Here Is A Little Bit About Kelis And Her Life Since Divorcing Nas And Living Her Best Life
Hearing “My milkshake brings all the boys to the yard…” probably conjures up Juicy Couture tracksuits, “Mean Girls” and your girl, Kelis. While she reached international success with her debut album “Kaleidoscope” in 1999, it was her 2003 album “Tasty” which gave us the iconic hit “Milkshake.”
While she’s released an album since then, you’ll be shocked to learn that Kelis has launched an entirely new, wildly successful career in Colombia.
“Milkshake” peaked at No. 27 in the U.S., but it’s memorialized by The Plastics.Credit: Tasty / Star Trak Entertainment and Arista Records
Remember when we met The Plastics as they walked down the high school halls to the tune of “Milkshake”? Instant cult classic.
You can call her Chef Kelis now.Credit: kelis / Instagram
She attended the famous culinary school, training part-time as a saucier, between 2006 and 2010. Truly, she loves sauces.
In 2013, she debuted her own sauce line, now named “Bounty & Full.”Credit: kelis / Instagram
Her company’s motto is “Everything is better smothered, dipped or poured…” You can purchase her organic sauces, in flavors like Jerk, Ginger Sesame, and Pineapple Saffron Glaze, at BountyandFull.com.
In 2015, she released her own cookbook, “My Life On a Plate: Recipes From Around the World.”Credit: kelis / Instagram
Clover Hope with Jezebel gave a rave review: “Kelis’ cookbook has recipes that reflect her diverse background and travels, from Puerto Rican to Jamaican cuisine. Of course, there are familiar dishes like Corn Chowder and Apple Pie. But there are also unusual, seemingly daunting meals like Shrimp Alcapurrias and Chorizo Date Stuffing.”
Today, she’s planning a permanent relocation to her farm in Cartagena, Colombia.Credit: kelis / Instagram
She and her husband, Mike Mora, are planning the move with their kids. Kelis is squeezing in tours on stage between that #farmlife. That’s goals.
She is bringing her iconic Harlem-founded style to the grocery aisles.Credit: kelis / Instagram
Kelis has always been a legend in the fashion department. After training in the highest global cuisine, she’s bringing us elevated glamour everywhere she goes.
Food was Kelis’ first love, passed down de su madre.Credit: kelis / Instagram
Ironically, Kelis’ mother is a chef and her father is a musician. Ten years into her music career, she saw a commercial for culinary school and enrolled at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris.
Kelis is whipping up pop-up pestos, Hamachi Arepas and Pineapple Saffron Cake left and right.Credit: kelis / Instagram
Caption: “Almond pesto with Basil from my small test garden on the farm… Everything is growing just the way I imagined it. This land is so fruitful”
She finally disclosed her milkshake recipe so you can be just like Kelis.Credit: kelis / Instagram
Well, she partnered with Bailey’s to promote the brand and swears her milkshakes actually do have Bailey’s in them. See you in your yard in five.
She isn’t giving up on her career in entertainment, though.Credit: kelis / Instagram
Her latest album drop was in 2014. As we all could guess, it was titled “Food.”
Fun fact: her name is a portmanteau of her parents’ names: Eveliss and Kenneth.Credit: kelis / Instagram
Her father was an African-American jazz musician and Pentecostal Minister. Her mother is a Chinese-Puerto Rican chef. She got blessed with both talents.
Before Kelis, as we know her, she was just an Afro-Boricua kid growing up in Harlem.Credit: kelis / Instagram
She lived in the Frederick Douglass Houses and is the third born of four girls. She told Charlotte Ruche that her parents kicked her out of the house at sixteen.
She made ends’ meet in retail and as a bartender until she graduated high school.Credit: kelis / Instagram
She attended Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Performing Arts. Even though she and her mother couldn’t get along or even live together, she made it to graduation.
She formed an all-female R&B trio in high school called BLU.Credit: kelis / Instagram
For Black Ladies United. This would be the framework for the next biggest thing that could have happened to her.
Pharrell Williams and she were introduced by a mutual friend, and he helped her get a deal with Virgin Records.Credit: kelis / Instagram
While her first album was a smash with them, she broke ties after they didn’t even offer a U.S. release of her second album, “Wanderland.” The album was well received by the music industry but the marketing just wasn’t in place to make it a success.
Kelis had a tumultuous marriage and divorce with ex-husband and rapper Nas.Credit: kelis / Instagram
They married in January of 2005 and she filed for divorce in April 2009, citing irreconcilable differences. She later revealed that he was physically and mentally abusive to her.
Kelis admitted that seeing photos of Rihanna battered by Chris Brown gave her some courage to leave Nas.Credit: glowszn / Twitter
She was also seven months pregnant with their son, Knight, and didn’t want him to grow up in an abusive home. Nas and Kelis are in ongoing legal battles, now over her decision to move to Colombia with their son.
She alleges that he has contributed not a single cent in child support, that he cheated on her throughout their marriage and is likely suffering from alcoholism.
The custody battle may not be over, but Kelis is making all the right moves.Credit: kelis / Instagram
You can’t stop a Boricua from following her dreams. The drama with Nas is too real. One day, he’s filing court complaints against Kelis for spending a month in Colombia with their son and two days later he’s publicly declaring his need for a “wife-WIFE” on Instagram. Hard pass.
Kelis has been married to real estate agent Mike Mora since 2014.Credit: kelis / Instagram
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