American rock star calls her baby ‘Zuma’ — but not after SA’s JZ

2008-08-22 00:00

Los Angeles — Singer and songwriter Gwen Stefani gave birth to a boy named Zuma this week, her second child with husband Gavin Rossdale, her spokesman said.

The name comes from the famed Zuma Beach in Los Angeles, and not after Jacob Zuma.

Spokesmen for Zuma (the ANC president) would not say how they felt about his celebrity namesake.

Stefani and her baby are “happy and healthy”, publicist Dave Tomberlin said in a statement. Zuma Nesta Rock Rossdale weighs 3,8 kg, Tomberlin said.

Stefani (38) and Rossdale (40) have another son named Kingston, who was born in 2006.

The California-born Stefani rose to fame with the band No Doubt in the 1990s, scoring hit songs such as Just A Girl and Don’t Speak.

Stefani and Rossdale, who gained fame in the British rock band Bush, married in 2002.

What the celebrity websites had to say

‘Zuma for Zuma Beach in California, also an album by Neil Young and Nesta, Bob Marley’s middle name, plus Rock = PERFECT,’ said one.

‘That is a really awful name, Zuma. If they had done their research properly, they would know they have named their child after ex-deputy president of South Africa [Jacob Zuma], who is facing charges of fraud and corruption. I think stars are trying to be too creative when naming their children but don’t think of the effect it’ll have on their children when they grow up and have to go to school,’ said another.

‘Zuma is the name of an online game! It reminds me of an African warrior. I’m sure that is one of the worst celebrity baby names, even Apple [Gwyneth Paltrow’s child] is better than that,’ said a third.

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