45 Years After Being Abandoned By His Mother, Jamie Foxx Finally Gets The Chance To Ask Her ‘Why?’
December 13, 2018 13:37 By Mambee
Being abandoned is one of the most traumatizing things that could ever happen to anyone, yet no child is exempted from the probability not even celebrities.
The award-winning and multi-talented musician, actor and comedian, Jamie Foxx is one of those who suffered such a fate.
Born in 1967 in Texas as Eric Marlon Bishop to Darrell Bishop and Louise Annette Talley, Jamie’s parents got divorced when he was only 7 months.
His maternal grandmother, Estelle Talley, who was 60 years old at the time, stepped up to take him in and officially adopt him.
Talley was extremely supportive of her gifted grandson, spurring him on to be the best version of himself as an athlete - he was the quarterback of his high school football team - and musician.
By age of 5, she already had him learning the piano and that training would push Jamie to become one the most celebrated musicians of his time.
Despite the nurturing environment she provided for him, he had questions nagging his mind.
He wondered why his parents had abandoned him. Even if neither could take him along, why didn’t they ever visit?
As the story goes, Jamie’s dad, Darrell Bishop, lived only 28 miles away from where the young musician was growing up, yet he never showed up as Jamie had hoped he would. Speaking on the matter, he once said in an interview with Oprah,
“I am gonna grade him harder for that. He could have tried.”
However, in 2014, after 45 years of wrestling with the pain and the questions, Jamie finally tried to make a definite effort to reconnect with his birth parents.
He found it easier to reach out to his mother and went as far as getting her to live with him. It paid off because he found a bit of closure.
His grandmother and biggest supporter cum fan passed away in 2004 and, till date, Jamie always gives her the credit of pushing him to be all that he is today.
We can only imagine how painful it has been for him to overcome this sad part of his history, but we hope he has finally made peace with it.