Baby Boy on the Way for Tom Arnold

01/18/2013 at 06:00 PM ET

Tom Arnold: Baby Boy on the Way
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No lie — Tom Arnold is going to be a dad.

The True Lies star and his wife Ashley are expecting their first child — a boy — in March, the actor announced while cohosting The View Friday.

“We’re really happy. I didn’t think it was in the cards for me, I’ll be honest, and so I was completely shocked,” Arnold, 53, says. “It’s a miracle.”

Married three times prior to tying the knot with Groussman, 37, in Maui in 2009, the dad-to-be admits his fertility struggles — “I have a very low sperm count” — have played a part in all of his relationships.

“It is hard on the women,” Arnold, who recently played Georgie on Sons of Anarchy, shares. “I’ve tried with other people, but since there is a God we were unable to conceive. Now God said, ‘This is it!'”

After undergoing rounds of in vitro, the couple were ecstatic to discover they were expecting and Groussman — who is now seven months along — has been in complete baby bliss ever since.

“Yesterday she had an ultrasound and she keeps sending them to me and she’s like, ‘You can see he’s sucking his thumb,'” he jokes.

— Anya Leon

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BH on

That’s good news. He’s a little old but what the heck.

kim on

gross. i wish old men would stop marrying and having babies with ”women” young enough to be their daughters or grand-daughters. get over your ego already for christs sake!!

Stop judging people on

Kim, you’re an idiot. She is in her late thirties, he is in his early 50’s… It’s not about an ego, he struggled to conceive with his previous partners and is finally being blessed with a baby! Rather than judging this happy couple how about reflecting on your own life and why you feel the need to be so insensitive and judgmental of others.

Chelsea on

Theyre only 16 years difference. Thats hardly anything. Get over it. Its different compared to hugh heffner and his girlfriend with a 60 year difference.

klutzy_girl on

Congratulations to them! I’m glad he’s finally getting the child he’s apparently wanted all these years.

La La La on

Kim, Tom Arnold is only 16 years older than his wife, which doesn’t make him old enough to be her father and CERTAINLY not her grandfather. I’m happy for him. He seems like a nice guy, and he has as much right to have a child as anyone. Stop judging, people. It only makes YOU look bad.

Kristine on

I think it’s great news and not a huge age difference, but sadly, he is old enough to be her father!

Emily on

Tom is indeed old enough to be her father. Do the math my dear.

Sue on

Reply to Emily So are you saying it is OK to get pregnant at 16yrs.???NOT!!!Did you do the math???

Sue on

Ditto! My husband is 12 yrs. older, we found true love and married when I was 40 and he 52, first marriage for each.After 2 miscarriages we finally had our beautiful baby daughter and only, due to 2 more miscarriages

Sue on

My reply is for LaLaLa

Rachel on

I usually balk at older men having babies with younger women, but I am not here. I am actually happy for him because I know how they feel.

For whatever reason, my husband was sterile. We tried and tried before we found out he had a condition called azoospermia, no sperm. Even IVF would not have worked for us. We had to go the donor sperm route. We now have a beautiful 2 year old boy. Yes, it is very hard on everyone. For us women, hoping to carry our husband’s biological child, but it was just not in the cards for us.

Congrats to Tom and his wife, I am truly happy for them.

RevLizz on

Doesn’t he have a son with Roseanne Barr too?

duh on

Roseanne had a baby with her bodyguard, not Tom.

L on

Congrats Mr. Arnold!!

Emily on

Older is better. He’s wiser and more responsible. Congrats to him and his lovely wife!

pep on

i am happy for him .. i remember he had issues with drugs and all kinds of problems and he seems to have cleaned up his life maybe it was not in the cards then cause he would not of been a good father and now .. the time is right .. i think he is funny ive seen some of his movies … congrats happy healthy baby boy !!

Anon on

@RevLizz, no he doesn’t have a son with Roseanne Barr, they tried to have a child the four yrs they were married w/o success. Roseanne has a son with her ex-husband Ben Thomas, her sons name is Buck (they were married like 10 yrs or so), and she had to have invitro to get pregnant with her son. Who was born in ’95 making him almost 18 yrs old.

duh on

Congrats to the happy couple!

T in Texas on

WHY ! ! ! ! ! ! ?

ELC on

Congrats! Good for them. Just enjoy the little fellow when he arrives. Miracles do happen.

shell on

Yes miracles do happen! My six year old is living proof of that πŸ™‚

Kelly on

@Kim. Stop being so judgemental. The time is right for him, and his wife.

Karen on

I was thinking the same things as La La La. He is only 16 years older than her, Kim! It sounds like he has always wanted to be a father. I am happy for them!

sunny on

Oh good lord, God allowed him to breed?

The world is insane.

Trina on

I am elated for these two. It was not just a one night stand gone wrong. I wish them years of love and happiness! Parenthood is magical insanity and I would not trade one second for all the tea in china! Mazeltov!

Red on

That’s so lovely! Congratulations to them!

