Although Jordin Sparks has been dealing with a lot of change in her life lately, including the loss of her step-sister to sickle cell anemia earlier this year, the former American Idol contestant seems to be handling it all as best as she can.
In a recent interview with People.com, the 28-year-old shared how she felt about her late sister’s fight with sickle cell anemia, along with the unexpected love that she found with her husband model Dana Isaiah and her fear of the baby and her husband conspiring against her.
When it came to a love life, Sparks said she wasn’t even looking for anything. She admitted that the love she had from her family and friends was good enough until, out of nowhere, Dana Isaiah, appeared.
“I have so much love in my life already, like my nieces, my family, my friends that I was just like, ‘You know what? I’m OK. If [romantic love] shows up, then it shows up. And then, it showed up, and I was not expecting it, like, we were both just really caught by surprise ‘cus he wasn’t looking for anything either. Neither was I.”
And so, the old cliche rang true for Sparks and her husband, even though Isaiah’s mom tried to get Sparks to talk him out of moving to LA.
“His mom actually wanted me to talk him out of moving to LA, and that didn’t work. So, it’s just been really crazy, but I think, the thing that you hear sometimes is like ‘When you’re least looking for it, that’s when it finds you,’ and it actually did, so the cliches sometimes come true.”
It seems like that cliche has worked out very well for the two-some, so much so that they eloped back in July. They’re also following in the footsteps of another cliche – “First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes Jordin with the baby carriage.” Sparks is due to have her first child with her husband very soon, but she worries about something so funny – she thinks her husband and the baby will conspire against her.
“I was talking to him the other day, I was like, I just have a feeling you guys are going to, like, conspire against me, like I feel like it’s going to be one of those things where it’s like, ‘Don’t your tell your mother about this,’ and then I’ll find out a week later about something…”
How cute! She also noted that the baby will be fully covered when it comes to all things he will need to know. Sparks is good at right-brain stuff while Isaiah is a little more well-rounded, even teaching Sparks a thing or two about math and finances.
“[My husband is] definitely going to be a lot of fun. We both played sports, but he definitely has the more expertise. He’s great at finances and math, and I was like, ‘This is perfect. He can come to you for all of that, and then he can come to me for art and language arts,’ so we’ll be good.”
Sparks not only talked about the new life coming into her world, but she reflected on the one that was lost. She shared that her step-sister Bry’s battle with sickle cell anemia was one that included spreading awareness and finding a cure.
“Her dream was to raise awareness and find a cure for it. She fought her entire life, all 16 years, in and out of hospitals. She was so strong. She just dealt with it, you know, and there was never a complaint, I’m sure she had moments where she was like, ‘okay, this hurts,’ but you know, she was one of the strongest people that I’ve ever encountered, so she wanted to find a cure for it, and I think that that is something that we need to do. People know about sickle cell, but they don’t know, like, how rampant it is or how many people are effected by it. It kills 100,000 people every single year. It’s like, ‘Why aren’t we talking about this more?’”
Well, the Sparkle star is using her platform to continue Bry’s mission. She shared that there is now a GoFundMe page to help offset medical bills and to build a “fun space” at hospitals called “Bry’s Corner,” which the site says will help patients “get away from their hospital beds and the rigors of treatment and have a little fun!”