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Meet the world's FIRST
baby born to a MAN
6 1/2 lb bundle
8 page special interview with daddies
Louis Tomlinson and Harry Styles
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"Amazingly it's not an unheard of condition... it
happens to about two in a billion..."
"We've been very, very lucky."
Firstly, can I just say, on behalf of everyone at Cosmopolitan, thank
poorly for a few weeks so Harry dragged me to the doctors. They ran
Mine hasn't caused any problems as of yet and the reason I had been
knew my uterus was fertile it became the large elephant in the room.
you for allowing us to be part of this amazing and extraordinary bench-
a few tests and decided to perform an MRI scan as a precaution. Un-
ill in the first place was because I had actually caught a virus. The lads
The only thing doctors didn't know was how much longer it would
mark in History.
believably it showed I had a uterus in my abdomen. I don't know who
like to joke that I walked into the doctors' surgery a guy with manflu
remain fertile. It could have been months or it could be years yet. We
Louis (sharing a private smile with Harry): You're welcome.
was more shocked by the results, the doctors or me. In fact, I refused
and walked out a women with a penis.
still don't know for sure. All I knew back then was there was a chance
to believe them until they actually showed me pictures.
I would miss the opportunity if I waited too long to make a decision.
Can I also offer our sincerest congratulations; your son is absolutely
Harry (chuckling): I believe his exact words were, `I'm a guy; I have
That is a funny analogy! How did you feel when you learned your
I didn't want to regret not making a decision in time.
gorgeous and has a smile to die for. I think most of the team has al-
a dick which I have used often enough to know it works like a normal
condition? Was it a nice surprise or was it a little unsettling?
ready fallen in love with him.
one. I cannot possibly have a uterus. What did you really find?'
Louis: I won't lie. At first I absolutely hated the idea of having any
Were children something you had been planning for?
Harry (grinning ear to ear): Thank you. He takes that from Louis.
kind of girl bits. I wanted the hysterectomy right then and there in
Louis (laughing): Almost anyone who has ever met me will tell you
We've been very, very lucky.
Sorry Louis, we shouldn't be laughing but that is rather funny. You have
order to forget I had been anything but normal.
that I'm a bit of a family man. The lads sometimes like to tease me by
no physical signs of having extra bits?
calling me Mummy Direction. I love kids and have always wanted to
Louis: None whatsoever. I'd offer to prove it but that might get me
What changed your mind?
have my own - right from an early age. The whole process fascinates
Louis: Initially it was the doctors. They refused to do a hysterecto-
me - in fact I used to drive my mum crazy with questions when she
Okay, so let us start right at the beginning. For the benefit our readers,
my straight away without giving me time to think properly. Then they
was pregnant with the twins. I spent hours begging her to let me feel
Louis Tomlinson has, incredibly, become the first man in the world to
dropped the bomb on me; the uterus system was fertile. I had viable
them moving about and I always made sure to read them a bed time
get pregnant and successfully give birth to a baby. Louis, first of all,
eggs in the ovaries.
story every night. So when I was presented with the idea of being the
how on earth did you discover you could have children? It's not some-
Can you explain how your Uterus came to be?
one who could get pregnant... I won't lie, it really appealed to me. To
thing that generally ever happens to a man except in the movies!
Louis: The easiest way to describe it is like a hernia - only it's a
have that closeness to your child? Most men will never have the op-
Louis: It's actually quite a funny story because I probably could have
whole reproductive system and not just tissue inside the sac. Amazing-
THe iDea of pregnancy
portunity but here I was, one in a billion, with that very option. Was it
gone through all of my life not knowing had I not become unwell last
ly it's not an unheard of condition either, it happens to about two in a
Wow, that is almost too incredible to believe - even though we are
fair to squander the chance? I didn't think so.
billion - a kind of accident during conception thing. Only a few years
looking at your MRI scans right now and can see it for ourselves. Who
ago there was a man in India who had the same thing as me. Ryalu
first introduced the idea of trying for a baby? Was it the doctors, your
Was the uncertainty of the time-span of your fertility also a major
was his name and he had to have a hysterectomy as his was causing
family or something you thought about yourself?
Louis: Yeah, it was back in September. I had been feeling rather
him severe stomach pains.
