Korn’s Brian ‘Head’ Welch recalls overcoming addiction, finding God in new doc

Guitarist Brian “Head” Welch was at the prime of his career during the late ‘90s and early 2000s when Korn helped define a completely new genre of music known as nu-metal, becoming one of the most successful acts of its day. But behind closed doors, the Grammy-winning rock star was losing himself to drugs and … Continue reading “Korn’s Brian ‘Head’ Welch recalls overcoming addiction, finding God in new doc”

Guitarist Brian “Head” Welch was at the prime of his career during the late ‘90s and early 2000s when Korn helped define a completely new genre of music known as nu-metal, becoming one of the most successful acts of its day.

But behind closed doors, the Grammy-winning rock star was losing himself to drugs and alcohol.

Welch walked away from Korn – and a $23 million dollar record deal – in 2005 after he found God. The bold move helped him become free of his addictions, but the single father still needed plenty of saving.

The now 48-year-old and his daughter, Jennea Welch, are the subjects of a new Showtime documentary titled “Loud Krazy Love,” a shocking tell-all about his complicated relationship with the now 20-year-old who was also privately battling her own demons. It features in-depth interviews with the pair, with Welch’s parents and also with his bandmates.

Welch told Fox News filming technically began in 2005, after MTV reached out about creating a spirituality show. But when the project fell through, Welch kept the footage until 2013 when the idea of a film exploring his life with Korn was presented to him. However, it was clear to Welch that the real story he was ready to share was the one that even his die-hard fans didn’t know about.

In the film, Welch revealed that despite having it all – fame, fortune and a child he adored – he was still suffering from unhappiness.

“I think the root was the self-hatred that was going on due to unresolved issues growing up,” Welch explained. “I didn’t have the best relationship with my dad. I was bullied in school, picked on. I remember the first time of just trying to connect with girls. It was just rejection after rejection. So I always felt ugly. … Every time I looked in the mirror, it was like, ‘You’re not good enough.’ ‘There’s always someone more popular.’ ‘There’s always someone more gifted in music.'

“… I feel like I was too sensitive to things. And they would get to me. And I would let them just tear me down. And no matter how successful I got later on, I just felt like, if people really got to know me, got close to me, they wouldn’t like me. That’s the lie I believed about myself. And so I would just mask it with drugs and alcohol for years and years… It wasn’t until I found my faith that I learned to love myself.”

Rock group Korn attends the 16th Annual MTV Video Music Awards on September 9, 1999 at the Metropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center in New York City. (Getty)

The Hollywood Reporter revealed Welch’s addictions became so severe he would hide his crystal meth in vitamins, deodorant – whatever was handy – while touring with Korn. Welch also shared on Matt Weiss and Theo Von’s “Allegedly” podcast that he once sent 1/8 ounce of crystal meth via Fed Ex.

Jennea had an unconventional childhood, one that involved hitting the road as a toddler alongside her famous father on tour.

“When I think about being on the road, it’s a lot of bittersweet memories honestly,” Jennea told Fox News. “We had so much fun. I was able to do whatever I wanted, eat whatever I wanted and just hang out. … There were promiscuous girls, parties and stuff. And I knew that it was wrong. But honestly, it was just what it was.”

But Jennea also endured loss. In the documentary, she vividly described moments in her young life when Welch was absent as he traveled the country with Korn. Then her mother, also dealing with addiction, left the pair behind. Jennea admitted it wasn’t easy to relive those memories of being alone.

Brian Welch with his daughter Jennea. (Courtesy of Sean Berry)

“It was difficult,” she explained. “I think there were some sad things that as a kid I didn’t quite get. Because he wasn’t there and my mom wasn’t there. And I guess when I became older, it affected me a lot.”

When Welch converted to Christianity, he was determined to always be by Jennea’s side — but his struggles were far from over. He was no longer packing arenas and his finances were rapidly dwindling. Bad business deals also taunted Welch. Still, his faith endured.

“I was forewarned, I should say,” said Welch. “You go through trials, sometimes heavy ones. Sometimes it looks like God’s abandoned you, but not for any reason. [It’s] to make your faith grow and to see that no matter what happens, you come out OK. … It’s all for your good. It’s all for love and it’s all for making you a strong person.

