Pauly D Calls Baby Daughter a "Blessing," Wants Full Custody

Celebrity Moms Oct. 24, 2013 AT 2:00PM
Pauly D on July 6, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada Pauly D tells Us Weekly that he feels his surprise daughter with baby mama Amanda Markert is a "blessing" and a source says he wants to have full custody. Credit: Bryan Steffy/

It may not have been a planned pregnancy, but DJ Pauly D is glad to be a father. Following the surprising news that the 33-year-old former Jersey Shore star has secretly welcomed a baby girl with a past hookup, the MTV star is stepping up and taking responsibility.

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"Sometimes in life things aren't planned and they may even scare you at first, but they end up being a blessing, that is how I feel about having a daughter," he says in a statement to Us Weekly on Thursday, Oct. 24. "I'm looking forward to being a parent to her." (Pauly D, real name Paul DelVecchio, also tweeted a similar sentiment on Thursday.)

A source tells Us that Pauly D has filed a motion to move a custody hearing to Las Vegas where he owns a home. The insider says he has requested immediate visitation with his daughter and wants to gain fully custody.

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Pauly D confirmed to TMZ that he recently welcomed a daughter with a former fling on Tuesday, Oct. 22. "I'm proud I'm a father," he told Us. "I am excited to embark on this new part of my life."

Since then, TMZ has further revealed that Pauly D's daughter is five-months-old and named Amabella. Her mother is Amanda Markert, a former Hooters waitress and current VIP hostess. Markert also has an older child, a son named Mikey, from a previous relationship.

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Pauly D only recently found out that he was a father. "She contacted him after the baby was born. He of course had to take precautions before believing the baby was his, but he is definitely excited to be a dad," an insider told Us. "Pauly is taking responsibility and will be in this child's life one way or another."

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