Proud mama Keke Palmer is leading with positivity, despite recent online drama involving boyfriend Darius Jackson.
The Nope star shared a sweet tribute to her four-month-old son Leo on Instagram, which appears to include a pointed response to sexist comments Jackson made on social media earlier this week. On Wednesday, the fitness instructor tweeted a video of Palmer attending a performance of Usher’s residency in Las Vegas, where she wore a sheer Givenchy maxi dress over a cheeky black bodysuit. He wrote of the clip, “It’s the outfit tho … you a mom.”
Jackson, who welcomed baby boy Leo with Palmer last February, later doubled down on his mommy-shaming comment in a follow-up tweet. “We live in a generation where a man of the family doesn’t want the wife & mother to his kids to showcase booty cheeks to please others & he gets told how much of a hater he is,” he wrote. “This is my family & my representation. I have standards & morals to what I believe. I rest my case.”
Yesterday, the Hustlers actress released new merch that seems to refer to the incident, dropping the new shirts along with a video clip of herself serenading her newborn with the Stevie Wonder song “Isn’t She Lovely.” In the caption she wrote, “One thing is certain and one thing is true, IM A MOTHA, through and through! 😍 “IM A MOTHA” and “Stevie to the bullshit” shirts available NOW! Link in bio :)”
She added, “To all my mom’s out there, how did your baby change you?? Mine empowered me! On such another level, my perspective changed because when my baby is good I’m GREAT! Look at that face! Gratitude galore.”
The clip also includes several adorable photos of baby Leo in different outfits, as the mother-son duo spend quality time together.
Palmer and Jackson started dating in early summer 2021 and went Instagram official that August. Following the widespread online backlash to his comments, Jackson briefly deactivated his social media accounts on Thursday before returning Friday, and the trainer has since seemingly deleted all Instagram photos of Palmer, per Page Six. The new parents also do not follow each other on the platform.
Quinci LeGardye is an LA-based freelance writer who covers culture, politics, and mental health through a Black feminist lens. When she isn’t writing or checking Twitter, she’s probably watching the latest K-drama or giving a concert performance in her car.