I Got It Mom: Celebrities Who Take Care Of Their Parents
Most people would love to be able to go to their parents and tell them to quit their jobs and financially take care of them and after these stars became famous and made some serious money, they were able to do just that. Whether it was giving them a job and responsibilities in their own company or organization or buying them a house, these celebrities who take care of their parents might when kids of the year.
Omarion got his first taste of fame and fortune as part of the boy group B2K. He found further success as a solo artist but now that the R&B singer and his girlfriend Apryl Jones welcomed their first son, Omarion has an extra mouth to feed. But he also has been taking care of his mother, Leslie Burrell, which was revealed on “Love & Hip Hop Hollywood.” The “Ice Box” singer told his mom that he would have to stop financially supporting her now that he was becoming a father. That didn’t sit too well with Burrell and it has created some tension between her and Apryl.
Planning for a wedding can be a joyous yet stressful time for any bride but it was made especially stressful for Kandi Burruss. The “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star was excited to tie the knot with Todd Tucker but her mother felt the total opposite. Mama Joyce insisted that Todd was out for her daughter’s money and fought tooth and nail to convince her of that. Viewers of the show suspected that secretly Mama Joyce was worried that after Kandi married Todd, she would no longer take care of her, which Kandi admitted she did since the group Xscape became big.
Back in 2007, there was a lot going on in Usher’s life. Up until then, his mother Jonetta Patton served as his manager. While many thought the “Confessions” singer had fired his mom, he explained what his intentions were behind it. “I never fired her, I relieved her of her duties.” The singer went on to say, “There was an opportunity to be a grandmother, an opportunity to have what truly matters-which is family.”
Any fan of Kanye West knows that the Chicago rapper has always had a close relationship with his mother and rapped about it being just the two of them since he was a young child. Donda West worked as a professor at Chicago State University for 24 years before retiring and focusing her efforts to be her son’s manager. Mama West also served as the chair of the Kanye West Foundation until she passed away in 2007 from complications after undergoing plastic surgery.
Venus and Serena Williams
Richard Williams molded and trained his daughters Venus and Serena Williams to one day rule the tennis courts. Under his tutelage, the Williams sisters dominated the sport for many years. Later on in their careers, Papa Williams was able to retire as their tennis coach and spend time pursuing his own hobbies and passions such as photography. He became a fixture on the sidelines of his daughters’ matches, armed with an expensive camera in his hands.
Even though she was born in Trinidad, Nicki Minaj grew up on the rough, cold streets of Jamaica, Queens. Her humble beginnings and rise to the top were chronicled in the MTV documentary “My Time Now.” Cameras were on hand to watch one of the proudest moments in the Young Money rapper’s life. She had always dreamed of being able to buy her mother a house. Minaj was finally making good on her word and purchased a home for her family in Baldwin, Long Island.
Toni and Tamar Braxton
Tamar Braxton’s singing career took off thanks to the family show “Braxton Family Values” but before the fame she already had the money. During one episode on the show, the “Hot Sugar” singer revealed that following her parents divorce, her mother Miss Evelyn was facing some financial difficulty and she, along with her big sister Toni Braxton, stepped up and took care of the debts their mother was facing.
Comedian Kathy Griffin has always been close to her parents and they were even featured on her reality show “My Life on the D-List.” But her 90-year-old father John suffered a fatal heart attack during the third season. Following his death, Griffin asked her Maggie mother to move in with her so she could keep a closer watch over her and her mother wouldn’t have to be alone. Maggie’s love for boxed red wine is well known.
When Allen Iverson was drafted in the NBA, he was pegged as the Answer to the next Michael Jordan. Despite making a reported $200 million during his basketball career, Iverson has become a cautionary tale of what can happen to an athlete that isn’t careful with his money. The former 76er wasn’t the only one who was affected since facing money woes. His mother’s house, which the eleven-time All-Star purchased for her, ended up on the auction blocks after he failed to pay the taxes on it. Financially supporting a large entourage as well as his reported penchant for gambling has helped drain Iverson’s bank account.
Dwyane Wade grew up on the rough streets of Chicago and was determined not to head down the path that his mother chose. Jolinda Wade was caught up in the drug world both using and dealing and her checkered past including time in prison as well as being a fugitive on the lam. At the urging of her children, Ms. Wade got help and got clean and along the way, she developed a relationship with God. The mother of the Miami Heat superstar actually started her first ministry while serving time behind bars. Seven years after making the decision to change her life, Wade bought her a church, the Temple of Praise in Chicago.
Roberta Shields certainly didn’t need her son rapper Ludacris to take care of her. With an MBA from John Hopkins University, Mrs. Shields worked for 20 years at a Fortune 500 company before quitting her job and taking on positions in her son’s company. Luda’s mom holds the title of CFO at Bridges Enterprises, which includes music, real estate, fashion and publishing entities. She is also the president of The Ludacris Foundation, a non-profit organization that helps the youth help themselves.
When her husband decided to run for the highest office in the land, Michelle Obama knew that if he won, taking on the role of the First Lady would come with a lot of responsibilities. So she asked her mother to move in to the White House and help out with their two daughters Malia and Sasha. Marian Robinson has been the first grandmother to live in the White House since the Eisenhower administration and has been dubbed “First Granny” by the media.