Tom Ford has welcomed a son.

The fashion designer and his long-term partner Richard Buckley have have announced the birth of their first child, Alexander John Buckley Ford, who was born in Los Angeles on September 23.

Love Magazine broke the news by tweeting: ''Congratulations to Tom Ford and Richard Buckley who have announced the birth of their son Alexander John Buckley Ford.''

Tom's representative has since confirmed the statement, but little is known about the baby, who is believed to have been born via a surrogate mother.

The former creative director of Gucci has been with journalist Richard for 25 years and claims it was love at first sight when they met at a fashion show in 1986.

Tom has previously stayed coy about his intention to have children, but insisted he would never use any child as a ''press tool'' and would keep them out of the spotlight.

He said in 2011: ''If I have children, no one will know about it until the child is born. And no one will ever see the child because I certainly wouldn't use it as a press tool.

''If I have a child, you won't notice that I had a child. Maybe you'll see it when it's 18, but I will keep it out of the spotlight.''