"King Of Scents" Joel Cruz Welcomes His Seventh Child!
After welcoming three pairs of twins over the course of five years, Joel Cruz became a father for the seventh time.
Known for his fragrance business Aficionado, another thing that many associate Joel with is his unique family; although an openly gay man, Joel has fathered seven children through IVF.
All of his children share the same mother—a Russian woman who Joel has only identified by her first name, Lilia. She gave birth to his first set of twins, while the following pregnancies were carried out by a surrogate mother who received Lilia's egg cells.
Being a father to them is more than just a duty or a responsibility. Its more of a passion. I have always been passionate in showing my love to them not only because I love them but to show how thankful I am that God gave them to fulfill my dreams of being a father. Happy Father's Day to all my fellow dads out there. May we continue to do our part in raising our children well.
The good news was shared with ABS-CBN News by Joel's spokesperson Roy Redondo via text message which read, "My most sincere congratulations! You have just became [sic] father of a lovely boy! Both your son and the surrogate are OK. Please let us know the full name of your newborn son. Thank you for all your trust and confidence in our team! God bless you and your growing family!"
Joel previously revealed that he was hoping for another set of twins, but sadly, only one of the embryos made it. Looking to the future, this businessman added that his seventh child might not be his last, and could consider fathering one last pair of twins until he's able to say his family is complete.
Joel’s family currently consists of eldest twins Prince Sean and Princess Synne who were born in 2012, Prince Harry and Prince Harvey born in 2015, Charles and Charlotte born in 2017, and his youngest son who Joel has yet to name.
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