According to a birth certificate obtained by TMZ, [artist id=”1803648″]M.I.A’s[/artist] baby’s name has been revealed. And as M.I.A. assured the world on her MySpace blog earlier this month, the baby’s name isn’t Ickitt — instead it is Ikhyd Edgar Arular Bronfman.
The baby’s father is musician Benjamin Bronfman, who has also gone by the name Benjamin Brewer; his father’s name is Edgar Bronfman Jr. (Edgar Bronfman Jr. also happens to be CEO of Warner Music Group.) The child’s second middle name comes from M.I.A.’s father: Arular was his political code name during his involvement with the Tamil Tigers political group in Sri Lanka, and is also the name of M.I.A.’s first album.
TMZ also points out that on the birth certificate, M.I.A.’s date of birth is July 18, 1975, making her 33, instead of her often-reported age of 31.
At press time, M.I.A.’s had not responded to MTV News’ requests for confirmation.
When rumors began to spread earlier this month that the baby boy’s name was Ickitt, M.I.A. took to her blog on March 6 to clear them up. “My baby is not called Ickitt, Pickit or Lickit thank you very much to all the Hollywood press,” she wrote. “He’s a baby, he don’t need press! I didn’t release the baby name because I didn’t think it was news!!!!”
She went on to joke about unusual celebrity baby names of late. She wrote, “But I will be back with something newsworthy soon, till then go pick on Apple, Satchel and Moon Unit.” The boy is M.I.A.’s (real name: Mathangi Arulpragasam) first child.
The singer’s pregnancy was the source of much speculation before the Grammys, as the day of the show was her due date. However, she performed “Swagga Like Us” with [artist id=”1269″]Jay-Z[/artist], [artist id=”510062″]Lil Wayne[/artist], [artist id=”1225081″]T.I.[/artist] and [artist id=”1230523″]Kanye West[/artist] without incident. The singer earned an Oscar nod for her work on “Slumdog Millionaire.”
Ikhyd was born on February 11 in Los Angeles.