As Wendie reported a few weeks ago in a post appropriately titled “Why Do Celebrities Hate Their Babies?” it was widely rumored that M.I.A. had named her newborn son “Ickitt.” As it turns out, his name is not nearly so ridiculous and we should all feel foolish for believing that she’d ever name her son something so silly. As M.I.A. so eloquently puts it on her Myspace blog:
“MY BABY IS NOT CALLED ICKITT, PICKIT OR LICKIT THANK YOU VERY MUCH. HES A BABY, HE DONT NEED PRESS! I DIDNT RELEASE THE BABY NAME BECAUSE I DIDNT THINK IT WAS NEWS!!!!
BUT I WILL BE BACK WITH SOMETHING NEWS WORTHY SOON , TILL THEN GO PICK ON APPLE, SATCHEL AND MOON UNIT.
LOTS OF LOVE STICKIT!!”
That’s right. He IS a baby. And he don’t need no press (although I wish M.I.A would press her caps lock button). He was never named “Ickitt.” Turns out his real name is the so-common-as-to-be-almost trite “Ikhyd Edgar Arular Bronfman.” Given her thick British accent, it’s really hard to see how anyone could have possibly confused “Ickitt” for “Ikhyd.”
Strange baby names aside, let’s all hope she gets pregnant again sometime soon. In these tough times, the world should not be deprived of seeing M.I.A. in her ridiculous maternity outfits (as evidenced by the magic-eye dress pictured above). I never get tired of looking at it.