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Scary Spice Gives Birth to Girl

February 19, 1999

LONDON (AP) _ Scary Spice Mel B has beaten her bandmate Posh Spice Victoria Adams to the maternity ward, giving birth Friday to a 5 1/2-pound daughter.

Phoenix Chi was born at 6:42 p.m. at a London hospital and mother and child were doing well, said her husband, dancer Jimmy Gulzar.

``I am very happy to announce that I have a beautiful daughter,″ said Gulzar, who called their baby ``the child of the future.″

Asked how his wife was, he said: ``She is wicked.″

As the news spread Friday afternoon that Mel B had gone into labor, press photographers and fans gathered outside the hospital in anticipation of the birth.

During her pregnancy, Mel B confessed to a number of food cravings, like many mothers-to-be _ among them peanut butter, cheesecake and ice cream.

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