Riley Keough welcomed a baby via surrogate last summer, and she’s finally ready to open up about her journey. The Daisy Jones & The Six star revealed the special meaning behind the name of her baby in a recent cover story for Vanity Fair and reflected on her experience with surrogacy.
In her interview with Vanity Fair, Keough officially confirmed the name of her baby daughter who was born in August last year – Tupelo Storm Smith-Peterson. This name is a nod to two of her family members: her grandfather Elvis Presley, who was born in Tupelo, Mississippi, and her late brother Benjamin Storm Keough.
Keough revealed that she opted for this name before Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis movie came out last year because most people weren’t familiar with the name of Presley’s birthplace before its release.
“I was like, ‘This is great because it’s not really a well-known word or name in relation to my family—it’s not like Memphis or something. Then when the Elvis movie came out, it was like, Tupelo this and Tupelo that. I was like, ‘Oh, no.’ But it’s fine,” she explained.
Keough also opened up about her surrogacy journey and said she decided to go down this road because she’s undergoing treatment for Lyme disease. She described surrogacy as a “very cool, selfless, and incredible act” and praised women who have the courage the undertake it to help other people.