LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Rumors swirled on Tuesday that pop star Britney Spears had given birth to her second baby, and that contrary to tabloid predictions, it was a boy.
Spears, 24, was reported by several tabloid outlets to have had the baby at a Los Angeles-area hospital early on Tuesday morning. But details were scarce, and Spears and her representatives were keeping mum.
The syndicated TV show "Access Hollywood" reported on its Web site that it had confirmed the birth with the performer's father, Jamie Spears, who said he had already seen his grandchild, adding, "Everything is great."
Us Weekly, citing an unnamed family source, said the child was a boy. Life&Style magazine said Spears' husband, Kevin Federline, sent a text message to a family insider saying: "Break out the cigars! We got a baby boy in the house!"
But Spears' publicists declined to comment on the media accounts.
"We have nothing to report and when we have we will let you know," Sonia Muckle, Spears' spokeswoman at her Jive Records label, told Reuters late on Tuesday.
If the reports prove correct, the baby was born just two days short of the birthday of Spears and Federline's first son's birthday.
The former teen idol, who posed nude for Harper's Bazaar magazine when she was six months pregnant, had led celebrity magazines to believe she was expecting a girl. Some reports in the past week had even said she planned to name the child Jamilyn, after her younger sister Jamie and her mother Lynne.
Spears announced she was pregnant with her second child during a surprise appearance in May on the CBS "Late Show with David Letterman."
Spears and Federline married in September 2004.