Natalie Portman has welcomed her second child with her husband, choreographer Benjamin Millepied.
The actress gave birth to a daughter, Amalia, a few days before the Oscars ceremony last weekend, on February 22nd, but waited until yesterday to confirm the happy news through her publicist.
'Natalie Portman and her husband Benjamin Millepied welcomed a baby girl, Amalia Millepied, on February 22nd,' the statement read. 'Mother and baby are happy and healthy.'
Last week, Natalie issued a last-minute statement revealing that she would not attend the Independent Spirit Awards or the Academy Awards as expected, despite being nominated for her lead role in the critically acclaimed biopic Jackie.
'Due to my pregnancy, I am unable to attend the Independent Spirit Awards and the Academy Awards. I feel so lucky to be honoured among my fellow nominees and wish them the most beautiful of weekends,' the 35-year-old explained, sparking rumours that her due date was approaching.
When asked earlier this year whether she had already chosen a name for the latest addition to her family, she revealed she would be waiting to 'meet' her second child before making any decisions. 'You've got to meet a baby before,' she said. 'Meet the baby and then figure it out.'
The actress, who won an Oscar in 2011 for her role in Black Swan, first sparked pregnancy rumours when she walked the red carpet at the Venice Film Festival. The happy news was quickly confirmed by sources close to the star.
Natalie and Benjamin, who met on the set of Black Swan in 2009, are already parents to 5-year-old Aleph Portman-Millepied. In 2014, the pair made the decision to relocate from Los Angeles to Paris when Millepied became director for dance for the Paris Opera Ballet.