Bollywood star Shilpa Shetty gives birth

2012-05-21 14:37

Mumbai - Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty, who shot to global fame when she was subjected to allegedly racist taunts on Britain's Celebrity Big Brother television series, gave birth to a baby boy on Monday.

"God has blessed us with a beautiful baby boy. Both mother and baby are fine. I am thrilled to bits," her husband Raj Kundra announced on Twitter.

In another tweet he thanked staff at the Hinduja Hospital in suburban Mumbai where the baby was born.

Racist bullying

Shetty, 36, who together with Kundra owns a stake in the Indian Premier League cricket team Rajasthan Royals, was the victim of allegedly racist bullying by the late Jade Goody during the 2007 Celebrity Big Brother reality series.

The controversy sparked international headlines, and Shetty went on to win the series.

Shetty has not broken through into major film roles, but she has remained one of Bollywood's most talked-about and photographed figures.

She also caused a stir when she locked lips with American actor Richard Gere at an Aids awareness event in 2007, leading an Indian judge to issue an arrest warrant against him.