Tom DeLonge a Daddy Again
Fri, 18 Aug 2006 14:24:53
Former Blink-182 and current Angels & Airwaves frontman Tom DeLonge is a new father again. DeLonge's wife, Jennifer, gave birth to a healthy seven-pound, three-ounce baby named Jonas Rocket. The couple's first child, Ava Elizabeth, celebrated her fourth birthday on July 15.
The baby's unusual but distinctly artist-friendly middle name was inspired by his sister. "Rocket is a nickname that my daughter came up with shortly after we found out I was pregnant," said Jennifer DeLonge. "We have called the baby Rocket for several months. Everyone seems to love it."
After years of steady touring and recording with Blink-182, DeLonge is looking forward to being a family man. "I found myself at a kind of crossroads in my life where I couldn't see myself doing this the same way I've doing it with the Blink guys 'cause I was constantly compromising being with my family," he said recently. Fortunately for him, then, the demand for Angels & Airwaves hasn't been as great.
Papa and Mama DeLonge were high school sweethearts, and the glow still seems to be in place. When asked about his wife's recent successes in the world of children's furniture -- her upscale clientele includes Gwyneth Paltrow -- DeLonge gushed. "She's always had such a desire to create and use her amazing mind," he told People. "That's part of the attraction."
Things aren't going so well for his tattooed former bandmate, Travis Barker. Given the Nick-and-Jessica kiss of death by starring in their own MTV reality show, Meet The Barkers, he and wife Shanna Moakler have split up amidst allegations that Moakler was unfaithful -- a claim that she denies.
--The ARTISTdirect Staff