Sharon Stone’s Maternal Instinct

The gossip mongers were half right: Sharon Stone was having a baby — she just wasn’t pregnant. The 42-year-old “Basic Instinct” leg-crosser and her ink-stained newspaper wretch of a husband, Phil Bronstein, are new parents to an adopted baby boy, a spokeswoman for the couple said today.

The child was born May 22 in Texas. Stone and Bronstein claimed the babe when he was one week old.

“They are both taking care of him and having the time of their lives together,” the rep said.

The couple wed on Valentine’s Day 1998. Stone has been the subject of she’s-pregnant stories since shortly after the nuptials.