Dancing With The Stars’ Champ J.R. Martinez Is A Dad!

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May 3 2012, Published 6:00 a.m. ET

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Dancing with the Stars champ J.R. Martinez is a dad!

The soldier-turned-soap star and girlfriend Diana Gonzalez-Jones welcomed a baby girl -- Lauryn Anabelle Martinez -- Wednesday evening in Los Angeles.

“She’s already got a nickname: Belle,” the Georgia native told People, adding the baby weighed 7 pounds, 13 ounces and measured 21 inches. “She has a couple of cute little freckles on her cheeks, a full head of hair and the cutest little lips.

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"It’s just amazing to see her, finally. She’s beautiful.”

The 28-year-old's life story is a harrowing one: at 19, serving in Iraq, J.R. suffered burns to more than 40 percent of his body after driving over a land mine.

After more than 30 surgeries, Martinez has embarked on a career in entertainment -- he was named one of People magazine's Sexiest Men Alive last year -- and as an advocate for veterans.



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