New Weekly (Aus), November 29, 1999
Happily Ava after
Keanu Reeves has chosen a name for his soon-to-be-born baby girl, and it's a bit of a mouthful - Ava Archer Syme-Reeves.
by Mardie Boardman
With just seven weeks to go until she has her baby, Keanu Reeves' pregnant girlfriend is busy planning for the birth. Looking radiant in comfortable tights and trainers, Jennifer Syme recently shopped for baby wear in Los Angeles with her mother, Maria. The two rarely strayed from the pink section of Babies R Us. The infant, due on January 8, is expected to be a girl.
Jennifer and Keanu have already decided on a name for their daughter - she'll be named Ava Archer, and will have both Syme and Reeves as her last name.
These are the first photos that been taken of 27-year-old Jennifer since her pregnancy was publicly announced in August. Until now, Keanu has gone to great lengths to shield her from the public eye, even buying her a comfortable "safe house" in suburban Los Angeles that he only visits after dark.
Although they have been together for more than a year, the couple don't live together and have no plans to marry. But first-time dad Keanu is still very much involved in the pregnancy, and even went on a shopping trip of his own to buy lots of cute things for his daughter.
Keanu rode his motorbike to a nearby Fred Segal department store, where he splurged on presents for the baby. He's every inch the proud expectant father.
"Keanu is absolutely thrilled that he's about to have a baby. He couldn't be more excited or overjoyed at the idea that he is about to be a new dad," his ex-girlfriend Jenny Rose says.
Because he was brought up with four different fathers, Keanu is determined to provide a stable environment for his child. And, while they probably won't be getting married, at least Jennifer and Keanu have the same vision for their future.
"All she wants is for him to be a good father to their baby. Others might call it flaky or weird, but to Keanu and Jennifer, it's fine to have a baby and not be married," Jenny says.