Kelis Speaks On The Death Of Her Husband & How She’s Dealing W/ Grief: Life Is Not Always What We Want It To Be, But It’s Still Life

Kelis, husband Mike Mora

Kelis Speaks On The Death Of Her Husband & How She’s Dealing W/ Grief: Life Is Not Always What We Want It To Be, But It’s Still Life

Kelis is getting candid about life after the death of her husband and how she is coping with the loss while still raising her children.

During a recent interview, Kelis opened up about her final days with her late husband, Mike Mora, and how life has been since he passed away. Mora was diagnosed with stage 4 stomach cancer in 2020 and in March of this year he died at 37 years old following a two-year-long battle.

Leading up to his death, Kelis says she decided to focus on cherishing every moment of their time together.

“It wasn’t something that was sudden. We were able to prepare, and love, and say goodbye.”

She notes that their children were “always super aware of” Mora’s condition. She said,

“We were able to spend the time that we needed to, as much as we were given, the best way that we could. Is it a great situation? No, it’s freaking awful, but I am grateful.”

Mike Mora – Kelis

Mike Mora and Kelis tied the knot in 2014 and shared two children together: son, Shepherd, 6, and daughter Galilee, who was born in September 2020, shortly before Mora’s cancer diagnosis. Kelis has a 13-year-old son, Knight whom she shares with rapper Nas.

Nearly two years ago, the “Milkshake” singer moved her family to a farm in Temecula, California, two hours outside of Los Angeles.

The photographer was very transparent about his diagnosis, previously revealing that he was told that most patients don’t make it past 18 months. In an Instagram post, he said:

“That Sunday morning, I remember a lady doctor walking in. And several more. They told me I had gastric adenocarcinoma, in simpler terms – stomach cancer. Stage 4 to make it more exciting. I was told that people with my disease, in this phase, don’t make it past 18 months. It’s been exactly 12.”

In a separate post, he added,

“At just 36, with 3 kiddos, and a wife that loves me. I want to be able to help those that might be experiencing something like this- a life altering disease full of questions and doubt- maybe, hopefully. By showing that it’s possible to make it through. You always see people post about how life is too short. How you should reach out to those you love no matter where life has taken you. It is the truth.”

While the past few months have been difficult for the family, Kelis explains that she’s made a conscious choice to “accept” the difficult circumstances.

“It was out of our hands from the beginning..We’re just grateful for what we had. It’s part of life. It doesn’t change the fact that I’m heartbroken… but it does change how I choose to approach it.”

She continued,

“It reminds you how short time is, and how we don’t have any control. I want to control what I can control — how I treat the people around me. I’m really big on celebrating people when they’re here. I don’t feel like it’s as useful when they’re gone.”

Despite the devastating loss, she’s maintained a positive outlook.

“Life is not always what we want it to be, but it’s still life. That’s something else beautiful that was able to come from an otherwise really tragic and painful time for a lot of people…I’m grateful that I have this farm. I’m grateful that I’m able to produce these things there, and I’m able to share them with people. It could always be worse.”


We’re glad to see Kelis is doing well despite the tragic circumstances. What are your thoughts? Let us know down below!


Authored by: Monique Nicole