"NEW YORK (AFP) - Hollywood diva Jennifer Lopez gave birth to a boy and a girl early Friday, according to People magazine, which reportedly paid up to six million dollars for exclusive photo rights of the newborn twins.
The twins are the first children for Lopez, 38, and the fourth and fifth for her husband, salsa star Marc Anthony. "Jennifer and Marc are delighted, thrilled and over the moon," Lopez's manager Simon Fields told the magazine.
The twins were born shortly after midnight in Long Island, New York. The girl weighed in at 2.5 kilograms (five pounds, seven ounces) followed about 10 minutes later by her 2.7-kilogram baby brother, it said.
The Latin songstress and movie star waited until November to confirm her very noticeable pregnancy during a joint concert tour with Anthony. Lopez's father then revealed earlier this month that the pair were expecting twins.
Earlier this week, trade magazine reported that People was poised to pay between four and six million dollars for exclusive US rights to the first photos of the twins, quoting insiders familiar with the negotiations.
For months Lopez had dodged questions surrounding her suspecting pregnancy, only later telling Harper's Bazaar magazine, "I kind of feel like everybody knew anyway. I was on tour with a bubble gut!"
Lopez has said she intends to take time off after the birth.
"Once I did the tour," she told Harpers, "I really just wanted to shut it down, and since then I've had to do three things, including a video.
"It may not sound like a lot, but you know, as this point, any woman can sympathize. It is a lot. I was ready just to sit."
The secrecy surrounding Lopez's pregnancy and her children's birth is nothing new for the star. Even after she married Anthony in 2004, her representative would not confirm or deny the marriage had taken place.
The US singer-actress, who is of Puerto Rican origin but was born and grew up in the Bronx, was married twice before she wed Anthony.
She was ranked by last year as the ninth richest female entertainer in Hollywood, with a net worth estimated at 110 million dollars." - Read more...