Peaches Geldof gave birth to her second son, named him Phaedra Cohen

I totally forgot about this. I forgot that Peaches Geldof was pregnant again and I forgot that she hadn’t already given birth. You’ll have to excuse my confusion – Peaches announced she was three months pregnant with her second child just six months after giving birth to her first child, so it’s been a wall-to-wall pregnancy situation. Anyway, Peaches gave birth on Wednesday, April 24th, by C-section. She chose that date because it was her late mother’s birthday. I was just thinking about Paula Yates the other day. So sad. Anyway, Peaches gave birth to another boy. She and Thomas Cohen have named the kid… Phaedra. OMG.

PEACHES Geldof was overjoyed last night after giving birth to a son — on what would have been her late mum Paula Yates’s 54th birthday. The model and telly star, 24, chose to have a Caesarean on April 24. She named her son Phaedra — after an album by her favourite group Tangerine Dream.

Peaches, daughter of late Big Breakfast presenter Paula and musician Sir Bob Geldof, 61, wanted to have her first baby, a boy called Astala, on that date last year — but missed it.

Rocker husband Tom Cohen, singer in the band S.C.U.M., was present at the birth and sisters Fifi, 30, Pixie, 22, and half-sister Tiger Lily, 16, have been at her hospital bedside.

A source close to Peaches and Tom said last night: “They are absolutely over the moon about their new arrival. It all went smoothly and Peaches will be in hospital for a while to recuperate. Bob is absolutely over the moon — the whole family are.”

And the source added: “They are particularly pleased about the significance of the date as it makes Peaches feel she is keeping her mum’s memory alive.”

In September 2000 — when Peaches was just 11 — TV star Paula, 41, died of a heroin overdose at her London home.

Former wild child-turned-devoted mum Peaches and hubby Tom were married last year at the church in Kent where her parents were married in 1986 — and where Paula’s funeral took place in 2000.

PHAEDRA is the name of an album and song by German electronic band Tangerine Dream, both released in 1974. The group inspired German innovators Kraftwerk and the 1990s trance music boom.

[From The Sun]

So, this is twice in a row now that Peaches has not only gone with an “unconventional” name for a son, but it’s twice in a row that she chose more girly-sounding names for her sons. I have my issues with Astala and Phaedra in general, but if you just heard “These are my children, Astala and Phaedra,” wouldn’t you think you were meeting two little girls? But I guess the family has a history with weird names and given that Paula Yates only had daughters, maybe they just don’t know how to name little boys. I give up!

Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. Dutchy says:

    Don’t like the name very much, but it’s not that bad either. At least it’s a name, and not an object like ‘Apple’.

    • don't kill me i'm french says:

      i was at school with the twin sisters Fleur and Rose Pommier (Flower and Rose Apple tree)

      • Greenieweenie says:

        Well, if we’re going to use French consistently there, wouldn’t it be Flower and Pink Appletree?

      • Kate says:

        The French word for the flower is also rose. I suppose it could be the colour, but the flower is a recognised girls’ name, whereas I only ever knew of the singer using the colour as a name.

    • Trek Girl says:

      A lot of names are objects. In fact, some of the most common or traditional names are objects, their just from different languages.

      Besides, the name “Apple” is no different than the name “Clementine”, and that name is seen as a pretty normal one. You’ve heard of that name, right?

      • nikkie says:

        Actually, clementine comes from clemency, or mercy, not the fruit.

      • Trek Girl says:

        @Nikkie: My bad. I had other names I could have chosen, but I went with that one lol.

        My point still stands, though. Apple, while not a normal name, isn’t that far from names we’re all familiar with and don’t bat an eye at.

      • Trek Girl says:

        @Nikkie: That is correct, but some people use that name because of the fruit. I could have gone with the names Rosemary, Esther, Cherry, Ivy, or any name that is a flower. Any of those would have been a better example, so you’re right.

        My point still stands, however. The name “Apple” may seem odd, but it’s not that far from names that we’re all familiar with and consider normal.

        I wrote another response, so ignore that one if it pops up.

  2. don't kill me i'm french says:


  3. Eleonor says:

    Congrats to her!
    Phaedra is a very ancient name,but I find it a very sad one.

    • nadia says:

      Phaedra is a totally FEMININE name of Ancient Greece … I’m sorry for this boy 😛

      • DIANE says:

        I can already see the beatings this kid is gonna get in school for having a girl’s name. She might as well have named him Sally. And why is this dolt in the news? Because of who her father is? I love this new trend…celebrity by association.

