Amanda Knox, who was accused and later acquitted of the murder of her roommate 14 years ago, announced the birth of her first child on her podcast Friday.
Knox did not say when Eureka Muse Knox-Robinson was born, according to People.
“I will say I’m excited to not have to keep pretending not to be a mom,” the 34-year-old author told the Times. “‘Cause it’s like, my brain is just there.”
During the podcast, Knox guided listeners during the notable moments of her pregnancy and discussed her admission to a hospital to give birth, according to People.
Knox did not say when she gave birth, but the Times reported Friday that the couple became parents several months ago.
“Since my exoneration, I’ve struggled to reclaim my identity and protect the people I love from being exploited as tabloid content. It’s not easy, and I often feel like I’m trying to invent good choices out of bad whole cloth,” Knox wrote.
Knox revealed in July that she previously suffered a miscarriage at six weeks, Fox News reported.
“I did feel incredibly disappointed that that was the story of my first-ever pregnancy,” Knox told People. “I thought, like, I knew exactly what I want to do with my first pregnancy, and to have it not come to fruition not through choice felt like a betrayal.”
Knox was born in Seattle and attended school there. She attended the University of Washington and was an exchange student living in Perugia, Italy, in 2007, when she, along with her Italian boyfriend at the time, were accused of the rape and murder of her British roommate, Meredith Kercher, the Times reported.
Knox and Raffaele Sollecito were ultimately acquitted of that crime, the newspaper reported. The European Court of Human Rights ruled that Knox had been deprived of adequate legal aid during an interrogation, and that the DNA evidence used to convict her was flawed, the Times reported in 2019. It ordered Italy to pay her $21,000 in damages.
By then, Rudy Guede, an acquaintance and known burglar who was convicted of the crime, had served half of a 16-year sentence, the newspaper reported.
During the trial, Knox was labeled as “Foxy Knoxy” — a sex-crazed, diabolical “luciferina” in court — and in the tabloids, the Times reported.
She is now an advocate for people wrongly convicted of crimes and is trying to correct her image from 10 years ago, the newspaper reported.
“I felt like I couldn’t even try to have a normal life because I was carrying this shroud over me,” Knox told the newspaper. “In part, I was defiant. I felt like there was a deep injustice, so I didn’t change my name, I didn’t change my appearance. But I also felt defeated, like there was nothing I could do about it.”
She was finally acquitted by Italy’s Supreme Court in 2015.
Knox said she is still struggling to shed the image she has carried for more than a decade.
“What I keep telling Chris is that I want to get to a place where I don’t have to keep living the worst experience of my life so that we can pay the mortgage,” Knox told the Times. “I keep telling myself if all else fails, I can make cuckoo clocks for a living.”
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