Nicolas Cage is sharing the inspiration behind the names he has picked out for his first child with Riko Shibata.
In the cover story for the April issue of GQ, Cage, 58, shares how he and his wife have already landed on their child’s name. This is Cage’s third child as he is already dad to sons Kal-El, 16, and Weston, 31, from previous relationships.
Cage decided on Akira Francesco for a boy and Lennon Augie for a girl.
“Augie was my father’s nickname. And my uncle [Francis Ford Coppola] has decided to change his name to Francesco,” he shares.
After pulling up a two-month ultrasound on his phone, he adds, “I think it’s so sweet. It’s like a little edamame. A little bean.”
“The parents-to-be are elated!” adds the rep.
Cage, 57, married his now-wife during a “very small and intimate wedding at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas” on Feb. 16 of last year — which also honored his late father’s birthday.
“It’s true, and we are very happy,” he shared with PEOPLE at the time.
The two met in Shiga, Japan, through mutual friends while Cage was filming Prisoners of the Ghostland. And then, in February 2020, Cage and Shibata were later photographed holding hands for the first time when they both visited his nine-foot tomb in New Orleans that he purchased for himself in 2010.
Cage first announced he was engaged to Shibata on his brother Marc Coppola‘s radio show in August 2020.
“She left New York and went back to Kyoto, Japan, and I went back to Nevada and I haven’t seen her for six months,” Cage told his brother.
“We were really happy together and we were really excited to spend that time together so I finally just said, ‘Look, I wanna marry you,’ and we got engaged on FaceTime,” he said.
Cage then gave Shibata a black diamond ring and mailed it to Japan after proposing.
“Her favorite color is black so she wanted the black gold, and the black diamond,” he said at the time. “I found it and I customized and personalized it and I actually sent it to her via FedEx.”
Cage added, “We’re engaged but we don’t have a date because of the world we live in currently,” but that he hoped to get married in “Kyoto where we can have a Shinto wedding.”
The couple had a small ceremony that included Cage’s ex-wife Alice Kim with whom he shares 16-year-old son Kal-El Coppola. Cage and Kim have remained good friends since their divorce in 2016.
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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