When you think of Macy Gray, mother isn’t exactly the first thought that comes to mind, but that’s what the eclectic singer says she is first and foremost. You may know it, but she’s actually a mother to three teens, Aanisah, 16, Mel, 15, and Happy, 14. Being divorced from her children’s father and having a profession that takes her away from her children is tough on the single mother, but she doesn’t believe her circumstances are any worse than any other woman out there.
“I think motherhood is hard for any mother,” she told Yahoo in their Jam: Spotlight on Music Stars series. “I’m gone a lot so I’ve missed a few things. But they’re older now, we’re all very used to each other and each other’s lifestyle, so it’s one of those things where you just work it out. You don’t really know how you did it — it’s just part of life.”
Drugs are a topic every parent has to address with their children at some point or another, but when you produce songs with titles like, “Smoke 2 Joints,” those discussions become quite different, as Macy explained in her interview.
“I talk to them about it a lot, but, ya know, kids are going to do what they’re going to do,” she shruged. “It’s been a challenge to keep them on the right path — but I really think that is for any mother. You have parents who have never touched drugs and their kids are completely methed out. Then you have parents who are strung out and their kids haven’t touched it. Everybody has their own path and their own journey and as a mom you do your best, but your kids have minds of their own.”
Macy talked about how her children influence her music, saying they’re now old enough to give her honest opinions on her songs, but they also influence her body art. Pointing out a few distinctive tattoos on her body, Macy explained the inspiration behind each one.
“Well, this one says ‘motherhood.’ I wrote that one night when my son made me cry. I got it to balance out my pain — from the inside to the outside. I have another one with my kids’ names on it: Happy, Mel, and my [eldest] daughter’s nickname is Boopy. The last one, on my calf, says ‘Daddy’ because my father died a few years ago. I got this before he died.”
When it comes to her kid’s thoughts on her music, they don’t get quite as much creative expression.
“I don’t go out and change my songs to make everything based on what they say, ” Macy said, “but I do listen to what they have to say. They have really good taste.”
She does too, although I’m a little concerned about her naming her child Happy. Are you a fan of Macy Gray?
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