“So when I lost my house, when I lost financing, when I lost cars and people betrayed me, it was just like the spiritual working out. I kept working hard to try to get things back on track and to see that I’m not going to need the band. The money is not who takes care of me anymore. God provides for me. … I come from a background where if someone is rough and tough, you handle things physically. People betrayed me and you just want to choke them. But you choose forgiveness.”

Brian Welch and his daughter Jennea in 2007. (Getty)

During her teens, Jennea found herself drowning in depression and anxiety. She resorted to cutting herself in hopes of eliminating a pain that refused to vanish. Jennea even considered taking her life.

“When I was 14, I was really open about my depression, anxiety on [social media],” she explained. “I was really open because I didn’t know how to talk to other people about it in a healthy way… I guess what made me want to share all these things [in the documentary] was the fact that so many other kids struggle. I talk to girls every day who are 14, 15, who battle with those things and battle with family dynamics. I just feel for them, and I feel like because I’m doing so well and I have so many healthy coping skills now, it would also be selfish not to share how far I’ve come.”

With the help of Welch, Jennea received intensive counseling. The Phoenix New Times reported Welch enrolled Jennea at a Christian boarding school in Lafayette, Ind., called Awakening Youth Academy. She credited the new environment for giving her a sense of normalcy.

“Boarding school helped me so much because I got to live just a normal life with some girls, some of my best friends,” said Jennea. “When I was younger, obviously it was difficult because there some things I was missing out on. [But] all that stuff has been restored.”

Brian and Jennea Welch in May 2018. (Getty)

Jennea added she has reconnected with her mother over the years.

“We talk every once in a while, like every few months,” said Jennea. “We’re not super close, but I love her. She’s amazing and she’s been through so much.”

After nearly a decade apart, Welch reunited with Korn in 2013. Rolling Stone previously reported Welch received Jennea’s blessing to rejoin the group and pursue his passion for music.

As for facing temptation with drugs and alcohol, Welch said it’s not an option.

“I am done,” he stressed.

Brian Welch during a filming of "Loud Krazy Love." (Sean Berry)

As for drinking, Welch admitted in his 2016 book “With My Eyes Wide Open” that there was a time where he couldn’t resist the bottle.

“I shared that I did start trying to drink again,’” he said. “I was like, ‘I’m not an alcoholic. After 10 years, I can have a couple of glasses of wine.’ And then that turned into binge drinking for a month or so. So yeah, I tried it and I was like, ‘I can’t do this. But before I quit, I’m gonna drink a couple more weeks.’ So I did not drink again.”

These days, Welch is perfectly content being sober and bonding with Jennea.

“I just don’t like it,” said Welch about his past vices. “I’d get these horrible hangovers where I’d feel massive, massive depression. So that helps me not drink. It’s just not for me.  … I’m still a very practicing spiritual man. And I’m a Christian in the fact that I have a personal relationship with Christ. But there’s a lot of Christians that don’t understand me… That’s not going to stop me though. To me, God is love and God loves everybody and takes you as you are.”

“Loud Krazy Love” premieres Friday, Dec. 14 at 10 p.m. on Showtime.

Brigitte Nielsen explains why she hid her pregnancy from ‘Creed II’ cast

The Amazon is ready for her close-up again.

Brigitte Nielsen, the statuesque Danish model now appearing in her ex-husband Sylvester Stallone's latest film “Creed II," became a mom for the fifth time this year at age 54 — and somehow she managed to keep her nearly eighth-month pregnancy under wraps as she suited up as ruthless bad girl Ludmilla Drago.

Nielsen spoke with Fox News about becoming a mother again, why she chose to hide her growing baby bump, as well as her early memories in Hollywood.

Fox News: How does it feel to become a mom again and star in ‘Creed II’ all within the same year?
Brigitte Nielsen: It all feels amazing. Like I’ve been telling people, 2018 is a new beginning for my private life. I have a gorgeous, healthy daughter. And I’m back. It was a small role because obviously, I was pregnant, so I couldn’t be shooting that much. But I’m in a great franchise, like ‘Creed II.’ And it’s wonderful to be playing Ludmilla. Who would have thought 30 years later Ludmilla would be back after "Rocky IV"? It felt so great to be back with Dolph [Lundgren].

Fox News: Is it true you were seven months pregnant while filming?
Nielsen: That is so true. That’s why it became the small role that it was. I was actually going into my eighth month, so it’s incredible we were able to pull it off. But we’re very happy with the outcome.

