Gwen Stefani gives birth to boy

Singer Gwen Stefani, wife of British rock star Gavin Rossdale, gave birth to the couple's first child on Friday, a son they named Kingston, her publicist said.

The baby, whose full name will be Kingston James McGregor Rossdale, weighed 7.5 pounds (3.4 kg) at birth, spokesman Dave Tomberlin said. He gave no further details.

Us Weekly magazine reported the baby was delivered by Caesarean section at Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre in Los Angeles, after which Rossdale walked out of the operating room to announce the news to waiting relatives, informs Reuters.

Stefani had long been open about her desire to be a mom. "I'm hoping my children will save me from my vanity," she told PEOPLE in 2004. One thing is for certain: The baby will be well-dressed.

In recent months, Stefani and Rossdale were spotted stocking up on baby goods at trendy London boutiques like Elias & Grace in the couple's Primrose Hill neighborhood. And Stefani, a successful fashion designer, has added clothes for babies and toddlers to her Harajuku Lovers line.

Stefani first announced her pregnancy last December during a concert in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. "I want you to say it loud enough so the baby hears it," Stefani yelled to the audience during a sing-along on her song "Crash." The crowd went wild.

"This is the end of a huge chapter for me," Stefani added. A camera then cut to an audience member holding a hand-lettered poster that read: "Congrats on Baby."

Stefani, 36, and Rossdale, 40, married in September 2002 in two separate ceremonies: a London wedding at St. Paul's Church and Los Angeles nuptials two weeks later.

The pair began dating in 1995, when Stefani's band, No Doubt, toured as openers for Rossdale's then-group, Bush.

This is the first child for Stefani; Rossdale discovered in 2004 that he has a 16-year-old daughter, Daisy, with his ex, fashion designer Pearl Lowe, reports People Magazine.

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