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Meet Hadar, John Singleton's Daughter with 'Color Purple' Actress Akosua Busia

Aby Rivas
Jul 13, 2019
07:17 A.M.
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Ghanian actress Akosua Busia and late “Boz ‘N The Hood” director John Singleton were once married, and they had a daughter that is now a beautiful grown-up lady.


Akosua Busia is better known for her role as Nettie Harris in the 1995 movie, “The Color Purple.” She dated director John Singleton for a while and eventually tied the knot in 1996, but sadly, their relationship ended in divorce one year later.


Still, the former couple conceived a child, daughter Hadar Akosua Singleton, who is now a gorgeous 22-year-old college student.

Hadar was raised by her mother in Ghana, as Akosua explained in her website:

“I'd always said that when I have a baby, I would come out of acting until my child turned eighteen. This is not my advice or even my suggestion for anyone else ~ It was my personal purpose and desire.”



Although it is not clear what was Singleton’s level of involvement in Hadar upbringing, Akosua took the late director to court in July 2015, claiming that, per their divorce agreement, he was supposed to pay for Hadar’s education, but failed to do so.

She claimed the director owed her $204,056, the amount she paid for their daughter’s education and after-school activities for over 12 years.


“John’s failure to honor the court order and our other agreements with respect to the payment of Hadar’s tuition has caused me to go into debt to pay for our daughter’s education and has caused both myself and Hadar great emotional suffering,” Busia said in court papers at the time, according to Bossip.


Singleton and Busia eventually reached an agreement, and one year later, Hadar graduated from Interlochen Arts Academy, the number one performing arts school in America, and she did history as the first ever Ghanian student to graduate from the prestigious institution.


At the time, Busia and Singleton reunited to celebrate their daughter’s achievement, and the proud mom couldn’t contain her excitement as she shared on Instagram one year later:

“HISTORY! This time last year a Ghana flag was erected at Interlochen Arts Academy, as my daughter, Hadar, became their 1st ever Ghanaian graduate! I was performing in Eclipsed on Broadway, the curtain came down at 10.30 pm, leaving me 11 hours to make a 12-hour drive and get there on time. Thanks to @jeremy.bullock, I made it! Daddy John, Aunty Abe, Uncle Chip, Sam, and others, all converged for the great occasion ~ Blessings to all this years High-School and College graduates! #fbf #graduation #ghana #arts #school #college #future”


Hadar is now a college student in London, but she visits her mother from time to time, and they recently met in Ghana for the holidays.


On April 29, John Singleton passed away after falling into a coma product of a stroke.


At the time, Busia shared a heartfelt tribute to her ex, sharing a series of photos alongside their daughter, and adding in the caption:

“John, my once was a husband; through trials of life, you never raised your voice at me, nor I to you. That peace and warmth was there when Hadar and I held your hand once more before your body left. On April 3rd, when I sent you Hadar’s birthday photo, and you wrote: “Awwwww ‘so beautiful’ she’s on her way...” I never dreamed those would be your final words to me. Yes, our “baby” is on her way. You too... on your glorious journey ~ .”

Hadar, alongside her siblings, was in charge of releasing doves at Singleton’s funeral.

Busia shared a video of the heartwarming moment, explaining that the girl is usually afraid of birds, but decided to battle her fear “in the name of freedom.”