Life wasn’t always easy for Jamie Foxx, the multitalented musician, comedian, and Oscar-winning actor.
Jamie Foxx was born Eric Marlon Bishop in 1967, in a small Texas town. When he was just 7 months old, his parents took off and abandoned him.
Jamie was left to be raised by his grandmother, Estelle Talley, who eventually adopted him and provided him a loving and nurturing home.
Though Estelle was a wonderful caretaker — and Jamie’s biggest supporter and number one fan — he grew up struggling to understand why his parents never reached out to him.
In 2014, after 45 years of questions and soul-searching, Jamie reportedly began trying to reconcile with his biological parents. He even moved his mother, Louise, into his own home in the effort to connect with her!
But reconnecting with his birth dad wasn’t as easy. Jamie says:
“That’s one thing I’ve learned: Always keep the door and your heart open. I don’t hold a lot of grudges… But it’s tough, you know? Because there are questions, like, ‘What happened? Where were you? Were you stricken with something? Could you not make it?’
“Growing up, I would always go, ‘Man… I’m a good dude.’ I wasn’t the kid getting in trouble. I was quarterback on the high school football team. And he only lived 28 miles away. So I always said to myself, ‘You know, I’m gonna grade him a little harder for that, because he could have tried.’”
Jamie’s grandmother, Estelle, passed away in 2004. In the video below, the Hollywood star discusses his abandonment that took place more than four decades ago.
Source: Little Things