Jamie Foxx: the personal drama behind the professional success

Not everything is as it seems
Jamie Foxx
A successful career
'Django' and other masterpieces
Multi-award winner
Also a talented man in music
An author
A revelation from the past
A family with a shocking secret
Tough beginnings
Adopted
His grandmother had also adopted his mother
Missing his biological mother
Artistic beginnings
Pianist
A father's absence
Distance from his biological father
An attempt at reconciliation
Another heartbreaking loss
His stepfather imprisoned
Living with George Dixon...
... and also with his mother
Fear of Covid
The loss of his sister
The end of his relationship with Katie Holmes
An oppressive divorce clause
A life of hidden pain
Not everything is as it seems

The lives of all these Hollywood stars seem glamorous and far removed from those of us mortals. But in most cases, they have problems that are often just as bad (or even worse) than the public who go to see their films.

Jamie Foxx

Behind their fame and success, some of these celebrities carry a lot of emotional baggage. This has been the case for Jamie Foxx (real name Eric Marlon Bishop), born on 13 December 1967, in Terrell, Texas (USA).

A successful career

Anyone would think that the actor would consider himself a lucky man to have been part of some of the highest grossing productions in the film industry. He is a man who obviously possesses an incredible talent.

'Django' and other masterpieces

You just have to look back at his performances in hits such as 'Collateral' (2004), 'Dreamgirls' (2006), 'Django' (2012), 'Annie' (2014) and 'Spider-Man: No Way Home' (2021) to realise this actor has had one of the most successful careers in Hollywood.

Multi-award winner

Hr got some serious recognition for his performance of Ray Charles in the 2004 biographical film 'Ray', which earned him an Oscar, a Golden Globe, a BAFTA and a Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actor. Not bad.

Also a talented man in music

Jamie Foxx is undeniably talented in the movie industry, but what many may not know is that he also shines within the music industry, too. In fact, he can proudly say he has won a Grammy as a musician.

An author

And if that all wasn't enough to convince us of his success, he is also a television presenter and entrepreneur - then, in October 2021, he published the book 'Act Like You Got Some Sense' to great critical acclaim.

A revelation from the past

In the book, Jamie Foxx writes down his memories and recounts the story of one of the most difficult times he has faced in his life.

A family with a shocking secret

At the age of 5, the actor found out that the person who he believed to be his sister was actually his biological mother. And who he thought was his mother was actually his grandmother.

Tough beginnings

His parents, Louise Annette Talley Dixon and Darrell Bishop, split up when Jamie Foxx was just a newborn baby.

Adopted

Following his parent's split, he was adopted by his grandparents Mark and Estelle Marie Talley - as he himself revealed in 2005 in an interview with 'The Oprah Magazine'.

His grandmother had also adopted his mother

But the story goes even deeper: Estelle Marie Talley was not actually his biological grandmother. She had, a long time ago, adopted the actor's biological mother, Louise Annette.

Missing his biological mother

His grandmother gave him all the love a child could ever need. But, perhaps it wasn't enough. The actor revealed years later to Oprah Winfrey that he sometimes missed his biological mother (pictured), whom he considered very beautiful and captivating.

Artistic beginnings

“My grandmother was 60 years old when she adopted me. She ran a nursery school and had a library in the house. She saw me reading early, saw I was smart and believed I was born to achieve truly special things.” said the actor in an interview with Time magazine. Grandmother Estelle realised that Jamie was an exceptionally intelligent child and it was her who pushed his creative side.

Pianist

And so Jamie Foxx learned to play the piano at a very young age and then joined the band of the Baptist Church he attended. Later, all his dedication to the instrument served him very well in his professional career.

A father's absence

As for his biological father, he was quite simply never present in his life. Robert Daniels, one of the artist's coaches in high school, revealed to GQ magazine in 2004 that Jamie had always hoped his father would turn up to see him play. The actor played basketball and American football.

Distance from his biological father

Although they lived geographically close to each other, the relationship between father and son was non-existent. Jamie Foxx has previously said that perhaps the issue was religion - that his father is Muslim and he is not - could be a reason for this estrangement.

An attempt at reconciliation

Although there had been several attempts at reconciliation, the relationship between father (now called Shahid Abdula) and son has not been strengthened.

Another heartbreaking loss

To make matters worse, his grandfather and adopted father, Mark Talley, died when Jamie Foxx was 17, leaving him absolutely devastated.

His stepfather imprisoned

Another difficult moment was when his stepfather, George Dixon, was arrested and sentenced for 7 years in jail for carrying $25 worth of illegal substances. “I couldn’t visit him in jail because I saw him as a king, but I wrote him, ‘Things have gotten good for me, and when you get out I will save your life” - the actor acknowledged in 2020 on 'The Graham Norton Show'.

Living with George Dixon...

George Dixon taught Jamie a lot, and his prison sentence made a huge mark on the actor. So much so that after serving 7 years of his sentence, he was taken by Foxx to live in his house, despite being already divorced from his mother.

... and also with his mother

In 2005, Foxx had almost no relationship with his biological mother, despite the efforts he made in trying to have a connection with his birth mother (he always invited her to his house at Christmas and she didn't come). Until, in 2008, Louise Annette changed her mind, went to spend the Christmas holidays with him and never left.

Fear of Covid

Jamie Foxx produced his biographical book in the midst of the pandemic, a period that marked him greatly. "In the beginning, I was obsessed with the plan 'Get away from the windows—Covid is right outside," he acknowledged to Men's Health.

The loss of his sister

But it wasn't just hard because of the fear of contracting the virus. His half-sister, DeOndra Dixon (who was born with Down's Syndrome) died, aged 36, in October 2020. They were both very close and the actor suffered greatly from her loss. “I still can hear my sister’s voice, laugh, and stuff like that.”

The end of his relationship with Katie Holmes

And just before Pandemic started, his relationship with Katie Holmes, which had begun in 2013, came to an end. Foxx and the actress had lived out their years of dating almost completely secretively.

An oppressive divorce clause

In fact, this secrecy was forced. This is because the divorce between Holmes and Tom Cruise included a clause that required the actress not to make any of her romantic relationships public until at least five years had passed.

A life of hidden pain

Despite all the turbulence that has happened throughout Jamie Foxx's life behind the cameras, he has progressed into one of the world's most loveable and respected actors. It just goes to show, you never know what people are dealing with behind closed doors...

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