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    Youngest Ambani, Baby Pandya & Tesla Heir - X Æ A-12: Lockdown Babies Of 2020

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    New Beginnings
    1/15

    New Beginnings

    The year gone by has been a challenging one. The coronavirus pandemic triggered feelings of uncertainty, anxiety, and loss of life and livelihood. The world over, people struggled to hold themselves and their families together.


    Amidst this pall of doom, there was some cheer as celebrities across the world of sports, showbiz and entertainment welcomed their tiniest members. From the youngest Reliance heir to Elon Musk's seventh son, several couples announced new beginnings.


    Here's a round-up of all celebrity babies who entered the world against a pandemic backdrop.

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    Cameron’s Angel
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    Cameron’s Angel

    In early January, Cameron Diaz took to Instagram to reveal that she'd welcomed her first child - a daughter named Raddix Chloe Wildflower - with husband Benji Madden. People magazine reported that using Wildflower is Diaz’s way of thanking her ‘Charlie’s Angels’ co-star Drew Barrymore whose autobiography is titled ‘Wildflower’. The two actresses have been thick since they acted together.
    The couple, while posting on Instagram, had refused to post any baby pictures, as a “mark of respect to the little one’s privacy”.

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    ​A Daisy Blooms
    3/15

    ​A Daisy Blooms

    Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom turned parents in August as they welcomed baby daughter Daisy Dove. The 36-year-old Perry, who was earlier briefly married to Russell Brand, became a mom for the first time. The singer and ‘American Idol’ judge and her actor husband, citing privacy concerns, have not posted any baby pictures online of the new member.

    In October, daddy dearest gave a peek into his life with Daisy during an interview with Ellen DeGeneres. In the interview, the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ star revealed how he had been scoring ‘daddy points’ after helping to get Daisy to sleep. Bloom has a nine-year-old son, Flynn, from an earlier marriage with Miranda Kerr.

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    ​Another Musk Is Here
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    ​Another Musk Is Here

    Two months into the lockdown, Elon Musk, again, made news. This time for different reasons. On May 6, the 49-year-old Space X CEO announced on Twitter that he and his partner, Canadian singer Grimes, had become parents to a baby boy. After the couple confirmed that they had decided to name the kid X Æ A-12, it became a Twitter trend.


    Grimes, whose real name is Claire Boucher, then explained to fans and followers that Æ, a ligature of a and e known as ash, appeared in Latin and Old English but has mostly fallen out of use. However, in some languages such as Danish, Norwegian and Icelandic, Æ is classed as a letter. The singer has used Æ before, naming a song on her latest album 4ÆM. The A-12 is a Lockheed plane built for the CIA, possibly hinting at Musk’s love for gadgets in the sky.

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    ​The Phoenix Rises
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    ​The Phoenix Rises

    In September, the world came to know about Joaquin Phoenix and Rooney Mara’s baby boy, River. Two months later, in an op-ed for People, the couple talk about raising their son for the first time. The couple, who first met during the filming of ‘Her’ in 2012, named the child River, after Phoenix’s younger brother who passed away at the age of 23.

    Earlier this year, Mara, who never made her pregnancy official, stepped out with a visible bump. In July 2019, she was spotted sporting a dazzling jewel on her ring finger, fuelling engagement rumours. Since then, the couple have been seen together at the Golden Globes and Oscars red carpet.

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    ​A New Note
    6/15

    ​A New Note

    In September, Ed Sheeran took to Instagram to announce the birth of his first baby with wife Cherry Seaborn. The ‘Thinking Out Loud’ while posting a photo of a pair of blue baby socks placed on a colourful blanket, introduced the world to his daughter - Lyra Antarctica Seaborn Sheeran.

    The intensely private couple, who have known each other since their schooldays, were married in January 2019.

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    ​Bonus Jonas Is Here
    7/15

    ​Bonus Jonas Is Here

    Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas became parents to a baby girl named Willa in July. Willa is seemingly a tribute to Turner’s time on ‘Game of Thrones’ where two characters appeared throughout the series with the moniker. Earlier this month, the couple were spotted out on a walk in Los Angeles with their li’l one.

    Turner and Jonas are the second couple to welcome kids into the Jonas Brothers family. The eldest, Kevin Jonas, and his wife, Danielle Jonas, have two daughters. Younger brother Nick Jonas and his wife Priyanka Chopra Jonas aren't parents yet.

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    ​Hello, Baby Bolt!
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    ​Hello, Baby Bolt!

