‘So excited’: Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson celebrates baby news

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Some happy news from Hollywood this morning as its been confirmed that Dwayne Johnson is set to become a dad again.

The actor and former professional wrestler is expecting a child with his long-time girlfriend Lauren Hashian.

This will be the first child for the pair, though Dwayne already has a 14-year-old daughter, Simone, with ex-wife Dany Garcia.

A source says Dwayne and Lauren are already "so excited" about the prospect of becoming parents. The couple have been together for nine years, getting together shortly after Dwayne's marriage breakdown in 2007.

And almost a decade on, Dwayne is still clearly smitten with Lauren, lavishing her and Simone with praise in a recent interview with Esquire.

"We do these stories and we talk so much about the business end, the success end, but then Lauren isn't mentioned and my daughter isn't mentioned," he noted. 

"You gotta get the better half in there… With all the cool s**t and success that I've been lucky enough to get? That doesn't happen unless the home life is solid."

It might take time to get to grips with parenting a newborn again, but Dwayne is already every bit the doting dad to his teenage daughter. Just last week he shared some sweet insights on Instagram, in a response to a post from Meadow Walker, the daughter of late actor Paul Walker.

"I want you to know that every time me and your dad were together over the years, we'd ALWAYS talk about you and my daughter Simone," he wrote to Meadow. 

"We'd have a laugh at the fact we were both hard working boys and still trying to 'figure it all out'… but we'd also laugh and smile bigger at the fact that us being 'fathers' is by far the greatest blessing in the world."

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