Louis: Honestly? It was a combination of all three. As soon as we
Louis: Yes. It was probably the top deciding factor. I knew I had
I love Louis, he is my best friend and, as much as I want him to
HiDing iT froM THe pubLic
be happy, I didn't like the idea of him going into this as a single
Okay, let's talk about how you concealed the pregnancy from the
parent. It's hard enough to do it alone normally... we've both had
public. Firstly, why was that so important?
parents who divorced... but when you're a single parent in the
Louis: There were many reasons.
public eye... I knew Louis wasn't keen on going it alone either. So
Harry: Mainly Louis and Jonah's safety.
I made a two-fold offer, I would donate if I was allowed to help
raise the baby too.
You felt their safety would be in jeopardy if the public knew?
Louis: And that wasn't an offer I was going to refuse. How many
Louis: My pregnancy was high risk and everyone involved was
people get the opportunity to raise a child with their best friend?
concerned about my stress levels. If the news was made public
I love Harry. We have been through so much together that our
then it would cause a pretty big stir. On a normal day the press can
friendship is deeper and more stable than most couples' are. He is
be quite in our face and rather intrusive. With a story like `the first
a truly amazing guy. He has stood strong and true while the media
pregnant man', who just happens to be in a well-known boyband,
has falsely slaughtered his reputation, he manages to keep good hu-
we were all worried about the depths the press would go to get
mour while faced with ridicule and lies, he'll stand in the bitter cold
more information. Nobody wanted my safety compromised nor
for two hours to greet fans without complaining even if he hasn't
did I want to risk getting hounded. Stress can trigger early labour
slept for twenty-four hours. He is sweet and thoughtful, smart and
and, as the baby had nowhere to go in my uterus, labour could
funny, protective and very loyal. I can't think of anyone who would
have been fatal for us both.
make a better role model for my child.
Harry: We were also concerned about the people who would
Harry: I don't think I've blushed so hard in my life. Thank you
react negatively. Regardless of how good we might be as fathers, or
Lou. That's exactly how I feel about you too.
how well Jonah grows up under our care, some people in the world
will never support us. In their opinion we have broken natural
You two are so cute together! However, it has to be asked, I'm
order and, to them, that is an abomination. Louis was in a very
afraid, when you donated did you need the magazines Harry?
vulnerable position while he was pregnant. Our security teams are
(Harry and Louis giggle ridiculously and Harry shakes his head)
very good but he was a bit of a sitting target.
That is very understandable. Talk us through how you managed to
How many rounds of IVF did you have to go through before one
keep it hidden.
Louis: Well we informed the management team very early on -
Louis: Amazingly, just the one!
even before our families and the rest of the band knew.
Harry: My little swimmers are that awesome. It only took one
Harry: Our management are experts in media control so we
gave them plenty of time to devise a thorough plan.
Louis: Hey! My eggs were just as awesome! Wait... that sounded
Louis: It was pretty easy to hide my pregnancy in the early stages.
the doctors' backing for attempting a pregnancy. They were quite
so weird, didn't it? Please don't add that bit in.
Up until I was about four months I hardly put on any weight. I
excited by the idea but I was still uncertain because I didn't want
Okay, we'll try and keep this section tasteful... Let's talk about the
started to show around the eighteen weeks mark though and that's
to try just for `experimenting' sake. A child's life is sacred and not
conception. (Harry and Louis chuckle and then blush adorably).
[Laughing] How was the pregnancy itself Louis? Did you suffer
when our stylist started to get involved with my clothing. I was
an opportunity for scientists to play games with natural order. I
Now, obviously the conception didn't happen naturally.
any morning sickness?
made to wear a lot of baggy t-shirts and hoodys to try and hide
wanted to make sure that if I did go through with it that I was do-
Louis: No, it was done through IVF. There was no other option.
Louis: I had some later on in the pregnancy, which wasn't so
the bump. Most of the time it worked but I know there are a few
ing it for the right reasons.
dodgy photographs out there on the web.
I also had to think logically too. I'm in a boyband and we have been
For those unfamiliar with IVF, it is a process where an egg and
touring all around the world recently. How would a baby factor
sperm are fertilised outside the body, i.e. in a laboratory, and then
Obviously there was a time limit on strategic clothing though?
into all of that? Would it be possible to introduce a baby into such
implanted into a uterus.
