Melanie Brown has had some stress during her pregnancy – she says Eddie Murphy is the baby’s father; he has demanded a blood test – but she put her worries aside on Friday to celebrate her impending arrival.
The former Scary Spice, 31, who is due in about a month, held a festive baby shower at the Beverly Hills Hotel on Friday.
Brown began her day in a bungalow at the hotel, getting ready with some female friends, but when it was time to toast, the mom-to-be met up with more than 30 guests in a private room by the tennis courts.
According to a source, the shower featured a cake in the shape of a woman’s pregnant belly clad in an animal-print loin cloth. Guests were also treated to plenty of Dom Pérignon champagne.
A rep for Brown tells PEOPLE that the singer had invited friends and her mother to the shower.
Meanwhile, the question of the baby’s paternity remains. Brown and Murphy, 45, began dating over the summer after Murphy’s April divorce from his wife of 12 years, Nicole Mitchell.
But in December, Murphy was asked on a Dutch TV show about Brown and her pregnancy. “We’re not together anymore,” he said. “And I don’t know whose child that is, until it comes out and has a blood test. You shouldn’t jump to conclusions, sir.”
That same night, Murphy debuted his new relationship with film producer Tracey Edmonds at the New York City premiere of Dreamgirls.
Brown later released a statement insisting Murphy was the baby’s father and saying she was “upset and distressed” by his comments.
Last week, Edmonds told Chicago’s Power 92 radio station of Murphy and Brown: “Without me getting too deep into it, they had a quick relationship before I even got into that, before I got into a relationship with Eddie. So that’s like their business that’s going on. There’ll be a paternity test and if it’s his then he’ll be responsible.”
• With reporting by AMY ELISA KEITH