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Thomas Ravenel reveals the birth of his new baby boy

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Thomas Ravenel has become a father once more after welcoming the arrival of a baby boy.

DailyMail.com was first to break the news that Ravenel was expecting a child with 38-year-old Heather Mascoe, a registered nurse with whom the former Southern Charmer had a brief relationship.

Now, the man more used to troubling the headlines with drama and scandal, has shared the happy news and these charming pictures exclusively with DailyMail.com.

Speaking for the first time about his joy at being a new father, Ravenel revealed, ‘We’ve named him Jonathan Jackson Ravenel and he was born by C-section on June 29, 7lbs 4oz and 20.25inches long.

‘We are both very happy. Heather is a phenomenal mom and they’re both doing well.’

Thomas Ravenel has become a father once more after welcoming the arrival of a baby boy two weeks ago

Thomas Ravenel has become a father once more after welcoming the arrival of a baby boy two weeks ago 

Speaking for the first time about his joy at being a new father, Ravenel revealed, 'We've named him Jonathan Jackson Ravenel and he was born by C-section on June 29, 7lbs 4oz and 20.25inches long

Speaking for the first time about his joy at being a new father, Ravenel revealed, ‘We’ve named him Jonathan Jackson Ravenel and he was born by C-section on June 29, 7lbs 4oz and 20.25inches long

'We are both very happy. Heather is a phenomenal mom and they're both doing well,' Ravenel told DailyMail.com in an exclusive interview, offering first-look photos at the new baby boy

‘We are both very happy. Heather is a phenomenal mom and they’re both doing well,’ Ravenel told DailyMail.com in an exclusive interview, offering first-look photos at the new baby boy

Heather Mascoe, 38, a registered nurse who briefly dated Thomas Ravenel, gave birth to a baby boy on June 29. She's pictured in the hospital just after delivery

Heather Mascoe, 38, a registered nurse who briefly dated Thomas Ravenel, gave birth to a baby boy on June 29. She’s pictured in the hospital just after delivery 

Ravenel admitted that explaining the arrival to his daughter Kensie, 6, and son Saint, 4, – his children with ex, Kathryn Dennis, 28, – was not easy.

The notoriously volatile former couple seemed to have reached some sort of peaceable arrangement when, three months ago, Ravenel dropped the bombshell of Mascoe’s pregnancy. Dennis learned the news not from Ravenel himself but through his attorney.

But now, according to Ravenel, they are back on good terms, though he is not entirely sure that he was successful when it came to explaining the new arrival to his older children.

He said, ‘It’s kind of difficult to explain to them, you know, ”This is your half-brother – different mothers, same father.” They were a little confused. In the end I just told them, ”You’ll understand when you’re older!”

‘But they’ve Face Timed with the baby and they’re very excited to meet him. They’re getting ready to spend the week with their mother so we’re hoping they’ll meet him after that.’

Both Ravenel and Mascoe have, he said, had to be, ‘real careful,’ about who they can have around the newborn due to COVID-19 which is currently on the rise in their hometown of Charleston, South Carolina.

It is why, in part, Mascoe and the baby are currently staying outside the city.  

Both Ravenel and Mascoe have, he said, had to be, 'real careful,' about who they can have around the newborn due to COVID-19 which is currently on the rise in their hometown of Charleston, South Carolina

Both Ravenel and Mascoe have, he said, had to be, ‘real careful,’ about who they can have around the newborn due to COVID-19 which is currently on the rise in their hometown of Charleston, South Carolina

'We are both very happy. Heather is a phenomenal mom and they're both doing well,' Ravenel said

'We are both very happy. Heather is a phenomenal mom and they're both doing well,' Ravenel said

‘We are both very happy. Heather is a phenomenal mom and they’re both doing well,’ Ravenel said 

Ravenel and Mascoe are no longer a couple but are, he said, 'really good friends' . The pair briefly dated last summer

Ravenel and Mascoe are no longer a couple but are, he said, ‘really good friends’ . The pair briefly dated last summer

Pictures obtained exclusively by DailyMail.com show an apparently short-tempered new father Thomas Ravenel collecting baby supplies from Target

According to one onlooker, 'He came rushing from another line looking for his cart. He was ranting and raving loudly about not being able to find [his things] and when an employee asked him which cart he was looking for he said, ''It's got baby supplies for our little boy.'''

Pictures obtained exclusively by DailyMail.com show new father Thomas Ravenel collecting baby supplies from Target

The Southern Charm star, 57, has had an on-off relationship with Mascoe (pictured) since last summer and was trying to keep the pregnancy under wraps

The Southern Charm star, 57, has had an on-off relationship with Mascoe (pictured) since last summer and was trying to keep the pregnancy under wraps

Video, also shared here exclusively by Ravenel, shows little Jonathan enjoying the sounds of his rural surroundings. According to his father, ‘He loves the sound of frogs!’

Ravenel and Mascoe are no longer a couple but are, he said, ‘really good friends.’

He said, ‘That’s how I’d put our relationship, really good friends. She’s happy and I’m happy.’ 

The co-parents are not living together but Ravenel has been helping out and, though he has not been out and about socially for the past couple of weeks, according to one source, he was seen picking up baby supplies at the Target in Charleston’s Citadel Mall shortly after Jonathan’s birth.

According to one witness Ravenel appeared distracted as any new father might. They said, ‘He came rushing from another line looking for his cart. He was talking loudly about not being able to find [his things] and when an employee asked him which cart he was looking for he said, ‘It’s got baby supplies for our little boy.’

When the cart was located, the onlooker continued, ‘It was full of baby supplies, diapers and so on and he had a bracelet on that said, ‘boy’ and the hospital name.’

The former South Carolina treasurer also has two children by his ex Kathryn Dennis, 28, finally settling their long running custody battle four months ago. Ravenel admitted that explaining the arrival to his daughter Kensie, 6, and son Saint, 4, was not easy

The former South Carolina treasurer also has two children by his ex Kathryn Dennis, 28, finally settling their long running custody battle four months ago. Ravenel admitted that explaining the arrival to his daughter Kensie, 6, and son Saint, 4, was not easy 

Mascoe has two children of her own, a son and a daughter aged 12 and 13, by well-known Charleston restaurateur Leo Chiagkouris, 60

Ravenel’s personal life is riddled with high profile scandals not least a vicious and lengthy custody battle with Dennis.

Mascoe also has two children, a son and a daughter aged 12 and 13, from a precious relationship with well-known Charleston restaurateur Leo Chiagkouris, 60. 

But throughout his often very public turmoil Ravenel has been consistently described as a devoted father who dotes on his children, Kensie and Saint.

Now, as these pictures show, he is happily besotted with the latest addition to the family and, he said, excited for the older children to meet their little brother.

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