J.R. Martinez is an Iraq War veteran, motivational speaker, winner of Dancing With the Stars and soap opera actor. He's quite...

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Reigning Dancing With the Stars champion J.R. Martinez and his longtime girlfriend, Diana Gonzalez-Jones, have welcomed a baby daughter.

Her named is Lauryn Annabelle.

Lauryn Anabelle Martinez arrived Wednesday evening, May 2 in Los Angeles. “She’s already got a nickname - Belle,” J.R. told People of his newborn baby girl, who weighed in at 7 lbs., 13 oz. and is 21 inches long.

JR Martinez, Diana Gonzalez-Jones

“She has a couple of cute little freckles on her cheeks, a full head of hair and the cutest little lips,” he says. “It’s just amazing to see her. She’s beautiful.”

The Iraq war veteran and Gonzalez-Jones met when he landed a role on All My Children in 2008, and announced in December that they were expecting.

“God has a tremendous sense of humor and wants to continue to surround me with women,” J.R. joked in revealing that a baby girl was on the way.

Congratulations to the new parents!

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J.R. Martinez capped off an incredible 2011 with a Dancing With the Stars title. How can he ever top that heading into 2012? By becoming a father, for one.

He and girlfriend Diana Gonzalez-Jones are expecting their first child!

"We found out just last week it's a girl and we are over the moon," the 28-year-old Iraq War veteran, actor and motivational speaker confirmed to People.

JR Martinez, Diana Gonzalez-Jones

"Diana has a little baby bump now and it's the cutest thing ever. With the holidays coming up, this is the biggest and best gift we could possibly get." 

J.R. and Diana first met when he landed a role on All My Children in 2008. At the time, she was working as an assistant to the executive producer.

The two became close friends, but it wasn't until last year that the pair decided to take their friendship to the next level - and never looked back.

"We were so good as friends that romantically, we just clicked right away. There was no adjustment period," Gonzalez-Jones told the publication.

Impending fatherhood "is sinking in" Martinez says, admitting that he can't believe all of the good things that have happened in the past year.  

Congratulations to the happy couple!

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J.R. Martinez attended the CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute at The Shrine Auditorium in L.A. Sunday night, and if there were ever a celebrity to which the term "hero" truly applied, it would be this fall's Dancing With the Stars winner.

An Iraq War survivor who became a motivational speaker, advocate for veterans and soap opera star after being severely burned in a land mine explosion, the 28-year-old J.R. is a living, breathing testament to the triumph of the human spirit. Handsome too!

Anderson Cooper? He's a pretty cool dude too. The CNN anchor has made countless trips to veterans hospitals over the years, bringing attention to those who need it. He was also looking sharp last night as well - but more so than J.R.? Vote below:

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Who dressed best, J.R. Martinez or Anderson Cooper? Take a look at their respective style at the CNN Tribute to Heroes event and vote in our survey? View Poll »

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The Mirror Ball now has some company in J.R. Martinez's trophy case.

The Iraq War veteran, motivational speaker, advocate and actor who won Dancing with the Stars this fall put on his dancing shoes to help other disabled vets Friday.

As the guest of honor at Lois Pope's the Lady in Red Ball at Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, he was presented with the Unsung Hero Award.

JR and Karina

J.R. won for "overcoming devastating injuries to make a full life for himself and bringing the plight of three million living disabled veterans into our consciousness."

Martinez was asked to donate a dance at the event to the person who pledged $25,000 to benefit the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial. He obliged.

"I am truly honored to be here, because Lois Pope's mission to build this Memorial in Washington is so awesome for someone like me to see," Martinez told People.

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J.R. Martinez's victory tour brought him to Anderson this week.

There, he talked about his experience in Iraq as well as winning Dancing With the Stars, and being included in People magazine’s Sexiest Men Alive issue.

“After 33 surgeries, I better be!" Martinez joked, referring to the burn treatments and skin graft operations he's endured since being badly hurt in Iraq.

Since 2003, his life story has been one of triumph over adversity.

Martinez began counseling other wounded veterans, then working as a motivational speaker all across the country before landing a role on All My Children.

Now, he's one of 2011's big breakout stars, winning DWTS, being honored by the Defense Department, Grand Marshaling the Rose Parade and so forth.

Martinez said he embraces the opportunities he has, with his newfound fame, to be an advocate for veterans, and says he will always serve our country.

"You can take away my camouflage, you can take away my M16, which is my weapon, but I look at it now... my new weapons are my words and my new uniform is my scars,” he explained. “I'm going to continue to serve in a bigger way."

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Let the J.R. Martinez victory tour begin.

Dancing With the Stars champion J.R. Martinez received an invitation from U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta to visit the Pentagon and meet Panetta in person.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Panetta's respect for J.R., an Iraq War veteran, motivational speaker and actor, was displayed in a congratulatory note:

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J.R. and Karina Smirnoff won the ABC competition Monday.