Anita on

Kim, you must live in some real trashy area if you think 16 is more appropriate to be a dad than 53. I’d say he’s finally mature enough for it. Congrats to them!

mytwocents on

Kim- He isn’t old enough to be her father… he would’ve been a teen dad if so. So your comment was utterly ridiculous I think. Also, my husband is 15 years older than me & he definitely isn’t old enough to be my father. If you took a minute to do some proper math you’d know that.

Rachel on

Debra “Is he sure it’s his?” — I think the fact that they underwent in vitro makes it pretty given that it’s his… unless the lab messed up.

Congrats to them. I am also one who can’t deny often shuddering when I hear of men in their 50’s and 60’s continuing to have children, but this is different. His wife is 37, which is only slightly advanced maternal age, and clearly they’ve wanted children… clearly he’s wanted children, and it just hasn’t happened. This isn’t some guy having his 5th child with his 5th wife. I hope they have a long happy life together and a healthy, happy son!

givemeabreak on

Happy for him……….congrats! I too have been through in vitro and know what a struggle it is. And how happy it is once you finally become pregnant. Best of luck to the family to be!!!

Anonymous on

I prefer a “Old man” having a baby than a stupid teenager reproducing and passing the bill to the government.

People need to stop judging, nothing better than a wanted and planned pregnancy! Congratulation to both of you, YOU ARE GOING TO BE GOOD PARENTS!

lookback on


To “Lalala” who wrote:

Kim, Tom Arnold is only 16 years older than his wife, which doesn’t make him old enough to be her father

…uh, yes it does. Talk to Mary Kay Latorneau. She got pregnant by a 13 year old.

Diane on

He seems like a nice guy and much more mature than he once was. I don’t have a problem with people having kids in their 50’s, since the average lifespan is now closer to 80.

Crystal on

When I first read this article I thought GROSS!!!! Then I read the comments and realized this is his first child. No wonder he’s so excited. Congrats to the happy couple!!! πŸ™‚

Roxanne on

@ T in Texas. Because they can. Who are you to judge someone who’s tried for years to have children and now he’s getting what he’s always wished for. Sarcasim is a b*tch. Try being nice it will get you alot further in this world and maybe a friend or two

Me on

Happy for them. Fifty three is the new 40. Thank God it’s not with Roseanne.

shalay on

@lookback a 15 or 16 year old is not old enough to be a parent. Period. Just because they CAN, does not make them old enough. Your argument is weak for several reasons, one of them being that you used an example of a 13 year old father. Yet, there are some cases of 30 year old women who are grandmothers. Does that mean when a 30 year old has a baby you think, “Wow, she’s old enough to be her baby’s grandma!”? I don’t think so.

On a happier note, congratulations to Tom and his wife! As someone already said, I’d rather see a self-sufficient man in his fifties procreate than a teenager who isn’t emotionally or financially prepared.

meghan on

He sounds so excited! How wonderful. He has been talking about wanting children for years. So glad that it is finally happening!

goodkarma on

Good for him!!!! And her!!!!:)

Lisa on

So it took 4 wives to get it right. Roseanne took alot of jabs at Tom’s infertility after they divorced and now wife #4 is pregnant? I do wonder if they used donor sperm and why his last 2 wives didnt get pregnant. I guess I’m happy for him but I’m sure he wishes it would have happened sooner.

L ANN on

I could not be happier for him. He’s always wanted to be a Dad and because of his low sperm count he thought it would never happen.

Prayers that everything goes smooth and that he has a healthy baby boy. I can’t believe they kept this quiet for seven months. Good for them.

Kat on

Very courageous of him to publicly talk about his low sperm count. A lot of men don’t like acknowledging they have problems in (ahem) that dept.

Charli on

Congrats to them!

donna on

So happy for Tom Arnold! He is such a funny entertainer and glad to see him blessed with a baby boy on the way!! Congrats to Tom and his wife!

Suzy on

Congrats to Tom and his wife!!! I remember him wanting a child so bad for years. I think its great that it finally happened for him.

Norma on

Normally I’d say he was too old to be a father at 52, but better a man his age who really loves and has wanted a child for many years then some 20 or 30 year-old man who doesn’t. Praying for a healthy baby boy for the Arnold family.

TLH on

In the article right below this one the mom is 29 and the dad is 45 which is a 16 year age difference. No one is accusing him of being her grandfather.

Anonymous on

Ann- Read the article. He and his wife used IVF to concieve. Therefore, paternity shouldn’t be an issue (unless, as another poster said, the lab messed up! ;))!

Lisa- From the way he’s talking, it doesn’t sound like donor sperm was involved to me. And who knows why his other wives didn’t get pregnant? Maybe they weren’t willing to undergo IVF? Or maybe they had some fertility issues, too?

To all the people who are saying that Tom is old enough to be his wife’s father…That might techinically be true, but would you be saying that if he were twelve years older than her (most twelve-year-old boys are developed enough to father children. That doesn’t mean they SHOULD, of course!)? Or if she was his sister instead of his wife? My guess is no to both.

In anycase, congrats to them! And I hope they waited as long as they did to announce because they just wanted to keep it to themselves for that long, and not because she’s been having a lot of complications!

mileysucks on

Excellent news! He will make a great father!

