Ricky Martin, Emma Bunton, the Backstreet Boys and Jake Shears are among the stars who have congratulated celebrity blogger Perez Hilton on the birth of his first child.

The gay gossip, real name Mario Lavandeira, Jr., announced on Wednesday (27Feb13) that he became a father to a baby boy earlier this month (Feb13) and also offered up a photo of himself cradling the unnamed tot.

Hilton's celebrity friends reacted with delight at the news, with Ricky Martin, who is a dad to twin sons, declaring on Twitter.com, "Congratulations Mr. I am very happy for you! Love and light!", and Scissor Sisters star Shears gushing, "Oh my Goooood (sic)!!!! Congrats (sic)!!! So proud and excited for you!"

Bunton wrote in a post, "Amazing news, it's the best feeling in the world! Congratulations Daddy!", the Backstreet Boys offered, "Congrats (sic) to our man Perez Hilton! Thanks for sharing the great news about your son with all of us - let us know if you need any baby tips!" and Ricki Lake ‏added, "Wow! So happy for u (sic)! Perez Hilton congrats!"

Pop star Kevin Jonas ‏wrote, "Congrats Perez Hilton on the birth of your baby boy much love and happiness and no sleep! God bless" and Paris Hilton proclaimed, "Congratulations Perez Hilton on your new son. Such exciting news, so happy for you!"

Actor Jerry O'Connell ‏posted a photograph of his twin daughters and joked, "He's got not one but two prom dates. I talked to them. They are in", while Denise Richards added, "Congrats daddy!!! Beyond thrilled for u (sic). Welcome to the club."