R&B singer Keke Wyatt is a perfect example of a woman who has successfully pursued motherhood and a career.
Her journey in parenthood, though, hasn’t always been easy. The mother of 10 is expecting her 11th child, whom she recently announced during a concert has been prenatally diagnosed with Trisomy 13, a genetic disorder that can cause severe intellectual disabilities and physical abnormalities.
Wyatt, 40, tearfully sang about her unborn baby’s diagnosis during a March 13 concert.
While the rhythm-and-blues singer was met with an outpouring of love from many fans, she also faced cruel comments from some Instagram users who saw the clip of her riffing as she shared the heartbreaking news, according to Us Weekly.
“I’d like to send a special prayer out for the rude, cruel people that took time out of their day to get on social media and make disparaging and morbid comments concerning my pregnancy,” Wyatt wrote in a response posted to her own Instagram account Wednesday. “This past weekend at my show, I was very transparent with my amazing fans (who I see as family) about the status of my pregnancy. I explained to them, the day after my maternity photo shoot my husband, [Zackariah Darring], and I received the news that our baby tested positive for Trisomy 13, per the doctor.”
The intimate disclosure, she said, was not planned. The impromptu moment, Wyatt explained, was intended to “encourage other women that might have to face this battle.”
“For all of the disgusting people out there that are wishing ill on me and my baby, say what y’all want about me, I’m use[d] to it,” she continued. “No weapon formed against me will prosper, anyway. BUT a[n] innocent unborn baby?? Be careful putting your mouth on people. I pray that God gives you grace when Life comes knocking on your front door and you won’t reap what [you] are sowing. For all of the POSITIVE stories, emails and support I’m getting THANK YOU! I will not let the negativity drain all of my positive energy. I work hard and my husband and I take care of ALL our children with NO help but GOD’S, OK.”
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This is not the first time Wyatt, who is a Christian, has faced hateful comments regarding her parenting choices.
In fact, during a 2017 interview with The Christian Post, Wyatt recalled that, at the start of her career, she was encouraged to get an abortion.
She got married to her second husband, Michael Ford, and launched her music career at the same time, she said, adding, “The people I was working with tried to get me to get an abortion and I was like, ‘Excuse me?’ They were like, ‘It’s going to end your career.”
Wyatt absolutely proved her critics wrong.
“So,” she said, “I gave birth, and after I gave birth, I was Keke Wyatt, and I’m still Keke Wyatt.”
Now, Wyatt has 10 children. At the time she spoke with The Post, she had nine.
“I think I have an anointing on motherhood,” she explained. “I know it sounds funny, but I really think that it’s a gift of mine. That’s one of my many gifts and talents. It can be difficult, but when you love something and are passionate about it, it’s not really that hard.”
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