Mrs. Carter: Time for J.R. to think pink!
Only six months after he won his season of “Dancing with the Stars,” J.R. Martinez now has something far more valuable than a Mirrorball Trophy to celebrate. The actor and veteran is now a father for the first time!
On May 2, Martinez and girlfriend Diana Gonzales-Jones welcomed daughter Lauren Anabelle Martinez into the world. According to People Magazine, the child was born weighing 7 pounds, 13 ounces and was 21 inches. (Considering that Jessica Simpson just named her baby girl “Maxwell,” this is a surprisingly kind name for a child and we hope to hear more of these moving forward.)
Martinez (pictured here with his “Dancing” partner Karina Smirnoff) first met Gonzales-Jones on the set of “All My Children” back in 2008, and the two have been together ever since. The actor found out the news about the pregnancy during the ballroom competition, but opted to keep the announcement under wraps for a few weeks so that the focus could remain on his moves more than getting asked about a baby.
Since winning the show, Martinez has also served as the Grand Marshall for the Tournament of Roses Parade in addition to making appearances and narrating a documentary for CNN.