"our hearts are filled with so much gratitude"
Preity Zinta and her husband Gene Goodenough have welcomed twins through surrogacy.
The Bollywood actress made the announcement on Thursday, November 18, 2021, through her Instagram account.
She shared a photo of herself and Goodenough with her 8.5 million followers and added a caption confirming the news.
The 46-year-old began by writing: “Hi everyone, I wanted to share our amazing news with all of you today.
“Gene and I are overjoyed and our hearts are filled with so much gratitude and with so much love as we welcome our twins Jai Zinta Goodenough and Gia Zinta Goodenough into our family.”
Fellow celebrities were quick to congratulate the couple on their new arrivals.
Shilpa Shetty commented: “Sooooo happpyyy and excited hearing this great piece of news my darling.
“Heartiest congratulations my darling PZ , sending you, Gene and the babies all my love.”
Blogger Shagun Khanna said: “Love!!! So, so happy for you guys.”
Businesswoman Aastha Sharma added: “Omg congratulationsssss.”
Others who commented to show their support included Abhishek Bachchan and Dia Mirza.
Preity Zinta and American financial analyst Gene Goodenough dated for five years after meeting in 2011.
They got married in a private ceremony in Los Angeles on February 29, 2016, where they now live together.
Asked by a fan about their relationship, the actress had said:
“I met him in Santa Monica in Los Angeles. Then we dated for five years and we finally got married.”
Zinta jokingly added:
“I am not going to tell you the details.”
They are not the first star couple to choose surrogacy with Karan Johar, Shah Rukh Khan and Aamir Khan also doing so.
Preity Zinta made her debut in Mani Ratnam’s romantic thriller Dil Se… (1998) with Shah Rukh Khan and Manisha Koirala.
The actress then went on to star in a number of successful movies and won several accolades for her performances.
Some of her most notable works include Koi… Mil Gaya (2003), Veer-Zaara (2004) and Salaam Namaste (2005).
Zinta was last seen in Bhaiaji Superhit (2018) but the action-comedy with Sunny Deol ended up flopping at the box office.
Preity Zinta is expected to return to screens with Rocky Aur Rani Ki Prem Kahani (2022). The film stars Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt.
It has been directed by Karan Johar and also features Dharmendra and Jaya Bachchan.