Harry: What didn't he crave! It changed every week from Qua-
Louis: Yes. Our management had decided they could keep me
a hectic schedule? Would I be able to be a single parent as well as
May we enquire as to the donor?
vers to Jaffa cakes to...
in the public eye up to about week 26. Then I'd be too big to hide.
remain in the band? How would my job affect the baby's welfare
Louis: I think it should be pretty obvious who the donor was just
Louis: Apple jelly.
That's how the idea of pretending I would be going in for a minor
once it was born? They weren't questions I could fully answer
by looking at Jonah. The dimples, the cheeks, the pouty lips and
Harry: Cornflakes with raspberry jam
operation came about. It wasn't exactly a lie. A caesarean is an op-
myself so I turned to Harry for advice.
the wispy curls...?
Louis: Branston Pickle on potatoes
eration and we never specified what the operation was for. We were
Harry (reaching out to squeeze Louis' hand): And I told him
Harry: For those not getting the hint, I was the one who do-
Harry: Brussel sprouts with marmite!
pretty amazed the press and the fans didn't push for more informa-
the band isn't everything in our lives. There's no guarantee of
Louis (hitting Harry's arm): You didn't have to share that one!
tion but you know the saying `never look a gift horse in the mouth'.
longevity and we shouldn't squander other opportunities for some-
Wow, that was a pretty amazing gesture Harry.
Originally my due date was early October, which was
thing that has no certainty. Further more, we aren't just a band,
Harry: Louis is a pretty amazing guy.
Wow, those are some... interesting cravings Louis. What about
why my `convalescence' was scheduled to last all the way until the
we're a family. If this was something Louis really wanted to do then
other pregnancy symptoms?
end of October. It gave us some leeway in case anything changed.
the four of us would stand by him and help make it work. There's
In more ways than one it seems! Are you willing to talk about what
Louis: I got most of usual ones; back ache, leg cramps, tiredness,
It would also give me time to recover from the caesarean.
never going to be good timing in our job; we're always going to be
made you offer? That is not something that happens everyday
over-heating, swollen feet, the need to pee every few minutes...
After that it pretty much went to schedule. From weeks 22 to 26 it
`in the studio', `doing promotion' or `touring around the country'.
Harry: Insecurity about his weight gain...
was a juggle to ensure we were doing things I could hide my bump
Therefore, timing shouldn't even come into the equation. We'll
Harry: My reasons are rather personal, which I hope the public
behind like radio interviews and label conducted photoshoots.
always find a way around it.
will understand. What I can tell you is I didn't make the offer
Harry: It's true though and it was adorable.
Then in early June I went into the private hospital and sat out the
Louis: And that's why I decided to give a pregnancy the try.
lightly. There was a lot of thought and consideration put into it.
You two are ridiculously adorable.
final two months.
Two months? Wait a minute, the figures aren't quite adding up
How has it been since you brought Jonah home?
Harry (chuckling): That's because Jonah decided he was going to
Harry: At first, the late night feeds were tiring but we're pretty
be ready a lot earlier than the middle of September.
lucky - Jonah doesn't cry or demand constant attention. He'll oc-
casionally whimper if he's really tired or if `Patchy' - that's his little
teddy - rolls too far away.
He was even earlier than expected?
Louis: Usually, he can happily entertain himself just by looking at
Harry: Yeah, Jonah decided he was going to be ready on the 12th
the world around him. He's a curious little thing - likes to wrap his
hand around anything that comes close. He's been doing it ever since
he was born - although, back then he hadn't the strength to actually
The 12th of August but that's almost a whole month early! He must
have been tiny!
Louis: When I was officially 33 weeks I actually measured at 37
What is like to be fathers?
weeks. The doctors aren't sure why, possibly because of the different
Louis: I don't think there are words accurate enough to describe
hormones in my body, but my gestation appears quicker than that of
how it feels. Having a child changes your whole outlook on life. The
a woman's. So by the time the 12th came along, which was into my
love and protection you feel for them is overwhelming. Sure looking
34th week, Jonah appeared to be 38 weeks along, which was as far as
after them can be tiring at times but when they look you in the eyes
the doctors were willing to risk me carrying to.
with wide-eyed wonder all the effort becomes more than worthwhile.
Harry: Exactly what Louis said. There is nothing more precious in
So the caesarean all went to plan? Or were there any unexpected
my life than my family. I would do anything to make Jonah or Louis
complications or surprises?
happy. I will do anything to protect them.