Fox News: How did you manage to hide your pregnancy?
Nielsen: I was hiding it because it was a high-risk pregnancy. So I wasn’t willing to tell anyone until I knew that no matter what happens, we were going to be OK. I didn’t even let the public know. I chose to do that until I was at least 27 weeks. … Prior to that, you just never know.

But you also have to remember, I’m six feet. Almost 6’1”. So a bump on me looks much less on me than a lady who’s 5’2” for example. So even when we were shooting, and I was wearing my first outfit, which was an ivory suit, no one could tell. Obviously, with the evening gown, it was trickier. But we had the right angles. And in black, you can get away with a lot of things. Us women, we know that. Wear black if there’s something you want to hide.

We managed to work it out. I was more concerned about how it would feel. We did have to fly out to Philadelphia twice. So being pregnant, I was concerned. But everything was great. It was incredibly emotional for me. Just to see half of the cast from ’85 was just beautiful.

Fox News: How did the cast respond to your pregnancy?
Nielsen: Well, they didn’t really receive the news. They just noticed. Dolph really noticed, but he just said congratulations in his trailer. But it was not really there to talk about. We are professionals in these big scenes with a lot of extras. So of course, those who noticed were very happy for me, but it was just about the work. We were not discussing private things. But Dolph was so happy for me.

Fox News: How was it working with Sylvester Stallone again?
Nielsen: It was perfectly fine. He’s a professional, I’m a professional. We kept it that way. And as you know, he’s the head of the American corner and I’m staying in my Russian corner. So it was perfect *laughs*.

Sylvester Stallone and Brigitte Nielsen in 1986 (Getty)

Fox News: What was going through your mind when you first appeared on set?
Nielsen: It almost brought tears to my eyes. When I first walked in, I was going to have a word with Steven [Caple Jr.], our director. And we were dealing with 3-4,000 extras on the set. And of course Stallone was there, Dolph was there. So when I walked in, to my shock and amazement, 3,000 people stood up and cheered. It was such an overpowering moment. It was almost intimidating, but of course, incredibly joyful. It was beautiful… Just knowing I had little Frida in my tummy and yet I was here filming? I felt these big, powerful emotions. There are some moments that I would love to live again in the years to come.

Fox News: You kicked off your Hollywood career in 1984. What are some of your favorite memories that still stick out?
Nielsen: Oh my goodness, so many *laughs*. First of all, I had just had my first son. I was still breastfeeding when I got a phone call and learned Dino De Laurentiis had seen one of my magazine covers and wanted to cast me in 'Red Sonja.' I said, Well, I’m not an actress. I’ve never done this.' I was just told, ‘Fly in anyway. Somebody’s got to get the role.’

So I flew in. And to be honest, I don’t know what they saw in me, but they obviously saw something *laughs*. I was so emotional when I was told, ‘Here’s the contract, here’s the script.’ I remember saying, ‘I have to call my dad.’ That was my answer *laughs*. I was so green, I said I had to get the OK from my dad first. And that’s what I did. I took a leap of faith.

Brigitte Nielsen seen poolside at the Cannes Film Festival in 1992. (Getty)

I had a great time with Arnold Schwarzenegger. I remember I was told, ‘You’re going to be working alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger.’ I had no idea who he was. Dino was like, ‘The guy with the big muscles!’ I don’t like big muscles, so I was just like, ‘I don’t know who you’re talking about.’ But then I got to meet him and we had an amazing time. Acting just became my passion. And it has been ever since. Now, 35 years later, I’m ready to take that leap again.

Fox News: The film industry has been shaken by the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements. Do you think it has gotten better for women?
Nielsen: Oh, I definitely think it was needed. Maybe because I’m European, but we just have to be careful how we tackle things. The #MeToo movement does stand for women that really, really need it. Cases that need to be heard with people involved that need to be punished. I feel at times that if we want equal rights, and we want to be heard and respected, we also have to wear the pants at the same time. You have to be careful.

A woman who accepts a meeting at 11 o’clock in the evening at a hotel? I don’t think she’s going to find a movie deal… You cannot do that because men don’t always think with the right part of the brain. You cannot get dressed up and go there because that’s not where you sign movie deals. However, there is a lot of men doing the wrong thing and I’m glad women are standing together. I’m glad we’re getting our word out there and becoming stronger, absolutely. But it just has to be done the right way.

