Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan's newborn son suffered "health issues" following his birth as he arrived "several months" early. The actor and his wife, Gauri, welcomed a little boy named AbRam via a surrogate mother in May (13), but the news was only made public last week (03Jul13).
Khan has now opened up about the new arrival, revealing AbRam was born prematurely and the family was in turmoil as the baby battled health problems in hospital.
In a statement, the star writes, "He was born prematurely by several months, but has finally come home (from hospital). Gauri and our whole family have been dealing with his health issues for a long time now.
"As a family, our silence on this subject has been because of the personal nature of emotional strife that we have been going through due to his health."
Indian authorities have been investigating reports which suggested Khan illegally discovered the sex of his newborn son before the birth, and the star has now vehemently denied the allegation.
He adds, "Just to put the record straight there was no sex determination for our child. The baby was born much before the speculation of 'sex determination' and other 'issues' pertaining to the same were being raised in the media.
"Suffice to say his coming home (from hospital) puts to rest completely false and at times insensitive claims of sex determination and alleged illegalities."
Prenatal testing to discover a baby's gender is banned in India to prevent the abortion of female fetuses in favour of male children.
Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan has condemned Indian authorities for wasting time investigating reports he illegally discovered the sex of his newborn son before the child's birth. The actor and his wife, Gauri, welcomed the baby via a surrogate mother in May (13), but the news was only made public by a local official on Wednesday (03Jul13).
They were previously rumoured to have ordered a prenatal test to find out if the tot was a boy or a girl - a practice banned in India to prevent the abortion of female fetuses in favour of male heirs - prompting an official probe by government chiefs, who are currently looking into the matter to determine if Khan broke the law.
The star made his feelings about the issue clear during a press conference for his new film Chennai Express on Wednesday night (03Jul13), admitting the news was "extremely personal", but promising to share more information about the child, whose name has yet to be released, once the inquiry is over.
He also expressed his hopes that officials would work with the same "alacrity in finding out and doing the enthusiastic investigation they are doing upon my baby upon other things which they should be lending their thoughts to right now."
He added, "When the sad part gets over, I will share everything with you."
The 47 year old also has a 15-year-old son, Aryan, and a 13-year-old daughter, Suhana, with Gauri.
Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan has become a father for the third time. The actor and his wife Gauri welcomed their baby boy via a surrogate mother in May (13), according to officials in Mumbai, India who announced the news on Wednesday (03Jul13).
The couple is already parents to a 15-year-old son, Aryan, and 13-year-old daughter, Suhana.
The birth of the baby boy comes amid controversy over whether the actor and his wife ordered an illegal prenatal test to find out the sex of their unborn child, a practice banned in India after a preference for male heirs led to a major population imbalance as families decided to abort female fetuses.
The reports prompted a member of the Indian Radiological and Imaging Association to demand an investigation into the matter. Khan is said to have denied the allegation.
Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan is under investigation by Indian officials amid reports the father-to-be has broken the law by discovering the sex of his unborn child. The actor and his wife, Gauri, are reportedly expecting their third child via a surrogate, and recent rumours suggested the couple was set to welcome a baby boy to the family - a brother for their 15-year-old son Aryan and 13-year-old daughter Suhana.
The Khans, who live in Mumbai, have yet to confirm claims they are to become parents again, but a formal complaint has been filed against the star and his wife by a member of the Indian Radiological and Imaging Association (IRIA).
Tests to determine the sex of a child during pregnancy are banned to prevent the abortion of female fetuses in favour of male heirs.
Dr. Jignesh Thakkar tells the AFP, "We want to know the truth, and if it is true how (the gender) came out and who told it (sic). Whoever is responsible must be punished."
A representative for the state's health ministry has since ordered city officials to look into the matter, but Khan, 47, was not home on Monday (17Jun13) when authorities tried to question him about the allegations, according to the Press Trust of India.