Two weeks after giving birth for the second time in just over a year, a radiant Peaches Geldof introduces her new baby boy Phaedra in this week”s ! and tells of her amazement when told he would share the same birthday as her late mother, author and TV presenter Paula Yates.
The 24-year-old, who wed musician Tom Cohen, 22, father of Phaedra and his big brother, 13-month-old Astala, in the grounds of her father Sir Bob Geldof“s country home in Kent last summer, insists that, despite suggestions to the contrary, she did not plan for the infant to arrive on 24 April .
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“It wasn”t an option. Maybe it is if you go private, but we didn”t and were given the date randomly by a consultant,” she tells the magazine.
“I was pretty amazed when I read it though, and had to smile. I couldn”t help feeling mum must have had a hand in it.”
Coincidentally, April 24 had also been the original due date of elder son Astala – though his birth was brought forward when it was decided Peaches should have a Caesarean.
“It”s like mum was very determined that one of her grandsons would be born on her birthday,” she says. “There”s this kind of crazy synchronicity to it.”
Revealing the new arrival”s full name to be Phaedra Bloom Forever, she jokes, “I wouldn”t be a Geldof if I didn”t get stick in the press about my ridiculous choice of names. I”ve got to uphold the family tradition.
“We chose Bloom because my middle name is Honeyblossom and also in homage to the Nirvana album In Bloom. “Forever” we chose purely because it sounds cool. I love his name and think he sounds like a rock star.
“We liked Phaedra because it features in a song both Tom and I love by Lee Hazlewood, called Some Velvet Morning. It”s nothing to do with some band called Tangerine Dream, as has been reported. I”ve never heard them.”
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