'Dancing With the Stars' Winner J.R. Martinez Expecting First Child

J.R. Martinez - TV Still: DWTS Episode 1301 - P - 2011
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The war veteran and his girlfriend Diana Gonzalez-Jones are welcoming a baby girl next year.

Dancing With the Stars winner J.R. Martinez is going to be a father.

The 28-year-old former soap star broke the happy news recently that he and his girlfirend Diana Gonzalez-Jones will be expecting their first child next spring.

"We found out just last week it's a girl and we are over the moon," Martinez told People.

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He had nothing but wonderful things to say about the new addition: "Diana has a little baby bump now and it's cutest thing ever. With the holidays coming up, this is the biggest and best gift we could get."

Martinez, an Iraq war veteran, and Gonzalez-Jones met on the set of All My Children in 2008 when he landed a part on the now-canceled ABC soap. Gonzalez-Jones was the executive producer's assistant at the time.

They did not begin dating until last year after being friends.

Martinez, who visited the Pentagon, was named the grand marshal for the Rose Parade and took part in CNN's salute to heroes following his win on Dancing With the Stars, was grateful for the events of the past year, saying, "2011 has been full of a lot of surprises and opportunities and ultimately, a lot of blessings. Diana and I were asking ourselves, 'How is 2012 going to top 2011?' Well, we have our answer."