Amanda Knox has given birth to a baby girl, she has revealed – but lied to listeners to her podcast by saying that she was still pregnant in a bid to avoid a media scrum.
Knox, 34, and her husband Christopher Robinson, 39, welcomed daughter Eureka Muse Knox-Robinson ‘several months ago’, she told The New York Times.
Yet Knox only announced that she was pregnant on August 4, in the first episode of her podcast, Labyrinths.
By that point, she had likely already given birth – or was just about to.
‘That’s right, we’re pregnant,’ she said in the podcast.
‘We’ve been recording audio of our own experience since day one. Stay tuned for our next mini-series, 280 days, where we take you on an intimate journey from conception to birth,’ she added.
The couple also shared audio recorded as they awaited the pregnancy results – and she hoped for ‘three bars.’
‘Yes! Thank goodness – we did it!’ Knox exclaimed when she learned the good news.
Knox on Friday explained that she and Robinson, who married in 2020 in a time travel-themed wedding, wanted to keep their daughter’s arrival a secret and so documented her pregnancy in their podcast, Labyrinths, but kept the birth secret.
‘I’m still nervous about the paparazzi bounty on her head,’ said Knox, speaking to the paper from their home on Vashon Island near Seattle, in Washington State.
‘I will say I’m excited to not have to keep pretending not to be a mom.
‘Cause it’s like, my brain is just there.’
Amanda Knox is pictured with her newborn daughter, Eureka Muse. The little girl was born several months ago, Knox told The New York Times in an interview published on Friday
Knox and Robinson are pictured with their daughter Eureka at home in Vashon Island in Washington State
The pair would not give details of when their baby was born, and would only say ‘several months ago’
Amanda Knox and Christopher Robinson, a poet and novelist, have welcomed a daughter, Eureka. The couple married last year
Amanda Knox, now 34, is pictured in 2008 during her trial in Perugia, Italy, for the murder of Meredith Kercher. She was convicted and spent four years in prison, but then had her conviction overturned
Knox and her then-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito, 36, were convicted of Kercher’s murder in 2009 before being acquitted, convicted again and then finally definitely cleared in 2015. Pictured: The former couple in 2007, shortly after Kercher’s body was found
Knox is pictured in a courtroom in Perugia in October 2011, when she was fighting her conviction for Kercher’s murder
Knox has for months been deceiving her followers on Twitter and her podcast listeners with ‘updates’ about a pregnancy that had long reached its conclusion.
On Friday, the same day she announced her baby was ‘several months old’, the final installment of the podcast was released, detailing her giving birth.
And on Twitter, Knox continued the charade, musing about the early stages of her pregnancy – despite already being a mother to a newborn.
In early October, when her daughter was several weeks old, she posted three images that show Knox lying and sitting on her bed in a black bra and lingerie, opening up about the discomfort she was experiencing, explaining that her body simply didn’t feel ‘right’.
‘A lot of the time, you feel bloated and exhausted, awkward and uncomfortable,’ she captioned the photos – which were taken in week 12 of her pregnancy, and feature Knox and Robinson watching video footage from their ultrasound.
She never clarified that the photos were old.
‘It doesn’t feel… right, which makes you worry, “Am I not cut out to be a mom? What’s wrong with me?”‘
Knox in October posted photos documenting her first trimester. She is seen ten weeks after conceiving – but never stated that the photos were taken many months ago
Knox admitted in October that she was struggling with the physical effects of her pregnancy during her twelfth week, sharing images of herself curled up in pain while her husband Christopher Robinson tried to comfort her. By this point, she had already given birth
In her caption, Knox said she was feeling ‘bloated and exhausted, awkward and uncomfortable’
In October she claimed that her body didn’t feel ‘right’, which was making her ‘worry’ that something was wrong – and that she might not be ‘cut out to be a mom’
In the images, Knox clearly looks to be in some pain, with one photo showing her sitting up in a hunched position with her legs drawn to her stomach, while Robinson gently strokes her head.
She also shared several photos of herself covered in pink balloons to represent her ‘slowly expanding’ body.
‘I’m feeling like a blimp, unable to do anything but slowly expand,’ she wrote.
Robinson meanwhile is pictured sitting alongside her throwing some pink juggling balls into the air – which Knox joked were meant to demonstrate his ability to ‘juggle life’s multiplying responsibilities’.
She did not indicate whether their choice of pink props was meant to serve as a gender reveal, however her post quickly prompted speculation among her followers, who immediately asked: ‘Is it a girl?’
The little girl had been born, but Knox did not clarify.
Another set of photos, which they claimed were taken earlier that week in October, show Knox and Robinson sharing a tender moment while watching the sunset near their home in Seattle
‘Pregnancy has got us feeling like two birds building a nest on the edge of a cliff,’ she said
Robinson and Knox first shared the news of their pregnancy in an episode of their podcast back in August – just one month after opening up about their miscarriage
Day by day: The mom-to-be has been candid about how her body is changing during pregnancy – having revealed after her miscarriage that she was worried ‘something happened to her in Italy’ to cause fertility issues
Having been incredibly candid about her agonizing miscarriage, Knox wanted to give the impression of documenting her pregnancy through the same honest lens, with her new social media posts designed to capture both the highs and lows of her experience – from painful memories of her baby loss to happy snaps of Knox ‘nesting’ by decorating her child’s nursery.
