Sorry about the absence. I truly appreciate all of your well wishes. All is good! In fact, never better. Much love, JD.



Life is good for the Duhamels! Josh Duhamel shared his first new daddy update on Twitter Tuesday, Sept. 3, since welcoming baby boy Axl Jack with wife Fergie on Thursday, Aug. 29.

Five days after his son’s birth, Duhamel, 40, tweeted, “Sorry about the absence. I truly appreciate all of your well wishes. All is good! In fact, never better. Much love, JD.”

The Safe Haven actor’s wife Fergie, 38, gave birth to Axl — weighing 7 pounds, 10 ounces — in L.A. A source close the Black Eyed Peas singer told Us Weekly that their son’s name was an homage to Axl Rose, the frontman of Fergie’s favorite band Guns ‘N Roses.

“Fergie is a huge Guns ‘N Roses fan — one of her career highlights has been performing and recording with Slash — so Axl makes perfect sense,” the insider explained.

The spouses of four years were well-prepared to welcome their first child at the end of August. Duhamel told Us on Aug. 20 that they had their hospital bag packed, and the couple tweeted on Aug. 27 that Dog Whisperer star Cesar Millan helped prepare their dog Zoe for the baby’s arrival.

But two nights before Axl was born, Duhamel appeared on The Tonight Show and confessed he had some pre-fatherhood jitters. “You know, I gotta tell you, I’m a little bit nervous,” he told Jay Leno. “I thought that I was going to be good. I thought that I was ready for this, and I’m a little bit terrified. I’m excited and terrified, because I am responsible for this little thing. Forever.”

Josh and Fergie Duhamel Welcome Son Axl Jack

Actor Josh Duhamel, 40, and Black Eyed Peas frontwoman Fergie, 38, welcomed their first child on Thursday, Aug 29 2013.

Fergie underwent a c-section procedure at an L.A. hospital — and as we reported, the 38-year-old singer will be recuperating in style, staying in one of the V.I.P. suites.


Son Axl Jack Duhamel weighed in at 7 lbs., 10 oz.

Growing their family is “something that we’ve wanted for a very long time,” Duhamel, 40, told E! in May. “We’re both over the moon about it.”

As far as the name, it sounds as if Axl was indeed inspired by rock, and perhaps Guns N’ Roses front man Axl Rose.

“The name is kind of traditional, kind of not,” Duhamel explained to People magazine, noting that his 38-year-old wife “is a little rock and roll, so she’s a little bit more daring in that department than I am.”

Nevertheless, Axl Jack is “a name that we both really love, and I think will suit this child.”

Although Axl is the couple’s first human child, the newborn does have a furry sibling waiting for him to come home. The pair’s dog, Zoe, has already been prepped by the Dog Whisperer himself, Cesar Millan, for the baby’s homecoming.