Hollywoood star Angelina Jolie has given birth to healthy twins, a boy and a girl, at a maternity clinic on the French Riviera, the hospital said on Sunday.
Partner and fellow A-lister Brad Pitt, 44, was by her side for the births, by caesarean operation, of Knox Leon and Vivienne Marcheline at a clinic in Nice, reports said.
Gynaecologist Michel Sussmann told the press that Jolie and the babies were doing fine shortly after the births on Saturday evening.
“The babies are doing well. The operation went just perfectly,” Sussmann told the People. “Angelina is in very good spirits. Brad Pitt was at her side. He was there and all was well.”
A source close to the clinic had said earlier that the babies were not due until mid-August.
Knox Leon was reported to weigh 2.27 kilogrammes (five pounds) and Vivienne Marcheline 2.28 kilogrammes (5.02 pounds).
The babies' first photograph was sold to a US paper for 11 million dollars (6.9 million euros), the regional Nice-Matin newspaper said, adding that the money would be given to a humanitarian cause.
The twins brought 33-year-old Jolie's brood with partner Brad Pitt to six.
Pitt was seen entering Nice's Santa Maria clinic, part of the Lenval hospital on the seafront Promenade des Anglais, on July 2 with at least two of their children.
Jolie and Pitt have been the subject of celebrity gossip fascination since they met on the set of their 2005 film “Mr and Mrs Smith.”
Dubbed “Brangelina,” they have adopted three children: Maddox, six, born in Cambodia; four-year-old Pax, born in Vietnam; and Zahara, three, born in Ethiopia.
They also had a biological child, Shiloh, born in Namibia, in May 2006.