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Indian actor Shah Rukh Khan announces new baby

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July 4, 2013 03:56 AM EST | AP


NEW DELHI — Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan has confirmed that he's the father of a new baby amid feverish media speculation.

Talking to reporters at the music launch of his newest film, Khan said late Wednesday that the news was "extremely personal."

There's been much speculation in Indian media over the last few weeks that Khan and his wife became parents to a baby boy via a surrogate and that the actor knew the baby's gender ahead of the birth – an act that is illegal in India to prevent the practice of aborting female fetuses due to a cultural preference for sons.

Khan did not give any details and did not mention the baby's gender, but said he would share more details when the "sad" speculation settles down.