Erykah Badu Has 3 Kids from 3 Different Men – Meet Her Children Seven, Puma, and Mars
Erykah Badu's kids are Seven Sirius Benjamin, Puma Sabti Curry, and Mars Merkaba Thedford. The singer welcomed all three children with three different rappers, with her daughters taking a liking to music.
Erykah Badu's kids will always have her support, no matter the direction they take in life. In 2016, the musician confessed during an interview that she is willing to support her children in whatever endeavor they undertake.
Showing what a great parent she is, she explained that she doesn't need them to emulate her and could do whatever makes them happy. The star said all she is grateful for is her children supporting her in her chosen career.
Erykah Badu at her "That Badu" Cookies launch on March 10, 2023, in Maywood, California | Source: Getty Images
Erykah Badu noted how understanding and grateful they are when she has to go to work. The singer shared that her kids know and understand the life they are living and have her complete support if they choose to become performers or entertainers.
The musician is a parent to three children with an equal number of fathers. In the following sections, we take a closer look at Badu's children.
Seven Sirius Benjamin and Erykah Badu at the Millions More Movement Launch on October 15, 2005 | Source: Getty Images
An Introduction to Erykah Badu's Kids Fathers: Who Is Seven Sirius Benjamin's Dad?
The first man Badu had a child with was André Lauren Benjamin, also known as André 3000. André is a versatile entertainer who works as an actor, singer, rapper, record producer, and songwriter. He is most well-known as half of the Southern Hip Hop band Outkast.
His acting credits include "Be Cool," "Families," Revolver," "High Life," "The Shield," "Four Brothers," "Semi-Pro," and " All Is by My Side." Badu's ex-boyfriend also appears in the series, "Dispatches from Elsewhere," but also starred in the Cartoon Network's "Class of 3000."
André Benjamin during the AMC segment of the Winter TCA Press Tour on January 16, 2020, in Pasadena, California | Source: Getty Images
Besides his work, Badu's ex is an animal rights advocate and a businessman. In 2008, Benjamin Bixby - his clothing line - was launched. Billboard, Complex, and About.com have named him one of the greatest rappers.
The Outkast song, "Ms. Jackson," is a song he wrote to apologize to Badu's mother. Together, they share a son named Seven Sirius Benjamin.
Erykah Badu and her son, Seven Sirius Benjamin, at the 8th Annual Rock The Bells Festival on September 3, 2011, in New York City | Source: Getty Images
A Look into Erykah Badu's Children: Seven Sirius Benjamin
In 2020, Badu and fellow musician Summer Walker interviewed each other. Walker, who doesn't know Badu or her ex, André, personally, thought they seemed like incredible people and wanted to know how their bond is.
Seven Sirius Benjamin's mother revealed how tight they are when she shared that the boy's father had just left Dallas after coming over for her grandmother's memorial. The R&B singer confessed that when she and André started dating in the 1990s, they didn't build a friendship immediately, with her adding:
"We were attracted to each other first."
Erykah Badu on stage during Another Badu Birthday Bash concert at The Factory in Deep Ellum on February 24, 2023, in Dallas, Texas | Source: Getty Images
The pair only learned over the years that they had things in common. In 2020, Seven was already 23 - he was born on November 18, 1997 - and his parents became closer as humans, friends, and as man and woman over the years.
Badu confessed to caring about André very much, including his art, livelihood, and feelings. The artist described herself as a super fan and assumed he felt the same about her music. The duo are very close and laugh all the time and can talk about various things.
André 3000 at Q-Tip's Surprise Birthday Party on April 9, 2017, in New York City | Source: Getty Images
Seven's mother profoundly described their bond as the same as siblings, a father and daughter, or grandmother and grandson. They encompassed whatever version of themselves is needed, depending on the situation.
Badu lovingly called him the most caring person she knows, revealing that Seven adopted his father's energy. She said they both have a look that seemed to say, "I hope it works for you," and are nonjudgmental.
Despite the pair not being a couple anymore for 2018's Father's Day holiday, Badu uploaded a family photo of the trio looking happy and content on Instagram. Two years before, the singer took to X, formerly known as Twitter, where she proudly shared that Seven received four college acceptance letters, noting:
"Makes parents feel good. Dream worked."
The post included a throwback photo of Badu and André with their son as a child. The star once described Seven as "chemically and atomically his father." She also welcomed her second child with a rapper.
Erykah Badu's Kids Fathers: The D.O.C.
Badu's second child, Puma Sabti Curry, is shared with the actor, composer, rapper, and writer The D.O.C., also known as Tracy Lynn Curry. He was once a member of the Hip Hop group Fila Fresh Crew before going solo.
In 2022, The D.O.C. opened up about his relationship with Badu. During that interview, Puma's father revealed that he had known her mother from childhood when she was a rapper called Apples in South Dallas, while he was from West Dallas.
Erykah Badu at DesignMiami on November 30, 2022, in Miami Beach, Florida | Source: Getty Images
The pair rapped at skating rinks, and back then, Badu was a "skinny girl with pretty eyes." The D.O.C. eventually relocated to California, and by the time he returned, she was now Erykah Badu and was no longer skinny. The rapper said she'd become a "cold-blooded woman," stating:
"She was fine as wine."
The D.O.C. appears as a special guest onstage at The Forum on April 21, 2018, in Inglewood, California | Source: Getty Images
The duo started hanging out together, and they could relate since they'd gone to the same school. They also connected through their careers, and The D.O.C. found it easy to transition into wanting to be with Badu a lot.
The star urged her child to be easy and keep evolving before declaring her love.
He enjoyed hanging out with her, and they ultimately started dating before she gave him their "beautiful baby," Puma. The teenager is more like Badu in more ways than one.
Puma Sabti Curry: One of Erykah Badu's Kids
Puma was born on July 5, 2004, and is walking in her parents' footsteps by getting into music. In 2016, she was recorded while singing to her mother with her rendition of "Happy Birthday." Badu's look-a-like daughter has an Instagram presence with 27 posts and 271,000 followers.
In 2023, the 18-year-old attended the Met Gala alongside her famous mother in a show-stopping designer outfit. Besides looking alike, Badu once described her daughter as "me," atomically and chemically. The singer welcomed her last child also with a fellow musician.
Mars Merkaba Thedford, the Third Born Daughter of Erykah Badu Kids
The musician described the teenager as a "beautiful human" and easy to love. The parent also noted what a fantastic actor, visual artist, comedian, bass player, student, and dancer the little girl is, adding:
"And such a very, very good and patient daughter. I really like you."
Jay Electronica backstage at Sony Hall on January 10, 2022, in New York City | Source: Getty Images
Badu revealed she is proud of her daughter's creative spirit and that "love, no fear, and happy" were the first words she taught Mars to spell, and she'd never forgotten. The star urged her child to be easy and keep evolving before declaring her love.
The teenager seemed to have caught the singing bug like her older half-sister because, in 2016, her mother recorded them singing together while Badu drove. That year, the artist revealed her then seven-year-old daughter was a gymnast who was into athletics.