Four months after discovering her mom’s body, Alia Rose, the 19-year-old daughter of late R&B great Teena Marie, told Essence.com how she is coping.
When asked how she’s dealing with her mom being gone she said: “Honestly, I'm still figuring out how I feel about the situation. It was a reality thing at first. I could pretend my mom was on tour and she was coming back, but when I got to that two-month mark, I realized she wasn't. So I had to start learning how to be alone and that's when I got a little crazy for a second, but I'm doing alright because I'm one with God. And my mom always instilled a spiritual relationship and that's what keeping me going right now.”
On being asked about a family network to help her through, she responded: “Yes, I have some family on both sides. My mom actually built me a family. She was always the black sheep of her family, so the family I have around me isn't necessarily blood, but that doesn't matter. It's about who really cares about you and who shows you the most love. I've learned from this situation that a lot of people in this world are snakes. You see a lot of true colors.”
Rose did show her humorous side when she remembered her mother’s ex-beau and musical collaborator Rick James. “He had the craziest, funniest voice,” she said. “He would say, ‘Come over here and give your uncle a kiss,’ every time I saw him. He always wanted me to marry his son, Tazman. As a kid, I saw the craziest stuff over there at his house. It was all fun.”
Rose, who is also a singer, is currently working on putting out Teena Marie’s posthumous album.