Eddie Murphy Is a Papa Again
Eddie Murphy received a very special Christmas gift: His wife, Nicole, gave birth to the couple's fourth child on Christmas Eve, a girl named Zola Ivy. The infant, born at an undisclosed Los Angeles hospital, weighed in at 7 pounds 13 ounces.
In a statement released by Murphy's publicist, the couple said, "We are ecstatic and very happy," and mother and baby are "doing fine." Murphy and his wife were married six years ago but have been together longer. Their eldest child is 10.
The "Saturday Night Live" alumnus has recently been at work shooting "The Nutty Professor 2: The Klumps," due to be released next year.
Jerry Hall's Everlasting Love
Jerry Hall, in an interview with Tatler magazine, said she still loves Mick Jagger, but the two are no longer "in love."
The couple's 1991 marriage in Bali was declared null and void after Hall sought a divorce when Brazilian Luciana Morad gave birth to Jagger's seventh child, Lucas, in mid-May.
Hall said Jagger is now more attentive than ever, calling her several times a day on average and showering her with presents. "I suppose it has been the perfect divorce in that Mick and I are still such good friends," she said. Hall added that she and Jagger are determined to raise their four children together. And as for the single life, she told Tatler, "I've never been without a man and, you know what, I am loving it."
A Royal Indiscretion
In his annual Christmas message, King Albert II of Belgium indirectly admitted to fathering a daughter out of wedlock 31 years ago. The king said that in the late '60s he and his wife, Queen Paola, lived through a "crisis" that nearly wrecked their marriage. The couple, however, overcame their problems and rediscovered "a deep love and understanding."
Accusations of infidelity first arose in October when an unauthorized biography of the queen claimed that the king had an extramarital affair with Sybille de Selys Longchamps, the former wife of a Belgian industrialist. The book, by Mario Danneels, went on to say that Delphine Boel, 31 and an artist living in London, was their illegitimate daughter.
The Belgian media termed it a "courageous" acknowledgment.
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Lloyd Grove is on vacation. The Reliable Source column will resume when he returns.
CAPTION: For Eddie Murphy and wife Nicole, shown in April, a recurring parental role.