Shikiri Hightower Shares 4 Children with 2 Men - Meet Maia, Keyshawn Jr, Monique Bella & Maya Denise
Shikiri Hightower's children are all grown up now. She is a mother of four, but the doting parent sadly lost one of her kids, who was the oldest of all her offspring.
Shikiri Hightower has three daughters and one son—the mother of four shares her kids with two men, including former football star Keyshawn Johnson. The former couple got married in February 1998, but they ended their marriage four years later in 2002.
Shikiri and Keyshawn welcomed two children within their union, a daughter and a son. Sadly, Shikiri and the former Dallas Cowboys star lost one of their kids.
Keyshawn Johnson and Shikiri Hightower during Benefit for The Keyshawn & Shikiri Johnson Education Fund at Esquire House on October 4, 2004 in Beverly Hills, California. | Sources: Getty Images
Maia Keyanna Hightower-Johnson
Shikiri and Keyshawn welcomed their eldest child together, daughter Maia Keyanna Hightower-Johnson, on December 17, 1995. They became parents young as she was only 19 years old while he was 22.
The new mom at the time was a sophomore at the University of Southern California, and four months after Maia's birth, the new dad became the No.1 draft pick in the National Football League.
"Our lives were forever changed," Shikiri revealed once. Maia grew to be a "fearless, beautiful, intelligent, well-traveled, resourceful" young woman, her mother said.
When she turned 22, Shikiri paid a heartfelt birthday tribute to her daughter on Instagram. "Continue to follow your light. You are destined for greatness. Happy 22nd birthday Maia!!! I love you, Mom," she wrote.
The proud mother posted several throwback pictures from Maia's childhood, which featured her younger siblings, including her famous father, Keyshawn.
Maia sadly died in March 2021. Her father announced the devastating news on his Twitter account at the time, writing, "It is with incredible sadness that I have to share the news about the passing of my beautiful Daughter Maia. Maia, as my firstborn child, has been the joy of my, and her Mother Shikiri's, life."
Maia's brother also mourned her untimely death on Instagram alongside throwback photos from their childhood. He captioned his post, "Maia was undoubtedly my biggest role model growing up. I wanted to be nothing but a clone of her."
On the first anniversary of Maia's death, her mother remembered her on social media. Shikiri shared a montage in honor of her late beloved daughter's memory and expressed, "Heaven couldn't wait for you…Missing your physical presence every day, my beauty queen."
Maia's Younger Brother Keyshawn Jr., Johnson
Shikiri and Keyshawn share a son, Keyshawn Jr., Johnson, whom they welcomed in June 1998. Keyshawn Junior is a year younger than his big sister, Maia.
He is now 25 years old. When he turned 22 in June 2022, his mom commemorated his special day on Instagram. She shared several photos and videos of them, which featured his other siblings.
"HAPPY 24th BIRTHDAY to my pride and joy, my forever sunshine!!! @KeyshawnJohnsonJr," Shikiri captioned her social upload at the time. Her son is also active on social media and has over 5,000 Instagram followers at the time of publication.
Keyshawn is following in his father's footsteps as an athlete, pursuing a football career as part of the Nebraska Cornhuskers team. The youngster is a wide receiver from Mission Viejo, California. His father played the same position in the NFL.
Keyshawn Jr. and his sister Maia have three half-siblings from their father's side. Keyshawn Sr. is currently married to Jennifer Conrad, with whom he shares two young daughters and a son.
The family man, who appeared on the dance competition "Dancing with the Stars" alongside dance partner Sharna Burgess, gushed about his loved ones in a June 2020 social media post.
He and Jennifer posed outdoors, beaming alongside their kids. The couple had just welcomed their newborn daughter, Shyla Joy Johnson. The NFL star announced the news on Instagram alongside a picture of the infant sleeping on a coach.
Keyshawn's other son is Vance Johnson, whom he showed off at a football game in October 2023. He revealed on Instagram that his child was enjoying "his first trip" there. The proud father's other daughter is London Johnson, who is also on social media. She has only over 100 followers on her Instagram account at the time of publication.
Shikiri's Younger Daughter Monique Bella Hightower-Gaskin
Like her former spouse, Shikiri also remarried and had more kids. She is currently married to Bela Gaskin, who works as an electrician in the San Francisco Bay Area.
The couple welcomed a daughter named Monique Bella Hightower-Gaskin. Monique is now a teenager. She celebrated her 13th birthday in July 2023, and her mom paid tribute to her on Instagram alongside a photo of her and her parents.
In the post, Shikiri shared she and her husband, Bela, were marking their daughter's birthday without her as she was away from home. According to the family matriarch, Monique is part of a musical theatre, which took much of her time during the summer.
Monique also has an Instagram page which currently has just over 100 followers. With her love for theatre, she starred as Beauty in the show, "Beauty and the Soulful Beast," in 2022, and her proud mom posted a video of her making an entrance at a red-carpet event for the show.
Maya Denise Gaskin
Shikiri and her husband Bela have an older daughter, Maya Denise Gaskin, whom they welcomed in October 2003. Bela paid a birthday tribute to the couple's eldest child on social media in October 2023.
In addition, Maya has been dubbed America's Most Beautiful Teen 2023. She is also a choreographer and a student at the University of Arizona School of Journalism.
Shikiri and Bela have been married for 14 years. When the pair celebrated their 12th wedding anniversary in August 2021, he commemorated their special day on his Instagram. Bela shared a montage of the lovebirds' memories together from over the years and proclaimed his love for the mother of his beautiful kids.