One way to get back in your adult daughter's good graces after a long estrangement is probably not to start griping about her choice of baby name. That's the lesson that perhaps singer Adele's dad is learning. But maybe not. He doesn't seem too swift. First, Adele's father, Mark Evans, abandoned little Adele when she was 3 years old, leaving her care to her single teenage mom. Then when Adele got famous, he sold a story about her to a tabloid, discussing his alcoholism and her bad luck with men. Adele was so mad she said she'd like to "spit in his face." Think he'd just shut up at this point. But nope. Now he's got something to say about Adele's choice of baby name, Angelo James.
Mark is apparently disappointed in Adele's choice of name. He reportedly told The Daily Mail:
Not only did I hear I was going to be a grandad for the first time via the media, I found out the same way that she’s calling the baby Angelo James.
I’d hoped so much that she’d put my late dad’s name, John, in there somewhere, but alas it looks as if it is not going to be. If only she’d called him John. That would have meant so much to me -- and to Dad, God bless him. He’d have been so touched.
She spent every minute with him when she came to stay at weekends and school holidays as a kid. She adored him and he always had so much time and patience for her.
Um, hello, Mark? You don't get any input on your daughter's baby name -- especially if you're barely on speaking terms. And what kind of a guilt trip is that? Not to mention the passive-aggressive bit about her grandfather having so much "patience" with her, as if she were a troublesome child.
I've seen the whole family rift thing over a baby name before. In my family, there was a Marie, a Rose, and a Rosemary. So the couple compromised and ended up naming their baby RoseMarie -- which ended up pleasing no one. Seriously, you can't win.
Baby names are up to the parents -- and that's that.
Do you think there's an obligation to listen to your family's choice of name?
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