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Madonna’s ex Leon welcomes son

Madonna’s ex, Carlos Leon, has welcomed his first child, a son, with designer wife Betina Holte.

The couple’s son has been named Meeka Leon and was born on February 25 at New York-Presbyterian/Lower Manhattan Hospital, Page Six reports. The infant weighed a healthy 8lbs 4oz.

The fitness trainer-turned-actor, who was in a relationship with the Queen of Pop from 1995 until 1997, is of course already the father of Madonna’s eldest child, daughter Lourdes, now 18.

Meeka is the first child for Carlos and Zac Posen designer Betina, who were married in Denmark in 2013, with his daughter Lourdes in attendance.

Despite his relationship with Madonna not lasting the distance, Carlos has remained an active presence in his oldest child’s life. The father and daughter are often seen spending time together in New York, with the teenager graduating last year from LaGuardia High School. She is now studying music, theatre and dance at The University of Michigan – her mother’s old alma mater.

Speaking about their relationship during a 2011 interview, Carlos said he had no regrets about his ill-fated relationship with the pop star as it gave him his beloved daughter.

"I'm forever grateful to [Madonna]. I have no regrets. I wouldn't change anything. I got the best thing out of that relationship, and that's my daughter. My daughter is everything to me,” he gushed, adding of his parenting style, "I'm a lenient dad. I'm very empathetic, and I'm good at listening to my daughter. I'm probably a bad dad when it comes to disciplining her."

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