It was never clarified that the photos were old, and their daughter had already arrived.
The photos are categorized by week and begin with a candid snap of Knox happily sitting in her kitchen in the very first few days of her pregnancy, at a time when she ‘didn’t even know’ she had conceived for a second time.
For week two, she shared another image of herself ‘still with a waistline’, revealing that she was still ‘thinking she was on that merry-go-round of scheduled conception and testing’, completely unaware that she was actually already pregnant.
She continued that ‘testing, waiting, testing, waiting’, although she admitted that she had ‘started getting her hopes up’ and was ‘feeling really nervous’. As it turned out, her feelings of ‘hope’ were well timed, because she and Robinson learned just days later that they were pregnant once again – a moment that Knox described as the ‘most joyous experience she’s ever had in a bathroom’.
The news of her pregnancy also prompted some nostalgic feelings, with Knox revealing that by week five, she was ‘thinking about her own mom’ – while sharing an image of herself holding up a crocheted star that she made for her mother while she was in prison.
She also confessed that she was still terrified that the pregnancy might not ‘stick’, writing: ‘[I was] scared about whether or not this pregnancy was really going to stick.’
Knox’s photo series also paid tribute to the child that she and Robinson lost, with the mom-to-be sharing a photo of the couple posing together for her week eight update – revealing that this was the same week in her first pregnancy that she learned she had miscarried.
Nesting! In the ninth week of her pregnancy, Knox and Robinson began decorating the baby’s nursery
Milestone moment: Knox admitted that she was struggling to marry her feelings of hope and anxiety during her eight-week scan, during which the couple were overjoyed to see a heartbeat, but devastated by the memory of their lost baby
Worry: Knox said she was ‘still afraid to tell anyone’ about her pregnancy, even after seven weeks, because she was afraid that she might miscarry again
‘The week we discovered our first pregnancy was a loss,’ she shared – before revealing the very mixed emotions that she was experiencing having just seen her baby’s heartbeat for the first time.
‘This time we saw a heartbeat at our ultrasound. Is there a word for the combination of anxiety and hope when you’re at the threshold of a former loss?’
Two weeks in! Knox learned that she was pregnant just four weeks after conceiving – and she joked that her cats were aware that she was carrying a child
After an emotional week, Knox turned her hand to something more positive: the ‘nesting’ process, which she began by starting to paint her future baby’s nursery.
She shared a photo of herself in the midst of the painting process, revealing a wall covered in a geometric-style portrayal of the Pacific Northwest mountains, as well as a ‘Stargate portal to another world’.
Her baby’s nursery also featured in her week ten post, for which she shared an image of herself flashing a very toned tummy in her underwear, as well as a snap of the couple’s cat, Mr. Fats, sleeping soundly in the crib.
‘No bump yet, but Mr. Fats is already sending a clear message: “Don’t forget, I’m the baby,”‘ she joked in the caption.
Her beloved feline took center stage in her following photo, in which she is seen cradling Mr. Fats in her lap – while opening up about the physical changes she had started to experience.
‘By this point [week 11], you wouldn’t be able to tell from the outside that I’m pregnant,’ she said.
Looking back: Knox reference the four years she spent in jail in Italy, revealing that she was ‘thinking about her own mom’ after learning of her pregnancy – while showing off a small star that she crocheted for her in prison
Happy moment: The mother-to-be showed off a picture of her positive pregnancy test, as well as an image of herself and her cat in the bathroom together
‘I look the same, and go about the world as usual (petting cats, mostly). But I’m feeling it on the inside. Something is very different, and at times it’s really fun and exciting.’
Not once did she clarify that the photos were old.
Knox on Friday told the paper that she was still struggling to find a balance between disliking the fame and needing to make money to live from.
She posted the photograph from her New York Times profile on Instagram, and captioned it: ‘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.
‘I know that I cannot 100% protect my daughter from the kind of treatment I’ve suffered, but I’m doing the best I can.
‘Which is why this will be the only picture of her I will ever share on social media. I’m so grateful to everyone who has wished @emceecarbon and I well on our journey to parenthood.
‘Thank you for believing in us.’
Knox and Robinson produce a podcast called Labyrinths, in which they have discussed her pregnancy. They did not reveal that she had already given birth
Knox met Robinson when she interviewed him for her local newspaper, The West Seattle Herald, shortly after her final acquittal in 2015
Knox spent four years in prison in Perugia for the murder of her British roommate, Meredith Kercher, who was found dead in the house they shared in November 2007.
She was convicted in December 2009 and sentenced to 28 and a half years, but was acquitted in 2011 after an appeals court found that legal procedures had not been followed and there was no DNA tying her and then-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito to the scene.
