Whoa! Anita Baker Revealed SHOCKING Family SECRET That Plagued Her For Years

Posted On : March 3, 2017
Anita Baker In Concert At The Royal Albert Hall, London, Britain - 26 Jun 2007, Anita Baker (Photo by Brian Rasic/Getty Images)
Anita Baker (Photo by Brian Rasic/Getty Images)

Anita Baker reached unprecedented heights during her many years as a successful R&B singer in the music industry. Like many others, her rise to fame wasn’t the result of an easy journey. She faced many obstacles along the way. In fact, the singer has shared details about the family secrets she was plagued with for many years and how she managed to overcome. You won’t believe all Anita’s been through.

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Singer Anita Baker attend the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center on February 10, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Larry Busacca/WireImage)
(Photo by Larry Busacca/WireImage)

The Family Secret Revealed: She Learned Her Mother Gave Her Away

Many fans probably have no idea Anita Baker’s mother gave her up for adoption when she was just a baby. The daunting realization of her mother’s decision actually made her question her worth and the purpose of her life. During an interview with Essence, she spoke openly about her life:

“It started with the fact that my mother gave me up when I was a baby,” she said. “Not because she was a bad person or because she was some monster or something. She was just a child and could not care for me. It has taken me a long time to find peace within my own heart.”

UNITED STATES - JANUARY 01: Photo of Anita BAKER (Photo by Ebet Roberts/Redferns)
Photo by Ebet Roberts/Redferns)

There’s More To Her Story Apparently…

JRank.org also reported that the woman Anita once believed was her mother, was a woman by the name of Mary Lewis. Although it was never publicly confirmed who Mary actually was, it wasn’t until Anita was 13 years old, when Mary died, that she found out she was actually a foster child and Mary was her foster parent. Her aunt, Lois Landry, was the beautician who Anita reportedly thought was originally her older sister. But after Mary’s passing, Lois reportedly informed Anita that she was her aunt and that she was actually given away by her birth mother, to Mary. Afterwards, Lois and her husband, Walter Landry, officially adopted little Anita and raised her as their own. Anita now refers to Lois as her ‘earth Mother.’

HOLLYWOOD - JANUARY 31: Singer Anita Baker attends the 2010 EMI GRAMMY Party at the W Hollywood Hotel and Residences on January 31, 2010 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)
(Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)

JRRank.org also quoted Anita as having stated this to Essence Magazine about the neglect and pain she felt for a long time after learning she was given away by her 16 year old mother:

“That child believed her mother abandoned her,” [Anita Baker] said (referring to herself), “because there was something bad about her. Something terrible that made her unlovable. And until Walter [Baker’s future husband], that is how I felt about me—that I was not good enough. Not good, period.”


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