Gwen Stefani: My Boys Were Given the Wrong Names!

03/06/2009 at 01:00 PM ET

In the time spent preparing for baby, choosing a name is a critical step, with some parents opting to meet their little one first in order to ensure the moniker is a perfect fit. According to Gwen Stefani, as her two boys grow older and develop their own personalities, she is becoming more convinced there was name mishap along the way! Joking during an interview with 104.7 KISS FM that her sons — 2 ½-year-old Kingston James McGregor and 6-month-old Zuma Nesta Rock — had “the wrong names given to them,” she explains that a swap may be appropriate.

“[Kingston] is in that terrible twos. Gavin [Rossdale] calls him Sid Vicious. He [says], ‘You gave birth to Sid Vicious.’ I’m like, ‘Oops!’ He’s definitely got an attitude and Zuma is the opposite. He’s like this cool, laid back, easy-going guy — is that always how it is?”

While Zuma — or ‘Baby Zooms’ as his big brother calls him — is perfectly content to sit back and relax, Kingston seems to be taking after his musician parents, turning into quite the rock star himself! Along with his passion for “[Top 40] hits like his mom,” Kingston enjoys keeping up to speed with the tunes. Beware, don’t touch that dial, says Gwen! “Any song that comes on, he’ll get pissed if you turn the station. He’ll be like, ‘That’s my song! That’s my song!'” A true lover of music, the toddler already has his eye on one icon: Britney Spears. With the popstar living right down the street from the family, Kingston has been known to stop over at her house for a quick hello.

“He’s really into Britney’s songs. He’s really into her! He thinks she’s really great and cute and he flirts with her and stuff.”

Clearly smitten with their two boys, Gwen shares that she and Gavin are often left in amazement by their beautiful family. “It’s really mind-blowing to be together all these years and then all of a sudden these little creatures come. You’re like, ‘Who are these guys? Where did they come from? And they’re around the whole time,” she laughs. However, despite being “really tired,” the proud mama reveals the couple are about to embark on a new adventure: a No Doubt tour. Scheduled to bring her family out on the road, the group is in for a wild time! “All the No Doubt guys [except Tony] all have kids as well,” she explains. “We basically have to have a playroom on tour! It’s going to be really really fun having them all with us.”

More on Gwen’s pregnancy, how Zuma keeps his mama in top shape, and Gwen’s thoughts on the paparazzi below!

Ready to head out on the road and see all of her fans, Gwen is thrilled to be past her days as an expectant mom. “I actually don’t really enjoy being pregnant,” she shares. The 39-year-old — who faced morning sickness until she was five-and-a-half months along — admits that the whole “uncomfortable and odd” process is one she has learned to endure. “The first pregnancy, I was on tour until I was four-and-a-half months pregnant. I would cry before I’d go on stage,” she recalls. Once a true believer that the long nine months were to be completely enjoyed, she says her opinions have certainly changed since having two children!

“I thought that I was going to be like this earth mother. When people would complain about being pregnant, I was like, ‘What are you talking about? It’s incredible! Just enjoy it.'”

In order to prepare her body for the rigorous tour, Gwen has been hitting the road in the mornings, going for jogs and lifting weights. While the exercise routines are paying off, she laughs that her one true secret to staying in shape is toting her “squishy” baby boy Zuma! “I have this little chunky baby. Zuma is like the biggest, chunkiest boy,” she says. “He’s gigantic. He actually gets my arms strong because he weighs so much carrying him around!”

Apparently the proud parents aren’t the only ones who think their boys are adorable, whether they be at the park blowing up balloons or out and about running errands around town. At a recent Vanity Fair party, Gwen admits she found it a bit “bizarre” after being told by guests all evening that they enjoyed seeing her family. “Everyone was coming up to me and they’re like, ‘Oh my gosh! Kingston…’ Like they know him!” While the paparazzi shots of her sons are without a doubt cute, the protective mama is still unsure whether she likes their pictures floating around the media.

“I’m not quite sure if that’s okay. I think they need to get, like, a permission slip from me.”

Source: 104.7 KISS FM

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Michelle on

“A permission slip”! 😉 Exactly!!!

Ryo on

I just adore Gwen. And yes – her boys are too cute! But I agree with her about at least needing a permission slip or something. Even though anyone who only comes here wouldn’t know this, Kingston is photographed pretty much every day of his life. He goes like every day to that Coldwater Canyon park with his nanny, and every day there are pictures. X17 in particularly bad about that – it doesn’t matter that Kingston isn’t with his famous parents, they’ll follow him anywhere, even just going for a walk down his own street with the nanny!!

Lissette on

Cute family! I wonder if she and Gavin want any more kids?

Brandi on

Totally agree with her, I also thought I was going to be an earth mother throughout my pregnancy. I’m a hippie at heart. Well, I hated it. When I wasn’t throwing up, my back was killing me, when my back wasn’t killing me, it was the water retention in my hands and feet. I have never been so happy the day I realized I was going into labor 10 days early. 🙂 🙂

It must be very strange to realize everyone knows what your kids look like. I liked the permission slip joke!

