Joaquin Phoenix and Rooney Mara have baby, name her brother

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Joaquin Phoenix and Rooney Mara have welcomed their first child, a baby boy.The couple named their son after Joaquin’s brother River, who tragically died in 1993 of a drug overdose.

Rooney, 35, had previously not confirmed her pregnancy but was seen with a baby bump over the summer.

The happy news was announced by Victor Kossakovsky during a question-and-answer session at the 2020 Zurich Film Festival after a screening of Gunda, a film Joaquin, 45, worked on as executive producer.

Apologizing for Joaquin’s absence from the festival, Kossakovsky said, “He just had a baby, by the way, his name was… a beautiful son called River, so he can’t promote him now. “



Joaquin Phoenix and Rooney Mara welcome their first child


They named their son after Joaquin’s late brother River Phoenix

Baby River is believed to have been born a month ago.

Rooney and Joaquin met when they worked together on the 2013 movie Her.

But they didn’t start dating until three years later.



The couple have been dating since 2016

They also starred in Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot, Dominion and Mary Magdalene together.

The couple confirmed their engagement in May last year, but have yet to get married.

Oscar winner Joaquin said he initially thought Mara “despised” him.



Joaquin and River Phoenix in the bunk bed they shared at their home in Los Angeles in 1985

“She’s the only girl I’ve ever looked for on the internet,” he told Vanity Fair last October.

“We were just friends, email friends.

“I had never done that. I have never searched for a girl online. “

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