During Tiffany Haddish’s hosting stint on “Saturday Night Live,” the “Girls Trip” actress humorously detailed her foster care experience.
“You have no idea how difficult it is to get a bunch of Black and Hispanic kids to watch ‘SNL’ over ‘In Living Color.’ … I got stabbed twice — in a bunk bed! That’s why I don’t mess with bunk beds she said after thanking people who “paid their taxes between 1990 and 1999.”
Eddie Murphy’s Humor Was Fueled by His Foster Care Experience
Eddie Murphy and his older brother Charlie Murphy lived in foster care for a year and a half until the “Coming to America” star was 8. Eddie told Rolling Stone the pair was taken into foster care when their mother was hospitalized for tuberculosis, which followed her split from his father when Eddie was 3; the experience fueled Murphy’s humor throughout his career.
He told Rolling Stone the brothers weren’t allowed to watch the TV of Ms. Jenkins, their foster mother, and that “she beat on Charlie. She didn’t beat on me, I was too little.”
Simone Biles’ Time In Foster Care Ended When Her Grandparents Adopted Her
Five-time Olympic medalist Simone Biles was 6 when she and her sister were adopted by her grandfather and his wife after spending three years in and out of foster care. The gymnast’s mother, Shanon Biles, struggled with drug and alcohol abuse and she was declared unfit to care for the children. Biles’ experience caused her to support Mattress Firm Foster Kids, which supports foster families.
“I was so young, I didn’t quite understand what was going on,” Biles told People magazine of her experience in the system. “But I recall some of the kids coming to the foster home with only the clothes on their back and a backpack.”
Darryl “DMC” McDaniels Was 35 When He Found Out He Was a Foster Child
Darryl “DMC” McDaniels’ spent the first five years of his life in foster care, which he found out while writing his autobiography at 35.
“I was hurt, confused … it felt totally unreal,” he told the New York Daily News of learning about his beginnings. “At the time it meant that [my adoptive parents] are not my mom and pop.”
The revelation spurred him to start two organizations to support foster kids, which he detailed in a 2013 Children’s Rights blog. The Felix Organization/Adoptees For Children gives enriching experiences to children growing up without parents and Camp Felix is a summer camp for foster children. DMC has also partnered with Children’s Rights, an organization that defends the rights of foster children in court.
Child Abuse Led The Game and His Sisters to Be Removed from Their Home
The Game, whose real name is Jayceon Taylor, was 7 when he and his siblings were placed in foster care after his 11-year-old sister was raped by his father, Vibe reported. The Game left foster care at 15 and lived with his mother, but during his time as a ward of the state, he bonded with his foster brother, Calvin, who died on Father’s Day in 2016.
“Going back and forth to children’s court every other month in hopes judges would send us back to our mothers only to both come home disappointed every time gave us more of a sibling bond than the average,” Game wrote on Instagram.
“The Blind Side” Was Only Part of Michael Oher’s Coming of Age Story
Carolina Panthers offensive tackle Michael Oher’s journey to professional football was documented in the 2009 hit film “The Blind Side” and in his memoir, “I Beat the Odds,” he detailed his journey in foster care. Oher was removed from his mother’s care at age 7 with his brother Carlos because she would disappear periodically to use drugs. He moved back in with his her when he was 11, but his mother’s drug use has continued. Oher wound up homeless before being taken in and adopted by Leigh Anne Tuohy.
“We were always loved,” he told USA Today. “When she was clean and sober, she took care of us.
Keyisha Cole Shared the Story of her Childhood on Reality TV
Singer Keisha Cole became a foster child when her mother’s drug addiction led to her incarceration and Cleveland.com reported Cole was adopted by a family in her native Oakland, Calif. She got candid about the experience on her reality show, “Keyshia Cole: The Way It Is,” which was BET’s number one series in network history.
“I am thankful for my mother even adopting me, very thankful,” she said on “Bethenny.” “My mother loved me like her own and I don’t feel any different. Me and my brothers and sisters are still close.”
Alonzo Mourning Credits Foster Mother for Teaching Him to be a Man
Retired NBA center and Miami Heat vice president of player programs Alonzo Mourning acted out at home as a 10-year-old when his parent’s marriage fell apart and chose to live in a group home instead. CBN reported he arrived at the home of Fannie Threet who had raised 49 kids during her life, many of whom were fosters.
“Once I walked in, I never wanted to walk out. And I didn’t. That’s where I lived until I went off to college,” Mourning told CBN. He later told Forbes, “She implemented so many positive things in my life. When I say positive things, I mean she taught me how to be a man.”
Victoria Rowell’s Life In Foster Care Led Her to Become an Advocate
Former “The Young and the Restless” star Victoria Rowell spent her entire childhood bouncing from home to home, never officially being adopted into a family. NPR reported Rowell’s experience led her to dedicate her life to advocating for children in foster care.
“For anyone who has spent any portion of their childhood as a ward of the state, the notion of emancipation has multiple meanings,” Rowell said in her 2007 book, “The Women Who Raised Me.” “It wasn’t until I was forty-three years old and a working mother of two that I finally set myself free.”
DMX’s Life Experiences Inspired His Famous Monkier
The Dark Man X, better known as DMX, has used his harsh life experiences to influence his songs and one of those occurrences includes life in foster care. In addition to that the rapper, whose real name is Earl Simmons, lived in group homes and youth camps as he grew up. He also spent his youth facing abuse, which led him to live on the streets. In order to survive, DMX would commit robberies that resulted in arrests. That legal trouble has followed him throughout his adult life.