"Your strength and spirit have captivated the nation, and your victory sends a strong message about the strength and resilience of our wounded warriors."

The Defense Secretary then personally called J.R. to invite him to meet in person. J.R. Martinez will address thousands of active and retired troops while in D.C.

It seems everyone wants a piece of the man. Along with his journey to the Pentagon, Martinez has been named the Grand Marshal of the 2012 Rose Parade. 

The annual extravaganza takes place New Year's Day. Not only that, the 28-year-old will co-host the pre-show of CNN's Heroes: An All-Star Tribute.

If you're looking for a true inspiration, you could do a lot worse.

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J.R. Martinez and Karina Smirnoff took home the title on last night's Dancing With the Stars season finale, besting Rob Kardashian and Cheryl Burke in a nail-biter.

Ricki Lake and Derek Hough came in third after what was a very evenly matched final round. In the end, though, the fan favorite and top dancer took the crown.

"I joked about gluing it on the hood of my car and just driving around L.A.," J.R. said of the Mirror Ball trophy. "Or be like rappers, make a chain out of it and just wear it around! I'm going to cherish this thing every single day!"

  • J.R. Martinez, Karina Smirnoff Photo
  • J.R. and Karina: Dancing With the Stars Winners

Mirror Ball jokes aside, J.R. took a moment to thank his fans, saying, "We just want to thank everyone who voted for us for 10 weeks and believed in us week in and week out! I had no idea what it would feel like and it feels amazing."

Though she says all the finalists were "a team of friends who compete and enjoy the process," Karina admits it was nice to win the competition - her first in 10 seasons.

"To come out on top at the end and to hold [the trophy], it's so beautiful."

J.R., the 28-year-old Iraq War veteran, motivational speaker and soap opera star, partly credits his fellow competitors Rob and Ricki for his big victory.

"Both of them did so well and were so great. It was great that we all progressed because they actually pushed us to be better," said the true class act.

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It all came down to one last Dancing With the Stars results show.

After 10 weeks of competiton, Ricki Lake, J.R. Martinez and Rob Kardashian headed into the DWTS season finale Tuesday with one last chance to win it all.

Rob took a slight lead Monday night, with Ricki and J.R. steady but not perfect and in a tie for second. Clearly, all three deserved their spots in the finals.

  • Ricki Lake and Derek Hough
  • Rob Kardashian and Cheryl Burke
  • J.R. Martinez and Karina Smirnoff

Who hoisted the Mirror Ball, Rob, Ricki or J.R.?

While J.R. and Ricki traded the top spot much of the season, Rob came on strong late.

A dark horse underdog for weeks, he rose to the occasion and proved he belonged with some outstanding performances this week. But would they be enough?

Follow the jump to see who prevailed on the Dancing With the Stars season finale ...

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J.R. Martinez made his case for the Mirror Ball on the final night of performances on Dancing With the Stars. But will America deliver it for him this evening?

After suffering an injury last week, but the 28-year-old Iraq War vet, soap opera star and motivational speaker gave it his all in the cha cha and the freestyle.

The judges weren't in agreement on his first dance with partner Karina Smirnoff. The duo earned a 7 from Len, and 8 from Carrie Ann and a 9 from Bruno.

One thing the judges could agree on, however, was Martinez's freestyle. He earned a perfect 30, leaving him a tie for second with Ricki Lake for the night.

Whether J.R. or Ricki can overtake surprise frontrunner Rob Kardashian all depends on voter turnout. Watch J.R.'s final two dances of the season below ...

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The 13th season of Dancing With the Stars has come down to one night.

Ricki Lake. Rob Kardashian. J.R. Martinez. All worthy parquet performers, as we know, but there can be only one Mirror Ball holder at the end of this. Who will it be?

Apparently no one told Rob that J.R. and Ricki were the consensus picks all season long, or that he was a 4-1 underdog headed into the final Monday of the season.

Because he's in sole possession of the lead right now!

Rob Kardashian and Cheryl Burke

His lead is only three points over both competitors, so this is going down to the wire. But who thought Rob Kardashian would be here now, let alone in first place?

Seriously, if you've watched this season at all, you knew he was good, maybe even a dark horse contender. But few saw him ever sitting on top of the world.

Rob and Cheryl Burke earned a perfect 30, their first of the fall, with a retro, Charleston-utilizing freestyle. When he said it was his time to peak, he meant it!

"This competition is often won or lost in the freestyle round and to get a 10 you have to blow us away. Consider me blown!" raved DWTS judge Carrie Ann Inaba.

J.R. Martinez and Karina Smirnoff earned a 30 of their own with an '80s hip-hop / samba mash-up that made you wanna get down. But their first dance hurt them.

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