"My Health Issues Were Never A Secret"

Both of Teyana Taylor’s pregnancies were difficult as were the months that followed her labor and delivery experiences. The ‘We Got Love’ singer shares her recent health scare with EBONY, which led some trolls to accuse Teyana of doing drugs around her kids.


“These types of rumors and lies hurt the most because I take pride in being a mother and would never be that irresponsible. I’ve never used drugs a day in my life, nor do I smoke, and only drink occasionally. My health issues were never a secret, we actually outwardly shared them with the world on our reality tv show, We Got Love,” Teyana revealed.

Those who watched We Got Love may have been on the edge of their seats as Teyana Taylor was rushed to the hospital for emergency surgery. “I had to have emergency surgery in the middle of filming because there were small lumps found in my breast,” the recording artist said. “Fortunately, they were not cancerous. However, the thought of the cancer scare with the lumps in my breasts, and the thought of my kids not having me around, was scarier than childbirth. Just the overall thought of something happening is one of my worst fears.”

Many sent Teyana and the family well wishes during her time of trial and suffering. Some, however, took it upon themselves to create rumors that spread like wildfire on TikTok.

“Both of my pregnancies were incredibly difficult because I had cholestasis, a rare liver disease that causes bile to build throughout the bloodstream, causing extreme itching and preterm and or stillborn birth,” Teyana said of her pregnancies. “This is the reason why both of my children delivered a month early,” the singer explained.

“Pregnancy, in general, puts your body through a lot of stress,” Teyana told EBONY. “Being a mother in itself is a lot of stress. Although people look up to me for maintaining my career and still being able to be a mom and a wife, it’s really not easy. Till (sic) this day I still struggle with postpartum depression. Touring with two kids and doing 90-minute shows night after night on top of ‘meet & greets’ right after, could cause anyone’s body to break down. That was simply what happened to me. Nothing more, nothing less.”

Taylor went on to share how lies began to spread about her integrity. “A sweet letter pinned to my fans in Connecticut turned into something very nasty and heartbreaking,” the entertainer shared. “My oldest, Junie, is coherent enough to understand TikTok, which is unnerving. To read the comments on my page being flooded by people’s assumptions of me and my family and creating stories and scenarios that doesn’t (sic) exist and never have, I will ABSOLUTELY ALWAYS respond and protect the integrity of my family. Especially if lies are being told.”

Teyana Taylor’s husband, Iman Shumpert, was also angry about the rumors. “If she did coke, why would I be cool with that,” he asked. “Why would I not care about my kids enough to say, ‘Yo, you can’t be around my kids?’ It’s disrespectful in so many ways that people don’t think through. How would everyone just be cool with this lady doing this with two kids on a tour? Like, you think our kids wouldn’t see it? You think no one would know that if someone was overdosing?”

“Just the way it was broken down I’m like, bro, I cannot believe this is real. Like we’re waking up to this. Like we’re really having a conversation about a TikTok?’ I don’t know where people get off. I live a real life and that’s really my wife, these really are our kids, we really love each other, and we’re really going to go hard.”

Teyana Taylor and Iman Shumpert welcomed their youngest daughter, Rue Rose, in September 2020. The couple’s oldest child, Junie, turns 7-years-old in December.

Photo: EBONY



Sarie is a writer and editor for BCK's Los Angeles division. She also shares stories on Medium that are meant to encourage thought and discussion. You can catch her outside enjoying nature and classical literature. Pop culture is pretty fun, too!

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