Keke Palmer Says Being A Mom "Freed" Her Following Usher Controversy

Keke Palmer says her son Leodis has helped her to feel comfortable in her own skin.

BYCaroline Fisher
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Last week, Palmer discussed her body image during a panel at an event in DC. She called her child a "blessing," revealing that being a mom to her son Leodis has helped her find self-acceptance. "I was really always preoccupied on the low key of my body," she explained, "then after I had a baby, it kind of freed me in a way where I just didn’t care as much."

"I never would have imagined that my son would have given me such a deep confidence and empowerment to just really be like, ‘Yo, we about to do this,'” she continued. “And it made me feel so strong because after having a baby you are kind of beat down a little bit." Palmer has been spotted showing off her newfound freedom on Instagram lately. Most recently, she posed for some photos in a fitted denim Moschino mini dress.

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Keke Palmer's Usher Drama

The conversation took place amid some recent drama surrounding Palmer and her partner Darius Jackson. Palmer attended an Usher concert earlier this month, sporting a black bodysuit topped with a sheer, long-sleeved black dress. She looked to be having the time of her life, posting various photos and clips from the performance. Jackson, on the other hand, wasn't too happy with his partner's outfit. "U a mom," he reminded her on Twitter, sparking immediate backlash.

Many felt as though Jackson shaming his partner for her outfit choice was out of line. Jackson doubled down, however, claiming that he was within his rights to be upset that his partner showed off her "booty cheeks." Following the incident, various other celebrity women have been serenaded by Usher, including Winnie Harlow, Saweetie, and Kash Doll. The artist has been said to be on his "Take Your Girl" tour. Palmer has yet to directly comment on the situation, however, she recently called her son her "twin," insisting that he resembles her more than his father.

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Caroline Fisher is a News Writer at HotNewHipHop from Chicago, Illinois. She started at HNHH this year, and has since spent her time writing about all that is newsworthy in the world of hip-hop. With a drive for hunting down the hottest stories, she enjoys documenting new developments in culture and entertainment. She also has an appreciation for hip-hop and seeks to cover the most important trends and shifts. She has a Bachelor of Arts which she received at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Having graduated in 2022, she majored in English with a concentration in Media, Rhetoric and Cultural Studies. Specializing all things music, pop culture and entertainment, some of her favorite musical artists include Snoop Dogg, OutKast, and Nicki Minaj. When she’s not writing about music she’s also a fan of attending shows, watching the latest movies, staying up-to-date with current events, photography, and poetry.