Among millennial audiences, actress Lauren London stands immortalized as New New, her character in 2006 film ATL. For others, the actress is more currently characterized by her roles in BET series Games
Play and The Game. Still, it wasn't until last spring that the world was introduced to her children, Kameron Carter, 10, and Kross Asghedom, 3, as they joined her on the Staples Center stage in honor of her partner Nipsey Hussle — artist, activist, father, tragically slain at 33.
Here is everything we know about London and her two boys.
1. Kameron spoke at Hussle’s funeral.
Although Kameron was not Hussle's biological son (London had an exceptionally private relationship with Kameron’s dad, rapper Lil Wayne), Hussle’s impact on the 10-year-old is undeniable. At the 2019 memorial service held in the late LA native's honor, Kameron offered a glimpse into he and Hussle’s special relationship, by way of a dream.
“He said ‘What up, Killa?’ Cause that’s my nickname to 'em. … shortly he was gone. … And I realized that Ermias told me what heaven was like. He told me it was paradise,” Kameron recalled in a heartbreaking moment, using Hussle's given name.
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2. She and Lil Wayne were engaged once. But we're playing it cool.
London has been notoriously private about her personal life — a viral tweet beneath the clip of Kameron's speech reads: “Am I the only one who didn’t know lil Wayne and Lauren had a child???” Still, the actress disclosed to Essence that she and Lil Wayne did plan to marry.
“[People speculate] that my son is the result of some kind of one-night stand or groupie encounter with his father,” London said. “I struggle with deciding when to answer or ignore the constant speculation about my private life because I feel like that doesn’t belong to anybody but me. We were in a relationship that didn’t make it. We tried more than once to revive it, and we were engaged briefly years ago, but we eventually parted ways.”
3. Raising her boys comes first, London said.
In London and Hussle’s 2018 GQ spread, which fans mistook for an engagement announcement, the couple opened up about their priorities. Though it hadn’t always been easy, they said they knew what was most important.
“Lauren was handpicked by John Singleton to do Snowfall. She read, got the part, shot the pilot…did stunts…this was her dream role,” Hussle said in the interview, which became all the more poignant after his death. “And then she got pregnant with our son. That was a really hard decision for her to make.”
Hussle got it right, London agreed:
“It was the toughest decision of my career by far. Do I choose my soul or myself? I went with my soul.”
4. London honored Hussle with her Puma collaboration.
In yet another show of strength and solidarity with her late partner, London resumed the Puma brand collaboration that Hussle began. In the advertisement announcing the collection, London recites a poem penned by Samantha Smith, Hussle’s sister.
5. She and her sons are on their way to healing.
Five months after his untimely death, Hussle’s son Kross turned three. In a conversation with GQ, London shared the overwhelming nature of their path forward.
“I haven't gotten to digest the fullness of it, because it's overwhelming and I'm in the process of healing myself and my family,” she said.
Still, beneath the Instagram post commemorating Kross' third birthday, the mom of two calls him “the Light that shines in the darkness.”
In a 2019 Instagram post, London vowed to stay strong for her children:
“Things will never be the same, but every day I still wake up and pray. Lord, use me,” she wrote. “Long Live, Ermias.”