Chris Martin is a Daddy

Originally posted on May 15, 2004 10:56 AM

Gwyneth Paltrow's popped.

The Oscar-winning thesp and her Coldplay-fronting hubby, Chris Martin, have a brand new little girl – and she's truly the Apple of their eyes.

The newborn, christened Apple Blythe Alison Martin, made her grand entrance Friday in London after what Paltrow's publicist called "a long labor." Apple tipped the scales at 9 pounds, 11 ounces, the publicist said, adding that "both mother and baby are very well."

Dad isn't doing too bad, either. "We are 900 miles over the moon, and we'd like to thank everyone at the hospital who have looked after us amazingly," said Martin.

Apple is the first baby for the A-list marrieds, who shotgunned it in a secret Santa Barbara ceremony last December, less than a week after revealing they were with child.

This puts Paltrow a league ahead of prior boyfriend Ben Affleck, whose own Santa Barbara nuptials never came off, and onetime fiance Brad Pitt, married to Jennifer Aniston without rug rats.

Paltrow, who has also been linked to Luke Wilson and briefly engaged to singer-model-actor Donovan Leitch, met Martin in 2002 at a Coldplay gig in London's Wembley Stadium – shortly after Paltrow's father, director-producer Bruce Paltrow, died of throat cancer.

According to an interview the 31-year-old actress gave the BBC, she was in a prioritizing mode at the time. "I thought, from now on I want to do things that are worth my time," she said. "Get something out of your life and make your life worth something."

Time well spent, it seems.

Martin, 27, has ferociously guarded Paltrow in the time they've been together, not afraid to play hardball with paparazzi who get too close to the couple. He also wrote the ballad "Moses" to comfort Paltrow after the loss of her father. The song appeared on Coldplay's Live 2003 DVD/CD.

Martin and his band, which took home the Record of the Year Grammy in February for the single "Clocks," is currently in the studio working on a follow-up to 2002's A Rush of Blood to the Head. The new disc and tour won't come in until 2005, giving Dad plenty of time for diaper duty.

Meanwhile, Paltrow fans may find themselves passed over in favor of baby as she prepares to puts her career on hold to dabble in motherhood. Paltrow has only two films on her slate, the Sept. 17 sci-fi release Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, opposite Jude Law, and the Dec. 24 release Proof, opposite Anthony Hopkins – both shot when Apple was just a twinkle in Gwynnie's eye.

In fact, she told W magazine she was inspired by the sacrifices of her own mother, actress Blythe Danner. "My mother turned down every fantastic movie there was," Paltrow said. "She turned down these amazing things that would have made her a huge movie star."

Source: E! Online News

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