Kristin on

One of the greatest miracles, to me at least, is when God gives a child to someone whose been dealing with infertility. Congratulations to Tom & his wife!

shell on

Those of us that have fertility problems feel extremely blessed when we find out we are expecting a baby. After going through so many different treatments and then finding out it finally worked, we don’t care what age we are. We are over the moon with excitement that our dream is finally coming true. Congrats to both of them!

Sandy on

she’s 37 people! geez, get past the age thing. Sounds like he’s always wanted to be a dad and now God has blessed him with a child. People love to be critical instead of finding a way to be nothing but happy for another person. Those are the “see the glass half empty” people!! Good luck Tom!

Pinky on

Get over it people, he is only 16 years older and she was well into her 30’s when they married. It is not like she was a 19 year old picked up by some old guy. They are happy and having a baby so just relax.

Karma on

I think it’s extremely courageous for Tom Arnold to be speaking out about infertility! It’s so common and people don’t realize it , until they have been there. My husband and I are going thru the same type of thing and it is good to hear success stories!! Good for him and his wife, obviously the other three wives either weren’t on board with the course of treatment that had to be done or they just weren’t the right ones.

I don’t think any of us are in a position to judge others, you never know what will happen to you or in your family. You say horrible things about their age differences?? At least they found love. And apparently its a strong love because it takes alot out on a couple when they have fertility issues. Not everyone’s lives are princesses and castles!!!

LZ on

As a woman who is married to a man who is 22 years older than myself I take great offense to some of the comments made. As cliche as it may sound, love does not have age limits nor does having children for that matter. I am very happy that Tom and his wife have found love with one another and will be blessed with a child.

Sarah on

Congrates man, just wish them well and stop being mean he has been wanting a child for long be happy for him and his beautiful wife or get lost.

happy on

Well lalalalalalal….everyone is entitled to their OWN OPINION. Like it or not, agree or not. Stop stalking people who comment! I don’t agree with there!

Amber on

@ Kim…I think it was her choice to marry him too, not just his. I know I will not be with some younger little boy because of their maturity level. Not saying Arnold is mature, but he seems to have his shit together.

Kim on

Nobody can dictate when someone has a child, if Tom is happy that’s all that matters, the child will be loved and cared for so why do people have a problem with that, baby is always a blessing, congrats!

milaMila on

congratulations to them both!!!

Rhonda on

I’m happy for him. He and his wife have been married several year, wanted a baby and God has finally blessed them. What’s wrong with that?

Lauren on

Aw snap, she’s due pretty soon! Surprised paps haven’t outed them already! Congrats!!!

WiddoMouse on

Congratulations to Tom and Ashley. I hope their son brings them much fulfillment. Now that things are working for them, maybe they can have a daughter in a couple years. I’ve always liked Tom. It’s nice when good things happen to good people.

anne on

After reading all these comments; it’s obvious that no one reads them before commenting. So to the complainers—No, he’s not really old enough to be her father—and NO, it’s really not that ‘gross’ to have a baby with a man 16 years older—-and Yes, it’s his baby as it was conceived in a lab. Now you can stop reading.

Lauren on

Why would he say something tacky about his first three wives like “Since there is a God we were unable conceive.”? This man can take a momentous event and bring it down to his white trash level. Yuck.

TLH on

Amanda Righetti from The Mentalist is 29 and her husband is 45. They just had a baby boy, nobody has mentioned on their page how creepy their age difference is. Maybe it’s because it’s not the same number of years. . . . oh wait. . . yeah, it is the same. . . . . . . 16 years!

meghan on

Lauren, he divorced those women. When my brother got divorced, one of the first things he said was, “Well, I guess it was for the best we never had kids.” Putting kids through a divorce and co-parenting with an ex-spouse are not fun. Might as well look on the bright side and be grateful that you are having a child within a solid relationship. Can you picture the custody battle he would have gone through with Roseanne? Not pretty.

Anonymous on

Anonymous- That’s how I took, it too. That he was simply saying that, in his opinion, God knew that he and his other wives weren’t meant to have children together. I doubt he was saying it to be mean to any of his exes!

katty on

happy for them!

i’d rather tom’s wife be 37 than 27! eh…even if she was 27, that’s none of my business and i think it’s still good news regardless – a sweet baby is going to be born. babies are always a beautiful thing, even in the midst of ugly circumstances. that being said, this isn’t under ugly circumstances – i’m happy he finally gets to be a father!

covyzoo on

Hey Tom,
My hubbie was 50 and I was 30 when we had our first child. He had been married two times before without children so he thought that it wasn’t going to be for him either. We’be been happily marrried for 31 years and our kids have been a blast. Congrats, my friend. You’ll love being a Dad.

heather siron on

congrats!!!! he is such a nice guy πŸ™‚ my husband and i met him in seattle (1997) while on our honeymoon he congratulated us, posed for photos and offered a toast heres to you two lovebirds hope you have better luck than ive had!!! glad he finally has happiness too!

Joan on

Congrats to both!! Be the best Dad you can be Tom!!

Gina on

People are complaining about Tom being old. However, his wife is thirty seven and frankly, her time clock is ticking. Congrats!