Penélope Cruz gives birth to baby girl

Spanish celebrity couple Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem welcomed the arrival of their new baby daughter on Monday, on the same day that Britain's Royals greeted a new member of their own family.

Penélope Cruz gives birth to baby girl
Both the Duchess of Cambridge (right) and Spanish actress Penélope Cruz gave birth to children on Monday. Photo: Leon Neal/Tiziani Fabi/AFP

Penélope Cruz gave birth to her baby daughter at Ruber International hospital on Monday.

"She's tremendously happy and very excited," said Javier Giner, the Spanish publicist of the 39-year-old actress.

The baby girl is the second child of the Academy Award-winning duo who first met in 1992 when they starred together in the classic comedy Jamon, Jamon.

The couple chose not to provide any more details about the new member of their family, as was also the case when Leonardo was born.

Cruz gave birth to a girl "just a few hours" after Kate Middleton welcomed her little boy in St Mary's Hospital in London on Monday, according to the online edition of Spanish celebrity magazine Hola!.

The low-key experience of Cruz and Bardem was in stark contrast to that of the UK's Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Crowds gathered in London on Tuesday with people hoping to catch a glimpse of the one-day-old boy who could one day be the King of England.

Giles Paxman, British Ambassador to Spain, wrote on Tuesday to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge offering congratulations on the Royal birth, on behalf of the British nationals living in Spain.

"The Royal birth is happy and important news for the future of our country and I am delighted to send congratulations to Their Royal Highnesses on behalf of the many hundreds of thousands of British people who live in Spain. I’m sure it is a moment for expatriates to celebrate, just as it is for Britons back home.

"On behalf of the many British subjects living in Spain, I have the honour and pleasure to send our warmest congratulations to Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the birth of their first child."

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Penelope Cruz: ‘I have my personal war with technology’

Hollywood star Penelope Cruz warned Sunday that technology was driving high anxiety that would one day make "all our brains explode".

Penelope Cruz: 'I have my personal war with technology'
Penelope Cruz on the red carpet at the screening of the film "Wasp Network" in Venice. Photo: AFP

Hollywood star Penelope Cruz warned Sunday that technology was driving high anxiety that would one day make “all our brains explode”.   

The Spanish mother-of-two said she was worried about how children's mental health and development were being affected by the ubiquity of tech.   

“I have my personal war with it,” she told reporters at the Venice film festival.

“I wish we could have lived in the 1990s for a little longer. For mental health issues that would have helped a lot, because I think things are going at a speed that we are unprepared for,” said the actress.   

Cruz, 45, who is starring in “Wasp Network”, a thriller about five Cuban undercover agents who became heroes for infiltrating radical exile networks in Florida, said tech was coming to utterly dominate children's lives, hogging their time and imaginations.   

“This might seem like an exaggeration to other people, but I am convinced that we were raised with a different relationships with technology,” she said.   

“Right now children and teenagers are in contact so much with electronics and it takes the time away from children to learn to play, to have conversations, to be at a table having dinner talking to their family, or to be bored — which is something important we all should learn as children.”   

Cruz, who has an eight-year-old son and six-year-old daughter with fellow Spanish star Javier Bardem, said our lives were being swallowed up by it.   

Tech's daily dominance was “not only affecting children, but all of us…. It is something that is creating a lot of general anxiety and I wonder if this continues all of our brains are just going to explode,” said the actress, who made her name in “Jamon, Jamon” when she was only 15.   

Cruz said that she hoped that rising fears about what we are doing to the planet would chime with a harder look at what tech was doing to us.   

“I hope that there will be a movement for people to live in a different way, that will value a different pace, which leads us to the other big issue, what happens to the environment,” she added.

By AFP's Fiachra Gibbons 

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