In the world of Hollywood names and working moms in the industry, it’s rare to find two things:
- Celebrity children with “normal” names—need we discuss “North West?”
- Families as big as KeKe Wyatt’s
The distinguished R&B singer is mama to eight children, and recently just announced that she’s pregnant with her ninth.
Yes, you read that right. NINE children.
“I think I have an anointing on motherhood,” the singer told The Christian Post. “I know it sounds funny, but I really think that it’s a gift of mine. That’s one of my many gifts [and] talents. It can be difficult, but when you love something and are passionate about it, it’s not really that hard.”
The 35-year-old is a pro when it comes to balancing her career and motherhood, proving that even a ninth pregnancy won’t slow her down.
But that wasn’t always the case for the “Nothing in This World” singer.
As a breakout artist at the age of 18, KeKe became pregnant with her first child. She was advised by overseers to terminate the pregnancy, in fear that a baby would destroy her career.
“I had just gotten married and my career all in the same year. The people I was working with tried to get me to get an abortion and I was like, ‘Excuse me!'” she recounted of her experience. “They were like, ‘It’s going to end your career.’”
She wasn’t convinced, saying that she gave birth and remained the same KeKe Wyatt with a breakout R&B career. Adding that it’s 17 years later, “and I’m still KeKe Wyatt.”
KeKe says she doesn’t believe “babies get in the way of careers.” Rather, people get in the way of their own careers. “If that’s what the Lord had for me from the very beginning, there’s nothing nobody can do and nobody can say.”
The busy mother says that the responsibilities of motherhood have never weighed her down, but instead, fueled her desire and motivation to tackle more of her dreams and accomplishments.
“[They] gave me more power to fight. That was my gasoline,” she said. “‘Oh he needs diapers…hey, alright!’ Every time I have a baby I fight more and I’ll never stop fighting.”
She’s the first to admit that she isn’t a “perfect Christian.” One thing is for sure, KeKe’s spit-fire spirit and heart for Jesus are the driving force behind her motherhood, marriage, career and existence.