Is Van Morrison the baby's father after all?
New twist in bizarre story of a mini Van
Van Morrison is likely the father of the child born to Gigi Lee, his business manager who he actually knew very well, despite claims to the contrary.
Late last week Belfast-born Van Morrison claimed that his website had been hacked and someone had falsely published a story that he was the father of a newborn baby boy, George Ivan Morrison. Morrison’s lawyers have now stated that he did know Gigi Lee, contrary to earlier statements.
A well-placed Irish source has told IrishCentral.com that they believed from the start that Van Morrison was the father of the child.
“His wife’s family fears the worst," the source said. “He had Christmas dinner with Michelle Rocha (his wife) and his elderly mother in Belfast and this never came up. Now all hell has broken loose."
Now it turns out, according to the Daily Mail, that Gigi Lee, a 42-year-old Dallas native, is his tour manager and a director of 14 of his companies and that friends have seen them together on numerous occasions. In an email she sent to her closest friend, Carla Higdon, on June 15 last year, she stated: “You are going to be an auntie – I am having a little Van.”
Higdon says she met Van Morrison at a party in London at the home of Rolling Stones musician Ronnie Wood in London some years ago and developed a crush. Rosy Hall, Jerry Hall’s sister, was a friend, and introduced her to the rock party scene.
“She sounded very excited. I had no idea Van was married. In fact, I didn’t know he had a wife until this week, when the story broke about how he was claiming it wasn’t his baby.
“I don’t know if Gigi knew he had a wife, but she never mentioned it to me.” At one point Gigi is said to have revealed: “I’m having a little Van.”
Back in Texas, Gigi broke up with her boyfriend, a roadie for Fleetwood Mac and Lenny Kravitz, because of her affection for Van Morrison.
“He was very good to her,” said Higdon. “But what he didn’t realize was that she had developed a crush on Van. There was no question about it from the way she talked.
“I’ve only ever spoken to Van once. He called the house where she was living and I picked it up and he said, “Gigi, It’s Van!” and I said, 'Hold on.'
“She would tell [her boyfriend] she was going to Ireland to hook up with a friend Marina, but that was a code word for Van.
"She was constantly traveling to London or wherever he was. She said the only reason she was keeping a place here [in Dallas] was because of her brother (who is ill). She loves him, but she also loves Van. She said, 'If it wasn’t for my brother, I’d be out of here.'"
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