Somaya Reece has opened up to Marsha Molinari in her most personal interview to date, detailing what happened to her son when he passed.
WARNING: Content of a sensitive nature ahead
Reece rocketed to fame appearing on VH1’s Love & Hip Hop: New York, as she tried to launch her recording career in the Big Apple. She had worked as a model and dated rapper Joe Budden in 2009, two years before joining the cast of Love & Hip Hop.
This month sees Somaya Reece open up to Marsha Molinari on her new podcast, Marsha! Marsha! Marsha! Detailing her career highs and lows, as well as more personal revelations about the loss of her son.
Somaya Reece tells Marsha her son was ‘murdered’
Somaya Reece explained to Marsha on the podcast that she was turning 15 years old when a relationship started with a man many years her senior who “groomed” her. Reece revealed that her ex-partner was in his 30s. She fell pregnant with his child and gave birth to a son.
“My son was murdered,” Somaya Reece told Marsha. “I went through a lot of pain because of that and my son died in my arms and it’s something I’ve never truly been able to grasp. It’s something that you don’t really, truly understand.”
Reece then details the abuse she suffered at the hands of her ex-partner, whom she shared a child with.
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What happened to Somaya Reece’s son?
Reece didn’t provide further details to Marsha in the podcast about what happened to her son, however she has publicly spoken of his tragic death on social media.
In 2016, Somaya Reece spoke with Latina about what happened to her son. Reece revealed that her son was poisoned before he passed away. She posted excerpts from the Latina interview to her Twitter account.
That same year, Reece appeared on E! reality series, Famously Single. She opened up to Dr Darcy Sterling about her abusive relationship but didn’t speak on the loss of her son.
However, three years later, Reece posted a clip from Famously Single to her Facebook page, adding the caption: “Yesterday August 11th marks the date of my sons death. I held my son in my arms as he took his last breath fighting for his life. It is a date I will never forget.”
Somaya explains how she overcame her trauma
In the same Facebook post, Somaya Reece touched on how she overcame the trauma of losing her son.
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“As I embarked on my spiritual journey years ago. I made a firm decision that I wanted to heal all my traumas head on. I learned to heal for me,” Reece explained. “I no longer dread his birthday or the day he passed. My perspective is different about it now. I am human so of course I do feel a little sad at times. But the difference is, I no longer live in that space nor let it destroy me.”
“It has been a long journey that I faced on my own. It has taken me years to get to where I am today where I do not fear his birthdate or his earth death date,” Reece concluded.
Reece’s candor in speaking on her trauma has resonated with listeners and fans. “Sometimes we fight battles [no one’s] aware of,” one fan tweeted to Reece. “I always admire yr strength but today you just helped someone else in the world with ur vulnerability.”
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Somaya Reece has not had any more children
Since the passing of her son, Somaya Reece has not had any more children. In the 2016 Latina interview, Reece revealed that after the loss of her son, she is “scared” to have children.
The past few years, Reece has placed her search for love in the spotlight, thanks to appearances on Love & Hip Hop as well as Famously Single. She is thought to be single as of publication date.
For immediate grief support, call 1-800-221-7437 First Candle. Counsellors are available 24/7. For families who have suffered the loss of a baby through miscarriage, stillbirth, or early infant death. A community for anyone who experiences the tragic death of a baby. You can also get in touch with SupportingMamas here.
If you or someone you know is dealing with domestic abuse, you can call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1−800−799−7233. You can also find more information, resources, and support at their website. For the UK, you can visit the Refuge website here, or Women’s Aid.
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