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Nicolas Cage and wife Riko Shibata to name baby girl after John Lennon

Nicolas Cage and Riko Shibata are expecting their first child together (Picture: Getty Images for NEON)

It’s an exciting time for Nicolas Cage, who has revealed that he and Riko Shibata are going to be parents to a baby girl.

The Face/Off actor, who announced in January that he and Riko, 27, were expecting their first child, announced the news on the Kelly Clarkson Show.

Nic, 58, explained that his father August Coppola, who was a DJ, would blast The Beatles’ Let It Be album, particularly the song Across The Universe, at his radio station.

‘It’s my favourite song ever written, which is why I’m going to announce some big news for everybody,’ he added.

‘I am gonna have a little girl! And her name, because of Across The Universe, her name is gonna be Lennon Augie – Augie after my father – and I’ll call her Lennie for short.’

So cute!

Nic announced earlier this year that he would welcome a child with Riko, his fifth wife. Lennon will be his third child and first daughter, as he already shares his son Weston with Christina Fulton and Kal-El with his ex-wife Alice Kim.

The actor, who’s currently starring as a fictionalised version of himself in the new film Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent, previously mentioned that he’s very different from his character and is a very hands-on father.

He told People: ‘There’s no version of Nic Cage in reality that doesn’t want to spend time with his children.

‘There’s no version of Nic Cage that didn’t put family first over career.

Nic already has two sons (Picture: Getty Images)

‘I turned down Lord of the Rings and I turned down Matrix because I didn’t want to go to New Zealand for three years or Australia for three years because I needed to be home with my son Weston. That’s a fact.’

Nicolas tied the knot with Riko in a ‘very small and intimate wedding’ at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas on February 16 last year. The ceremony coincided with his late father’s birthday. 

Announcing their nuptials, the Hollywood star said at the time: ‘It’s true, and we are very happy.’ 

He met through mutual friends in Riko in Shiga, Japan where Nicolas was filming Prisoners of the Ghostland. 

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