Angela Simmons Raises Son Alone after His Father's Death — A Glimpse into Her Motherhood
Angela Simmons, the TV personality best known for "Growing Up Hip Hop," has been raising her son, Sutton Tennyson Jr., on her own since her ex-fiancé passed away.
Back in April 2016, Angela made headlines after revealing that she had gotten engaged to her then-boyfriend, Sutton Tennyson. She shared the news by uploading a video of her ring.
She thanked [Sutton] for "leaving behind" her greatest gift.
Sutton Tennyson and Angela Simmons on December 19, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia | Photo: Getty Images
ANGELA SIMMONS AND SUTTON TENNYSON'S RELATIONSHIP
She admitted to being excited and said being engaged was something she had only dreamt of. The "Supermodel" actress pointed out that she was blessed to share her life with the man she "truly" loved.
Angela Simmons' ex-fiancé had some problems with the law and even spent some time behind bars in 2000 for carrying a concealed gun.
Apart from that, Sutton was charged with identity theft, drug possession, credit forgery, and police obstruction.
Sadly, the former couple made headlines again in June 2016 after a woman publicly claimed that she was Sutton's mistress.
BIRTH OF ANGELA'S SON AND DEATH OF HER BABY DADDY
On September 22, 2016, Angela gave birth to her first and only son, Sutton Jr. At that point, everything seemed to be okay between her and her fiancé, but unfortunately, they broke off the engagement in late 2017.
Angela Simmons herself announced that she was a single mother on Instagram on December 29, 2017.
In the caption of her post, Angela praised herself for walking away from an unhealthy situation and confessed that she faced her "biggest fears" that year. She added:
"All of those who are single mothers that are hurting that want to give up... Don't! Also don't stay somewhere that you aren't valued."
On November 3, 2018, Sutton Tennyson was shot and killed in the garage of a building in Atlanta. According to police reports, the shooting took place after at least two people got into a heated argument.
Shortly after his death was announced, Angela took to Instagram to share pictures of Sutton holding their son, followed by a heartbreaking message in which she thanked him for "leaving behind" her greatest gift.
ANGELA SIMMONS' SON LEARNING ABOUT HIS DAD'S PASSING
Earlier this year, Angela Simmons revealed how hard it was for her to tell her son that his dad died. During an episode of "Growing Up Hip Hop," she told life coach Chenoa Maxwell how it all happened:
"I'm showing him videos and pictures and stuff, and then he stops. It's not like he's full conversational yet, so that's what makes this emotional. He was like, 'Is he alive?'
At that point, Angela couldn't hold back her tears and confessed that it was especially shocking because, before then, Sutton Jr. had never even said the word "alive." She told him the truth, and from that point on, he was "mopey and sad."
The proud mother-of-one finally admitted that having that conversation with her child was challenging.
ANGELA ON KEEPING SUTTON'S MEMORY ALIVE
During an interview with Toofab, she explained that she has been keeping Sutton Tennyson's memory alive by showing her son pictures and videos of him and telling different stories about him, including how they first met.
By doing so, Sutton Jr. would see what his dad looked like, and, according to Angela, he could connect to his dad.
She also admitted to not being sure of the perfect time to tell her son exactly what happened. She pointed out that it would depend on Sutton Jr. and what his mind could handle.
At the moment, Angela Simmons is focused on raising her son in the best possible way. Fortunately, her younger brother, JoJo Simmons, has stepped up as Sutton Jr.'s father figure.
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