Joey McIntyre Welcomes Son Rhys Edward

12/14/2009 at 08:15 PM ET
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Make way for another new kid on the block: Joey McIntyre has added a second boy to his brood.

Wife Barrett delivered son Rhys Edward McIntyre at 9 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13th in Los Angeles, the singer’s rep confirms to PEOPLE exclusively. “He and his mom are both rock stars,” Joey, 36, Tweeted on Monday.

Rhys weighed in at 7 lbs., 10 oz.

Joey and Barrett, who announced the pregnancy in July, are already parents to elder son Griffin Thomas, 2.

Will the family continue to grow? “I think we have a deal to keep going until we have a girl,” laughs Joey. “That’s what my wife says.”

Here We Go Again, Joey’s latest solo work, is now available on iTunes. On Sunday, the singer will join the New Kids on the Block for a holiday concert in their Boston hometown.

— Michelle Tan

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Ali on

Absolutely love their names choices for their boys!!

Liliana on

Congrats to the family! Love the name.

mp on

I love the name!

pam on

Congrats. How do you pronounce the first name…

Electra on

love the name rhys, i was definitely considering for my future son.

Caitie on

Pam, it’s pronounced Reese.

LOVE the name! Congrats to Joey, Barrett, and Griff!

Alicia on

Pam, Rhys is pronounced Reese, as in Reese Witherspoon 🙂

Christina on

Pam, I believe it is pronounced “Reese”. I really like that name. Congrats to them both!

Forever Moore on

Wonder if it had anything to do with Jonathan Rhys Meyer (Tudors)

Brooklyn on

Congrats to them!
Rhys/Reece/Reese seems to be a popular name currently. Ray Ferraro (fomer hockey player) just had a son named Reese and Kevin Bieksa (hockey player where I live) just had a girl named Reese 🙂

Jessi on

I love the name!! It is very nice! Congratulations to the family!

Erika on

Yay! A baby on my birthday! Congrats to the parents!

Milla on

omg i love that name ❤

Sonya on

I love Rhys!
It’s quite popular actually, it’s #678 in the US in 2008, #49 in England & Wales in 2008, #76 in Ireland in 2007 (not to mention other forms like Reese, Rees, Reece, etc.).

Jane on

Nice name! I love Rhys spelled this way.

Ally on

LOVVVVVVE Joey and Barrett!! He’s going to be a beautiful baby for sure, just like his older brother! not a huge fan of the name though 😦

Essi on

I have a son named Rhys and I was surprised how few people can spell or say it…he gets Rice or Rise or Reez a lot! I think that Rhys is the traditional Welsh spelling for a first or surname. Reese (Witherspoon) is her middle name, I believe, so it was probably someone’s surname originally. Anyway, if we have another boy, Griffin is my choice ( I like the Welsh names)!

Names4Real on

Love the name!

t. on

I love the name Reece/Reese but I don’t like the Rhys spelling. I knew a little boy it was always very confusing for kids, parents and teachers to spell correctly.

Jaime on

Congrats to them! I also love the name choice…Rhys is my youngest son’s middle name. It goes well with Griffin, too. I’m sure he will be so cute…just like his brother.

Xma on

Rhys is the traditional spelling of the name!

Stephany on

Oh, I love the name so much! I think I might be adding it to my list!

Congrats to Joey and Barrett and little Griffin!

Mandy on

Awwww love the name! Its different! But his mom’s name is unique as well and it goes great with Griffin too! Congrats!

christina on

Congrats! (I’ve been pronouncing it “Rice” this whole time in my head until I read the posts above….ha! Interesting name, but to each their own!)

Elizabeth on

I love Joey McIntyre! I saw him with the NKOTB when I was a kid, and then I saw him in two DWTS tours. So happy for he and his wife!

Brianne on

Congratulations, Joey and Barrett! You’ve been given another beautiful son to love and adore! I’m sure Griffin is excited about his little brother. Once again, congratulations to all of you, and I wish you nothing but the best!!!

{JeLisa} on

Cool name. 🙂

Congrats to them!

Jules (Atlanta) on

My son is Reese Edward lol. I dislike the Rhys spelling or Reece. Reese is so much more masculine 🙂 He was named after my 5 y/o – same name .. weird!

Bancie1031 on

Congratulations to Joey and Barrett McIntyre! Love the name, hope we get to see him 😀

Alicia on

I think Rhys and Reese are equally masculine and feminine. I just always think of a girl when the spelling is Reese because I just think of Reese Witherspoon. However, I know of a girl whose middle name is spelled Rhys. It’s such an equally awesome name for a boy or a girl, no matter how you spell it. To me, it’s just like the name Casey (or Kasey, lol). Another awesome boy/girl name.

Alicia on

By the way, Joey’s wife reminds me of Tobey Maguire’s wife for some reason. Very pretty ladies.

Sam and Freya's mum on

Alicia, I thought the same thing when I saw this pic. Is uncanny resemblance! Not a fan of Rhys or the spelling (although I know it’s traditional etc). Prefer it on a girl. Prefer his big brother’s name; sounds cute. Still, at least it’s not Pilot or Sparrow, lol. Congrats to the new parents on the safe arrival on their little lad!

Ratty on

Woah! Rhys is my brother’s name. Much prefer the traditional Welsh spelling to the phonetic spelling. I think it looks way more classy! Having said that, every Rhys/Reece/Reese I’ve ever known has been a right little ratbag (in the most affectionate way possible) so I hope they’re ready to have their hands full!

Julie on

@ Essi

It is indeed a surename! I am German and my last name is spelled Riess, but prounounced like Reese. I guess thats where the name could come from 🙂

Mara on

Rhys is the correct spelling. In Welsh, Rh is one letter so all the people spelling it Reese are mangling it a bit! Love the name. Good to see someone spelling a Welsh name correctly.

Keona M.Barringer on


Courtney on

congrats to Joey and Barrett like the name bet he’s a cutie like his older brother

Heggie on

Congratulations Joey & Barratt!
I love that they’ve chosen names for their boys that ‘go together’ (my own theme was Irish names) AND the traditional spelling. It’s all the variants that make names so confusing.
Unfortunately for anyone British the first thing to leap to mind is the comedian Griff Rhys Jones…but he’s Griffith not Griffin and I’m sure they didn’t do it on purpose…

Shal on

Beautiful name…Is it me or does joey’s wife look a lot like Mrs. Tobey Maguire??? Congrats to the family…

aurora mia on

I love it. I have a Liam Rhys!

Meesh on

I love both their boys’ names!

Meesh on

And yes, she does look like Jennifer Meyer!

sian on

The pronunciation is actually “hRees” in Welsh (put a “h” in before it, like some people do when they say “where” or “what”).

– A Welsh Woman 🙂

Sandra on

I love Joey McIntyre! Congrats! Griffin and Rhys are good names, not common and not weird.

Holly on

Cute name. It sounds like she really wanted a girl. That must be terribly disappointing.

Lori on

Congratulations Joey and Barrett!

Jennifer on

I ❤ it! I should…my son's name is Noah Rhys!

niman israel on

Mazal Tov!! Congrats!!
had my first son 3 month ago!! (-:

Alex on

I like Rhys a lot. Congrats to them! My favorite Irish names are Liam, Declan & Finn.

Rosa Townsend on

For anyone wondering, “Rhys” is a Welsh name.