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Shemar Moore Became His Single Mom's Full-Time Caregiver to 'Keep Her Inspired' after Her MS Diagnosis

Olawale Ogunjimi
Apr 28, 2022
12:30 P.M.
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American celebrity Shemar Moore took a back seat from the spotlight to cater to and nurse his mum, who was battling MS, and give her all the support she could have needed.


American actor, supermodel, and TV host Shemar Moore gained popularity for his role as FBI special agent Derek Morgan in the CBS show "criminal minds" and "The Young and Restless," where he made his first debut.

Moore was born in 1970 in Oakland, California, to Marilyn Wilson and Sherrod Moore. His father is of African American descent, while his mum is of French-Canadian descent.



Moore and his mom, Marilyn, shared a close relationship. Marilyn has been a constant feature in his life and has greatly influenced him. He attributes his successes to her.

The "Young and Restless" star believes his love for his mum radiates all over him and gives him a special appeal that women find irresistible.

The fact that he loves his mum reassures women that they can be loved by him too in such measure and even more. Loving his mum is one of the significant assets he possesses.

Shemar Moore and mother Marilyn during The 31st Annual NAACP Image Awards at Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California, United States. | Source: Getty Images


Talking about his father, Sherrod Moore, the actor opened up that he prefers to keep his father at arm's length. He revealed that his father is an ex-convict who spent time in San Quentin prison when he was a baby.

He said his father was inconsistent and did not treat his mother right. Moore was reluctant to talk about the "incident" between his mom and dad that led to the latter's imprisonment. 


Shemar Moore at amfAR's Inspiration Gala Los Angeles on October 27, 2016 in Hollywood, California | Source: Getty Images


Being a kid was not as fun-filled for Moore as most kids because of his mixed descent, making him a target for bullying.

Moore revealed that he was tormented and abused because of his racial identity and could not fit in. He sounded emotional while reliving his childhood experiences. 


After his father's imprisonment, Moore and his mom traveled around a lot before settling in L.A and he started building his career. At the age of six, Moore had felt what it was like to be an outsider. He reminisced

"I was six and I remember how different everyone made me feel."

Shemar Moore attends CBS' 2015 Summer TCA party at the Pacific Design Center on August 10, 2015 in West Hollywood, California. | Source: Getty Images


Marilyn encouraged her son and, despite the segregation he faced growing up, advised him to be an agent of positivity to everyone, including his tormentors. 

Moore is a proud son and gives credit to his mom, who he fondly calls his "supermom." He said she brought him up as a single woman without support from her husband or family. He gushed about her strength and tenacity and how nothing ever breaks or overwhelms her.



The young actor who played the character of Malcolm Winters in the movie "Young and Restless" from 1994 to 2005, winning the hearts of fans all over the world, was soon going to face a harsh reality.

His debut role was the beginning of success for him, but there was a dark lining soon to appear in the bright clouds. In 1999, Moore's mom was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, and the actor was devastated.

Moore was not having any of it, and he regressed into denial of his mother's condition. He refused to believe his mum was ill with MS.

Actor Shemar Moore and mother Marilyn arrive at the "16th Annual Race to Erase MS Themed "Rock To Erase MS" held at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel. | Source: Getty Images


Over time, Moore saw the effect MS had on his mum and realized she needed all the help and support she could get to go through this trying period. 

Moore took a u-turn and came into the reality of the situation. Joining hands with her, they formed a formidable team ready to beat MS head-on.

In an interview, a happy Moore shared that he always thought his mom to be invincible, and MS was her kryptonite, and this was why it was so hard to accept the news at first.



The mother of the star actor, Marilyn, appeared on the red carpet alongside her son at the 40th annual dinner of the National MS Society. 

Marilyn believes having MS is not the end of the world. She implores all patients of MS to seek help and not reject help when offered to them.

Shemar Moore poses with his mother Marilyn Wilson at the Premiere Of Viva Pictures' "The Bounce Back" at TCL Chinese Theatre on December 6, 2016 in Hollywood, California. | Source: Getty Images


Moore interjects and recounts how he felt when he started to see symptoms of the sickness in his mom and how he decided to keep her happy and enlightened.

He helped raise money for MS research by collaborating with the cast of "Criminal Minds." They had a 100-meter bike charity ride. Moore plans to spread awareness and educate people about MS.



Sadly, in 2020, Moore lost his mom and took to Instagram to update his fans and well-wishers. He looked sad, and he began by saying:

"It's not a game, it's not a joke, I'm hurting real bad"


He said he had to be offline for weeks and keep the news secret to respect his mom. He concluded by saying:

"...but I get my strength from her and I will be ok because of her."


Days before his mom's death, Moore bought a 900-square-foot house which she approved of. He recalled her saying:

"This is my son's home. I'm proud of you Boo,and I hope it gives you a great life"

He put up her photographs and cards and had a room decorated in her favorite color, turquoise, to keep her memory evergreen. 

It is quite ironic that a man who has so much love and admiration for his mom rarely speaks about his father. Moore harbors no ill will against his father but wishes him all the best and recently bought him a house.



After more than a decade on the screen, Moore talks about having a partner and starting a family. He said he would like to have a "partner in crime" and enter into a new phase of life with her. He mused:

"I want to be a father, I want to have a partner in crime, a woman to share [my life] with. I want to continue to evolve, I want to continue to take the next step in my life. In my personal life.''


Shemar Moore role playing in S.W.A.T on the CBS Television Network. | Source: Getty Images

He assures his fans that it does not mean he will let his career slide away. He emphasized that he could manage to be an actor and have a family comfortably. When explaining that he can juggle the two aspects of his life, he said:


"I need balance in my life, "I love what I do for a living, I love it from 'action' to 'cut', but I also want to walk my dogs, travel, get married, have kids. I want balance, and it's hard to do with the schedule that we have."

Shemar Moore is headed in the right direction with a robust career, an optimistic view of the future, and so much love to give. We are hopeful he will find his better half soon and explore life together.


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