    How often do you have a country’s prime minister announce the arrival of a baby? Well, that rare event happens if the man-turned-daddy happens to be the fastest man in history - Usain Bolt. On May 19, Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness announced the arrival of Bolt Jr through a tweet. The track and field great became a father for the first time after his partner Kasi Bennett gave birth to a baby girl.

    An 11-time world champion, Bolt is the only man to win three 100m Olympic titles. He also won 23 major gold medals during a glorious career.

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    ​Li’l Lea Makes Her Debut
    9/15

    ​Li’l Lea Makes Her Debut

    In August Lea Michele and husband Zandy Reich became new parents. The former ‘Glee’ star welcomed her first child - a baby boy - with Reich who is president of the AYR clothing company. Earlier in May, Michele announced on Instagram that she was expecting, posting a photo of herself cradling her baby bump with a caption "so grateful."

    In the run-up to her delivery, Michele kept teasing her son's arrival in a series of photos on Instagram.

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    ​Britain’s Brexit Baby
    10/15

    ​Britain’s Brexit Baby

    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds became parents in end-April in the middle of the pandemic. The couple named their son Wilfred Lawrie Nicholas Johnson, in a tribute to their grandfathers and the doctors who treated the British PM for coronavirus. The 32-year-old Symonds posted a picture of her holding the newborn on Instagram, writing that her “heart is full”. They became the first unmarried couple to officially live together in Downing Street when they moved in last summer, after the 56-year-old Johnson won the Conservative party leadership contest. Johnson Jr is the third baby born to a serving PM in recent history of the country.

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    ​Daddy Again!
    11/15

    ​Daddy Again!

    Daddy duties increased for Suresh Raina this year. In March, the cricketer and his wife Priyanka became parents to a baby boy. The Chennai Super Kings player has a four-year-old daughter, Gracia. The batsman had posted the news on Twitter and shared the picture of his new born baby. Wishes poured in from the cricketing community for the new addition in the Raina household.

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    ​Kalki Turns Mommy!
    12/15

    ​Kalki Turns Mommy!

    In February, Kalki Koechlin and her Israeli boyfriend Guy Hershberg welcomed a new addition to their family. The actress and her classical pianist partner became the proud parents of a baby girl, their first child together. The 36-year-old actress frequently posted updates related to her maternity diaries on social media.

    The couple are not married, and the ‘Gully Boy’ actress has said in previous interviews that she is in no rush to walk down the aisle again. Koechlin was earlier married to film-maker Anurag Kashyap.

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    November Child
    13/15

    November Child

    In November, actress Amrita Rao and her radio jockey husband Anmol welcomed their first child, Veer, together. A month before that, a picture of a pregnant Rao, flaunting her baby bump outside a Mumbai clinic had gone viral on social media.
    During the Navratri week, Rao had taken to Instagram to share that she feels blessed to experience the ninth month of pregnancy during the month of Navratri. "I am entering a New phase of embodying the Avatar of a Mother myself! I bow to the Highest Female Energy in the Universe as I surrender in good faith," she had said, seeking blessings from Goddess Durga.

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    ​Baby Pandya Debuts
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    ​Baby Pandya Debuts

    Hardik Pandya was entrusted with a new role this year - Daddy Pandya. The 26-year-old cricketer, who had a brilliant outing in the Indian Premier League this year, became a father to a baby boy. The Team India all-rounder and his Serbian wife Natasa Stankovic added the new member in end-July in the cricketer’s hometown of Vadodara.

    The Mumbai Indians player, who had a lockdown wedding to the model, had kept his fans and followers updated with frequent social media updates. He also posted pictures of a pregnancy shoot that he had done with his better half.

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    ​Youngest Ambani Is Here
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    ​Youngest Ambani Is Here

    December brought good tidings for the Ambanis. Pictures of a beaming Mukesh Ambani - the world’s seventh-richest man - in a new role, holding his grandson, went viral on social media. On December 10, Akash and Shloka Ambani were blessed with a baby boy. The child, the great-grandson of late Dhirubhai Ambani and the youngest heir to the Ambani empire that is spread across oil and energy, petrochemicals, retail and telecom, has been named Prithvi Akash Ambani.

    “With the grace and blessings of Lord Krishna, Shloka and Akash Ambani became proud parents of a baby boy today in Mumbai. Nita and Mukesh Ambani are delighted to become grandparents for the first time, as they welcomed the great-grandson of Dhirubhai and Kokilaben Ambani. Both mother and son are doing well. The new arrival has brought immense joy to the entire Mehta and Ambani families,” a formal statement from the business family read.
    Childhood sweethearts Akash and Shloka tied the knot in March 2019 at a lavish ceremony that was attended by the who's who of Bollywood, India Inc and leaders across the political spectrum.

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