*It’s been four months since the tragic death of R&B singer Teena Marie. Now her 19-year-old daughter Alia Rose is finally speaking out about it and shared with Essence just how she’s coping.
“Honestly, I’m still figuring out how I feel about the situation. It was a reality thing at first. I could pretend my mom was on tour and she was coming back, but when I got to that two-month mark, I realized she wasn’t. So I had to start learning how to be alone and that’s when I got a little crazy for a second, but I’m doing alright because I’m one with God. And my mom always instilled a spiritual relationship and that’s what keeping me going right now.”
In her coping, the teenage girl has made connections with family members who aren’t necessarily blood. But she says that doesn’t matter because it is the love and care she gets from them that keeps her going.
Rose did show her humorous side when she remembered her mother’s ex-beau and musical collaborator Rick James.
“He had the craziest, funniest voice,” she said. “He would say, ‘Come over here and give your uncle a kiss,’ every time I saw him. He always wanted me to marry his son, Tazman. As a kid, I saw the craziest stuff over there at his house. It was all fun.”