TAIPEI - It's a girl. Pop superstar Jay Chou and model Hannah Quinlivan have welcomed their first child, their agents said on Monday night.
The confirmation came after rumours went round that Quinlivan, 21, had given birth to a pre-term baby by caesarean section, said United Daily News.
Chou, 36, had been so secretive about the birth that even his long-time manager J. R. Yang - who lives in the same neighbourhood as him - did not know, said the report.
Asked about the rumour, Mr Yang said: "Good question. I have to check on this." But the manager was also cited by Sing Tao Daily as saying that Quinlivan did not have a premature baby.
Later, the star said through his manager: "We had a daughter. Hannah and I are very happy."
But the new father did not disclose the date of the baby's birth, said the report.
Quinlivan's agent said the girl was born on Sunday, but later retracted the date, reported Apple Daily. The agent said the model had given birth a few days ago, and was transferred to a confinement centre.
However, Apple Daily and The China Times, quoting Chou's family and friends, said the baby had arrived on Friday.
In Taiwan and Hong Kong, it is customary for a celebrity baby birth to be accompanied by astrologers' predictions in the media, a scenario the singer was presumably hoping to avoid by withholding the date and time of his daughter's birth.
Such stories were published anyway, and one headline in The China Times went: "Cancerian girl will be glued to dad."
Chou said he would share the news online later, when he was calmer, reported United Daily News. There have been no updates on the birth on his social media accounts.
The couple wed in England in January. In the most recent post on his Weibo page, Chou shared a photo of himself and Quinlivan in Yilan, north-east Taiwan, on July 5. He said they were celebrating their wedding anniversary, thus revealing that they had been legally married since July last year.
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