Kelis Reflects On Lifestyle Changes On Anniversary Of Husband's Death

Last year, Kelis's husband succumbed to stage 4 stomach cancer.

BYErika Marie

Fans are rallying around Kelis on the first anniversary of her husband's passing. Mike Mora succumbed to stage 4 stomach cancer at just 37 years old, and he documented some of his journey on social media. The tributes poured in, especially as Kelis and Mora welcomed their daughter in 2020. The hitmaker used this anniversary as an opportunity to answer questions about her wellness journey, as fans have questioned her about retreating from Hollywood and focusing on farm life.

"My husband Mike got sick, this was a couple of years ago," Kelis recalled. "It was right after we had our youngest and he was diagnosed with stage 4 stomach cancer. So, after—which was like, it was just a shock. We already eat well, we live on the farm already. This was what, two years ago." She also added that after Mora went through "eight rounds" of intensive chemotherapy, they continued to reevaluate their lifestyle. "How are we gonna get through this period of time? How were we gonna get through chemo? I can't even imagine what he was feeling."

Kelis Focused On Being A Wife, Mother, & Caretaker

Kelis said she and her husband began to research alternative therapies as well, from all over the world. "I’m a very private person generally, especially when there is family involved," she wrote on Instagram. "But there is no denying the impact and evolution my husbands passing has had on my life . I get asked all the time how I started this journey . It’s a much longer conversation but in short what we were dealing with here pushed me so deep into understanding our bodies and how our minds and emotions are so interlocked you can not treat one with out the other."

In September 2021, Mora shared a photo of himself in the hospital from a year before. "This picture was taken as I was being transferred to the oncology section of UCLA Santa Monica from nearby Ronald Reagan hospital. This gentleman, Latin brotha, saw how weak I was. He looked back at me before leaving my room and said 'I’ve seen people make it out of the craziest situations, be strong brotha, you got this'. I’ll never forget his face." He also stated that at the time, he was given 18 months to live, and it had been 12. Mora further ended his post by professing his love for Kelis. Watch the singer's video above.

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