Pete Wentz Explains ‘Mowgli’ & “Surreal” Birth

In his first interview since welcoming his son, Bronx Mowgli, Pete Wentz described the birth of his first child as “pretty surreal.” The 29-year-old musician went on to say on Ryan Seacrest’s KIIS-FM radio show, “Obviously, some stuff my wife would freak if I said, but she’s pretty much a saint. Right before she went into labor, I was like, ‘Oh my God, I think I’m having a heart attack!'”

Pete went on to describe his experience in the delivery room: “Natural things start going on in your body. My heart started beating really fast,” Us magazine reports. He then said, “You see your wife in all this pain, and you really don’t know what’s happening. [But Ashlee] “took care of me and made sure I was OK and then we went into labor. That’s why she’s a saint.”

Pete continued to gush about his wife: “She’s a amazing girl. She was like, ‘I will make sure you’re OK. I didn’t even stop to think, ‘Well, you just had an epidural and you’re about to have a baby!'” When Bronx was born, Pete said Ashlee stated: ‘He’s beautiful. He’s perfect.’ He added, “We were instantly in love. It’s impossible not to be!”

Click below to find out how Ashlee is doing and why they chose the name Bronx Mowgli….

Pete said that Ashlee is doing “really good” and added that he has changed “quite a few” diapers already – even ones of the “exploding” nature. Pete joked, “Having a child is like opening a new spot in L.A. — everyone’s trying to get in every night!” The Fall Out Boy bassist said Bronx “is definitely going to come out on tour. We need a whole team of stuff that is going to get him through that.”

And as for the unique name choice, he explained they had been “throwing it back and forth a while ago. I feel weird because all these people have all these ideas on what it means … I don’t think anyone knows the real story of why or how.” He briefly said [Jungle Book] author Rudyard Kipling is “really cool and The Jungle Book is something that me and Ashlee bonded over.”

Regarding his new role as a father, he said, “It’s different when it happens. Your life is 100 percent different now – you want it to be different.”

Photo: Pacific Coast News

Filed under: Ashlee Simpson,Bronx Wentz,Pete Wentz


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  1. RA

    What kind of guy witnesses their wife in grueling labor and the birth of their child and then somehow manages to turn the entire story on himself when asked about it? He sounds pretty selfish to me…good luck caring for two babies now Ashlee…

  2. Bluezy

    I still think the name has to be a joke. Aren’t they both pranksters? I keep waiting for someone to announce that his name is something nice and normal. Bronx Wentz is just ugly and really hard to say!

  3. When Ryan Seacrest is asking if your kid’s name is a joke, that’s not a good thing.

  4. RA, you are so right! He seems very childish and I pity Ashlee for having to comfort him while she was in labour.

    Than he tries to be deep and says there is a real story behind the name, only to explain Rudyard Kipling is cool and we bonded over Jungle Book….. ::rolls eyes::

  5. Dea

    Yeah, because she is the only ONE in the world who had to give birth with epidural and an anxious husband therefore she is a SAINT!! Saw in one tabloid cover they printed Ashlee’s name wrong. Oops, papa joe aint gonna be happy!

  6. Anonymous

    They’re young and oh-sooo clueless. Better keep Britney’s therapist’s number on hand…

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