Is he Ickitt or isn't he Ickitt?
Latina.com reported on Friday that British singer M.I.A., whose own real name is Mathangi Arulpragasam, has named her newborn son Ickitt. But later that day, the singer posted to her MySpace blog that the name was wrong. By Friday evening, Latina.com had removed the post, with no visible note of a correction.
"My baby is not called Ickitt, Pickit or Lickit, thank you very much!" the singer wrote. "I didn't release the baby name because I didn't think it was news. ... Go pick on Apple, Satchel and Moon Unit!"
The baby is M.I.A.'s first child, and his father is her fiance, Benjamin Brewer.
M.I.A. gave birth on Feb. 11, three days after she memorably danced and sang at the Feb. 8 Grammy Awards, drawing admiration and some disbelief for performing so actively on the very day her child was due.
On her MySpace Weblog, the Grammy- and Oscar-nominated rapper posted, "Me and baby are putting our tour dates for 2010 together."
M.I.A. co-wrote and performs the "Slumdog Millionaire" song, "O... Saya," which lost the best original song Oscar to another "Slumdog" tune, "Jai Ho," at the Feb. 22 Academy Awards.
Whether or not it was M.I.A.'s choice, the name Ickitt doesn't seem that unusual in Hollywood circles.
Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck named their daughter Seraphina Rose, Ashlee Simpson-Wentz and Pete Wentz named their son Bronx Mowgli, and Gavin Rossdale and Gwen Stefani named their son Zuma Nesta Rock. And perhaps the longest star baby name in recent memory was awarded by Lisa Bonet, who named her son Nakoa-Wolf Manakauapo Namakaeha Momoa.