26/01/2012 14:59 GMT | Updated 22/05/2015 10:12 BST

Rebekah Brooks Has Baby Daughter, Scarlett Anne Mary, By Surrogate

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Rebekah Brooks, the former editor of the News of the World and chief executive of News International, is the mother of a baby daughter, born this afternoon by a surrogate.

Scarlett Anne Mary Brooks was born at 4.05pm today at the Portland Hospital, central London, weighing 6lb 1oz - bizarrely the exact same weight as Amanda Holden's new daughter Hollie Rose, whose birth was also announced today

Rebekah and her husband, racehorse trainer Charlie Brooks, were said to be 'overjoyed' at the safe arrival of their first child, in a surrogate birth.

The surrogate mother, who has declined to be identified, had the baby at 37 weeks, according to spokesman David Wilson.

Rebekah, 43, and her husband, 48, who live in Oxfordshire, had been expecting twins, but one baby died during the early stages of the pregnancy.

Their spokesman told the press: "Both Rebekah and Charlie are obviously overjoyed and will forever be grateful to the surrogate for bringing her into the world. It has not been a pregnancy without difficulties. They lost a baby very early on.

"It has been a difficult pregnancy and obviously all parties are now absolutely overjoyed that she has now arrived"

Rebekah, who was previously married to EastEnders actor Ross Kemp, has been with her husband for five years and they were said to be consulting fertility experts for more than two years.

At the time they announced the surrogate pregnancy their spokesman said: "Both parents are acutely aware of the infertility problems encountered by many other couples. "In the longer term, they hope to recognise their good fortune by working in some way to help other couples facing similar challenges."

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