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Neil "Razor" Ruddock and Leah Newman talk about daughter Pebbles

03/07/2008 at 04:27 PM ET

RuddockcbbjpgRetired English soccer player Neil "Razor" Ruddock and his girlfriend, model Leah Newman, say that their daughter Pebbles Ivy-Grace, 13 months, has brought them closer together as a couple.  The 39-year-old father states,

Yes, massively. I’ve got two grown up kids but I didn’t really see them as babies because I was playing football all the time and living in hotels — it’s nice to have this time now.

Continue reading for more photos of the family and to read about Leah’s labor story.



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When asked about how the birth of Pebbles went, the 26-year-old mom replied,

Quite quick and easy, but because she was breech I had an emergency C-section. I said to Neil: ‘Razor, my waters have broken!’ and he said: ‘Oh don’t be silly, go back to bed!’ He thought I wanted him out of bed, but then he suddenly realized and we rushed to the hospital and out she came. I think I called Neil every name under the sun!

Although Razor tells the story a little differently –

But when her waters broke, she still went and had a bath, and washed and blow dried her hair because she didn’t want to look a state going into labor. Then on the way to the hospital, she made me stop at McDonalds because she was hungry, so by the time we got there it was panic stations — but at least her hair looked nice!

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Leah admits that when Pebbles wakes up in the middle of the night, it is usually her that gets up while,

Neil does the odd dirty nappy and they have baths together, which is sweet!

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Source: OK!, March 11th issue, pgs. 91-95

Thanks to CBB reader Carlie.

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Leslie on

Pebbles? Really?!

Ashley on

This is so funny to see, because when Leah was pregnant my husband and I met them at a restaurant, so to see the baby is lovely! They were both really nice people by the way :)

malibustacey on

I had no idea they had a baby called Pebbles! In fact I had no idea he’d split up with his wife???

Cute baby though :)

Starlet on

Pebbles, really??
I’m surprised I haven’t heard of this name in the media (in the UK) before, as it seems far more unsual than Apple!

M on

pebbles..that reminds me of pebbles flintstone (i wonder if that was what they were thinking of when they named her?? :))

poppy on

It is quite a good looking baby, but Pebbles? PEBBLES? I like unusual baby names. I actually like Apple and Coco. But Pebbles, no. Oh well.

Lara on

I would never name my child Pebbles,but each to their own,it’s their daughter.As a huge Liverpool FC fan i have to say,it’s nice to see the legend that is Neil Ruddock again!

Dierna on

Cute kid but… Pebbles?! Seriously?? That’s her name??? Will they name their next kid Bam Bam or Chip or Roxy??? (Chip and Roxy are the offspring of Pebbles and Bam Bam Rubble born in the film “Holly-rock-a by Baby”. Bam Bam grew up to be a hollywood script writer BTW.. *lol* Bam Bam and Pebbles got married in “I Yabba Dabba doo”)

That little girl is gonna be joining Apple, Moses, and Kal El Cage in therapy sessions no doubt.

Dana on

I love the labor story. That tickled me so much.

Becky1 on

Poppy, if you put them together you get Coco Pebbles. :)

Kir on

hey, my grandmother’s name is Roxie…not short for anything. She’s 88 and has been saucy & fun for as long as I’ve known her, lol

emily on

I second everyone who commented on the name. And I have a whole list of hippie dippie names to name my future daughters. I mean, it’s cute, but did they think about the fact that this child will be an adult one day? I imagine her wedding vows…I John, take you Pebbles…lol.
I’m also wondering: he’s 39, so if he has adult children, that means he had them when he was a teenager. Do any Brits on here know how old they are?

malibustacey on

Apparently he has a 19 year old son named Joshua and a 16 year old daughter named Millie.

Seems like his ex wife had different tastes to Leah!

It’s a shame he says he missed out on so much of his other kids’ lives, I hope they are involved with, and in love with, their new sister.

My husband was a teenager when his three half-siblings were born (one to his Mum and two to his Dad) and has been basically left out since then, it’s a real shame…

Now we have our three kids (first born when he was 20) and he loves having his own family to belong to :)

Mele on

His two other children are called Joshua and Millie. Joshua is 18/19(born 1989) and Millie is 15/16(born 1992). So hardly grown up!!

Liianne Ox on

Pebbles is a beautiful name :] i know the brother of razor ruddock and they are a really nice family. Razors Brother’s Children Are Awsome and they mean a lot to me :]. pebbles my not be a good name to other people but i feel that everyone should be different and i would love to have a name thats crazy and different to everyone elses.

Liianne Ox on

Pebbles is a beautiful name :] i know the brother of razor ruddock and they are a really nice family. Razors Brother’s Children Are Awsome and they mean a lot to me :]. pebbles my not be a good name to other people but i feel that everyone should be different and i would love to have a name thats crazy and different to everyone elses.

Amanda on

I second that it is a beautiful name, but it is only a nickname. Her real name is Izzabella Ivy-Grace, according to an online biography. Lol you should research before you critisize! They are nice people, and seem very down to earth!

Sandie on

Pebbles is a beautiful name for an adorable little girl…sorry Amanda you are very wrong,on her birth certificate her name is Pebbles Ivy-Grace ruddock..she has never been named Izzabella..I think I should know as I am her Maternal Grand Mother…

To all you very negative people who have made nasty comments on her name..I would say get a life..Your not on here to be cruel to a little girl…thats abusive…mean..and down right pathetic..

Sandie on

With referance to the above I would like to make a correction..Pebbles is actually the name of Neil and Leahs daughter…Pebbles Ivy- Grace Ruddock is the actual name on her birth certificate..

I should know as I am her maternal grand mother…

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