Chris Evans welcomes twins ‘named Ping and Pong’ to his clan
CHRIS EVANS and his wife have announced the safe arrival of their twins — a girl and a boy — whom they’re calling Ping and Pong.
It is not known if these are to be the duo’s actual names, but in a statement read out on the ginger DJ’s Radio 2 Breakfast Show this morning, Chris used the comical monikers as he declared them both ‘health, strong and happy’.
It read: ‘Ping and Pong arrived safe and well last night.
‘Ping popped her head out at 22.10, Pong popped his head out 12 minutes later at 22 minutes past 10.
‘Both healthy, both strong, happy and blessed, as was mum throughout.
‘Infinite thanks to the amazing team at Frimley Park Hospital, amazing people, amazing professionals, helping dreams come true. Thank you.’
The twins are Chris and his 38-year-old wife Natasha Shishmanian’s third and fourth children, as they are already parents to the more conventionally named Noah, nine, and Eli, six.
Last week, Evans described Ping and Pong as a ‘working title’ for his babies, but added he was considering them as middle names.
The 52-year-old told Janet Jackson, a guest on his show: ‘We call them Ping and Pong because they are the unborns. We have a working title!’
But he added: ‘It’s so cute I want to keep them as the names Ping and Pong.’
When singer Jackson asked whether he meant nicknames, Evans replied: ‘Or middle names.’
News of the double baby joy emerged as Sara Cox took the helm of Chris’s show today.
The 43-year-old is in the frame to take over from Evans when he leaves Radio 2 to returns to Virgin Radio — although Zoe Ball, 47, is rumoured to have been offered the job.
But that didn’t stop Sara taking this morning’s opportunity to joke that she’d already got the gig.
She began the show, saying: ‘Well, here we are then, welcome along to the show. My name is Sara Cox, we never thought we would get here, this is your brand new Radio 2 Breakfast show and I just want to say I am so thrilled. I would like to thank my mum for her support…’
But after trailing off to talk to someone in the background, she could be heard saying, ‘Just one day? Oh,’ before the show cut to music.
Author: Anna Thomson