Lara and Sam Worthington are sticking to their unique tradition of unusual baby names, with the couple finally revealing their new baby’s name, five months after welcoming him into the world.
And the name of Rocket Zot’s baby brother is … drum roll … Racer.
Yep, that’s right, they have named the baby boy Racer.
Worthington reveals the name in a new interview she has given to Harper’s Bazaar Australia, which is out on Monday, but offers no explanation of the name, though she is adamant it be spelled correctly, slowly going through the name letter by letter to Harper’s editor-in-chief, Kellie Hush.
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Baby names are clearly a sensitive subject in the Worthington household. The former bikini model has previously hit out at the Australian media for ridiculing her first child Rocket Zot’s name.
She took to social media a year ago to reveal the reasons for naming the now two-year-old: “My sons [sic] middle name IS a respectful nod to my late father, whose nickname was affectionately, Zot.”
But the thought of bringing her boys back to Sydney makes the former bikini model “anxious”.
These days the woman formerly known as Lara Bingle is a fully-fledged entrepreneur, model and wife of Hollywood star Sam Worthington.
But on the eve of her 30th birthday, the former “It Girl” who rose to fame as the “Where The Bloody Hell Are You” girl in those tourism ads over a decade ago, says motherhood and life away from Sydney have helped her mature.
“But, to be honest, I do come back to Australia and get a bit of anxiety. I know I grew up being in the media constantly, but now, living in New York, you can just go about your day, and I’ve kind of let my guard down. I feel like living away has made me softer, and being able to raise the boys over here, I haven’t had as much scrutiny as I probably would back home,” she says.
Interestingly she made no mention of the 2014 incident in New York when her husband was filmed hitting paparazzo Sheng Li, who then launched a $5 million lawsuit.
The actor claimed he had been protecting his then-girlfriend from Li after the photographer allegedly kicked her in the shin. But the photographer hit back and accused Bingle of “attacking” him and trying to steal his camera after he took photos of the couple as they walked along the street.
Worthington eventually agreed to an undisclosed out-of-court settlement, but the couple’s relationship with the paparazzi remains fraught.