Actor Jeremy Renner has confirmed he has secretly married his baby's mother, Sonni Pacheco.

The Hurt Locker star insisted last year (13) that he had no plans to wed Pacheco after watching his parents go through multiple marriages, adding, "It's not necessarily something I often think about."

However, despite his previous protest, Renner has now confirmed he is a married man by referring to Pacheco as "my wife".

In an interview with Capitol File magazine, the actor was asked if he is wed to Pacheco and responded, "Yes... I have tried to protect my family's privacy, my wife's privacy. I don't need her to get hammered with my life. Privacy issues are important because I want her to go about her day without being bothered."

Renner also flashed his wedding ring at a Washington, D.C. screening of his new movie Kill the Messenger on Tuesday (23Sep14).

It is not known when or where the pair married. Their daughter, Ava Berlin, was born last year (13).