Julian Edelman Shares Adorable Photo of His New Baby Girl Lily

'Happy to welcome a new squirrel to the tree.'

Julian Edelman

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Julian Edelman, you are the father.

The Patriots wide receiver and children’s book author shared an adorable photo of his new baby girl Lily via his Instagram account on Wednesday night. The post was the first time that Edelman acknowledged having a kid following rumors that he was the father of model Ella Rose’s baby.

“Happy to welcome a new squirrel to the tree,” the “proud” new papa wrote in the post.

my biggest #wcw of all time, happy to welcome a new squirrel to the tree, my baby girl lily #proud

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According to the Boston Globe, Rose, who lives in Los Angeles, filed a paternity suit against Edelman over the summer. The Patriots star reportedly flew out to the west coast on Wednesday of last week to see his new daughter in person at the hospital.

Although Edelman now has a new bundle of joy with Rose, he’s never actually spoken publicly about his alleged relationship with the Swedish model. Recently, Edelman has been rumored to be dating another high-profile star of the modeling world in Victoria’s Secret Angel Adriana Lima.