J.R. Martinez Welcomes Daughter Lauryn Anabelle Martinez

Celebrity Moms May. 3, 2012 AT 12:45PM
J.R. Martinez and Diana Gonzalez-Jones arrive at The 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards broadcast on TNT/TBS at The Shrine Auditorium on January 29, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. J.R. Martinez and Diana Gonzalez-Jones arrive at The 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards broadcast on TNT/TBS at The Shrine Auditorium on January 29, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. Credit: John Shearer/WireImage.com

J.R. Martinez is a new dad!

The Dancing With the Stars champion and his girlfriend, Diana Gonzales-Jones, welcomed their first child, daughter Lauryn Anabelle Martinez, into the world on Wednesday evening, he confirms to Us Weekly.

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Lauryn Anabelle was born in Los Angeles and weighed 7 lbs., 13 oz. and was 21 inches long at birth. 

The Iraq war veteran met Gonzales-Jones on the set of All My Children in 2008. The couple announced they were expecting shortly after Martinez won the 13th season of Dancing With the Stars last November.

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"I was so focused mentally, emotionally, on Dancing with the Stars and then I was also processing, 'Whoa, I’m going to be a dad!'" Martinez, 28, told Us in December. "That’s a lot of information to process at one time! When she initially told me, I was so excited."

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"It’s so funny because when I found out we were having a girl, the first thing that came to my mind was, 'Oh, God has a sense of humor,' he added. "I was raised by a single mother, I have a sister, some of my best friends are girls -- more girl energy! I [thought], God is throwing karma on me. God’s like, 'Okay JR, I know how you were as a kid. Now you’re going to be the dad that’s protective of the girl that the boys are going to be after!' ”

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