Ciara stopped by CBS This Morning on Wednesday and opened up about her relationship with her new boyfriend, Russell Wilson as well as her ex, and son’s father, Future.
Cici first addressed recent reports that Future is upset that he and the singer’s 1-year-old son is already bonding with Wilson. “It’s been very interesting to hear what a lot of guys have had to say. I feel like in a sense it’s a bit of a double standard. At one point in time, when we were together I took care of his kids as well … he actually has four [kids] one’s adopted.”
She continued, “I was involved very early in the stage of us getting to know each other. What’s the difference here? Even for the men that were outspoken, wouldn’t you want someone to love on your child?”
A photo recently surfaced of the former couple’s son embracing Wilson with a warm hug while at a Seattle Seahawks practice. The photo became extremely controversial, many shaming Ciara for allowing Wilson to get close to the child. But when it comes to the backlash and judgment, Ciara has learned to deal with it. “People are going to talk about me, I was built for this. But when it comes to your child, it’s something I don’t take lightly.”
The 29-year-old added, “I did reach out to my son’s father, for him and Russell to speak. He didn’t want to talk to me. I don’t know what more he would expect for me to do.”
The singer went on to discuss her celibacy with Russell, telling the hosts that “it’s a great challenge. We get to really challenge ourselves, we get to know each other. We are Christians and we love God and believe in God.”
Exclusive: The Bullet Scars That Will Forever Haunt Sheryl Lee Ralph’s Son, Etienne Maurice
Sheryl Lee Ralph shared a graphic photo on Instagram earlier this week of her son, Etienne Maurice, laying in a hospital bed bandaged up from bullet wounds. The purpose of the image was to be yet another voice calling to end gun violence.
On Wednesday, students across the country walked out of class to protest against gun violence, something that hit home for Ralph four years ago. “This mother wants #gunreform now! #guncontrol now,” she wrote.
It was during a night out in West Philadelphia that Ralph’s then 22-year-old child was robbed at gunpoint and shot three times; twice in the leg and one which grazed his forehead.
So as Ralph joined Wednesday’s national conversation about gun laws, HipHollywood talked exclusively with Etienne who shared exactly what went down the night a gun could have taken his life for good.
“I was shot four years ago, November 9 … I was black out drunk. The next thing I know I remember I woke up in the hospital, doctor said I had two bullet holes in my leg and a grazed bullet hole above my eyebrow.”
Maurice, who was robbed for his iPhone and his wallet, went on to tell us that this is something that he is reminded of constantly. “Having been shot is something that I carry with me every day. I still have numbness at the bottom of my leg from the nerve damage.”
And while he will always remember how he felt knowing his life almost ended, Etienne had a hard time fathoming how his famous mother felt. “We had the conversation about it last week and she said she peed on herself,” he told us.
For Maurice, he’s proud to see young children use their voices to make change. “There’s so many angles where we can talk about gun violence and how it’s effecting different communities,” he said. “Gun reform needs to take place now.”
Since that night, he hasn’t picked up a drink and has been now sober for four years. As for the suspects, a father-son duo, they are behind bars for attempted man slaughter.
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