Keke Palmer on Feeling More ‘Powerful’ After Becoming a Mother

The singer-actress welcomed a baby boy in February.
Keke Palmer.

Keke Palmer.

In a recent interview with The Cut, actress and musician Keke Palmer revealed that she feels more dynamic since becoming a mother. The 29-year-old Nope star and Darius Jackson welcomed a baby boy, Leodis Andrelton Jackson, in February, and Palmer has since been outspoken about the joys of motherhood.

“After having my baby, I’ve gotten so much more powerful,” she proudly told the outlet. “We’re going to lean into this new body, and I think that is the whole aura of what’s happening with me in this big boss era as I come into my 30s, and I have my baby boy, and I’m just continuing to spread my wings as a young woman.”

The interview was published shortly after Jackson publicly shamed his partner’s outfit choices on Twitter. He insinuated that she shouldn’t dress certain ways simply because she’s a mother, which caused fans to quickly run to Palmer’s defense.

“Do you, new moms. Do you,” Palmer told the publication of her current mantra. “Girl, if there’s one person on this earth that loves you for sure, it’s that baby. Be happy, because there’s no love like it. Somebody loving you like that, hell, who cares?”

Make sure to follow SI Lifestyle in Google News!

Cara O’Bleness


Cara is a trending news writer/editor for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit. A passionate writer and editor with more than 10 years of experience in print and online media, she loves storytelling and believes that words have the power to change the world. Prior to joining the team, Cara worked as a writer and editor across a number of content verticals, including food, lifestyle, health and wellness, and small business and entrepreneurship. In her free time, Cara loves reading, spending time with her family and making her way through Michigan’s many microbreweries. She is a graduate of Michigan State University's School of Journalism.