Love Island star Justin Lacko welcomes baby boy

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Former Love Island star Justin Lacko is officially a dad, sharing the happy news of the birth of his son with followers on Instagram on Saturday.

The 29-year-old posted a sweet photo introducing the world to his little boy, who he shares with now ex-girlfriend Anita Barone-Scott.

“Welcome to the world Leo Jace Barone-Lacko! Born 11 May 2020,” Justin wrote in the caption. “How I will treasure you forever. My love for you is unconditional.”

The model, who starred on the first season of the reality dating show, revealed back in November he will be a dad in 2020 with an ultrasound photo which he posted to his Instagram account.

“LIFE!!!! I can't believe this is happening but it's the best news to hear and I am very excited to share with you all that I'm going to be a daddy,” he captioned the image.

“Here's to celebrating my last year of my 20s and becoming a daddy in 2020.”

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Justin starred on Season One of Love Island Australia. Photo: Instagram/justinlacko

Justin, from Melbourne, and Anita had made their relationship official again in May 2019, but he later explained on The Kyle and Jackie O Show that they had broken up after dating on and off for five years.

“You know you can't force something that's not really meant to be there,” he said.

“I have all the support in the world, and she's beautiful, and I adore her. But I just think that this situation where it is now is probably the right thing for both of us.”

Fellow islanders were quick to share their congratulations.

“Congrats bro bro! Can’t wait to meet him,” Matt Zukowski commented, while Kim Hartnett also said ‘congrats’ sharing a lot of love emojis.

Justin also appeared on Australian screens for a second time as a contestant on I’m a Celebrity...Get me out of Here!

He flew over to the jungle earlier in 2019 and made it over halfway through the competition before being sent home. But that was enough to see him lose almost 10kg, leaving him nearly unrecognisable.

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