Gwen Stefani has given birth to a baby boy.
The No Doubt singer delivered her baby in Los Angeles on Friday afternoon (May 26), according to her label representative. Stefani’s rep issued a brief statement that read, “Both mother and child are doing well.”
Stefani and her husband, rocker Gavin Rossdale, named the child Kingston James McGregor Rossdale; he weighed in at 7.5 pounds.
A rumor circulated earlier this week that Stefani had given birth in London, despite paparazzi shots released Wednesday that captured a still-pregnant Stefani in Los Angeles.
Stefani confirmed her pregnancy onstage during the final stop of her solo tour in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in mid-December (see “Gwen Stefani Confirms Pregnancy While Onstage In Florida” ).
“I want you to sing so loud that the baby hears it,” the 36-year-old singer told the crowd, later patting her famous-but-expanding midsection.
“I’m really horrible with secrets,” she told The Los Angeles Times later that week. “It’s amazing that we kept it as quiet as long as we did, I suppose.”
Stefani had previously called off plans for a second solo album, saying she needed time off to rest (see “Gwen Stefani Holding Off On That Second Solo LP — For Now, Anyway” ). No Doubt members Tony Kanal, Tom Dumont and Adrian Young have since started work on the early stages of the band’s next album while waiting for Stefani to be able to join them in the studio (see “No Doubt — Minus Gwen — In Early Stages Of New Album” ).
“[She’s] resting up to give birth very soon,” Dumont posted on the band’s forum Monday. “We’re writing and recording music to be collaborated on with Gwen at a later date, after she’s had plenty of time to settle into being a new mom.”
Stefani has often made reference to wanting a baby in songs such as “What You Waiting For” — which features a ticking clock — and more explicitly in No Doubt’s “A Simple Kind of Life,” in which she wishes for a “mistake” with her birth control: “I always thought I’d be a mom/ … You seem like you’d be a good dad.”
She reiterated those feelings in a November interview with MTV News, saying, “Babies are totally on my mind right now. When I first got my period the first time, I was thinking, ’Gosh, I want to have a baby.’ How many years ago was that?”
Stefani and Rossdale married in September 2002 in two ceremonies, one held in London and another held in Los Angeles. The birth marks Stefani’s first child and Rossdale’s second — his 16-year-old daughter Daisy Lowe is from a previous relationship.
[This story was originally published at 5:53 p.m. ET on 05.26.2006]