28 July 2004


 Pop star Louise Redknapp and her footballer husband Jamie are celebrating the birth of their first child - a boy named Charlie.

 The singer, 29, chose the name after her grandfather, who died on the day she discovered that she was pregnant.

 The couple said Charlie, who was delivered by Caesarean section and weighed 6lb 6oz, was "perfect".

 They said: "Mum and baby are well and over the moon with the birth of Charlie.

 "This is an amazing day - words can't describe just how special this feels for us. We're both speechless. Charlie is perfect."

 Louise, who was recently voted FHM magazine's Sexiest Woman of the Decade, married Spurs skipper Jamie, 31, in Bermuda in 1998.

 The former member of pop band Eternal became pregnant after four years' trying for a baby and beating the fertility condition, endometriosis.

 She had postponed the release of her next album until after the birth.