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Fashion designer and film director Tom Ford and his longtime partner, journalist Richard Buckley, are the proud parents of a baby boy. In a statement to People, Ford’s rep said in a statement that the couple “are proud to announce the birth of their son,Alexander John Buckley Ford, born in Los Angeles Sept. 23.” E! News reports that Love magazine first reported the news this morning on Twitter, writing, “Congratulations to Tom Ford and Richard Buckley who have announced the birth of their son Alexander John Buckley Ford.”

Fashion journalist Jim Shi also shared the birth announcement on Twitpic. Share photos on twitter with Twitpic Ford, 51, who directed Colin Firth in 2009’s A Single Man, and Buckley, 64, have been together for 25 years. Ford is well known for turning around the Gucci label during his time as creative director, a position he left in 2004. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ford recently told WWD that if the couple wanted children, they would have to decide soon. “I think I'd better get busy soon, though, because I'd like to be able to pick them up,” he said.