Geri Halliwell Names Daughter Bluebell

Geri Halliwell Names Daughter Bluebell
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updated 05/23/2006 at 12:00 PM EDT

originally published 05/23/2006 12:00PM

Inspired by the springtime flower, former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell has named her baby daughter, born May 14, Bluebell Madonna.

Saying she found the blooms inspiring during her pregnancy, the artist formerly known as Ginger Spice, 33, tells Britain's Hello! magazine, "What really clinched it for me was my mother telling me that the bluebell is increasingly rare – so it's a precious flower, which seems just right for my daughter."

As for the child's middle name, Halliwell says singer Madonna is one of her heroines.

"As she came out of my tummy, Bluebell had both arms flung wide in the air as if announcing to the world, 'Hi! I'm here!' " she tells Hello! "She was screaming her head off, as though she was shouting, `Hello, Wembley!' No one else has that name, apart from the Virgin Madonna and the singer, whom I love."

The baby weighed 5 lbs., 12 oz. when she was born at London's Portland Hospital.

In the magazine interview, Halliwell does not mention the child's father, who is reportedly The Terminal screenwriter Sacha Gervasi, 40.

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