Kelis Opens Up About Death Of Husband Mike Mora, Chooses To Be Positive Through Grief

The 37-year-old died in March 2022 after a two-year battle with stage 4 stomach cancer.

Kelis explained why she has chosen to remain positive through grief after losing her husband Mike Mora to stage 4 stomach cancer earlier this year.

In an interview with People, the Grammy-nominated artist said she maintained a positive outlook on the devastating situation.

“It doesn’t change the fact that I’m heartbroken... but it does change how I choose to approach it,” she shares. “It reminds you how short time is and how we don’t have any control. I want to control what I can control — how I treat the people around me. I’m really big on celebrating people when they’re here. I don’t feel like it’s as useful when they’re gone.”

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Adding, “Life is not always what we want it to be, but it’s still life,” the 43-year-old says. “That’s something else beautiful that was able to come from an otherwise really tragic and painful time for a lot of people.”

Kelis said that she and her late husband chose to focus their time on living every moment together during his two-year-long battle.

“It wasn’t something that was sudden. We were able to prepare, love, and say goodbye,” she shares.

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The couple shared two children, a son Shepherd, 6, and a daughter, Galilee, who was born shortly before the 37-year-old photographer was diagnosed with stomach cancer. The singer is also mother to Knight, 13, who she shares with rapper Nas.

“We were able to spend the time that we needed to, as much as we were given, the best way that we could,” Kelis added. “Is it a great situation? No, it’s freaking awful, but I am grateful.”

In other Kelis news, 2023 marks the 20th anniversary of her third studio album Tasty which features the widely recognized and Grammy-nominated track “Milkshake.” As for the singer, she is looking forward to the milestone accomplishment in her career.

“This is going to sound really cocky and really arrogant, but I saw a picture of myself that someone posted [from the Tasty era] earlier today, and I was like, ‘You know what, I was freaking killing it,’” she recalls. “Sometimes you just need to remind yourself, ‘I’ve been this, and I’ve been doing it.’ It’s OK to say that.”

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