 43. Cruise has a daughter and son from his marriage to Nicole Kidman.
The spokesman refused to disclose any details surrounding the birth, which was planned under the tenets of the Church of Scientology as a silent procedure.
Cruise said in a television interview last week that his bride-to-be, who was raised as a Roman Catholic, had joined him as a follower of Scientology.
But he insisted Holmes was free to take painkillers and “make as much noise” as necessary during the birth.
In another unusual revelation this week, Cruise claimed that he was planning to eat his baby’s placenta.
He told GQ magazine: “I’m gonna eat the placenta. I thought that would be good. Very nutritious. I’m gonna eat the cord and the placenta right there.”
A studio representative said a publicity blitz for Cruise’s new movie Mission: Impossible III was due to begin today but the actor had cancelled all press appearances.
Brooke Shields, who publicly battled Cruise over post-natal depression, also had a baby girl within hours of Holmes a few miles away in Los Angeles – and named her Grier Hammond Henchy.
Shields and Cruise bickered through the US media over Shields’s use of anti-depressants to tackle post-natal depression following the 2003 birth of her daughter Rowan.
As a Scientologist, Cruise does not believe in psychiatry or the use of medication such as anti-depressants. He called Shields irresponsible for publicising her use of them in a book she wrote and suggested she should have tried vitamins instead.
Shields fired back, branding Cruise’s comments “dangerous” and saying that he was unqualified to talk about post-natal depression.
News that Holmes had given birth caps a whirlwind Hollywood romance that ranks as one of the most high-profile celebrity courtships in recent memory.
Cruise and Holmes, a star of TV’s Dawson’s Creek, were first photographed together in Rome in April 2005. She had previously been engaged to actor Chris Klein.
Cruise had been married to actor Mimi Rogers as well as Kidman, and had dated Penelope Cruz for several years.
A month after their Rome holiday, Cruise appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show to giddily profess his love for Holmes during an hour-long interview.
Scenes of the twice-divorced Cruise, jumping on Winfrey’s guest sofa, dropping to one knee and pumping his fist in the air before ushering Holmes on stage to declare: “I love this woman!” were replayed repeatedly on television.
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The pair announced their engagement at a Paris news conference in mid-June, the morning after Cruise popped the question to Holmes at the Eiffel Tower. They have not announced a wedding date.