Geri, Her Baby and the Geek They Call Mr Sperm Donor

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Geri, Her Baby and the Geek They Call Mr Sperm Donor


Byline: PAUL BRACCHI;NICOLE LAMPERT

HE MUST, she insists, be 'sexy, good-looking, funny, affectionate (but not a lapdog) dependable, kind, and straight (in a nonsexual way).

Caring?

Obviously. Loyal? Absolutely.

We do not know, of course, if Geri Halliwell's latest lover meets all these criteria. Or if, indeed, he likes her dogs, will look after her when she is sick and will bring her soup. The indications, however, are that he doesn't and he won't.

But Sacha Gervasi, while lacking -glamour, certainly has one of the qualities Miss Halliwell says she requires in a man, and which she lists over two pages in her autobiography: virility.

As Geri, 33, herself puts it: 'When I find you, I definitely want to have children.' Today, not only is Geri pregnant, London-born scriptwriter Gervasi, 39, it emerges, is the father. The news has taken the showbusiness world by surprise.

Few people in Los Angeles, where the two are now based, were aware they even knew each other until the weekend when a photograph of them appeared in a Sunday tabloid under the headline: 'Geri's Having a Baby Spice!' She had been 'secretly dating' Gervasi, but he was not named as the father in the article.

But yesterday, following intense speculation, he confirmed he was. 'I fully intend to give Geri and the baby all the love and support they need,' he said.

The pair met in the summer, but are they still together?

Neither would say.

But the one-line statement - not a joint statement, by the way, speaking of their 'mutual joy' etc - gives the distinct impression they are no longer a couple, if they ever were, and that Geri is about to become a single mother (she is believed to be in the early stages of the pregnancy).

She once joked about visiting a sperm bank, but recently the idea is said to have become a more serious proposition. Those who know her say she drew up a list of celebrity friends she would consider suitable as 'donors'.

ASOURCE said: ' Everybody is already calling him (Gervasi) the sperm donor.

She has never made a secret of her desire to be a mother, but it does not look like this relationship is for keeps.' Perhaps that is a little unfair.

But either way, they are unlikely parents: the former Spice Girl from Watford and a former public schoolboy from Westminster.

One famous, and the other not so famous, unlike Geri's long list of exes which include Chris Evans, Robbie Williams (a friend of Gervasi's, incidentally), rock star Fred Durst, Duncan James from Blue and Coffee Republic boss Bobby Hashemi.

Not so long ago, in fact, Gervasi couldn't 'afford to buy loo paper' and travelled Beverly Hills by bus. Even so, Geri's pregnancy is unusually happy news for the onetime Ginger Spice, who has experienced a difficult few years both personally (perhaps evident from the number of failed romances) and professionally.

She recently hired Madonna's publicist and changed managers three times in a year in a bid to put a little 'spice' back in her career. But her latest album, Passion, released in May, sold just 10,000 copies.

Contrast that with her success after initially leaving the Spice Girls in 1998, when she clocked up four No. 1s.

EMI recently closed the 'fans' forum' on Geri's website, apparently, because of a lack of interest.

And her attempts to revive her career in the U.S. have not gone exactly to plan. A brief cameo in TV series Sex And The City was derided, while the reality show she presented, All American Girl, struggled badly in the ratings and was axed before the series ended.

Then there was a recent flyonthe-wall documentary.

Presumably it was an attempt to remind us of the woman who epitomised girl power.

Geri was badly advised.

At times, in between talking constantly about sex, she turned into a foulmouthed harridan, turning on aides and showing the 'demonic little girl' that Robbie Williams once famously described after their fling together. …

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