NAOMI Campbell’s friends think she used a surrogate to become a mum for the first time at 50.
The supermodel – who turns 51 on Saturday – shocked fans with her surprise announcement yesterday.
Naomi has spoken for several years of her desire to have a baby and once said “science” can help her to have one at any age.
The star, who has been secretly dating a US boyfriend for the past 18 months, was photographed looking slim as recently as last month.
According to the Mail, her friends believe she used a surrogate and numerous fans have suggested the same.
However, fans noted she had a hospital band on her wrist in her motherhood photo, which is believed to have been taken in the US where she is thought to now be living.
Yesterday the star revealed she had become a mother as she shared a picture of her newborn and wrote: “A beautiful little blessing has chosen me to be her mother.
“So honoured to have this gentle soul in my life there are no words to describe the lifelong bond that I now share with you my angel. There is no greater love.”
The famous face tagged her mum Valerie Morris-Campbell in the post but didn't reveal any other details.
Designer Marc Jacobs was among the stars congratulating her.
He wrote in the comments: "Oh my God!!!!! Today is the day?? How absolutely incredible. How lucky she is and how lucky you are! What a wonderful Mother you will be. Blessings all around."
Rita Ora said: “No one deserves this more”, as Jamie Winstone wrote: “Wow congratulations Naomi. BIG, BIG LOVE, wow you're a Mama.”
Vogue editor Edward Enninful hinted he had already met the little one as he remarked: “Seeing the two of you together made my year. You will bring each other so much joy @naomi.”
London-born Naomi is believed to have told only a select few family members and friends of her impending motherhood.
She kept the news hidden from her team until just half an hour before yesterday’s announcement.
Last night a friend said: “This is typical Naomi. She loves to surprise people and keep them on their toes. It is really fantastic and happy news.
“At a time when everything feels so negative in the showbiz world, she hopes this will help lift some spirits.”
According to pals, she was inspired to have a baby relatively late in life by fellow supermodel, and good friend, Iman, now 65.
She had her daughter Lexi in 2000 aged 45, after tying the knot with music legend David Bowie.
Naomi was last seen in public on April 20, without a bump, when she arrived for the Michael Kors show at New York Fashion Week.
She has spoken several times in the past about how she hoped to become a mother – with or without a partner.
She said in 2014: “I do want to have children, whether I have a man or not. I will have it on my own.”
Three years later Naomi said: “I think about having children all the time. But now with the way science is I think I can do it when I want.”
But in 2019 she revealed she felt comfortable enough with her “chosen family”, which includes her protege, South Sudanese model Adut Akech, 21.
Asked if she felt ready for children, she said: “Not yet – I’ll see what the universe brings me. For now, what the universe has delivered is very much in the spirit of a ‘chosen family’.”
At that time Naomi had been secretly dating pop star Liam Payne.
The couple enjoyed a romance for two months before ending their relationship in April.
Prior to that The Sun revealed how Naomi was secretly dating rapper Skepta.
Naomi has also been engaged twice but never married.
Naomi’s exes from sport, film and music
NAOMI Campbell has had a string of A-list boyfriends over the years.
Mike Tyson, 1989-1990: She dated the boxer after his split from his first wife Robin Givens.
Robert De Niro, 1992: She is said to have had a turbulent relationship with the actor but they are now good friends.
Adam Clayton, 1993-1994: The U2 bassist was asked for the one thing he desired and replied: “A date with Naomi Campbell.” They subsequently got engaged.
Leonardo DiCaprio, 1995: She had a brief fling with the actor, two years before his breakout role in Titanic.
Flavio Briatore, 1998-2002: Naomi got engaged to the ex-F1 racing head but later decided they were better as friends.
P Diddy, 2002: Rumours swirled she had a fling with the rapper but they now consider each other like siblings.
Badr Jafar, 2005-2006: She dated the oil heir for almost a year and he spent £1million on her 35th birthday party.
Marcus Elias, 2008: After a whirlwind romance, the Brazilian equity magnate is believed to have been her third fiancé.
Vladislav Doronin, 2008-2013: Naomi had her longest relationship with the Russian billionaire.
Louis C Camilleri, 2017: She had a shorter one with the Egyptian tobacco boss.
Hassan Jameel, 2017: She is rumoured to have had a fling with the Saudi businessman before he dated Rihanna.
Skepta, 2018: She had dates with the grime star and they did a shoot together in their undies.
Liam Payne, 2019: Had a surprise fling with the ex-1D singer, including “mind-blowing sex”.
In 1993, U2 bassist Adam Clayton popped the question – just months after he started dating the supermodel.
Their first date came after Adam was asked if there was anything in the world he desired but did not have, in an interview, and responded: "A date with Naomi Campbell."
The couple split a year later – and Naomi got engaged to Formula One racing chief Flavio Briatore in 1998.
They had an on-off relationship until 2003.
Naomi – who says she eats just one meal a day – is one of the world's five original supermodels and has been in the industry for over 30 years.
During her career, Naomi has graced the covers of more than 500 magazines.
She was the first black model to appear on the covers of TIME magazine, French Vogue and Russian Vogue – as well as the first British black model on the front page of British Vogue.
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