Brigitte Nielsen standing in front of robots in a scene from the film "Cobra," 1986. — Getty

Fox News: How was it when you first started?
Nielsen: I started modeling in Italy when I was 16 and a half. I recall very much being a model and men on the street would whistle or go, ‘Wow, you’re beautiful.’ ‘You look amazing.’ ‘Nice body.’ I just remember feeling flattered. I never felt it was an insult. And I would still like that today. I’m 55. When someone says, ‘Wow, you look amazing. ‘You’re beautiful.’ ‘You’re sexy’ — I actually appreciate that. I find it hard to believe that some women would feel that’s sexual misconduct. I think it’s unfortunate. I mean, of course, leave it only as a compliment. Don’t overstep that boundary. But personally, I never felt offended by that.

And honestly, when men maybe took the better half of the coin, I have always been the one that said, ‘Don’t even go there.’ I have been able to stand up and speak for myself. I think as women, that’s what we have to teach each other. We have to stand our ground. We have to be able to say, ‘Don’t do it.’ But don’t invite yourself into situations that you can’t handle, that’s going to get ugly. Listen to what your gut tells you. And don’t be afraid to speak up. Don’t be afraid to say, ‘Don’t do that. I don’t want to be a part of that.’

Fox News: What has kept you motivated to pursue acting?
Nielsen: That’s how I started. I have always been a big fan of Marvel. I started with ‘Red Sonja’ in 1984. … I’ve always wanted to continue my acting, but I spent many years out of it because I had four boys. They’re now grown-up now. But I did have a family to take care of, so I spent a lot of time in Europe. So when I was asked to appear in ‘Creed II,’ I just felt that this is time for my comeback.

Brigitte Nielsen today. — Valentina Socci

My 2018 has consisted of me moving back to Los Angeles and looking for a new agent. I want to be a part of the business again. America, as we all know, is the place to go for it. And even with my age, there are some great characters out there. I would love to be a villain in a James Bond film. I see myself being the head of the bad guys. And anything that has to do with Marvel, I see myself doing that.

There is excitement. I have a lot of meetings with people happening. But the most important thing is that I’m healthy. My private life is beautiful. My daughter is incredible. My sons over in Europe are fabulous. And I’m just excited about the business. I’m healthy and happy. I’m realistic, but I’m not afraid to approach my dreams. You just can’t give up. That’s the corner I’m in.

Fox News: What advice would you have given to your younger self about Hollywood?
Nielsen: Don’t be afraid to take chances. Follow your dreams, but also be realistic. Not everyone is going to make it in Hollywood. Have family and friends who can support you. And have a plan B. I have found with a lot of women, and even some men too, they come out here and don’t get the dream job. So they become so disappointed by Hollywood that it doesn’t go well. I think when you come here, don’t expect to win the lottery just because you’re in Hollywood… There’s a lot of young people trying to make it here, but not everyone is going to land the job of their dreams.

Brigitte Nielsen attends the "Creed II" New York Premiere at AMC Loews Lincoln Square on Nov. 14, 2018 in New York City. (Getty)

“Creed II” is currently in theaters.

‘One Tree Hill’ star Jana Kramer vents her frustration with body critics after giving birth

New mom Jana Kramer has had it with those criticizing her body.

“Honestly I’m so frustrated and I need to vent this,” the “One Tree Hill” star wrote on Instagram Saturday. “I wanted to post this photo (showing my stomach) because I wanted to show my journey back to healthy and my goodness I’m so glad I didn’t which is why this photo is now cropped.”

Kramer, 35, welcomed son Jace Joseph in November with husband Mike Caussin, and has since regularly shared photos on social media. However, on Friday, the actress’ post of her and Caussin in matching outfits sparked negative responses.

“No I didn’t get a tummy tuck, no I don’t have a personal chef, no I don’t have fortunes so I didn’t train everyday,” she said. “Yes I had a C-section, yes I am still in pain and on meds but I do have a high pain tolerance.”

The actress, who struggled with fertility before she got pregnant, explained her outfit from the previous post.

“In that photo I had a belly bandit wrapped tightly, and high waisted pants and wow here I am defending myself. Why?!?” she asked. “If I would have posted the photo of my actual stomach in this photo I would have probably been shamed too even when I was wanting to be vulnerable with my journey.”

She concluded her lengthy message by encouraging her followers to be kinder.

“Our bodies are all beautiful and crafted differently, they heal different. Why did we need to shame someone for looking a certain way? Or feel bad about ourselves for looking a certain way? Can we be kinder to ourselves and know that every [woman] has a different journey but that we are all beautiful.”

