You may know Diana Ross as one of the most popular icons of all time, but when she’s off stage, she has an even bigger role: a mom of five. The “I’m Coming Out” singer shares her three daughters — Tracee Ellis Ross, Rhonda Ross Kendrick, and Chudney Ross — with her first husband, Robert Ellis Silberstein, and her sons — Evan Ross and Ross Naess — with her second husband, Arne Naess, Jr.
Tracee, who is arguably the most famous of the crew, once gushed about how great of a mother Diana was to her and her four siblings as kids. “I felt like I grew up in her embrace, not her shadow,” she previously told Elle Canada. “And that is a testament to her. [Her children] were always more important than fame.”
The Girlfriends star added, “That monster of fame that we see take down so many people with bright lights — my mother protected her light. I don’t know how. But she is a better parent than she is ‘Diana Ross.'”
One thing Tracee loved about her mother was her “glamorous” lifestyle. However, she said the Grammy-nominated artist never let it get to her head. “Our home was filled with beautiful things,” the Black-ish star explained to the New York Times in January 2015. “My mom had beautiful clothes; my mom is elegant; my mom is glamorous. But my mom is also really real, and I grew up with a mother who had babies crawling on her head and spitting up on her when she was wearing gorgeous, expensive things, and it was never an issue.”
Evan has had some great times with his mom, too. He hilariously recalled the day his daughter, Jagger Snow, was born and he invited the “Baby Love” singer to the hospital. Although Diana and his wife Ashlee Simpson Ross‘ parents were supposed to wait outside, the performer walked into the delivery room at the same time his daughter was arriving.
“I was like, ‘What are y’all doing?!’” Evan recalled to People. But once he thought about who his mother was, the ATL star knew why the nurses let Diana pass. “Those nurses can’t stop my mom!” he laughed. “Like, Diana Ross just walks in.” LOL.
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