« We couldn’t be happier, » Cooper Hefner tells PEOPLE
The late Hugh Hefner’s son, Cooper Hefner, is a first-time father to a baby girl, Betsy Rose Hefner. Cooper’s wife, Harry Potter actress Scarlett Byrne Hefner, gave birth at 5:23 p.m. local time on Aug. 24, in Los Angeles.
Hefner tells PEOPLE that his little « treasure » weighed 6 lbs., 5 oz., and that he and his wife are « filled with such joy — we couldn’t be happier. » The baby girl is named after his grandmother, Betsy Aldridge-Conrad, who died in July. « My grandmother meant the world to both Scarlett and I, » says Hefner.
“We are overwhelmed with joy to share that our daughter, Betsy Rose Hefner, has arrived. We look forward to being home and spending time together as a family in the days and weeks ahead,” he says.
The new dad says that his daughter reaffirms his current public service work to build a better world for future generations. Hefner is a fellow for the German Marshall Fund, a teacher and board member at Chapman University and board member of such nonprofits as Children of the Night.
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Cooper, 28, and Scarlett, 29, revealed their baby news in March, with the then-dad-to-be sharing a photo of his wife smiling while sitting in a field of grass with her hands placed below her baby bump.
Also included in the post was a sweet video of the pair walking hand-in-hand as they took part in a romantic stroll along a beach.
« Scarlett and I have been blessed with wonderful news we are ecstatic to share. This summer we will be welcoming a new member to the family, » wrote Cooper at the time. « The two of us could not be happier as we wait for the arrival of our little one. »
Scarlett — who played Pansy Parkinson in the Harry Potter franchise films Half-Blood Prince and Deathly Hallows: Part 1 and Part 2 — also shared the exciting news with the same photo, captioning it, « Cooper and I are delighted to share that we have a little one on the way. »
« Our hearts are filled with gratitude and joy, and the two of us can’t wait to meet the newest little Hefner, » she added.
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The couple tied the knot in November 2019. Cooper announced their nuptials on social media alongside a photo of the couple at the Ventura County courthouse in California.
« Scarlett and I have made it officially legal and the two of us could not be happier, » he captioned his post, which also included a slideshow of photos of the pair over the years. « Cheers to a life full of love, happiness, adventure, and great purpose, Mrs. Hefner. »
« I love you dearly and very much look forward to planning our wedding celebrations in the months ahead, » he added. « I love you, Scarlett. »
Scarlett also posted about the news, captioning the same courthouse photo of the pair in part, « Cooper and I are excited to share that we legally married. We are looking forward to planning our wedding in the coming months where we will celebrate further with our friends and family. »
« I love you Cooper, » she added. « I am proud to stand by your side, as your partner, your friend, and your wife. I cannot wait to continue building a life together. My heart is so full and I am so grateful for our love. »
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