Kramer and Caussin are also parents to 2-year-old Jolie.

This article originally appeared in Page Six.

Cardi B shares first photo of daughter Kulture hours after revealing she and husband Offset split

Five months after welcoming daughter Kulture, Cardi B has finally shared a photo of her baby girl.

On Wednesday, the "Money" singer posted an Instagram picture of her little one in a car seat wearing an adorable bib with her name on it.

"My heart," the 26-year-old star captioned the snap.

The photo comes on the heels of Cardi B's shocking announcement that she and husband Offset have split after a year of marriage.


“I’ve been trying to work things out with my baby’s father for a hot minute now. We’re really good friends and we’re really good business partners … but things just having been working out between us for a long time,” Cardi B revealed in an Instagram video Wednesday morning.

“And it’s nobody’s fault, I guess we just grew out of love, but we’re not together anymore,” she explained, noting: “It might take time to get a divorce.”

The Bronx-born singer and 26-year-old Migos star tied the knot in September 2017. The former couple welcomed daughter Kulture eight months later.

Chrissy Teigen shares photo of son wearing corrective helmet, sparks sweet responses from moms

Chrissy Teigen shared a photo of her son wearing a corrective helmet for his “misshapen head” that sparked troves of sweet responses from other mothers on Twitter.

The cookbook author tweeted Monday her 6-month-old son Miles was being fitted for a corrective helmet to treat his plagiocephaly, also known as flat head syndrome.

“baby miles getting fitted for a little helmet today for his adorable slightly misshapen head. so if you see pictures, don't feel bad for him because he's just fixing his flat and honestly he's probably gonna be even cuter with it somehow,” Teigen wrote on Twitter.

She later shared two photos of the baby with the helmet that sparked similar responses from mothers on Twitter.

“Thank you sharing this!! When I got my baby one there were a lot of questions and judgement. We’re just fixing their lil noggins, but this is the internet,” one mother wrote.

"My baby cousin has one too! She was born at 1 lb 3oz & she finally fits into new born clothes," another person tweeted.

One woman commented, "SO cute! here's my lil guy when he had his 3 short months then his head was perfect!"

Dozens of parents tweeted at Teigen saying they could relate and shared photos of their babies with corrective helmets. Many fans said Miles was “still adorable” and the “cutest boy around” with the helmet and thanked the model for being open and honest.

On Tuesday, Teigen hit back at trolls and said her son had been seeing a physiotherapist before the family decided to use a corrective helmet.

“Good morning trolls! Just a friendly reminder that you do not indeed know absolutely everything. Miles has been seeing a physiotherapist – we didn’t just go straight to helmet. We tried muscle work and will continue. Also your flat headed kid turned out fine yes yes yes I agree,” Teigen tweeted. “Just didn’t want you guys to see pictures and wonder. Not promoting anything. Just sharing our story! Thank you back to your bridge now.”

Teigen shares two children, Miles and Luna, with husband John Legend.

Katherine Lam is a breaking and trending news digital producer for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter at @bykatherinelam

Eddie Murphy and fiancee Paige Butcher welcome a baby boy, the actor’s 10th child

Eddie Murphy and his fiancee Paige Butcher have a new baby boy.

The couple released a statement through Murphy's publicist Monday saying Max Charles Murphy was born Friday and weighed 6 pounds, 11 ounces.

It's the 10th child for the 57-year-old Murphy, the second child for the 39-year-old Butcher, and their second child together.

The "Nutty Professor" and "Beverly Hills Cop" actor has been dating the Australian model and actress since 2012.

The statement says Butcher and the baby are doing well.

Murphy and Butcher also have a 2-year-old daughter, Izzy.

Murphy's oldest child, Eric, is 29.

‘Bachelor’ star Chris Harrison hints at Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Lauren Burnham’s baby names

Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Lauren Burnham may have recently ruled out some baby names, but Chris Harrison is adding a few to their list.

ET's Katie Krause spoke with Harrison at KIIS FM's iHeart Radio Jingle Ball, presented by Capital One, in Los Angeles on Friday, where he teased what the Bachelor couple will be naming their baby on the way.

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"I can't confirm this, but I heard the name is either Christina or Christopher," he joked. "After me."

"I told them Harrison would be OK too," he continued, before setting the record straight: "I'm making this up. This is not breaking news!"

