Australian actress Kym Valentine best known for her portrayal of Libby Kennedy in the series Neighbours gave birth to a baby boy named Phoenix with her boyfriend Trent Croad.
Valentine implied the arrival of her newborn child by posting a picture of a fiery phoenix on Instagram and confirmed the news through her Twitter account on March 31, 2016.
“We are beyond blessed to announce the birth of our beautiful boy.”
Former Neighbours star had shared her pregnancy news in November saying that she felt ‘blessed beyond belief’ to be having another baby.
The 38-year-old actress has two children now. She already has a 12-year old daughter, Millana from her first marriage to singer Fabio Tolli. When her daughter was only four years old, Valentine ended her married life with husband Tolli in 2007.
The reason behind their split was unknown until Valentine’s affair with Australian actor Vince Colosimo got revealed. There were rumors that their alleged affair caused separation of Vince and his then girlfriend Jane Hall as well. It is said that Jane Hall openly blamed Valentine for the split.
After many allegations, Valentine made a public statement that she had not been dating Neighbours actor Colosimo and they had only been friends.
That same year in July 2008, she radically collapsed on a flight from New York to Melbourne and was diagnosed with a collapsed lung and pneumonia.
A couple of years later in 2010, she landed in the hospital again suffering from a life-threatening blood clot on her lung. Few months later, she admitted herself into a clinic due to exhaustion. She had to undergo various treatments for a depressive illness.
Frequent illness over the years made Valentine unable to film for Neighbours.
After enduring a rough few years in her life, Valentine finally settled to live a normal life after she met former AFL player Trent Croad.
Valentine announced her engagement with her boyfriend Trent at the premiere of Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story On Stage in March 2015.
“To be here with each other at this point in our lives is everything that happiness looks and feels like to us,” Kym shared her happiness with Woman’s Day.
The couple might celebrate their wedding with the birth of their son, Phoenix together this year.
Having acted over 30 commercials, Valentine has made appearances on several movies and TV shows including My Two Wives, Adult Illiteracy, At Bathurst, Candid Camera, Home and Away, Swap Shop, Hoops TV and Cheez TV.
Valentine has appeared as a housewife in Nine Network’s miniseries Fat Tony & Co. in 2014. One of her recent appearances would be her return to Neighbours for two weeks in 2014 which was part of the storyline to celebrate 20 years of the Kennedy family.
Actress Valentine has an estimated net worth of $4 million.