Ryan Lochte has gone from the ballroom to the delivery room. A year after his rollercoaster ride in Rio and a subsequent stint on Dancing with the Stars, Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte will now start the biggest adventure of his life: as a new dad.
The 12-time Olympic medalist and his fiancée, model Kayla Rae Reid, welcomed their first child together, a baby boy, in the early morning hours on June 8. The newborn is the first child for both Ryan and Kayla.
Ryan Lochte announced that his fiancée was pregnant with their first child last December, just two months after the couple announced their engagement after only 10 months of dating. Lochte famously proposed to Reid in Malibu Canyon following a romantic sunset helicopter ride while he was competing on Dancing with the Stars last fall.
Ryan Lochte did not post a picture of his son on social media, but the 32-year-old Olympic swimmer announced the news of his baby’s birth on Instagram, calling it “a miracle.”
“Never seen a miracle happen before,” Ryan wrote. “Until this morning at 5:46 am when CAIDEN ZANE LOCHTE was born. 7lbs, 14 oz, 22 inches. Can’t stop crying from tears of joy. Dream come true!”
Fans may recall Ryan and Kayla’s unique birth announcement, which they posted in December. Shortly before Christmas, Ryan posted a photo of himself kissing his fiancée’s barely-there baby belly while underwater. At the time, Ryan revealed that his Christmas gift came early.
Since that time, Lochte and Reid have been active on social media as they document the pregnancy. Last month, Ryan posted an early Mother’s Day message to his baby mama.
Ryan Lochte’s baby news comes just a few days after he made headlines for an ESPN interview that suggested he was suicidal after last summer’s Rio scandal. Lochte falsely claimed he was robbed at gunpoint during the 2016 Olympics in Rio and was later suspended from competitive swimming.
While Ryan told ESPN he “was about to hang up my entire life” after the Rio scandal, he stopped short of saying the word “suicide.” But the ESPN article noted that Lochte nodded his head slowly when asked if he had considered ending his life.
“To be clear, yes I was in a very dark place after Rio, but I never thought about taking my own life,” Lochte told TMZ Sports.
“That’s the media twisting what I told ESPN. I would never do that. That’s not me….I’m a fighter, always have been, and always will be. I knew that I would do whatever necessary to get through that horrible time, and most importantly to once again earn the trust of my friends, family, and the public, who have always been so supportive of me.”
Earlier this year, Lochte told AOL Entertainment he was ready for a clean slate in 2017.
“My clean start in 2017 is definitely going to be my family,” Lochte said. “With getting married and having a baby, everything is just working out really well for us.”
Ryan also revealed that he was taking a lot of parenting advice from his own parents.
“There’s one thing that I know will happen: I’m going to spoil this kid rotten, but not with material things,” Lochte told AOL.
“I’ll do it with so much love; that’s what I’m excited about. I’m excited to change diapers and all of that other father stuff I’ve dreamt about doing for years. I’m on cloud nine.”
Despite his struggles over the past year, just one week before Father’s Day, Ryan Lochte appears to be ready for fatherhood. Lochte recently posted a photo of the classic book Dr. Spock’s Baby and Child Care, revealing that he was excited to dig into his new read.
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