February 22, 2008 / 7:41 AM / 12 years ago

Jennifer Lopez gives birth to twins

Jennifer Lopez walks off stage during the taping of "Movies Rock" at the Kodak theatre in Hollywood, December 2, 2007. Lopez gave birth to twins -- a boy and a girl -- early on Friday in a New York hospital, her manager said. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Jennifer Lopez gave birth to twins — a boy and a girl — early on Friday in a New York hospital, her manager said.

The 38-year-old, who is married to singer Marc Anthony, delivered her first children just after midnight in a Long Island hospital, manager Simon Fields told Reuters.

“They are healthy, happy and thrilled,” Fields said of the new family.

The couple’s 5.7 pound daughter was born first, followed by a 6.0 pound son. Both have yet to be named.

Lopez’s efforts to have a child have filled tabloid pages in the past few years. Anthony, a 39-year-old salsa singer, has a daughter and two sons from two previous relationships.

Celebrity magazine People is reportedly offering upward of $6 million for the exclusive U.S. rights for the first photos of the babies, topping a reported $4 million the magazine paid for North American rights to pictures of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s baby daughter Shiloh.

New York-born Lopez, who has sold 17 million records worldwide and released six albums, married Anthony, who has sold more than 10 million records, in 2004. It is her third marriage.

The couple starred together last year in “El Cantante,” a film about salsa legend Hector Lavoe.

Editing by Frances Kerry

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