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'Octodad' Mel Gibson and Russian girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva welcome baby

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According to reports in the US, Oksana Grigorieva gave birth to a baby girl on Friday, a few weeks ahead of schedule
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02 NOVEMBER 2009

Mel Gibson could be celebrating becoming a father again for the eighth time. According to reports in the US, the Braveheart actor has welcomed a baby girl with his Russian girlfriend Oksana.

Athough the new arrival was due in December, she apparently was born on Friday - a few weeks early.

Both mother and baby are at home and doing well, claim various web reports.

Fifty-three-year-old Mel has seven children – only one of which is a girl - with his estranged wife Robyn.

Meanwhile Oksana has a 12-year-old son, Alexander, with James Bond actor Timothy Dalton.

The 39-year-old singer recently told HELLO! that Mel was excited about becoming a daddy again.

"You see he understands the dynamic of parenthood and he truly loves children," she said.

Mel confirmed in May he was expecting a baby with brunette Oksana, who is signed to his record label.

"I guess I'm octo-Mel," he joked at the time, making the announcement on Jay Leno's chat show. "We are going to have a child. I could not be happier about that."

The couple, who went public with their relationship in April, have no plans to wed.

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