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Rufus Wainwright is a father

Singer/songwriter Rufus Wainwright is a first-time father - and the child is his hero Leonard Cohen's granddaughter.

The 37 year old star broke the happy news on his website on Friday, insisting he and partner Jorn Weisbrodt are proud dads.

In a post, the gay star wrote, "Darling daughter Viva Katherine Wainwright Cohen was born on February 2, 2011 in Los Angeles, California to parents Lorca Cohen, Rufus Wainwright and Deputy Dad Jorn Weisbrodt.

"The little angel is evidently healthy, presumably happy and certainly very, very beautiful."

The mother is Leonard Cohen's daughter.