Russell Wilson isn’t the only positive father figure out here being called “Papa” or daddy by a child that’s not necessarily his biologically.
Christina Milian‘s boyfriend, French singer/songwriter Matt Pokora, gets similar love from her daughter, Violet. The 9-year-old is Milian’s child with ex-husband Terius “The-Dream” Nash, who has seven other kids (and one more on the way). While baby Future calls Wilson “Papa Russ,” Violet calls Pokora “daddy,” and the way he treats her is probably why.
For example, Pokora had a night out this week with Violet and surprised her with tickets to Ariana Grande’s concert at The Staples Center in L.A. Violet’s reaction to that news, a scream, shows she’s a huge fan.
Pokora supplied her with a tour T-shirt, and during the show, she was able to get a good look at her favorite singer because he let her ride piggyback. At one point, Violet was either having too much fun, or was just that exhausted, that she fell asleep on Pokora’s shoulder while the concert was going on. We’ll assume it was way past her bedtime:
Milian and Pokora have been dating since 2017, and while that isn’t that long, he’s obviously made a substantial impact on the lives of both mother and daughter.
Violet’s penchant for calling him “daddy” doesn’t mean that her actual father isn’t present in her life, though. With Milian by her side, Violet often goes on trips with The-Dream, his wife Lalonne and her siblings. Last summer they all went to Puerto Rico and seemed to have a great time.
The ability to co-parent well, what with The-Dream living in Atlanta in Milian in L.A., is something the star has said she’s particularly proud of. Everyone has certainly come a long way from the early days in Violet’s childhood when Milian was praying for “a healthy man in my life that will love her the way I do.”
“We have a really great friendship, and that was the one thing that I dreamed of,” she said about making long-distance parenting work in 2018. “I knew our relationship didn’t work out, but my goal was to make sure that we had a good friendship going. Since then, everything has been really, really good. We manage to just travel back and forth. Sometimes I’ll bring Violet over there, maybe he’ll fly over here. She has a lot of siblings [laughs], so the siblings will come out here and come to see her. We make it work. The most important thing is our daughter and at the end of the day, what’s even better is we do have the friendship instilled.”
Seems like Violet is getting a lot of love — and it shows in her smile!