    • rosmarina says:

      I agree. Just google Hippolytus and Euripides. Not a name with a happy association

  4. pretty says:

    that man looks … YUK!!!
    That hair..ew.. and what…what is he wearing??? O_O

  5. DanaG says:

    Those poor kids they can’t even get good nicknames out of their silly names. The only good thing is they aren’t likely to be stuck in the same class with anyone of the same name. As for the birthdate I don’t know if it’s a good thing or bad. Paula Yates was pretty out of control with a lot of problems for most of her life. Hopefully little P will have a better one.

    • Jenna says:

      Well, could be worse is a mantra these kids can hold on to….

      I went to school with a Kandie Kane AND a Kitty Katt (in defense of Kitty’s mom – she had a bad delivery and was in a coma 4 days after the birth. Apparently when she came round and saw what her husband put on the birth certificate in a paniced state of mind she dang near put HIM into a coma!) and the absolute worse and no nickname possible?

      A nursing friend who was working in the delivery room came to class one day in floods of near hysterical tears. We all thought the worse and it took 20 min to get her pulled together enough to realize she was nearly hysterical with ~laughter~. One of the deliverying moms had noticed a word on her medical chart that sounded cool and rather then ask about it, she chose it for the baby’s name.

      Somewhere, in Southern Ohio, there is a now about 16 year old girl with the name….. “Chlamydia” and about all you can get from that for a nickname is what, Clammy? (Or more likely Docket #453856 in the case file to legally change her name and become an emancipated teen!)

  6. Lex says:

    I am glad people are moving away from ‘this is for a boy, this is for a girl’.
    Gender roles are outdated so it’s a good move forward.

    People will come out and say ‘the kid will be teased’
    Are you the arsehole of a parent who is teaching their kid to tease others with ‘girls’ names? If so, you should blame yourself, not other parents.

    • INeedANap says:


      Whenever I hear people say “but they will me made fun of!” all I can respond is “they will if you are the one allowing them to be made fun of.”

      If the first thing that comes to your mind is that someone will catch grief for something like this, that’s because you will be the one delivering it. Stop being an asshole and everyone will be fine.

    • Trek Girl says:

      Phaedra isn’t just a “this for a girl” kind of name. If they gave that name to him because of the Greek goddess, then they gave him a girl’s, or woman’s, name. If they named him that just because it means “bright”, then fine, but it’s still a feminine name. That’s not just a gender roll thing, that’s a language thing. It’s still not that big of a deal, though.

      I agree with you on the “But they will be teased” crap. A lot of the people who say that are really the ones who would do the teasing.

    • Kimble says:

      My son is called Kerry and I did wonder if people would say it’s a girl’s name, but as far as I know, he’s got to 22 without it being too much of a problem!

    • amurph says:

      As Trek girl said, it is about language as Greek (and Romance languages) have masculine, feminine, and neuter forms. Phaedra (or Phaidra) is the FEMININE form of Phaedros (or Phaidrus), a Greek word. It’s basically on par to having the differing versions of Stephen and a Stephanie, Michael and Michaela, Rene and Renee, Jean and Jeanne, etc. Really, I don’t care about gender roles and names (my cousins have reversed names with a traditional boy name given to my female cousin and girl name to male cousin) but linguistically Phaedra is a feminine name, no matter how you argue it.

  7. Ryan says:

    Is this kid black and going to be cast member of RHOA?

  8. blaugaro says:

    Am I the only one who freaks out about scheduled c-sections? I find it so… terrible.

    • DeltaJuliet says:

      You’re not the only one.

    • BeesKnees says:

      In the world of the rich and famous, doctors will perform c-sections for the convenience of the mother or perhaps for the baby to be born on a specific date. For the most part, doctors for us normal folks will not schedule one unless it’s medically necessary.

    • Zoid says:

      What’s so wrong with it? Why are people so judgmental about how a mother chose to gave birth? She scheduled it on a very special day to her so I don’t really see what the problem is.

      • Tiffany :) says:

        Some of the final developments are related to being able to do complicated skills needed for survival. One is the ability to suck and swallow when feeding. The “due date” is an estimate and can be as much as two weeks off. A lot happens during that time. Here is a very informative article from NPR.

      • Tiffany :) says:

        Pediatrician Ed Donovan of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital says data collected over the past several decades show those babies have an increased risk of complications compared with waiting until the mother goes into labor spontaneously.

        “It’s now really well-documented in national studies that the risk of the baby having to require intensive care in a neonatal intensive care unit — even the risk of infant death — is increased when the baby is born as little as two weeks before the due date,” says Donovan.

    • the original bellaluna says:

      I was scheduled for a C-section with my youngest, but that was because he was supposed to be over 10 lbs. (My OB had a hard and fast rule that she refused to schedule a C-section any earlier than 5 days prior to due date.)

