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The Perfect Stork

Mark Wahlberg becomes a dad. The ''Italian Job'' star's model girlfriend gives birth to a daughter

Mark Wahlberg | IT'S A GIRL! Durham and Wahlberg are parents
Image credit: Rhea Durham and Mark Wahlberg: Glenn Weiner/ZUMA Press/NewsCom
IT'S A GIRL! Durham and Wahlberg are parents

Dirk Diggler has a daughter. Mark Wahlberg and his girlfriend, model Rhea Durham, became parents on Tuesday, the ''Italian Job'' star's publicist told E! Online. The girl, named Ella Rae, was born in Los Angeles, where the couple share a home; no word on the newborn's weight or other details.

It's the first child for Wahlberg, 32, and Durham, 25. The two former underwear models (he for Calvin Klein, she for Victoria's Secret) have been dating since 2001, after the breakup of Wahlberg's relationship with ''The Fast and the Furious'' actress Jordana Brewster. ''Rhea is what I was looking for,'' Wahlberg once told People magazine. ''She has really strong morals and high standards, and I like that.'' She and Wahlberg have not announced any plans to get married.

Originally posted Sep 05, 2003