Exclusive: Lauryn Goodman introduces her baby son

And he's the double of his footballer dad

Lauryn Goodman baby son

by Annabelle Lee |
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She gave birth over three months ago but, until now, Lauryn Goodman hasn’t released any details about her new baby, saying she needed time and privacy.

But opening up to Closer, she exclusively reveals her child is a gorgeous baby boy – though she’s still yet to name him.

Lauryn – who is a single mum but has named the father of her son as England and Manchester City footballer Kyle Walker – says, “As parents, we both knew the gender as soon as I found out I was pregnant [to her surprise, Lauryn found out she was five months’ pregnant at a routine kidney scan] in November.

"I was super happy because it was the first boy in my family – I come from a family of girls. And now he’s born, everyone says he’s the double of his father. His mum says it’s like looking at him as a baby – genetics are a crazy thing."

Manchester City footballer Kyle Walker
Manchester City footballer Kyle Walker is Lauryn's baby daddy ©Getty

“I haven’t settled on a name yet. There are two names I absolutely love but I just need to decide which way round I would prefer his name to be. I haven’t registered him yet (the government are allowing extra time to register a child during the COVID-19 pandemic) so I have a bit of time to decide.”

Lauryn, 29, says she’s kept her son’s gender a secret until now as she felt she needed privacy, after receiving cruel abuse when she revealed Kyle – who already has three sons with his ex-partner – was the father of her baby.

Since then, Lauryn has received nasty comments on online articles, despite it being reported that the pair conceived their son during a brief romance while they were both single last summer. While she won’t go into detail, Lauryn – who has been friends with Kyle for years – does admit she’s found it hard to read the negativity about her.

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Lauryn hasn't decided on a name for her little boy ©Lauryn Goodman

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AbnerMeaning: This Hebrew names means "father is light", or "father of light".AeroMeaning: "of the sky" in Greek.ArkinMeaning: This Norwegian name means "eternal king's son".ArlenMeaning: This Irish name is of Gaelic origin, and means "pledge, promise, oath".

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BasilMeaning: Another Greek name on the list, Basil is best known as a herb but also means "royal" or "kingly".BrandoMeaning: Potentially as an homage to the famed actor Marlon Brando, this Italian name is dervied from the French Bertrand, meaning "brilliant raven", "fiery torch" or "beacon".

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CedarMeaning: Best known as a coniferous tree, this could be an alternative to Cedric, which was invented by Sir Walter Scott for his novel Ivanhoe in 1819.CosmoMeaning: This name is both used in English and Italian, with the alternative of Cosimo, meaning "order, decency, and beauty".CoyoteMeaning: Fancy naming your baby after a canine creature found mostly in Central and North America?CrispinMeaning: This Latin baby name is from the Roman family name Crispinus, based on the Latin word Crispus which means "curled" or "curly-haired".

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DaxtenMeaning: An alternative to the name Dax, it may mean "of the town Dax", which is French.

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EbenezerMeaning: Made famous by Charles Dickens' novel A Christmas Carol, it means "rock" or "stone of help".

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FritzMeaning: This is a shortened version of the German Frederick, derived from the Old High German Fridurih (ruler of peace), a compound name composed of the elements frid (peace) and rik (king, ruler).

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HanselMeaning: Best known as the other half of Hansel and Gretel, this Hebrew name means "Gift from God".HarlenMeaning: This is an alternative spelling to Harlan, which is and English name meaning "From the hare's land".HawkMeaning: One of the most feared birds of prey, the word "hawk" actually dervies from the Old English word "hafoc".HestonMeaning: Traditionally an English surname, the name Heston has come into prominence through the famous chef, Heston Blumenthal. It means "one who came from Heston (a London suburb.)", and is derived from the Old English "hes" meaning "brushwood" and "tun" which means "enclosure".HoganMeaning: This is normally an Irish surname. In Irish Gaelic, Ó hÓgáin, it is diminutive of "Og" meaning "young".HyattMeaning: An English name, meaning "from the high gate".

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IggyMeaning: Are parents naming their children after Iggy Pop?! This English name means "firey one".IgorMeaning: This Russian name means "warrior of peace".IkeMeaning: Although often short for Isaac, the name Ike is actually a name in it's own right. From Hebrew origins, this name means "he laughs/laughter".IndigoMeaning: Although traditionally a girl's name, this deep, rich purple colour would make a lovely name for either gender! Coming from the Greek "Indikos", meaning Indian dye.

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KruzeMeaning: An alternative spelling to Cruz, made famous by the Beckhams, meaning "cross" in Spanish and referring to the cross of the crucifixion.

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LionMeaning: Coming from the Latin Leo, which is a name in its own right and often short for Leonardo.LoyalMeaning: The word loyal means "true or faithful in allegiance", which is what we should all hope our children turn out to be! Comes from the Latin legalis, making "legal" and "loyal" from the same branch.LysanderMeaning: Most famous as one of The Lovers in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, Lysander means "liberator" or "one who is freed". A compound name made up of "lysis" (freedom) and "andros" (man).

