Tom Ford, 51, becomes a father to baby boy Alexander

The fashion designer recently welcomed the new arrival

Congratulations are in order for feted fashion designer Tom Ford, who has welcomed a baby son with his long-term partner Richard Buckley.

The 51-year-old announced the arrival of Alexander John Buckley Ford with a typically stylish note that rapidly circulated on Twitter.

It also revealed that the little boy, who is believed to have been born via a surrogate, was welcomed into the world in Los Angeles on September 23.


The happy news came as a shock to those in the industry, seeing as there had been no indication.

But Tom is notoriously private, and recently revealed that the couple would keep it a secret if they decided to have any offspring.

"I always said I wanted to have children," he told New York Magazine.

"But if I have children, no one will know about it until the child is born. And no one will ever see the child because I certainly wouldn’t use it as press tool.

"If I have a child, you won’t notice that I had a child. Maybe you’ll see it when it’s 18, but I will keep it out of the spotlight."


Tom and writer Richard have been together for 25 years.

They first met in 1986, in a lift at WWD magazine, where Richard worked at the time.

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