Tyra Banks and partner Erik Asla are the parents to a bouncing baby boy named York, whom they delivered via surrogate.
The supermodel and talk show host took to Instagram on Sunday and shared a sweet photo of herself looking serene as their “miracle baby” cozily snuggled close to her.
“This is the Happiest Valentine’s Day of my life. York, Daddy @erikasla and I send you so much love,” the caption said.
Meanwhile, her photographer boyfriend of two years, Erik Asla, posted the same photo on his Instagram page with the caption, “Mother and Son.”
The 42-year-old TV personality had been candid about her struggles to conceive. For years, Banks has claimed to have tried just about everything that modern fertility methods have to offer, including repeated IVF sessions that never reached fruition.
In an episode of the lifestyle talk show FABLife – which Tyra Banks co-hosts and produces – she broke down in tears as she described the many painful IVF treatments she has gone through and the constant judgment that she faces for being childless in her forties.
— FABLife (@FABLifeShow) September 21, 2015
Fortunately, using a surrogate mother to carry their embryos proved successful, as they now have baby York.
While fans are happy about the baby news, a lot of people have also gotten quite curious about Tyra Banks’ other half, Erik Asla. Not much has been published about her partner, even though they’ve actually been together for more than two years now. ET managed to gather a few interesting details about the guy, the first of which is that he’s a 50-year-old professional photographer from Norway, who relocated to Los Angeles.
— HollywoodLife (@HollywoodLife) January 28, 2016
Upon arriving in the U.S., Erik Asla scored a job as a photo assistant to esteemed fashion photographer Herb Ritts. He and Tyra Banks reportedly met on the set of the Norwegian version of Next Top Model, where he worked as one of the show’s photographers.