Amy Schumer Opened Up About The Moment She Realised Her Son's Name Sounded Like "Genital Fissure"

    "It never dawned on me. All the blood rushed to my head."

    In case you missed the news, a couple of weeks ago Amy Schumer announced she had changed her 11-month-old son's name after realising it sounded like...something else.

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    When their son was born last May, Amy and her husband, Chris Fischer, named him Gene Attell. His middle name was a tribute to Amy's friend, comedian Dave Attell, who appeared as her best friend in the movie Trainwreck.

    But in an episode of her podcast, 3 Girls, 1 Keith, Amy said they had realised their son's name sounded like the word "genital". And his full name sounded like "genital fissure".

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    "So do you guys know that Gene, our baby's name, is officially changed?" Amy said on the podcast. "It was Gene Attell Fischer, but we realised that by accident we named our son 'genital'."

    She then revealed that they had changed Gene's middle name to David — still after Amy's friend, but conveniently also her dad's middle name.

    Honestly, the news was very confusing for a lot of people, who thought that Amy had named her son "genital" as a joke, or (like me) that it wasn't actually his name and she was keeping his ~real~ name secret for privacy reasons.

    I genuinely thought that when Amy Schumer named her son genital fissure that she was making some funny joke to hide his real name for privacy reasons and I am so confused to know that’s not the case

    Amy Schumer changed her sons name from “Gene Attell” to “Gene David” because she realised it sounded too much like genital. Still deffo done it on purpose and backed out once she realised that much like her personality and comedy no one found it funny

    okay i’m SO surprised it took Amy Schumer this long to realize her son’s name sounded like genital... i thought it was on purpose

    But in a new interview with Howard Stern, Amy denied those accusations and said everyone was giving her too much credit.

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    "Oh my god, don't tell him," Amy joked when she brought Gene on camera. "We're not telling him. It's so embarrassing."

    "[We realised] like a month in," Amy said. "You know, you're like, the new parents, and you're just tired and in ecstasy. I don't know if some troll on the internet... I read it, and I was like, oh my god."

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    "Me, a filthy person, it never dawned on me," she went on. "All the blood rushed to my head."

    "Everybody kind of gave me credit," she said of the idea that the name was a purposeful joke. "I was just like, no, that is just a huge fuckup."

    Later in the interview, Amy opened up about her desire to have more kids, and added that she and Chris had begun the process of IVF before the coronavirus pandemic happened.

    "I had hyperemesis," Amy said of her first pregnancy, "which is when you have severe vomiting and nausea throughout the whole pregnancy. ... You can't keep any food down. I was hospitalised like 10 times."

    "All that aside, seriously, once you meet your baby, you're like, I would have been sick like that for 10 years just to meet you for an hour," Amy said.

    You can watch all the clips of Amy's SiriusXM interview on Howard Stern's YouTube channel.

    Ellie Bate is a celebrity reporter and talent coordinator at BuzzFeed UK and is based in London.

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