Perez Hilton is now a father to a baby boy!
The openly gay blogger, whose real name is Mario Lavandeira Jr., took to his eponymous blog Wednesday afternoon in a post titled “A Very Important Message from Perez” to share the news “directly from me, right here.”
“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. My family is overjoyed at this newest and most cherished addition,” the 34-year-old wrote.
There was no word of who the birth mother was or the tiny tot’s name, or if the child came to be through adoption or surrogacy. But Hilton did share a photo of himself cradling and gazing down at the little guy in what we presume is a hospital room. In an August 2009 interview, the blogger told the Los Angeles Times’ Robin Abcarian that he wanted to be a father by age 35 and that he had already investigated surrogates.
Hilton was spotted shopping for baby clothes in West Hollywood in January, according to the Daily Mail. The blogger made a name for himself back in 2004 when he started posting snarky comments and doodling on tabloid photos of celebrities on his site. The first iteration of the gossip site was called PageSixSixSix.com.
Since then, the Miami native has toned down the snark and become a household name, even hobnobbing with the celebs he teases, becoming a celebrity in his own right. The website reportedly gets 300 million page hits a month, and the birth of his son seems to have humbled the formerly sharp-tongued blogger, because he took a moment to show his appreciation for his fans in the baby announcement.
“Thank YOU for welcoming PerezHilton.com into your homes, offices, classrooms, cell phones and wherever else you may read my five websites. And thank you for welcoming ME into your lives! I am so humbled to welcome this little man into my life. And I am honored and ready for the challenge of guiding him through his. With love, Perez.”