Meredith Kercher was sexually assaulted and stabbed to death in November 2007 while studying abroad in Perugia, in a case that garnered huge media attention
A local man, Rudy Guede, was convicted in a separate trial after his DNA was found on Kercher’s body and in the room where she died. He was sentenced to 16 years in prison in 2008, but was released in December 2020 and will spend the rest of his sentence doing community work.
Knox was tried again in absentia, convicted again, and then ultimately had the conviction overturned by Italy’s highest court in 2015.
In 2013 Knox wrote a memoir, Waiting to Be Heard, for which she was given an advance of $3.8 million.
But her father Curt, an accountant, said that only around $200,000 of that remained after Knox had paid her legal bills; PR; the three mortgages her mother, father and grandmother took out to fund the fight; and a loan for her younger sister Deanna, who dropped out of college during the battle.
Knox and Robinson currently survive on the podcast, but are pitching a film adaptation of her memoir, a TV project about wrongful conviction, and a new book.
They also are considering, the paper reported, a series of NFTs out of famous tabloid covers with Knox’s face on them.
‘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 said.
‘I keep telling myself if all else fails, I can make cuckoo clocks for a living.’
Robinson, a novelist and poet, is working on a sci-fi novel and a nonfiction book about evolution, the future and psychedelics.
Knox has spent the decade since her release from prison finishing her undergraduate degree, in creative writing, at the University of Washington and then taking a series of low-paying jobs.
She worked in a used-book store and wrote for her local newspaper, initially under a pseudonym.
‘Getting a forward-facing, regular job was complicated by the fact that people would recognize me,’ she said.
Knox also became an advocate for others who said they were wrongfully convicted.
Knox is pictured in June 2019 speaking at the Criminal Justice Festival in Modena, Italy
She spoke publicly about her experience in 2017, at a benefit in Seattle alongside Macklemore and Monica Lewinsky.
In 2019 she returned to Italy for the first time, to speak at a conference organized by the Italian Innocence Project, which did not exist in 2009 when she was on trial.
‘That’s the sort of trap I’m in, where I’m constantly having to be in conversation with something that I would rather not,’ Knox told the paper.
‘I’m constantly told that I should just disappear.’
While in Italy, she wrote to Giuliano Mignini, the prosecutor who secured her conviction.
The pair have been corresponding since, and Knox thinks that her meeting him might make an interesting documentary.
Mignini has retired and is publishing a book on the case next year.
‘I am aware that finding herself far from home, at that age, she must certainly have suffered a lot,’ he told The New York Times.
He acknowledged that she was portrayed ‘as a sort of Circe,’ he said, referring to the witch in Greek mythology who enchants men and turns them into pigs.
Knox and Robinson attend the conference of the Criminal Justice Festival at the University of Modena in June 2019
She said that she struggled to return to her previous existence in Seattle.
At a welcome home party at her aunt’s house, she sat alone, remembered Tom Wright, a family friend.
‘I said to her, ‘Are you OK?” he recalled.
‘And she said, ‘I just want the people not in this room to know I’m innocent.”
Knox said that, at her parents’ home, she packed up bags of her old belongings such as stuffed toys and clothes and gave them all to Goodwill.
‘I’d gotten used to not having so many things,’ she said. ‘I felt totally overwhelmed.’
She still washed her underwear in the sink, and her family urged her to be kind to herself and take things slowly, but she insisted she did not want to ease back into life, and said she had lost four years.
‘You know, we were in survival mode for a while,’ said her mother, Edda Mellas, a teacher, who spent large chunks of time in Italy visiting her daughter in prison.
‘At that point in time, she really couldn’t talk about it at all. She just cried.’
Knox said the Italian court’s decision in March 2013 to retry her had a devastating impact.
‘I felt like I couldn’t even try to have a normal life because I was carrying this shroud over me,’ she said.
‘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.’
Knox in a photo posted to Instagram. She said in her podcast that she was bemused by the ‘misdirected focus on my sexuality’
Knox met Robinson shortly after her final acquittal, in 2015, when she interviewed him for her local newspaper.
Robinson said he made a decision not to Google Knox before meeting her.
He said he was angry by people in Seattle who thought they knew all about her, from the media reports and the depiction of her as ‘Foxy Knoxy’.
‘There are a lot of people who will say, with good intentions, like, ‘I’m really sorry that happened to you. I’m a weird, quirky person, too.’
‘Or, ‘You should be allowed to be quirky. It doesn’t mean you’re a killer.”
‘And it’s like, OK, but — did you even think for a minute that your perception of her behavior was mediated through a thousand other things?’ he said.
Knox added: ‘I wasn’t even that weird.’
She noted that she and her husband do like to go to Renaissance Fairs, and her brother-in-law, Kyle Robinson, performs in a medieval knights troupe.
Knox and her husband also went to DomCon, a dominatrix convention, where Knox stripped to her thong and was publicly flogged in a hotel ballroom, surrounded by other people.
Knox said in her podcast: ‘The misdirected focus on my sexuality was one of the things that bothered me most about the trials.
‘We started to wonder, what does a sex game gone right look like?’
Robinson added: ‘Lots of people like going to Comic-Con, they’re not all accused of murder.’