The amount of celebrity baby news we’ve had this year is quite literally insane, but just to add onto that, please allow me to inform you that soon-to-be married couple Rooney Mara and Joaquin Phoenix have just welcomed their first child together. We’re not sure of the exact date or time when Rooney gave birth because she and Joaquin are notoriously private, but their filmmaker friend Victor Kossakovsky spilled the beans!
Yesterday, Val announced Rooney and Joaquin’s baby news during a Q&A segment during the 2020 Zurich Film Festival after a screening of the documentary Gunda, which Joaquin executive produced. When Val was asked why Joaquin wasn’t in attendance, he said “He just got a baby, by the way, his name was…a beautiful son called River, so he cannot promote it now.”
Joaquin and Rooney saw their son’s birth as an opportunity to honor Joaquin’s late older brother, River Phoenix. River sadly passed away back in 1993 following a drug overdose. “I feel like in virtually every movie that I made, there was a connection to River in some way, and I think that we’ve all felt his presence and guidance in our lives in numerous ways,” Joaquin said in his 60 Minutes interview with Anderson Cooper earlier this year.
Joaquin and Rooney’s baby news comes just a year after their engagement, and four years into their relationship. Congrats to these two on their new adventure!
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