      I wound up having an ER C-section three weeks early, since I went into labour and had severe health issues. And he still managed to weigh in at 8lbs 9oz!

    • Melissa says:

      Why? I had a scheduled CS because my daughter was breech. It ended up that she was footling breech, sunny-side up, and 9lbs 5 oz. So glad that we have the technology today so they knew beforehand to give me a CS. That kid was not coming out naturally!

    • LeManda says:

      I actually find your thinking rude. You don’t know what happened for one to be schedualed and she doesn’t have to tell you.

      Personally I’ll tell you my story. My 10lbs baby severely separated my pelvis, resulting in the inability to walk for 3 months. Damn right that at 10 weeks pregnant right now a planned c-section has already been agreed upon by my doctor.

      You just don’t know, you shouldn’t judge!

      • Miffy says:

        I also had complications during my labour which meant it’s highly advised by medical professionals that I don’t attempt a natural labour again (pretty devastating news for a 24 year old).

        There’s a multitude of legit reasons why she had a C-section and the misconception that sections are lazy or controlling is just so rude and hurtful to every woman that has had one/will need one.

    • Moneypenny says:

      I assume you mean elective c section, not scheduled c section. Lots of women have to have c sections for their health and the baby’s health. And yes, many of those are scheduled and not emergency. nothing wrong with that in the slightest. Elective c sections where women do not want to deliver vaginally are different. They are kind of unnecessary, but I’m all for women choosing how to deliver. I had an epidural, so I can’t really preach about natural delivery or anything.

  9. Kate says:

    It’s probably better for the first boy that his brother isn’t named John or something like that. They’re in that boat together. Also, her name is Peaches. Her parents didn’t set the bar very high.

  10. rach says:

    Presumably it was a medically necessary c-section — or did she choose it for convenience (i.e. the specific birth date)?

    • Poppy says:

      It could easily be both – she needed a section, and because it was around this time she picked her mum’s birthday.

  11. mkyarwood says:

    Yeah, Phaedra is an historically tragic name in so many ways. But also, Phaedra? for a boy? Why not just Cohen!? Too many parents want to be hip to the gender blending these days, before finding out what their kid thinks about it. I put a lot of neutral colours on my infant, because I didn’t want her to be assigned too much Princess or other labels. But she loves to dress up and her fave book is Fancy Nancy. So. CMON.

    • Amiblue says:

      Because Cohen is the kid’s surname.

    • Melissa says:

      “before finding out what their kid thinks of it”? Every parent, whether naming their boy a really masculine name, girl a very feminine name, or vice versa, name their child before finding out what their kid thinks of it – most people are named within a few days of birth!

  12. annaloo. says:

    “I forgot blah blah Peaches Geldof”

    This cracked me up! Good on you!

  13. Bubbles says:

    I hate weird names. Funny how it’s more common for a celebrity to choose a weird name than a normal one. Idiots.
    But, I like her. She seems like a really good mom ( minus the one time when she dropped the kid) and little Astala is one of the cutest celebrity kids around.

    • Spooks says:


    • karmasabiatch! says:

      Unless it’s a family name and you can get a few cute nicknames out of it.

      Other than that, these poor boys are just bullying incidents waiting to happen. I sure hope they’re masculine little tots, ha.

      • DeltaJuliet says:

        Have you looked at their dad? That’s not likely.

      • akua says:

        Is there really still bullying about that these days? I was concerned about that with my daughter, she has the name of her great-grandmother, who was born/lived in another country, and debated on whether or not to give her an ‘american’ name also. But in the end I didn’t, and find it ironic now that so many of her schoolmates, who appear to be ‘american’, have names that are probably more unusual than hers. Maybe that’s unique, though, as she’s in a slightly more diverse area of the school district, though the overall makeup is fairly WASPy looking.

  14. E says:

    She’s so unfortunate looking.

    • Spooks says:

      I think she’s really pretty.

      • karmasabiatch! says:

        Spooks, I think she’s lovely, as well.

        She appears to have at least taken her tragic childhood and damaged past, and turned it into a happy little family. Good on her!

      • DreamyK says:

        She’s lovely. Peaches reminds me of fairies for some reason. This is a good thing. Very ethereal.

      • DreamyK says:

        She’s lovely. Peaches reminds me of fairies for some reason. This is a good thing. Very ethereal.

    • Suze says:

      I think she’s beautiful.

      It really is in the eye of the beholder.

  15. Dap says:

    How strange to give a boy the name of an ancient queen who tried to seduced her stepson and plotted to kill him when she failed… Good for the little boy that nobody knows or reads Greek mythology anymore, I guess.

