'Scary Spice' Melanie Brown Names Her Baby

'Scary Spice' Melanie Brown Names Her Baby
Melanie Brown
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updated 04/24/2007 at 10:40 AM EDT

originally published 04/24/2007 11:25AM

Former Spice Girl Melanie Brown has named her new daughter Angel Iris Murphy Brown, PEOPLE has confirmed.

The child, born on April 3, is named in part after Eddie Murphy, whom Brown, 31, says is the baby's father. Murphy, 46, has said he wants a paternity test.

"Melanie spent a while deciding on the baby's name," a friend of the singer tells PEOPLE. "It was inspired by a number of things."

On Tuesday, Brown, who lives in Los Angeles, explained the name in a brief statement released through her London reps.

"Angel, as she was my little angel through my pregnancy," she said. "Iris, as it's my grandma's name, Murphy because he's the dad and Brown because I'm the mum!"

Angel Iris is the second child for the former Scary Spice. She has an 8-year-old daughter, Phoenix Chi, with her ex-husband, dancer Jimmy Gulzar.

In March, Murphy's new girlfriend, film producer Tracey Edmonds, told Chicago's Power 92 radio station of Murphy: "There'll be a paternity test and if it's his then he'll be responsible."

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