Name: Phoenix Chi Gulzar Brown
Parents: Melanie ‘Mel B’ Brown & Jimmy Gulzar
Date of Birth: February 19, 1999
Siblings: Giselle, 7, Angel, 5, & Madison, 1
♥ Phoenix was born in Westminster, London
♥ According to sources, Phoenix was named after a mythical creature symbolizing new hope and a spiritual life force. The phoenix was said to live for 500 years before dying, consumed by flames. As the fire burned out, a new phoenix would rise from the ashes and continue the circle of life. It features in both Chinese and ancient Egyptian story-telling.
♥ Chi is also Chinese and is said to mean “the vital energy which pervades and enables all life.”
♥ She is being raised be her mother and step-father Stephen Belafonte
♥ Her mother was a former Spice girl and Phoenix was the first baby to be born out of the five women (Victoria ‘Posh Spice’ Beckham, Geri ‘Ginger Spice’ Halliwell, Melanie ‘Sporty Spice’ Chisholm & Emma ‘Baby Spice’ Bunton)
♥ Her parents divorced when she was 1-years-old
♥ There seems to be some confusion over Phoenix’s last name. In certain places it’s listed as Gulzar, but in other spots it’s listed as Brown
♥ Her mother and step-father credited her help in naming her baby sister Madison
♥ On October 11, 2011, Phoenix filed a police report against her biological father citing battery after he refused to let her leave his L.A. apartment, leading to a standoff with law enforcement that witnesses say lasted for “several hours.”
“My first words when I saw my baby were, ‘God, you are beautiful’, then, ‘Where’s the champagne?” – mama Mel on the birth of her daughter.
“She is wicked. I am very excited and proud.” – Sporty Spice Mel C, who was present for Mel B’s 9 hour labor, after meeting a newborn Phoenix.
“Phoenix has just turned 13, I can’t believe I’ve a teenager on my hands, I feel old. She’s a little bit moody because she’s a teenager but we’re very close. She’s my first so I still consider her my baby, she’s a sweetheart.” – mama Mel on her eldest daughter.
“Phoenix was there at the hospital with me and I said, ‘Why don’t you name your sister?’ I mean, everything about Phoenix is very funky and very stylish so I knew she’d pick a nice name.” – Mel on allowing her daughter to name her baby sister Madison.