Penélope Cruz & Javier Bardem Welcome a Son

01/26/2011 at 10:45 AM ET
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Penélope Cruz and husband Javier Bardem have a new co-production.

“Penélope and Javier welcomed their first son into their family last week,” the couple’s reps confirm to PEOPLE. “Both parents and baby are doing great.”

Sources tell PEOPLE that Cruz had a baby shower at her Beverly Hills home on Jan. 16. The actress had revealed she was pregnant last September, after being spotted with an obvious bump on the set of her upcoming film, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.

Shortly after that, Bardem, 41, spoke about his excitement over becoming a father, saying of his wife’s pregnancy, “I am very happy.”

The notoriously reticent Spanish lovebirds were married in July. The two, who are Oscar winners in supporting acting categories (she for Woody Allen’s Vicky Cristina Barcelona, and he for the Coen Brothers’ No Country for Old Men), started dating in 2007 but kept their relationship out of the public eye.

The couple met while filming Jamon, Jamon in 1992, one of Cruz’s first films.

The baby news comes simultaneously with the new dad’s Best Actor Oscar nomination, for his role in the Best Foreign-Language Film nominee Biutiful.

Bardem said in a statement: “I am truly honored for this nomination and deeply thankful to the Academy members for their trust and support. … It’s really a huge honor to have been nominated in a non-English speaking performance and in the name of all my colleagues in Spain and mine I want to show my gratitude to the Academy for support and a recognition in this nomination.”

— Sara Hammel

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Sarah S. on

Wow, will January 25th always be a very memorable day for both reasons or what?! Congratulations to Penélope and Javier!! 🙂

Brooke on

Knowing how private they are, I wouldnt be surprised if they are like Sacha Baron Cohen and Isla Fisher and don’t release the name at all….at least for a while.

Bella Mama on

Can’t wait to see a pic! I’m sure their baby is beautiful!

tink1217 on

aww congrats to them!! I bet the baby is beautiful!!

Indira on

I think they’ll release the name, either way– congrats to them. I really like this couple!

Mia on

The baby was born on Saturday-January 22nd. That’s what other news reports are saying. A good week for them! I bet their new baby boy is gorgeous. -Congrats!! I loved her in Vicky Cristina Barcelona. They were a very passionate couple in that movie-glad to see them together 🙂

Amber on

Two beautiful people. Congrats!

Crystal on

I just saw Vicky Christina Barcelona and I was BLOWN AWAY by her talent in that movie! She definitely deserved an Oscar for that performance. Congrats to both you guys on your sweet baby boy. Can’t wait to hear his name. My guess is it will be a Spanish name with great meaning! 🙂

Alma on

I thought she was going to give birth in Spain.
Really happy for them and I’m sure he’s very beautiful.

Rebecca on

Wow, based on the way she was carrying and how much her face had changed, I thought she was definitely having a girl.

Sydney on

Congrats to the happy couple. They seem very happy together and it’s nice they keep their private lives low key.

Do they mainly live in Spain or LA? I know they spent a lot of her pregnancy here in London as she was filming Pirates of the Caribbean.

Interesting to see she gave birth in LA, perhaps they didn’t want to have to do a trans-atlantic flight with a newborn baby for the awards season.

alana on

I live in Spain and apparently both Penelope and Javier wanted their baby to be born in the US so he could have dual citizenship. But of course that’s what was said on TV, and neither of them ever confirmed that theory. They’re a very private couple and they only answer to interviews if they’re serious, no other type of press.

Catherine on

My naming bet: the baby’s name is Javier.

Anonymous on

Oh, I’m so happy for them! Congratulations on your new son!

leanne on

Congrats to them! Penelope primarily lives in LA. Perhaps that’s why she had the baby there.

Sat on


Lilah on

I had a feeling she was having a boy! I’m hoping she doesn’t go with the name Javier. Boring.

CelebBabyLover on

Indira- I agree. Isla and Sacha never even confirmed their pregnancy with baby number 2 (speaking of whom, for anyone who’s curious, we at least know now that their second baby is also their second daughter. There was recently a photo of Isla, Sacha, Olive, and the new additon out….and the way the new addition was dressed left no doubts as to her gender! :)), whereas Penelope and Javier DID confirm their pregnancy.

