Russell Brand and girlfriend Laura Gallacher Credit: AKM-GSI

He’s a brand-new dad! Russell Brand has reportedly welcomed his first child, with his girlfriend Laura Gallacher, according to British newspaper The Mirror

According to the paper, the Forgetting Sarah Marshall star, 41, told the crowd at his Nottingham, England, stand-up show on Sunday, November 6, that he was anxious to get home to his newborn baby.

“He was conscious of the clock and made sure he was off stage by just approaching 9 p.m. as he ‘needed to get down the f--king M21 [highway] as my girlfriend has just had a baby,’" audience member Daniel Crann told The Mirror. “He didn’t confirm if it was a girl or a boy.” 

The Get Him to the Greek star first announced that his lifestyle-blogger girlfriend was expecting back in July. Brand posted a photo of himself holding up a copy of Dean Beaumont’s The Expectant Dad’s Handbook. “Right then. My Mum bought me this. Time to get ready! #trewlit #bookstagram #parenting,” he captioned the snap.

The couple have dated on and off since 2007, before the Rock of Ages actor's marriage to Katy Perry in 2010. Following Brand’s divorce in July 2012 after two years of marriage, the comedian and Gallacher rekindled their relationship in 2015. 

Brand opened up about becoming a dad in Britain’s ES magazine this summer. “I feel lit up by the idea. I’m very excited about becoming a dad and I’m preparing myself,” he said. “I am just getting ready to be with a new little person and see what it is they want.”

He’s leaving some of the tasks up to Gallacher, though, saying she’s “decorating the nursery. Around domestic issues, my vote is often secondary … Or the vote of my gender at least, so I will just wait to see what is determined.” 

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