Jackson Rathbone Welcomes Son Monroe Jackson VI

07/05/2012 at 09:30 PM ET

It’s a boy for Jackson Rathbone!

The Twilight star and girlfriend Sheila Hafsadi welcomed their first child, son Monroe Jackson Rathbone VI, on Thursday, July 5, his rep confirms to PEOPLE.

Born at 9:43 a.m., the baby boy weighed in at 8 lbs., 11 oz.

Rathbone, 27, and Hafsadi announced the pregnancy in February.

“Thanks to everyone for the love and support! Sheila and I are so excited to welcome our baby boy into the world,” the Aim High actorย said in March after sharing the sex of the baby. “Love and respect, always!”

— Sarah Michaud with reporting by Mary Green

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Guest on

Congrats to the new parents! Hope the baby has his father’s adorable dimples!

LoveMyCrazyLife on

Congrats! I had a feeling it was going to be a boy.

Katie on

Congrats!! He is going to be a handsome baby, no doubt!! I mean come on, his father is HOT!

Rachel on

Awesome! Congratz to the couple

Mandy on

Today is a special day for me. I’ve spent the past 24 hours crying, mourning the loss of my daughter one year ago today. She was born with wings. Please Jackson hold your son close, he’s the most precious gift you will ever have.

Margo on

Congrats to Jackson and Sheila! ๐Ÿ˜€

I find the baby’s name very intriguing … I’m assuming that there’s a Monroe Jackson Rathbone I, II, III, IV, and V as well, haha.

VC on

The happiest days are when babies come! Monroe Jackson Rathbone VI is a seriously Southern name–and it beats Apple or Mowgli.

Bree on

Congrats to Jackson and Sheila on their baby boy!!

@Mandy, I am so sorry for your loss. My brother-in-law and his wife lost their baby girl two months ago, she was also born with wings. It has devistasted our entire family and given us all a new appreciation for what we have. My 7 month old daughter was in the NICU after she was born, at the time it felt like the worst thing possible, now I truly appreciate, in a way I never could before, how truly lucky we are. I pray that you find peace somehow through your unimaginable pain. My heart goes out to you and your family.

Anonymous on

Congrats to them! I wonder if the baby will go by Monroe, since his father obviously goes by Jackson?

m on

Doesn’t anyone get married anymore?

Lauren on

What does marriage have to do with being a good parent? Some people simply don’t believe a piece of paper makes a difference for them. If he and his girlfriend can happily raise this child in a world of love and support, that is the most important thing.

B on

Yes. But marriage is an outward outspoken attempt at saying you’ll forever be committed to this person forever and always. It’s nice to get married before having a baby. Just so the guy or the girl can’t leave without having to go through a long process. Makes you think about it twice. I’m not saying it won’t work out for them… I’m just saying it’s a more tying thing to have a ceremony or getting married. You’re more glued to each other…. just committed.

BlueSkidoo on

Congrats to them! I love that it’s an old family name, and I’m interested to see what nickname he gets. Jackson actually goes by Jay, the full name of Jackson is only used professionally.

jessoe on

Congrats!!! To them i bet they will make great parents Love You

Erin on

Way to ruin the family name, Jackson! Now it’s time for that paternity test and then fight for full custody.

Elisa on

m I thought the same! people don’t get married anymore because relationships are getting expendable… of course is not the fact that the couple is married that they will be better parents, but you bet that a kid who grows with married parents will be happier than those who grow without it… specially those poor children that get in the middle of nasty divorces…

donna on

She certainly looks incredibly bored and completely uninterested in this photo doesn’t she?

Mary on

Jackson Rathbone’s full name is Monroe Jackson Rathbone V, so he’s probably just carrying on the tradition.

Lala on

Lauren — statistics have actually proven, that children thrive, have better self esteem, do better in school, and are all around happier — when they come from a household with a mother and father, whom are married.

So just because marriage is a piece of paper to some, it means a hole lot more to others. It means stability, to a child.

boohoobytch on

big boy – congrats to them

Madonna on

8lbs?! How did Keebler produce such a huge kid? Probably has a big head like him. Hopefully someone teaches the kid to smile with both sides of it’s mouth to break the stroke-face cycle. Congrats to the happy couple though-I hope they’ve gotten to know each other over the last 9 months to get through the fun that is about to ensue! ๐Ÿ™‚

Jen DC on

Cute, carrying on the tradition! Although I wonder how much longer it will last if they are on #6.

Erin, having a child out of wedlock has never in the history of ever “ruined the family name” for a man. And in modern times – for better or worse – it doesn’t ruin a woman’s family name or her reputation either.

Two parent families are better for raising kids… unless your parents’ marriage is completely unstable, abusive or otherwise on the rocks, in which case research shows it’s better for the child to live through a divorce and for his/her parents be happier people individually than suffer through a lifetime of recriminations and fighting and disrespect.

Other research has gone on to put a finer point on the research you quote, and the focus is now less on marriage and more on familial stability as a marker for self-esteem, etc, in kids. That is, kids from single parent families that are stable (parent employed, attentive, etc) do just as well as kids in stable two parent homes.

Erin on

At no point was I talking about them not being married. I’m actually glad he wasn’t dumb enough to risk losing half his stuff to a woman who has a well-known history in Fort Lauderdale of going after rich and taken men. I was actually talking about ruining the family name because he gave the Monroe Jackson Rathbone to a child not only born out of wedlock but to a one-night stand with whom he and his family do not like. Not to mention the fact she has made it clear that she only wants money and fame, and to heck with who she has to hurt or destroy along the way – this child included. This name has been given to four wonderful men who are still, to this very day, greatly love and admired; one including a doctor (Jackson’s grandfather) who saved countless lives. This is just sad that he didn’t take a note from his grandparents and given the name to the second born son (he’s made it clear HE is having more kids… note that he said HE, not WE.)

meghan on

Erin, he is a grown man and if he wants to give his name to his child, it’s really none of your business. Seeing as it is not our lives, maybe we can give Jackson a little credit that he knows what he is doing.

Anonymous on

I hate people.

Jackson and I were supposed to be together but then he went and met this chick. Sheesh – WTF Jackson?

Hea on

@ – Erin – Obsessed fangirl much?

Congrats to them and good luck with the baby.

Liz on

@Margo, Jackson’s real name in Monroe. ๐Ÿ™‚ He just doesn’t use in publicly.

Congrats to them. I;ve met him a few times and he was pretty cool and laid back for the most part. Sad that his band split though.

Anonymous on

If the baby was really from a one night stand (which was supposedly at the end of July ’11), he would’ve been born a couple months ago. Just sayin’…

Congrats to Jackson and Sheila!

Anonymous on


We’ve listened to your delusional tirades for months, and you’re getting really irritating. We all get the point: you’ve a raving nutbag who’s bitter because you’re not “her”.

Please move on…and get a life…or some professional help.

Gina on

He could have done better as far as the girlfriend (fugly).

Carrie on

He’s not bad looking in real life but as Jasper in the Twilight films I laugh my ass off every time I see him because he looks like he’s constipated and straining!!!