Jamie Foxx had a difficult upbringing and was deprived of his parents’ affection when they divorced. The actor was only seven months old at the time and had forgotten what it was like to have them around.
Fortunately, his grandparents took him in, adopting him and raising him in Terrell, Texas. His biological parents lived nearby but never sought to accept him as their own or display paternal affection for him.
Nonetheless, he learned what it was like to be loved from his grandparents. Foxx once claimed that, despite the fact that he grew up without his parents, he was never short on the affection of a mom and a dad, since his grandmother filled both roles in his life without fail.
The actor admits that his grandmother is responsible for all he has done in his life. She not only showered him with affection, but she also instilled confidence in him, pushing him to trust in his skills.
He remembered his grandmother, Estelle Marie, enrolling him in piano lessons when he was five years old. She kept pushing him up the ranks until he earned a classical piano scholarship at the United States International University in San Diego.
Foxx’s grandma reminded him just before he left to establish his own way in life that the trail was how he would get his money. Those words provided him with the knowledge he required to become a successful young man.
During his time with his now-deceased grandmother, Jamie Foxx learned a number of important lessons. What he considered most essential was the lesson on the trust she gave on him as a result of the affection she and Foxx’s grandpa showed to him.
Unfortunately, the “Ray” actor lost his grandma in October 2004, several years after his grandpa died. Estelle, who was 95 at the time, died of Alzheimer’s.
Four months after his grandmother’s death, the legend dedicated his 2004 Oscar triumph to her fortitude, bravery, and care in front of millions of spectators.
Years later, Foxx regards his late grandma as a role model. The same cannot be said for his real mom, who resided nearby but never came through for him.
He had spent years wishing for his mother’s attendance at Christmas and school gatherings since she was attractive and had a wonderful sense of dress that portrayed a “city-girl.”
But he never idolized her in the same way he idolized his grandparents. His bond with his mother, Louise Talley Dixon, was strained even more since his mother finally received a daughter and chose to care for her while he was neglected.
As a consequence, the actor reveals that he and his sister are still separated. Foxx’s father, who also lived nearby, around 28 miles from his grandparents’ house, never attempted to check on him.
The actor assumed his father cut him off owing to their religious differences. His father once reinforced such doubts, stating he couldn’t be his son since he was Muslim and Foxx wasn’t.
Years later, he had the opportunity to confront his dad about the decisions that had tormented him for years. Foxx remembered that during their last conversation, after their grandmother passed away, he said, ‘Listen, I understand observing your religion. But is that worth missing out on your son’s life?'”
When asked how his parents’ disappearance impacted him, the singer stated that it left no gap in his heart since he had never met them. All that mattered to him was that the two individuals who had raised him loved and cared for him.
Jamie Foxx’s father, Darrell Bishop, was arrested at some time in his life for carrying illicit narcotics worth $25. He was sentenced to seven years in jail as a result of this.
Foxx stated that he never visited his father while he was in prison. According to him, he disliked prison visits and never wished to tarnish his dad’s reputation as a “king.”
Rather, he sent him a prison letter in which he apologised for not being able to see him and informed him that he had become a prosperous man. However, he also assured to save his father’s life once he was released from prison.
Despite their prior difficult connection, Foxx kept his word by allowing his father to reside with him after his parole. They have been living together for almost twenty years.
Surprisingly, the “Just Mercy” actor saved a seat for his mom. He was once open about offering a helping hand to her, which led to their cohabitation.
Years later, Dixon is still living in her son’s house, sharing a home with her ex-husband. While dating other people, the two go about their lives separately, keeping an eye out for each other.
Despite his melancholy reminiscences of his boyhood without parents, the Oscar winner doesn’t appear to regret his unusual living circumstances. He was satisfied, realizing that he could assist them in his own way and keep his family together. Foxx, a dad of two, characterized his family as having a “weirdly fun household.” So far, he has a wonderful bond with his mother.
For her 2021 birthday, the dad of two paid tribute to her on Instagram, posting several photos of them having a good time. He also acknowledged to adoring his mother and referring to her as the lady who created him.