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Natalie Portman confirms the real reason she skipped the Oscars - she had just given birth

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Actor Natalie Portman attends The 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. 26592_012  (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for TNT)

Actor Natalie Portman attends The 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. 26592_012 (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for TNT)

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Actress Natalie Portman arrives for the 89th Annual Academy Awards Nominee Luncheon at The Beverly Hilton Hotel

Actress Natalie Portman arrives for the 89th Annual Academy Awards Nominee Luncheon at The Beverly Hilton Hotel

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Actress Natalie Portman arrives for the 89th Annual Academy Awards Nominee Luncheon at The Beverly Hilton Hotel

Actress Natalie Portman arrives for the 89th Annual Academy Awards Nominee Luncheon at The Beverly Hilton Hotel

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Actor Natalie Portman attends the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Expo Hall on January 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

Actor Natalie Portman attends the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Expo Hall on January 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

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Natalie Portman is hypnotic as America's most famous First Lady in the astounding biopic Jackie

Actress Natalie Portman arrives at the 74th annual Golden Globe Awards, January 8, 2017, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel

Actress Natalie Portman arrives at the 74th annual Golden Globe Awards, January 8, 2017, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel

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Natalie Portman and Jackie Kennedy

Natalie Portman and Jackie Kennedy

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Natalie Portman

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Natalie and  Benjamin  at the Vanity Fair Oscar party

Natalie and Benjamin at the Vanity Fair Oscar party

Benjamin Millepied and Natalie Portman attend IFP's 26th Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards at Cipriani, Wall Street on November 28, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Matthew Eisman/Getty Images for IFP)

Benjamin Millepied and Natalie Portman attend IFP's 26th Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards at Cipriani, Wall Street on November 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Matthew Eisman/Getty Images for IFP)

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Actress Natalie Portman (L) and choreographer Benjamin Millepied attend the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Expo Hall on January 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

Actress Natalie Portman (L) and choreographer Benjamin Millepied attend the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Expo Hall on January 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

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Natalie Portman and husband Benjamin Millipied met on the set of Black Swan and wed in 2012, only alerting the media to their nuptials as they wore their wedding bands to that year's Oscars.

Natalie Portman and husband Benjamin Millipied met on the set of Black Swan and wed in 2012, only alerting the media to their nuptials as they wore their wedding bands to that year's Oscars.

Actress Natalie Portman attends the 28th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Film Awards Gala at the Palm Springs Convention Center on January 2, 2017 in Palm Springs, California.  (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images )

Actress Natalie Portman attends the 28th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Film Awards Gala at the Palm Springs Convention Center on January 2, 2017 in Palm Springs, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images )

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A heavily pregnant Natalie Portman shows that you don't have to compromise on style with bump. In 2011, she rocked Rodarte.

A heavily pregnant Natalie Portman shows that you don't have to compromise on style with bump. In 2011, she rocked Rodarte.

Natalie Portman as Jackie Kennedy in a scene from the film, "Jackie." (Stephanie Branchu/Fox Searchlight via AP)

Natalie Portman as Jackie Kennedy in a scene from the film, "Jackie." (Stephanie Branchu/Fox Searchlight via AP)

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Actor Natalie Portman attends The 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. 26592_012 (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for TNT)

Natalie Portman is a new mother - again.

The actress and her husband Benjamin Millepied have welcomed a little girl, a baby sister for their five-year-old son Aleph.

The baby was born on 22 February, according to her representative, who says, "mother and baby are happy and healthy."

Natalie skipped the Oscars on Sunday (due to her "pregnancy" - she released a statement which read: "Due to my pregnancy, I am unable to attend the Independent Spirit Awards and the Academy Awards. I feel so lucky to be honoured among my fellow nominees and wish them the most beautiful of weekends."

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Actress Natalie Portman arrives for the 89th Annual Academy Awards Nominee Luncheon at The Beverly Hilton Hotel

Actress Natalie Portman arrives for the 89th Annual Academy Awards Nominee Luncheon at The Beverly Hilton Hotel

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The 35-year-old received nominations at both awards shows for her role as Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis in Jackie. She missed out on the Oscar when Emma Stone won gold for La La Land, but it seems she already had a big prize - her baby daughter.

Natalie confirmed her second pregnancy during an appearance on U.S. TV show The Tonight Show in November, two months after sporting what appeared to be a baby belly at the Venice Film Festival in September.

She later admitted she had hoped no one would notice she was pregnant on the red carpet: "I thought I was gonna be able to hide it a little longer and then we got there and I was like, 'It's not hide-able any more... The stomach wants to be out...'"

Notoriously private, the actress has kept the baby details to herself, but during a recent appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in the U.S., Natalie opened up, admitting hitting red carpets while pregnant is not fun.

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Actress Natalie Portman (L) and choreographer Benjamin Millepied attend the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Expo Hall on January 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

Actress Natalie Portman (L) and choreographer Benjamin Millepied attend the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Expo Hall on January 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

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"It does make you look forward to the day when you can just have your own body on the red carpet," the actress laughed, before chatting about her cravings.

"With Aleph it was very (different)...," she said. "I wanted cream puffs, anything dessert with cream in it, or just plain cream straight. This time it's, like, healthy - pineapple, cucumbers, burritos, which is maybe less healthy, but delicious."

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