Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins went through a lot to have her son, but now, the little man is five years old and looking more adorable than ever.
The singer had embarked on the adoption journey after going through some life-challenging moments, and the little boy brought her hope.
When the adoption finally came through, she knew it was worth the wait, and her heart was filled with love for her son.
CHANCE AND HIS ADOPTION STORY
The "TLC" singer shared a photo of her son, Chance, in November 2018 and proudly declared her love. "The Lil Man That Stole My Whole Entire Heart," wrote T-Boz, adding:
"My Lil HeartBeat #ManBunsAreCool #HeLovesTheLadies #MySon #MyEverything He Was Smiling At A Cutie In The Store!"
Chance looked dashing in a black sweatshirt and matching pants, and his wild curls made him even cuter. T-Boz welcomed the little tot into her home in May 2016, nine months after his birth mom delivered him.
In her 2017 book, “A Sick Life,” the “My Getaway” singer recalled how she felt the first day they brought Chance home:
"We all just [burst] out crying. I was so relieved because you love this person with all your heart and to know that someone can still take him from you?"
T-Boz already had a biological daughter, Chase, born in 2000. Diagnosed with Sickle Cell Anemia as a child, delivering Chase was in itself considered a miracle. Still, the singer always wanted to expand her family, and adoption was her go-to option.
Unfortunately, the journey wasn’t the easiest. At first, she met a woman who was ready to give up her child for adoption.
T-Boz went ahead to buy a lot of baby stuff and set up a room and all, but when the time came for the process to be finalized, the birth mother stood them up.
When Chance eventually came into T-Boz’s life, she described him as a “blessing,” adding that he “made us feel even more complete.”
"IM SOOOOOO BLESSED TO BE HIS MOMMY!"
ON RAISING AN ADOPTED CHILD
There's no doubt about it: T-Boz is in love! In an interview with “On The 7 With Dr. Sean,” she revealed that she doesn’t like it when people refer to Chance as her adopted son. She said while tearing up:
"This is my son. God gave me that boy."
She considers Chance her second chance to be happy and a second blessing. She said he brought a sense of “new life and fulfillment” into her home, and she couldn’t thank his birth parents enough for bringing him into the world.
T-BOZ AND THE LIFE OF CHASE
Long before Chase was born, T-Boz was an excellent hair maker who won several Atlanta hair competitions at 14. To date, she is known as the queen of hair transformations.
When she sat down with ET’s Kevin Frazier to promote her new book, "A Sick Life: TLC 'n Me: Stories from On and Off the Stage," she shared details about her struggles and how being a mom motivated her to fight through.
T-Boz performs on the Equality Stage during Nashville Pride 2019 presented by Nissan on June 23, 2019 in Nashville | Source: Getty Images
When she was 7, the doctor told her that she would never have kids or live beyond 30. This seemed like the truth after she was finally diagnosed with sickle cell disease at 28.
However, being a fighter, she lived through all these, had her daughter Chase Anela Rolison on October 20, 2000, with the rapper Mack 10.
The birth of her daughter was a miracle, but soon after, she went into a coma just after breastfeeding. Knowing she had to live for her daughter gave her the strength she needed to pull through.
Today, at 51, she's an accomplished author, a mother-of-two, Grammy Award winner, one of the spokespeople for Sickle Cell Disease Association of America, and a national co-chair of Health Care Voter, among other accomplishments.
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