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Erykah Badu is challenging the outdated perception that unmarried mothers and their children are undeserving of respect. Through her work, she outlines why traditional marriage isn’t always necessary for success, debunking ‘baby mother’ myths, and otherways advocating for single mothers to live their life with dignity.
During a recent stop on “The Breakfast Club” with Charlamagne Tha God and DJ Envy, Badu openly admitted that some traditions just might not “fit” her on her quest for longer-term happiness.
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The “Tyrone” singer told the duo that she’s a bit oblivious to being labeled by others as being a “baby momma” having three children by three different men. She responded to Charlemagne’s summary about Badu staying under the radar of societal judgment by asking,
“Who plans that?” the 51-year-old mother said.
She has three children by some of music’s most notable and recognizable names in the industry. During her relationship with Andre 3000 gave birth to Badu’s oldest child, Seven. The couple dated during the mid-late 90s. Her second child, Puma Curry, is with The D.O.C. in 2004. Her youngest child, Mars Merkaba Thedford is with rapper Jay Electronica.
Despite the circumstances, the Grammy winner isn’t as phased by the stigma saying,
“I think if you’re transparent, people shouldn’t do that,” she said. “I didn’t know anything… no one would expect to have three baby daddies, who plans that? But, when those things start to happen, you don’t stop living.”
Not only did Badu defend her motherly choices, but she also spoke up about being married and the possibility that the culture surrounding it perhaps isn’t good for everyone,
“Not everybody knows how to be a mate,” she explained. “We try, you know but we’re not taught that. That’s something we don’t know how to do. It’s a whole culture built around it, but we don’t even know how to do it.”
The songstress added,
“Let’s be transparent, for my sisters out there,” Badu told the show’s cohosts. “We fall in love, you know, love is a chemical thing. We fall in love. Really I think God makes us fall in love just long enough to get pregnant so that we can go ahead and procreate.