While Bob Geldof has essentially looked the same for the past couple of decades, I feel the need to clarify that this is a very recent photo of Bob from 4/13 in Dublin. Not that it truly matters because I view photos of Bob Geldof in the same way that I see pictures of Rosie O’Donnell — if you’ve seen one photo, you’ve essentially seen them all.
Anyway, Bob is coming out of one of his quieter phases to raise hell again. As Kaiser reported about a week ago, Bob recently became a first-time grandfather after his middle daughter, Peaches, gave birth to a baby boy, which she and boyfriend Thomas Cohen named Astala Dylan Willow Cohen-Geldof. However, it’s not all sunshine and hippie roses for Bob, who has actually spoken out about how much he vehemently dislikes his grandson’s name, and he wants Peaches to come to her senses and change Astala’s name to something more masculine. This is pretty rich coming from the King of Bad Baby Names, right? While it seems strange for me to be defending Peaches in any way (other than to congratulate her on a healthy baby boy), I think it’s time for Bob to STFU:
He’s hardly one to talk about unusual baby names, having gone against the grain for all of his own three daughters. But Sir Bob Geldof has certainly been left less than impressed about his daughter Peaches’ taste in names. The Boomtown Rats legend hates his grandson’s title so much, he’s even been begging her to change it.
Peaches gave birth to her first child last week and named the little boy Astala Dylan Willow Cohen-Geldof – a name both herself and her fiance Thomas Cohen had picked out before he was even born.
But she clearly doesn’t have her father’s agreement, as he pokes fun at the bizarre name and reveals he has asked the couple to think again. He told The Sun: “Yuck! What’s he going to be called in school? Ass? Stella? It’s a girl’s name, let’s face it.”
Sir Bob could even be blamed for starting the trend of having unusual names in his family. He has a daughter, Fifi Trixibelle, 29, who they named Fifi after his aunt’s name and Trixibelle because his late ex-wife Paula Yates wanted a belle in the family. They then also had 23-year-old Peaches, who has the middle name Honeyblossom, as well as youngest daughter, Little Pixie, 21.
But Geldof has defended his own odd name choices because they all mean something and have special reasons for them. And although he is not a fan of the tot’s given name, Bob is ecstatic that he finally has a boy in the family, branding it “great.” He added to The Sun: “I’ve swam in oestrogen my entire life, and now finally a little chap comes along.”
Peaches announced the happy news she had given birth last week on her Twitter page. She wrote: “yes, it’s true – I’M A MUMMY!” And added: “My little boy is the most beautiful thing in this world. When he holds @tomfromscum’s finger with his hand its the sweetest thing ever.”
A few weeks before the birth, Peaches told Hello! magazine they had chosen out Astala’s name. She said: “We found Astala in a baby name book – quite an obscure one. This is going to be a very stylish baby. I wanted a Jewish name because my fiance is a Jew and the name is the male version of Esther.”
[From Daily Mail]
The way I see it, Bob had three shots at naming children, and he failed miserably on all occasions. While it could be argued that it may have been Paula Yates who came up with all these awful names (after all, she did name her subsequent daughter Heavenly Hiraani Tiger Lily Hutchence with Michael Hutchence), Bob has always been a bit of a stubborn old man and would certainly never let someone else name his children without considerable input from himself. So what I’m saying is this — Bob totally named his kids Fifi Trixibelle, Peaches Honeyblossom, and Pixie. In comparison, Astala is not that bad at all. It’s not great, but it could be much worse.
Here’s a photo (from Peaches’ Twitter) of the customized cake at her baby shower. Yeah, the kid might get a little bit of hell for his name but nothing in comparison to what Peaches and her sisters have lived with for their entire lives.
Photos courtesy of WENN, Twitter
Written by Bedhead
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