So that makes me think that Penelope and Javier will also release the name soon. Maybe not an offical statement, but I’m guessing they may mention the baby’s name at the Oscars. 🙂

Anyway, I have to chuckle because Penelope just became another example of how bump-size is not always indicative of how far along someone is. In the statement announcing her pregnancy (which, as is mentioned in this article, was back in September), her rep said she was 4 1/2 months along. Everybody kept saying that there was no way she wasn’t a lot further along than that.

However, a mid-Janaury birth fits with being 4 1/2 months along in September, so obviously the rep was actually being truthful. 🙂 That being said, I have never understood why some people have baby showers so close to their due dates? I mean, what if you go into early labor in the middle of shower? Then again, it could be that baby boy Bardem (I’m just assuming the baby’s last name is Bardem) came a week or two before the due date, meaning the shower was held even more in advance of the due date than that.

Whatever the case, I’m sure Penelope knew what she was doing. All of the baby showers I’ve been to have been at least two months before the due date (and in one case, the shower was actually held AFTER the baby was born!), so I guess it’s mainly that I’m just not used to showers being held so close to the due date! But obviously that doesn’t make it wrong or abnormal! 🙂

CelebBabyLover on

Lilah- I’m hoping they don’t go with that name, either, but not because it’s boring. I think children should have their own first names (unless the first name is after a great-grandparent or something, since in that case you’re not going to have the issue of two people with the same name in the same house!). If you’re going to name a child after one of his/her parents, it should be the middle name that’s after the parent, IMO.

But that’s just how I personally feel. I realize not everyone does, and that’s fine. 🙂

Rosy on

Congrats to the happy couple, I bet he is absolutely beautiful!

CelebBabyLover – Ooh, thanks for the info on Sasha and Isla’s 2nd kiddo. Can I be nosy and ask what website you saw it on? x

Lauren on

@CelebBabyLover, where did you see the picture of Isla’s second baby?

jess on

CBL – Why all the pointless babbling? I don’t know how to put this politely, but seriously… why make a gigantic post bringing up things of little interest or relevance? Does it matter if Penelope’s bump seemed bigger or why she had a baby shower when she did? It’s over. She had the baby. No point in chattering over things just for the sake of discussion or polemics or whatever. Why not just say congratulations and move on?

T. on

Congratulations to Penélope & Javier! So happy for them.

Bonnie on

That is going to be one beautiful kid!

Tess on

The Sacha/Isla 2nd kid pictures were said to be in the current issue of Hello Magazine, but I couldn’t find them online.

fuzibuni on

Jess… why not just say congratulations and move on?

brannon on

Maybe they will name him Oscar 🙂

SH on

Thank you fuzibuni….you took the words out of my mouth.

kathy on

Name him Oscar

CelebBabyLover on

Rosy and Lauren- In last week’s issue of PEOPLE magazine (I’m a subscriber). 🙂

brannon and kathy- LOL!

Kelly on

I really like them both. Congrats!

Jill on

Cbl, I saw it as well. What a cute baby!! I wonder why they didn’t post the picture here. Hmm……. The picture said daughter. I mean, post in your magazine,but not here?! Weird.

My 2 golden cents on

I fell in love with Javier in the Pray, eat and love movie! He comes across as a very loving and generous man.
Wishing him Congrats on his new baby boy!
They make a very nice couple

Steven Duane Newcomb on

Wow, why is every celeb couple having babies all of a sudden???

Ana on

@Rebecca her face has not chaged at all

guest on

congrats-i love them -they are so talented and exotic and beautiful! and they have unusual names so Im excited to hear the sons name

soph on

I don’t think her face changed much at all either.

Penelope and Javier are not unusual names…Javier especially is not a particularly unusual Spanish name.

Abby on

Hope the baby is more handsome than his dad and far more sincere too.

Marilyn on

I thought she had the baby on Jan. 22, not Jan. 21 (at least that what !Hola! and Hello! are saying). I wonder what they’ll name him.

Corina on

Penelope is so nice but Javier…:(

I guess she didn*t find another mate sooner!

Corina on


Lisa on

Sorry, but I have to agree with Rebecca. Recent photos of Penelope had me believing it was a girl too. Her face had changed quite a bit. Regardless, she’s a stunning woman. Congrats to them.

Mikalyn Paolucci on

Congrats….I’m glad both of them fell in love.Had a beautiful baby! Now they can enjoy a wonderful life together.Everyone deserves to be HAPPY! Lifes what you make it!