Crystal on

I LOVE THIS FAMILY!!! They are my ABSOLUTE FAVORITE!!! I loved this interview especially the part about Britney Spears. I laughed so hard. I can literally picture Kingston “wandering” over there to get a peek at the pretty lady!!

Lou on

love this family, so cool!! gwen and gavin rock xx

sharon on

yeh i love them and i wonder if they want anymore kids or not?

Roxi on

Here’s a photo with Britney and Kingston 🙂

Mia on

I would love to see them have one more. Gwen is 39, they could probably have 1 more in the next 2 years or so. I know ND is doing the summer tour, and then they are releasing a record sometime next year/tour after that, so maybe sometime after that-or between that. Unless they end up getting a “surprise baby” and become pregnant on tour lol.

I also love that Gwen/Gavin have been together for such a long time, and obviously really love each other and are just a really cool couple, and now they have kids.

Rebecka on

I listened to this interview 2 days ago, and Gwen is just awesome, she’s so nice and down-to-earth. And Kingston and Zuma are just the cutest 😀

amanda on

reading this article put a big smile on my face. what a lovely family. i truly enjoy that gwen is so honest and open about her experiences with motherhood. love this family.

daze on

the comment about britney is cute. so now we know kingston doesn’t go to his neighbours to play with little Sean Preston and Jayden James but to flirt with a popstar!

Mommy of 3 on

I absolutley LOVE Gwen, Gavin, and their boys!!!!! They are the most tastefull, beautiful and down to earth family that has ever stepped foot into the Celeb world IMO! Keep up the amazing work guys, I can’t wait to see if there is another baby in the works anytime soon (**fingers crossed it’s a girl if it happens**)

HeatherR on

This is my favorite celebrity family! All four of them are gorgeous and full of personality 🙂 We just bought presale tickets to see No Doubt in June…..can’t wait!!!

james XXX jammy on

Gwen is so AMAZING! I wonder what songs ND will be producing Now-adays! I love her Cute kids and shes so Gorgeous! Gavin is lucky to have Gwen but really they’re good to have each other!

JMO on

I heard an interview today with her on Ryan Seacrest and she was talking about the kids and family and joking and said somethin like, “he just always seems to wake up 45 min before he’s actually supposed to” and Ryan says, “Gavin!” and she laughs and says, “no Kingston!” That’s all I caught about the kdis but she sounded really happy about the upcoming tour!

And I agree with the permission slip lol. I see images of Kingston when he’s out with the nanny. Same with Sean and Jayden. They’re photographed out and about w/out their parents. Sorry but these children are not famous their parents are so I don’t see what gives any paparazzi the right to follow them when they are not in the company of the parents. JMOO

SAR on

Heh…Zuma may be laid back now, but the terrible twos have been known to strike even the mellowest baby. And if not the terrible twos, the terrible threes or terrible fours.

I’ve never understood the debate over “which is harder to raise, boys or girls?”, because each child is so different, regardless of gender. My sister and I were total opposites as children; just because we were both girls didn’t mean we were the same at all.

Mmers on

I agree! Kingston is a VERY cute name, but I am sorry, I don’t care for Zuma. Maybe since he is calm, he should be named River or Noah. Gwen, both your boys are ADROABLE!!

Robin on

I love “Baby Zooms” and Kingston is the man! He flirts with Britney, hangs out with Sean Preston and Jayden James and has playdates with the Jolie-Pitts and Ruby McGuire. How fun is that? I’m jealous…

tanveer on


She has really cute baby. And as far as the name is concerned, kids make their own identity.

Do not worry about names.

Jess on

I think Kingston has to be one of the coolest celebrity kids out there!

Hanging & flirting with Britney Spears, her sons JJ and Preston, the J-Ps, his hair, “baby Zooms”…that kid has one sweet personality!

The name Zuma is growing on me…at first I didn’t really like but now it’s cute! Really goes with the rockstar image Kingston has already taken under his belt.

Cute family & I understand where Gwen comes from…imagine for a second a load of random people you’ve never met coming up saying how cute your baby is or that they saw pictures of them at the store/park last week and thought that their pants looked cute…=|, must be freaky.

Stephany on

Baby Zooms! I love it! Man, Kingston seems like SUCH the coolest kid EVER! And I love that he’s got a little crush on Britney Spears! That’s hilarious! 🙂

FC on

I think Kingston gave his brother the cutest nickname in Baby Zooms. He’s just cool all-around. 😉

MIcarGI on

i used to know gwen as a punked out rock star. now she’s a mom, awwwww that’s awesome.

Dhika on


the family is so great…

the baby is so cute

Grosir Celana Dalam on

Beautiful with beautiful children too