Rooney Mara and her partner Joaquin Phoenix have a new baby son they’ve named River, according to reports.
The name is a tribute to the Joker star’s older brother, who died aged 23 in 1993.
The news was revealed by Victor Kossakovy, director of Gunda, which is executive produced by Phoenix.
‘A beautiful son’
During a Q&A at the Zurich Film Festival, Kossakovy apoologized for Phoenix’s absence.
He said: “[Joaquin] just had a baby, by the way, his name was… a beautiful son called River, so he cannot promote [the film] right now.”
Expecting a baby
The news that the couple were expecting a baby first circulated in May, with Celebrity news site Page Six reporting that a source said Mara ‘may be as far as six months along in her pregnancy’.
Photos published by some outlets show Mara wearing baggy clothes, with some speculating that this could be to ‘cover her bump’.
Page Six reported that the couple – who often engage in vegan advocacy together and separately – first met in 2013, on the set of Spike Jonze film Her, and began dating in 2018 after acting together in the movie Mary Magdalene.