Luyendyk and Burnham announced their pregnancy in November, just two months before they're set to tie the knot in Hawaii. The couple got engaged on "The Bachelor: After the Final Rose" in March, following Luyendyk's dramatic breakup with his ex-fiancee, Becca Kufrin.

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"I was not surprised they're getting married. The baby announcement caught me off guard, but I'm unbelievably excited for them," Harrison told ET. "They built this life in Arizona, they have the new house, they put the pool in, they're just a cute couple. I love them to death and I'm glad that they have kind of gotten away and gotten back to their life. So I'm very, very happy for them."

So far, Luyendyk and Burnham appear to be doing their wedding their way, rather than televise their nuptials in a big Bachelor wedding. When asked if there's a chance he could officiate the ceremony, like he has for past Bachelor couples, Harrison answered: "I can't confirm or deny, but I think that would be fun, to go to Hawaii and officiate the wedding."

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For now, Harrison is focused on Colton Underwood's upcoming season of "The Bachelor," which premieres in January. And for those fans still unsure about the season, Harrison might have an idea for the next Bachelor.

Jana Kramer welcomes baby boy with husband Mike Caussin: ‘Our hearts are so full’

Jana Kramer is officially a mom of two!

The "One Tree Hill" alum has given birth to a baby boy with husband Mike Caussin, she announced via Instagram on Thursday. Kramer Instagrammed a photo of the couple holding their son, whom they decided to name Jace, at the hospital.

"Welcome to the world Jace Joseph Caussin," she wrote. "Our hearts are so full. Thank you to all of our friends and family..and all of you who have supported Mike and I, and our growing family."

Kramer and Caussin, a former NFL player, are already parents to their 2-year-old daughter, Jolie. The two married in May 2015, but separated in August 2016 before reconciling.

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Kramer, 34, announced her pregnancy in June, after revealing that she previously suffered miscarriages.

"Surprise! We have a rainbow baby on the way & couldn’t be more excited!" she wrote on Instagram next to a family photo of her and Caussin with Jolie in the middle. "Jolie is going to be a big sister & we’re becoming a family of 4!"

A "rainbow baby" is a term used for a baby born after a miscarriage, stillborn or neonatal death, named so because rainbows are almost always preceded by rainy or stormy weather.

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One month after her pregnancy announcement, the "I Got the Boy" singer opened up about her miscarriages during an emotional vlog, sharing that she and Caussin initially had trouble conceiving and turned to In vitro fertilization for help.

Though Kramer did get pregnant from IVF, she went on to have a "very, very early chemical loss."

Later, she had a miscarriage after she conceived naturally just months after Jolie was born, and then suffered another miscarriage last October.

"It's sad because when you find out you're pregnant it's so exciting and you want to shout it and tell everybody, but you don't because of stuff like this," Kramer said while shedding tears in the video.

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"Instead you're left alone with this feeling of just being so alone. There is some reason for it all, whether it makes sense or not."

These days, Kramer and Caussin are clearly overjoyed about expanding their family.

Kramer recently shared a family photo on Instagram, writing, "No denying there is a giant baby in this photo! Family of 3 about to be 4!!!! #holysh*t."

Kate Upton, Justin Verlander announce birth of baby

It’s official: Supermodel Kate Upton and Houston Astros pitcher Justin Verlander are parents.

The couple announced Saturday via Instagram that Upton had given birth to a baby daughter, whose name is Genevieve Upton Verlander.

“Welcome to the world Genevieve Upton Verlander. You stole my (heart) the first second I met you!!!” the proud father wrote, adding Wednesday’s date to the message – suggesting that the child was born three days before the announcement.

The accompanying photo shows the hands of the new parents holding the tiny left hand of their new family member.

The new mom also posted to Instagram, with a photo of part of the baby’s face and her left hand.

Upton, 26, and Verlander, 35, announced in July that they were expecting a child. Verlander wrote on Instagram at the time: “You’re going to be the most amazing Mom!! I can’t wait to start this new journey with you! You’re the most thoughtful, loving, caring, and strong woman I’ve ever met! I’m so proud that our little one is going to be raised in this world by a woman like you! I love you so much.”

The couple, who began dating in 2014, were married in Tuscany, Italy, last November.

Upton is best known for several appearances in Sports Illustrated magazine’s annual swimsuit issue, and for movie and television roles.


