Motor racing boss Flavio Briatore is the father of supermodel Heidi Klum's baby daughter and not her rocker boyfriend Seal, according to reports.

Recent rumours claimed the black singer - who has been dating Klum since she split from the RENAULT racing boss - was the true father of LENI, who was born on Tuesday (4MAY04) in New York.

But Klum has always maintained Briatore is the father, and according to sources close to the model, Leni's caucasian complexion proves his paternity.

American newspaper the NEW YORK DAILY NEWS claims 30-year-old Klum will end all speculation by releasing a photo of Leni in the next few days.

Briatore has refused to comment on the birth or if he intends to seek a paternity test or visit the tot. His spokesperson told the Daily News, "Mr Briatore doesn't wish to express himself on this matter. It is a very delicate subject."

Seal meanwhile rushed to be by Klum's bedside and has reportedly cancelled tour dates this week (ends7MAY04) so he can spend time with her and Leni. A friend tells the newspaper, "Seal is 100 per cent supportive. This is a new start for them."

06/05/2004 13:47