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MarloMeaning: An alternative to Marlon, which is French, this name means "descendent of Mary".MarsMeaning: The Roman God of war? The Red Planet? Or the delicious chocolate bar? Either way, this name comes from mar, which means to spoil or ruin something. It could also be from the Latin mas, which means male.MarvelMeaning: Are you thinking of naming your son after the comic book giants? Comes from the Latin "mirari", meaning to "wonder at".

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NestorMeaning: A Greek name derived from a combination of "νέομαι" (neomai), meaning "go back", and "νόστος" (nostos), meaning "one who returns from travels".

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OakMeaning: A sturdy tree which bears the acorn.OzMeaning: Commonly used as a shortening of Australia in the modern Western world, but Oz actually means "strength" in Hebrew.

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PaxMeaning: Derived from the Latin "pax" meaning "peace, the binding thing". Pax was also a Roman goddess of peace, and is the name of one of Angelina Jolie's sons.PerseusMeaning: Another character from Greek mythology, Perseus was Hercules' half-brother. This name is either derived from the Greek verb, "πέρθειν" (perthein), meaning "to waste, ravage, sack, destroy" - or, it means "to destroy".PsalmMeaning: A religious hymn, this comes from the Greek "psallein", meaning "to pluck".

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RajMeaning: Raj is a Sanskrit Indian name, meaning "King".RamsesMeaning: Ever watch the Prince Of Egypt? Ramses was Moses' step-brother! In Egyptian, Ramses means "begotten by Ra the sun god".RenlyMeaning: It would seem we have a lot of Game Of Thrones fans out there... It's also an alternative to Renleigh or Renley.RigginsMeaning: Traditionally an English surname, Riggins is an Anglicized form of the Irish surname Ó Riagáin which means "son of Riagán" derived from the Irish name Riagán, which means "little king".RocketMeaning: Possibly taking inspiration from Jamie and Jools Oliver, it comes from the French "roquette" which means "spinning".RoscoeMeaning: This is a Norwegian name, meaning "from the deer forest".

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SaintMeaning: Almost definitely taking inspiration from Kim Kardashian and Kanye West's adorable little boy, this name comes from the Latin "sancire", which means "consecrate".SparshMeaning: This unusual name means "touch".

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TavishMeaning: A Scottish version of Thomas, it's an Anglicised form of Thàmhais.TigerMeaning: There are quite a few animal names in this list!TruMeaning: A German name meaning "strength of the spear; spear maiden".

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ZeeMeaning: This could be a shortened version of the Hebrew name Ezekiel, which means "God will strengthen".ZiggyMeaning: This German name is a shortened version of Sigmund, which means "protection through victory".ZyronMeaning: There isn't very much explanation on the name Zyron, but it could be an alternative of Zion, which is a Biblical name meaning "monument; raised up; sepulcher".

“There was a stressful period, but I chose just to concentrate on our little baby and ignore it all,” she explains. “Things like that always blow over and I certainly did not have time to entertain it. My sole focus is our baby – nothing else matters and I’m not letting anyone take this from me.

“I’ve waited until now to reveal the gender because I wanted to enjoy these special moments with my family instead of it being overshadowed by petty drama. But I don’t want people to think our son is a secret, because he’s not – I just wasn’t ready to share him with the world.”

For Lauryn – whose sister is CBB star Chloe Goodman – becoming a mother is extra special, due to the fact she thought she’d never be able to have children without medical help. The star suffers from endometriosis and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and was told she wouldn’t be able to conceive naturally.

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Chloe Goodman introduced her new baby to Closer earlier this year ©Chloe Goodman

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“I adore being a mother. I just honestly can’t describe the feeling,” she smiles. “Sometimes I look at him and I just cry in awe and say, ‘I can’t believe you’re mine. I’ve created you!’ I never thought this would happen in a million years.”

Thankfully, Lauryn says her son’s birth was quite straightforward and she coped with early labour pains well, likening them to her previous endometriosis pains.

“I got to the hospital 6cm dilated. I guess suffering with endometriosis pains all of my life has its bonuses,” she says. “I didn’t even know I was in early labour all day until the evening, when the active contractions came thick and fast. When I got into hospital, I was taken straight to the labour ward and a few hours later it was time to push. Honestly, when he was born, I just burst out crying – nothing can prepare you for the feelings.”

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Despite admitting coping on her own with a newborn has been exhausting, Lauryn says being a single mother brings her great joy.

“He relies on me for everything and I’m so proud of what we’ve achieved together. I’m a strong woman, but since having him, there is nothing that could break or faze me. I get all my strength from my son. It’s exhausting and the hardest part is the night shifts and the lack of sleep, but the best part is the unconditional love you feel. It’s like nothing I’ve ever felt before. I wouldn’t change it for the world.”

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