LL Cool J Learns Mother is Adopted on Family Roots Show
Rapper LL Cool J has learned his mother was adopted on the genealogy show Finding Your Roots.
The NCIS: Los Angeles star was raised by his maternal grandparents after his parents’ divorce. He often credited his grandparents for fostering his love of music and now has learned that Eugene Griffith and Ellen Hightower also stepped in to help his mother, Ondrea Griffith, when she was an abandoned baby in 1947.
“This doesn’t change how I feel about the people that raised me,” LL Cool J said of his grandparents. “I have more love and respect for them than I ever did.”
“They embraced me, they built me up,” he continued. “They made me believe in myself.”
The upcoming episode will air on Tuesday. In the episode, host Henry Louis Gates Jr. will find a family link to 1930’s champion boxer John Henry Lewis.
The episode will also feature Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs.