Who are Zendaya's parents? 'Spiderman' actress shut down trolls calling her folks 'ugly'
'These are two of the most selfless people in the world,' Zendaya told about her parents, also sharing that she was 'really lucky' to have them
Zendaya is dominating the news and social media trends in recent weeks as the buzz around her latest release 'Spiderman: No Way Home' is at its peak. The 25-year-old actress showed up at the promotional events and premiere arm in arm with her on-screen and real-life beau Tom Holland and sent fans into a frenzy. She sent Twitter into a meltdown with her latest Instagram post dedicated to Tom Holland where she referred to him as 'My Spider-Man'. "My Spider-Man, I’m so proud of you, some things never change and good thing♥️," she posted, along with a childhood photo of Tom Holland in a Spidey costume.
Meanwhile, Zendaya's fans are quite curious about how her family is perceiving her newfound romance with the British actor. The 'Euphoria' star melt many hearts recently after she compared her and Holland's height difference to that of her folks, shutting down trolls who were mocking Holland as 'short'. However, her parents Claire Stoermer and Kazembe Ajamu are yet to make any comments on her relationship.
Who are Zendaya's parents?
Zendaya Maree Stoermer Coleman, professionally known as Zendaya, was born on September 1, 1996, to Claire Stoermer and Kazembe Ajamu Coleman. Both of them are teachers based in Oakland, California, and share Zendaya as their only child together. However, they have five more children from other relationships, with whom Zendaya appears to be quite tight. While her father is African-American who is born and brought up in Arkansas, her mother is white with German and Scottish roots.
Zendaya's parents got married back in 2008 when she was 12 years old, but their marital bliss was not meant to last forever. The couple divorced in 2016 after eight years of marriage due to "irreconcilable differences". Though the exact reason behind their split has not been divulged, the former couple still appears to be on good terms and are often spotted hanging out together.
Needless to say, Claire and Kazembe are extremely proud of their Hollywood superstar daughter and their social media feeds bear evidence of the same. Moreover, her father Kazembe happens to be her manager as well, and it would not be an exaggeration to credit him for revolutionizing the 'Dadager' role. He is not only super protective for his daughter/client but also, the coolest dad ever.
Meanwhile, Zendaya's mother Claire owns a homegrown jewelry brand and her daughter is her biggest endorser. The mom-daughter duo is very close and the 'Malcolm and Marie' star often shares how her mother's strong personality empower and inspire her everyday.
"My beauty icons are the women in my life. My mom didn’t wear makeup; I don’t think she knew that to me, it was empowering that she didn’t care," Zendaya once told Vanity Fair. Speaking to Ellen DeGeneres, Zendaya also shared, "I’m really lucky to have the parents I have. They just have always instilled in me those core values that I think I have to carry with me through everything, you know what I mean? For me, there are a lot more upsides than there are downsides [to living at home]. Me and my parents, I feel like we’ve set boundaries, we have territories. Once I hit 18, I was like, ‘Guys, you know I just need you to give me a little space."
Zendaya's parents were trolled as ugly
Few fans have forgotten the shocking 2015 incident when Zendaya's parents were the victims of online trolling, where netizens dubbed them as 'ugly'. The controversy started when a user tweeted a photo of Zendaya and her parents with the caption, "They made a gorgeous a** child lol." Sick trolls wasted no time in humiliating and insulting the proud parents, calling them 'ugly'.
Zendaya, who was 19 years old at the time, clapped back at the trolls saying, "While you’re so concerned about what my parents look like, please know that these are two of the most selfless people in the world. They have chosen to spend their entire life, not worried about trivial things such as looks and insulting people’s parents on Twitter, but instead became educators who have dedicated their lives to teaching, cultivating and filling young shallow mind.”
We hardly get to see such beautiful bonds between Hollywood stars and their parents and we love Zendaya even more for being equally protective of her folks as they are about her.