The fashion designer and his long-term partner Richard Buckley have announced the birth of their first child, Alexander John Buckley Ford, who was born in Los Angeles on September 23.

Taking to their official Twitter page Love Magazine broke the news, writing: ''Congratulations to Tom Ford and Richard Buckley who have announced the birth of their son Alexander John Buckley Ford.''

Tom's spokesperson has since confirmed the statement, but little is known about the baby, who is believed to have been born via a surrogate mother.