  16. JL says:

    Unfortunate name, but then Peaches, Fifi, Pixie, and Tiger Lily are too.

    What Dr. goes for a scheduled C-Section just because its her late mom’s birthday? I get the thought, but perhaps the health of the baby and natural timing are more important?

    • fabgrrl says:

      Well, if it is within a week of the due date, I think they will let you schedule on a particular day. I find it strange that both her children “just happen” to be due near her mother’s birthday. Tell me it’s just a coincidence and she isn’t planning this out!

    • Melissa says:

      You can have a scheduled c-section for medical reasons and still pick the date. My doc will go up to one week prior to your due date. For child #1, I just picked the date my doc is normally in the hospital (vs. the office). For #2, the date my doc is normally in the hospital was the same date my Dad died, so I wanted to pick something different and he let me. He was nice and moved around his schedule so he could do the surgery, but otherwise I just could have delivered with another doc in his practice.

    • LAK says:

      That’s Fifi Trixibelle, Peaches Honeyblossom, Little Pixie and Heavenly Haraani Tiger Lily……

  17. serena says:

    Congrats, I bet even this one will be a handsome little boy. Still, name is pretty weird and girly. LOL Sir Bob must be furious.

    • pz says:

      She’s deffo had work done!

      • Kittypants says:

        If her ultimate goal with the surgery was to look more like a horse she has succeeded. Unfortunate looking and an idiot to boot.

    • Asdfg says:

      She was really pretty! I still think she is she just needs to gain a few Lbs to fill her face out!

      I’m pretty sure I read somewhere awhile back (before she got pregnant) that she was into drugs? Heroin, I think!

  18. Madpoe says:

    Congrats. I guess whatever one can do to keep the cycle of bullying over you kids names going…and I thought my unisex name was bad.

  19. truthful says:

    I remember hearing briefly that she was pregnant again, but I totally forgot.


    I don’t care for the name. I remember that oldie but goodie movie “Phaedra” with Anthony Perkins…a good foreign drama.

  20. dcypher1 says:

    Im sick of all the weird names celebs name their kids. What happened to nice normal names. People in the future are going to have even weirdrr names. At least now u can chanege ur name for a fee.

  21. Frenzy says:

    This is how Lady Gaga will look if she wasn’t in her stupid costumes.

  22. Liz says:

    She looks really pretty these days. I love how she’s doing her hair.

  23. Marianne says:

    Phaedra was a greek goddess, I believe.

    Whatever floats her boat, I guess.

  24. Jen34 says:

    Her husband is carrying a purse in the 3rd photo. And , yes, it is his purse because Peaches has her own purse.

    I guess these two are about breaking gender stereotypes. I don’t have a problem with that, but why force that on their sons by giving them girly names? Seems selfish.

  25. Suze says:

    Hmmm…I don’t hate it but I always thought it was a girl’s name, too. I’m too lazy to Google (and that’s darn lazy).

    Well, Peaches and hubby, congrats! Nice little family.

  26. the original bellaluna says:

    Congrats. I hope she stays on the straight and narrow now that she has a family.

  27. LAK says:

    ….but Phaedra IS a girl’s name. Phaedra is the name of a Lady in Greek mythology who wrecked havoc due to unrequited love.

  28. Yelly says:

    That kid is going to be a Bravo superfan.

  29. Aagje says:

    How hard is it that in that entire family only the two originals had normal names and all the others went haywire?

    Childhood becomes a whole lot easier if you at least don’t have to worry about a ridiculous name.

  30. DGO says:

    I know a woman who named her children Badger (boy) and Doe (girl).

  31. Tastykakes says:

    Shortened to “Ast” and “Phaede” (Fade) they aren’t so bad, technically more masculine sounding, should that be important to either of her children.

  32. Asdfg says:

    She looks like Lady Gaga in the 2nd pic !

  33. Asdfg says:

    Congrats to them but the dude wears his pants too short.. Every picture i’ve seen of him he’s wearing pants too short! Looks TACKY! LOL!

  34. Adrien says:

    Uhm, whatever. As long as you become good parents to Phaedra. So Congrats.

  35. Len Edwards says:

    Why not just name the lad, “Beat Me Up Now”?

  36. Jub-Jub says:

    I like the names. Even though they may get teased for their names at school…well kids get teased for just about anything. If they don’t get bullied for their names it will be for something else. I have a “normal” name but I got bullied mercilessly at school for liking Marilyn Manson. Meh.

  37. Jennifer12 says:

    Am I the only one who thinks these two do not seem stable enough to be parents? And that they should definitely not have kids a year apart?

  38. Aenna says:

    I can’t see past his mom jeans…