She drew attention from baseball fans during this year’s American League Championship Series between the Astros and Boston Red Sox when she commented online about a fan-interference play. The Red Sox went on to defeat her husband’s team and deny it of a World Series repeat.


Right-handed starting pitcher Verlander is best known for leading the Astros to the team’s first World Series title in 2017, and for winning the American League’s MVP and Cy Young Awards in 2011, while a member of the Detroit Tigers.

The couple live in Florida during baseball’s off-season, but it was unclear Saturday exactly where their new daughter was born.

Bode Miller says newborn son is helping family heal after daughter’s tragic death

Bode Miller is opening up about his family's tumultuous few months.

The 41-year-old former Olympic skier stopped by Today on Tuesday, where he discussed the October birth of his newborn son and how it has helped his family heal just months after his 19-month-old daughter, Emmy, died in a tragic drowning accident.

"If there's one thing that can kind of help to heal and fill that spot in your heart, it's a baby. And he's a special one," Bode told "Today's" Savannah Guthrie of his son with wife Morgan Beck Miller. "Besides the lack of sleep, it's been a really nice process to be able to go through."


Bode expressed awe at his 31-year-old wife following the birth, gushing, "We already knew that she was magical, but this was incredible."

After the home birth of their 9.9-pound baby, it was time to name their newborn. The couple finally settled on Easton Vaughn Rek Miller as the name of their son, who was born just one month after Emmy would have turned two.

"We got all kinds of criticism for it, but it's just kind of the way [it happened]," Bode said of waiting to name Easton. "If you go in a hospital, you have to [name the baby]. You can't leave the hospital. But a home birth, you can do whatever you want. All the kids were going to school and everyone was like, 'What's his name?' They were like, 'We don't really have one. We just call him baby brother.' Everyone thought we were just crazy. It took us three weeks, but once we got to know him it was really clear."


"I think we kind of cheated because Von Miller, the football player, seems like such a unique dude, so I think we kind of went off of that," Bode quipped, before revealing that Morgan isn't nuts about the name, including "Rek."

"She's nuts about it not being his name," he joked. "I pushed it through. But I think we have a good compromise system."

While the parents are delighted with little Easton, the grief from the loss of their daughter still lingers.

"There's a blessing to being so busy in a way. Your days go by really slow because there's just a lot a stuff and the kids. That kind of emotional strain is still there," he said. "But then the months just fly by. I think any parent can relate to that. It's unbelievable. It's been six months since we lost Emmy and then, at the same time, seven weeks already for Easton."

"I think we see the path forward a little bit, it's kind of just keeping going and trying to stay positive," he added. "But yeah, it's not easy. I don't think it gets that much easier."


When the couple sat down with Guthrie back in June, a pregnant Morgan admitted that she was worried about welcoming a new baby into the world after losing one.

"That was my first concern. Besides the fact of never being able to see my daughter again, it was, 'How am I supposed to bring a new baby into this world with just losing my baby?'" a sobbing Morgan said at the time. "Emmy was so excited to be a big sister, she walked around all the time with her baby. Now we have the opportunity to love that baby not only for ourselves, but also for Emmy."

As for Emmy's memory, it's alive and well in the Miller house, which also includes the couple's 3-year-old son, Nash, and Bode's two kids from a previous relationship, Neesyn, 10, and Samuel, 5.

"The kids talk about her all the time, which I think is really good, but obviously hard too," Bode said on Tuesday. "I mean, we have to. She's everywhere in our house. You notice it. You feel the loss, but she's still a part of our family."

Since the tragic accident in June, Bode and Morgan have dedicated themselves to spreading the word about water safety. The drowning statistics from this summer appear to be less than normal, something that brings the couple some semblance of relief.

"You always hope that what you're doing is [helping]. I think there was some catharsis to it as well," Bode said. "We wanted to try and affect change. I think, while statistics probably won't really reflect the right stuff for years because that's the way statistics work, but we definitely noticed in our area, just the awareness. People were paying attention to it more."

For Bode, his biggest piece of advice to parents is to speak to their child's pediatrician about drowning dangers.

"I think that's the missing link that's the most sort of easy to address. I'd never heard about it from a pediatrician and I'd gone to so many wellness visits that it started to be a little bit ridiculous that the number one thing had never been brought up," he said. "… No one wants to be negligent. I don't think we were. It's just one of those things. I think it's more about directing some energy into areas where it can affect change."