By GEORGINA LITTLEJOHN
First time parents: Westlife star Kian became a father last night after his wife Jodi Albert gave birth to a baby boy called Koa
With just four days to go until Christmas Day, presents are being wrapped and put under the tree until the morning of the 25th.
But Westlife's Kian Egan got an early gift this year as he became a father for the first time after his wife Jodi Albert gave birth to a boy yesterday.
The former Hollyoaks star and the pop singer - who married two years ago after a four-year romance – have named the child Koa.
Proud dad: Kian took to his Twitter page to announce the news
Kian took to his Twitter page last night and wrote: Our little baby boy 'Koa' was born today at 6.10pm. Jodi Albert is an amazing woman. Love them both so much. Both doing amazing, so proud. X.'
He later thanked fans for their messages of support, admitting he was shocked to receive so many well-wishes.
He added: 'Wow thanks guys. Amazing to see our little boy Koa is trending in the UK! And he's only a few hrs old!!!'
Kian's bandmates Mark Feehily and Shane Filan was aong the first to congratulate the star.
Mark Tweeted: 'Congratulations to my great friends Kian & Jodi on the birth of their first child Koa,a bouncing baby boy! Yey!'
Delighted: Kian's Westlife band mates (L-R Nicky Byrne, Mark Feehily, Shane Filan) Tweeted their congratulations
Nicky said: 'Amazing News for @KianEganWL & @JodiAlbert_xxx Welcome to the world Koa ! happiest days ever - & just in time for Santa too!'
He signed it 'NGRJ', referring to his eife Georgina Ahern and their twin boys Rocco and Jay.
And Shane added: 'Delighted for Jodi ,Kian and baby Koa Fantastic news!!! Congrats guys!!!'
Kian will be able to spend lots of time with his son as Westlife are set to disband after a greatest hits album and a farewell tour next spring.
It's not sure where the unusual name came from, but the acacia koa is a flowering tree that is native to Hawaii.