*Monica has logged a ton of miles on her journey to becoming one of R&B’s elite solo acts.
The veteran songtress has also gained plenty of wisdom along the way, which she uses to keep peace in her personal life.
*Singer Monica has become a mom for the third time.
The artist on Tuesday (Sept. 3) welcomed daughter Laiyah with her NBA hubby Shannon Brown. Kobe Bryant’s wife Vanessa revealed the happy news in an Instagram.com post on Thursday.
“I am so honored to announce that baby Laiyah Brown has arrived!,” she wrote. “Mommy and baby are healthy and well. Congratulations @shannonbrown26 and @monicamylife! We love you guys and we can’t wait to meet Laiyah! 6lbs (pounds) 9/3/13.”
The proud dad gave fans a sneak peek at the newborn later on Thursday, when Brown shared an Instagram photo of himself holding the baby in his arms. He captioned it: “I Thank God for her!!! Joy has been restored in my Life!!!”
This is the first child for the couple, who married in 2011. Monica also has two sons, Rodney and Romelo, with rapper Rocko, while Brown is father to Shanonn Christopher, his child from a previous relationship.
*Amid reports of drug addiction and marital troubles, fellow NBA players say they’ve reached out to Lamar Odom and have not heard back.
Los Angeles Lakers players Jordan Farmar, Josh Powell and Shannon Brown, who played alongside Odom during the team’s back-to-back championships in 2009 and 2010, tell ESPN that they have attempted to contact their former teammate.
“It sucks to hear,” said Farmar, referring to Odom’s alleged drug use and marital troubles. “It’s unfortunate. A couple of us have reached out to him and haven’t heard back. That’s just a sign of him going through some tough times.”
Odom’s personal struggles have been well-documented in the media. His father, who was addicted to heroin, has appeared on “Khloe and Lamar,” Odom’s former E! reality show with wife Khloe Kardashian, multiple times, while his mother died of colon cancer when the athlete was just 12 years old.
A 2009 Sports Illustrated profile on Odom detailed his early struggles in professional sports, as well as the death of Odom’s 6 ½ month-old son, Jayden. In 2011, Odom was a passenger in a fatal car crash that killed a 15-year-old boy in New York City and shortly thereafter was traded from the Lakers to the Dallas Mavericks at the end of the NBA lockout. (Odom had since been traded to the Clippers.)
“It’s so crazy,” Powell told ESPN. “You look at all of the stuff he’s been through, that’s just some of the stuff that we know from the years that he’s been in the league, not to mention the stuff he’s been through in life, period. A lot of times people handle those things differently. Sometimes that weight can get too heavy on a person’s shoulders. Granted, you don’t want to see people handle it in the way that they handle it, but sometimes people just don’t have another way to go.
“It’s just really sad, man. You just want to wish the best for him. You want for the people that are part of his circle, you would hope that they are doing any and everything to try to be supportive and try to help him get back to being that old Lamar that everybody is used to seeing.”
Brown called Odom an “emotional guy who wears his emotions on his sleeves.”
“I think he’s the type of person where when he’s out in public, when he’s hanging out with his friends and trying to have a good time, that’s exactly what he does,” said Brown. “But sometimes when people get by themselves and they get alone, that’s when it weighs on them the most because their mind isn’t occupied on other things, it’s strictly occupied on what’s hurting them. So he’s one of those guys. He didn’t really talk much about it, and if he did, it was very, very, very brief.”
While those close to Odom have kept relatively quiet amid the media firestorm, Farmar, Brown and Powell used the ESPN platform to issue a message to their friend.
“I’m here for him,” Farmar said. “We’re all here for him, really. We know what kind of guy he really is. Everybody goes through tough times in life, and if he needs anybody, he can always reach out to us.”
*Monica has announced that she and her NBA husband Shannon Brown are expecting their first child together later this year.
The 32-year-old singer tweeted the news on Mother’s Day by uploading the above photo of her burgeoning baby bump, alongside a caption which read, “5months & counting #excited.”
Monica has two children from a previous relationship with rapper Rocko, sons Rodney, seven, and Romelo, five.
*Recently, we caught R&B singer Monica court-side, watching her husband, NBA baller, Shannon Brown.
In addition to looking fly, there’s been a few unfounded rumors that the 31-year-old singer is expecting her first child (she has two from a previous relationship).
Only time will tell!
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So the scoop is, she is very much against this whole thing, especially because they have children together.
Although VH1 hasn’t confirmed or denied the casting, it appears this is a go.
He’d be on the show for his contributions as an artist in the music industry.
Supposedly, Monica is attempting to stop the madness before it gets started. She even publicly shared some thoughts about some ‘trials’ shortly after the news hit.
“Be very careful not to mistake the devil’s gifts for blessings,” she tweeted. “The devil knows how to grant u with what u want!! God grants u with what u need!! The righteous walk isn’t always easy but the end result is everlasting life. Which do u choose?”
Rocko then posted his own subliminal tweet. “WHATS FOR ME IS FOR ME!!!!! YOU CANT STOP IT!!!!! I STAY PRAYED UP!!!!!”
Rocko and Monica split in 2009 after being engaged for nearly 10 years.