Celebrity hairstylist Jen Atkin welcomes baby boy via surrogate


Celebrity hairstylist Jen Atkin made a surprise announcement that she welcomed a baby boy via surrogate.

The Ouai founder, 41, and her photographer husband, Mike Rosenthal, introduced their son River Julién Rosenthal to the world in an Instagram post on Sunday.

“Never say never,” Atkin began her announcement. “River Julién Rosenthal 7.10lbs born 3/5/21. We are so in love with this little man. ♥️💫.”

Atkin said she and Rosenthal — who takes photos for Glamour, Vogue and other high-end magazines — are “editing our Surrogate Journey video in btwn feedings,” so fans will get a closer look at their road to parenthood.

“(ps I told y’all I’m good at keeping secrets ),” Atkin ended her note.

The couple’s celebrity pals took to the comments to provide an outpouring of support for the new parents.

“Congratulations my boo bear!!!!!!!!! I love you!!!! I love River!!!! I’m so happy for you!!!!!!!!,” Khloé Kardashian gushed.

“We love little River!!” commented John Legend.

“So so so happy for you! Huge congratulations to your family,” wrote Brooklyn Decker.

“Jen and Mike, so happy for you both! Congratulations!!!!! Such happiness,” commented Rita Wilson.

The couple also requested that instead of gifts, followers donate to charity Baby2Baby, which provides supplies for children living in poverty.

“We truly don’t need a thing (our parents have been waiting for this day for so long they bought it all),” she joked.

The Mane Addicts digital magazine founder revealed in an Instagram post 2015 that she had frozen embryos to use in the future.

“I think a lot of women feel ashamed that they’re not having children, or that they’re waiting longer, and nobody talks about it,” she told Forbes in 2017. “I sacrifice quite a bit to run three businesses, and my husband and I made a joint decision to freeze embryos. He’s 39; I’m 37.

“I do want children one day,” she continued, “but I’m not quite ready, and the minute we did it, the weight of the world was off my shoulders. Once I opened up that conversation, so many women came forward and said, ‘Thank you.’”

Atkin and Rosenthal married in 2016 after five years of dating.

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