André 3000 and Erykah Badu are undoubtedly among the most famous celebrity exes in show business and the pair have always done what seems to be the impossible these days — properly co-parent their son, Seven Sirius Benjamin, without any tabloid or legal drama. Although Seven is clearly their pride and joy, André recently revealed their life as parents to Seven almost didn’t happen.
According to media reports, Badu recently spoke in an interview about motherhood and how she became one right after the mega success of her debut album, Baduizm. Although fans immediately embraced Badu’s new role as a mother, André explained that he and Badu initially had reservations about becoming parents at such a young age and critical point in their respective careers.
“Me and Erykah actually had to sit down and figure if we were going to keep this child,” Andre revealed.
However, the couple eventually decided to go ahead with the pregnancy and they toured while Badu was pregnant.
“She would hit the stage, I would hit the stage, then we would go back to the hotel and I would be putting shea butter on her stomach,” André said.
As fans know, Seven is now 18 and Badu went on to have other children, a second child, daughter Puma Sabti Curry, 11, with rapper The D.O.C., and a third child, daughter Mars Merkaba Thedford, 6, with rapper Jay Electronica.
Although Badu, who is now dating film and TV producer Carl Jones, didn’t stay with any of the fathers of her children, she said that she doesn’t at all feel like she’s a single mother because all three fathers spend much of the year living in Dallas, where she and the kids live.
“I have an interesting life,” Badu says. “I couldn’t have planned it this way — who would?” Badu said. “I’m nowhere near a single mom. I mean, I am, but the fathers are always here.”
Well, it’s clear that André and Badu made the right decision because they’ve become great examples of famous parents and are an inspiration to countless other parents.