Louis: Amazingly it went pretty well. My blood pressure did drop
low as I was being sewn up but the doctors quickly sorted that out.
You clearly care a lot for each other and for your son. It's beautiful to
Harry was there for moral support, which was a big help.
see. Do you share the duties of feeds and changes equally?
Harry: We do. For the first two weeks, however, I did most of the
You were present at the birth Harry? That must have been such an
feedings and changes because Louis needed time to heal from the
tremendous moment for you.
Harry: It was probably the most amazing moment I've lived
Louis: I felt bad about that so as soon as I could get up, I tried to
through and one of the most emotional too. I won't lie, there were a
do my fair share - although Harry kept nagging that I was pushing
few tears shed in that operating theatre, especially when Jonah first
myself too hard.
opened his eyes and looked up at us. Louis was absolutely incredible.
Harry: Well you were and after all the hard work you put in you
- so strong
deserved a few weeks of rest. It was the least I could do for you.
Louis: You were incredible too babe. You didn't pass out, not even
when you cut the cord.
Well with that kind of example of care and teamwork I'm sure Jonah
is going to grow into a wonderful young man, just like his fathers.
Oh my goodness, you got to cut the cord too, Harry?
One last question before we let you go; Christmas is coming up
Harry: Yeah, I did. It was pretty surreal.
soon, have you any plans?
Harry: We've been discussing that recently and, since Jonah is
Wow! Who got to hold Jonah first?
really too young to truly appreciate Christmas we're going to spend
Louis: I guess it was me - the doctor put him on down on my
Christmas day at my mum's and then, hopefully, ring in the New Year
chest the moment he was born. Harry was the first one to get a
with Louis' family. When Jonah's a little older we'll have a proper
proper cuddle though.
family day together at home.
Harry: It was quite funny. He just sort of looked at me for a few
Louis: We'll still put up a tree in our flat though and take him to
long seconds before yawning and falling right to sleep on my shoul-
Covent Garden to see the lights.
der. Sort of like `hi dad, nice to meet you... snore'.
Well we hope you have a wonderful Christmas together and we're
Aww! You're making us all teary-eyed! How much did he weigh?
looking forward to seeing how Jonah grows into his curls. Thank
Louis: 5lb 7oz. He was tiny. He still is tiny [laughs].
you for talking to us and we wish you all the best with your gorgeous
Harry: I could hold him in the palm of my hand when he was
Louis: Thank you for having us.
Harry: Yes, thank you very much and we wish you a great
Ungh, did you hear that? It's the sound of a million women melting
into their seats. Who got to hold Jonah first out of your family and
Louis: Our mums got the first hold, then the lads, and then the
aunties and lastly the extended family and friends.
10 facts about
Hiding in plain
Louis Tomlinson, back in April,
1. Harry and Louis chose the name `Jonah'
pictured walking into Syco Studios.
after playing a game in which they chose 5 names
they each liked and then compared. Both wrote
the name Jonah!
2. If Jonah had been a girl she would have
been called Eve
that point I was
3. The first time Jonah kicked was during a naMe: paTcHy
about four months
book signing. Louis called for a five minute
break so Harry could feel it too - aww!
occ: jonaH's 1sT TeDDy
4. In almost every ultrasound Jonah was
seen sucking his thumb just like in the picture given by: eD sHeeran
On reflection the bump is clear to see. Aww! It's
opposite - double aww!
pretty incredible how obvious it now is.
sLeeps: in coT
Louis admits some of the fans had noticed he'd
5. Harry decorated the nursery under Louis' aDvenTures: LefT on a
`put on weight' but with careful styling it was
supervision (see picture below) - it's green and
quite easy to disguise his growing stomach as a
Train, feLL in THe baTH,
white with teddybear motifs!
`bad camera angle'.
goT LosT in THe LaunDry
6. Jonah was born shortly before 11am on conDiTion: worn
12th August, weighing 5lb 7oz. Harry could hold
him in one hand!
7. Harry and Louis' families, Niall, Zayn and
Liam were at the hospital when Jonah was born.
The proud grandmothers got to hold Jonah first
after Harry and Louis!
8. First person Jonah accidentally peed on was
9. Jonah has been sleeping through the night
since he was 2 months old!
10. Jonah thinks `bopping' noises and
raspberries are absolutely hilarious