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Pauly D Is a Dad—Meet the Jersey Shore Star's Daughter Amabella and Baby Mama Amanda Markert!

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Pauly D's little girl looks just like her daddy! As previously reported by E! News on Tuesday, Oct. 22, the former Jersey Shore star welcomed a daughter, Amabella, several months ago. The DJ also confirmed via Twitter that fathered his first child with Amanda Markert, a former Hooters waitress.

The 33-year-old musician and the 25-year-old hostess met through a mutual friend at Las Vegas' Rehab nightclub in August 2012. Pauly D and Markert hooked up later that night, and the rest, as they say, is history.

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Pauly D and Markert "didn't have a previous relationship," a source told E! News, but the new dad was "hoping to develop" one with his New Jersey-based baby mama. "[He] wasn't exactly planning for it to happen this way," said a source, "but God works in mysterious ways."

Pauly D., Baby Girl, Amanda Markert Instagram

Of course, that was before the parents got into an alleged custody battle. According to TMZ, Markert is seeking child support from her hookup. Pauly D, meanwhile, is hoping to gain some level of custodial rights. So far, he's yet to meet his daughter, who was born in May.

After Pauly D's paternity made headlines, Markert accused the media of exploiting their daughter. "People should be ashamed involving an infant," she tweeted. "I can't understand how and why people are so cruel and negative! My goodness, give it up already!"

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Whether she'll receive child support remains to be seen, but Markert does have her eye on some holiday gifts for little Amabella. "All I want for Christmas is all the baby girl clothes, accessories and costumes in the world for my lil girl," she tweeted on Saturday, Oct. 19.

We're betting a stand-up guy like Pauly D does, too.

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