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AS THE WORLD TURNS’ Paul Leyden Welcomes a Beautiful Baby Girl

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Congratulations to AS THE WORLD TURNS star Paul Leyden (Simon) on the birth of his beautiful baby girl, Raphaëlle Anaîs Leyden! He and his wife, French actress Alexia Barlier welcomed their daughter on June 7, and are naturally over the moon with joy! “I everyone, meet me!” Leyden posted to Instagram. “My name is Raphaëlle Anaîs Leyden! I was born on June 7 at 2:29 a.m.! I weigh 6 lbs., 15 oz. I’m super long and skinny with big feet! My mum brought me into this world completely naturally and Dad couldn’t stop crying. He kept calling her his warrior queen, but I’ve got a feeling Dad’s gonna cry a lot more than me over the next few days (years) but he says that’s ‘cos he’s super happy and completely smitten with me and Mum. He reckons he’s the luckiest man alive! Thanks for having me, world. I promise I’ll be a really good girl!”

Leyden got his start back in 1999 playing Warren “Wazza” Edwards on the Australian soap HOME AND AWAY, but became a fan-favorite of American soap viewers when he debuted as the sexy rogue Simon Frasier on the much-missed CBS sudser ATWT in 2000. He also had a brief stint as Blake Joseph on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS in 2010-11 and starred on the short-lived primetime series LAX opposite Heather Locklear. More recently, Leyden has turned his attention to the other side of the camera, writing, directing, and producing the Crackle series CLEANERS as well as other projects and short films.

Barlier and Leyden were married in the summer of 2018 and Raphaêlle is their first child together. Please join us in wishing the entire family all the best for a lifetime of happiness together! 

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