Good Charlotte guitarist Billy Martin and his new wife Linzi announced on his blog that they are expecting a baby due in January. He wrote the following:
“We bought a pregnancy test without even stressing or sweating,” says Martin, who married hairstylist Linzi on March 1, their eight-year dating anniversary. “She went to take it, I sat down at my desk, and two minutes later she came out and said, ‘I’m pregnant!’
“All the sound in the world stopped for a minute. I was shocked – but excited.” They are designing an Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland-themed nursery which they’ll customize once they know the baby’s gender.
“If it’s a girl, maybe more Alice-based, and if it’s a boy, more Mad Hatter and Cheshire Cat,” says Martin. Their inspiration grew from the illustrations in Disney’s Alice, the vintage Lewis Carroll book, as well as the Tim Burton-helmed Alice film that is currently in the works.
He went on to say:
“We’re not going to do anything dark and spooky that’s going to scare the baby,” says Martin with a laugh. “We want a lighter, happier version.”
He is an accomplished painter and illustrator with his own T-shirt line, so he will definitely be creating some original artwork for his baby.
Joel Madden his band mate from Good Charlotte also a new daddy to 8-month-old daughter Harlow with girlfriend Nicole Richie has been very encouraging and supportive:
“Joel says it’s going to change my whole world, but fatherhood is the best thing that ever happened to him,” says Martin. “He tells me not to stress out, and to try to take everything in stride and enjoy it because it’s the coolest thing that can happen to you.”
A remix album for Good Charlotte, and a children’s book he has written and illustrated called Damious McDreary: A Boy and his Bat, are both due to be released in the fall of 2009.