Who Is Patti LaBelle’s Son Zuri Kye Edwards? Unsolved Mysteries

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Zuri Kye Edwards is a music producer and manager who is better known as the son of singer/actress, Patti LaBelle and her ex-husband, Armstead Edwards.

Zuri’s celebrity mother, Patti is famous for being the ex-lead singer of the vocal group Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles. She further is hit with songs like You Are My Friend, If Only You Knew, New Attitude, Stir It Up, On My Own, and others.

Patti had Zuri, her only son with her former partner and ex-tour manager, Armstead Edwards. While not famous as his mother, Zuri somehow manages to win over some heed every now & then. Learn more about him in the pointers underneath.

Zuri Kye Edwards Birth and Siblings

Patti LaBelle and Armstead Edwards’ only biological son, Zuri Kye Edwards was born on July 17th, 1973. After the birth of Zuri, Patti, and Armstead adopted two sons from their dead neighbor.

Former lead vocalist of Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles, Patti LaBelle with her and Armstead Edwards' son, Zuri Kye Edwards (as a child).
You Are My Friend singer, Patti LaBelle with her and her ex-husband’s son, Zuri Kye Edwards. From Instagram

Zuri’s adopted siblings are Dodd Stocker-Edwards and Stanley Stocker. Reportedly, after taking in Dodd and Stanley, Zuri’s parents adopted two more children, William and Stayce Holte. They apparently were LaBelle’s sister’s kids.

Zuri Kye Edwards’s Mother, Patti LaBelle Proposed To His Father, Armstead Edwards 

Among Zuri’s parents, it was his mother, Patti who proposed to his father, Armstead Edwards for the marriage.

In actuality, Edwards had asked Patti to marry him. In fact, Zuri’s father proposed to the Stir It Up singer several times—but she turned him down. Then, later, LaBelle, herself asked Armstead to marry her.

Patti apparently turned down Armstead’s proposal since she was a child of divorced parents and they reportedly fought a lot. She feared something the same might happen to her and Edwards.

New Attitude singer Patti LaBelle with her ex-husband and ex-high school vice principal, Armstead Edwards.
Zuri Edwards’ father and ex-school vice-principal, Armstead Edwards with his ex-wife and singer, Patti LaBelle. Getty

Zuri’s parents, Patti and Edwards nonetheless married in Maryland in 1969. Prior to getting married, Zuri’s father was her manager.

After the marriage, Patti and Edwards had one son, Zuri in addition to two adopted sons. Some claim they adopted two more kids as mentioned above.

Zuri’s Parents’ Divorce

Zuri’s parents, LaBelle and Edwards divorced after more than three decades of marriage in 2000. Patti in an interview said she and her husband separated after they both realized they couldn’t live together anymore.

The R&B singer further stated things stayed incredibly amicable even as the marriage was failing. After Edwards, reports in 2016 said Patti was reportedly and quietly dating her then 41-year-old drummer, Eric Seats. Allegedly, the rumored couple then had been together for more than a year.

Zuri’s mother, Patti, now, however, seems to be all single, or at least that’s what her Instagram says.

Zuri Kye Edwards Shares Three Kids With His Wife, Lona Edwards  

Patti’s son, Zuri is married to Lona Edwards with whom he shares two daughters, Gia and Leyla, and a son, Zuri Jr. Interestingly, Zuri’s daughters, Gia and Leyla, who are still children, have a joint Instagram account.

Patti LaBelle's son, Zuri Edwards with his then pregnant-wife, lona edwards and their two daughters.
Patti Labelle’s son, Zuri with his then-pregnant wife, Lona Edwards, and their two children, Gia and Leyla.

Despite Gia and Leyla occasionally featuring their mother Lona on their Insta, nothing about Lona Edwards is known. LaBelle’s son and his family allegedly live in Philadelphia, PA.

Zuri Edwards Works As His Mother’s Manager

Zuri currently works as his mother’s bodyguard and manager. Meanwhile, he has apparently also produced a handful of songs.

Ever since the publishers started to talk about him, Zuri has been identified as his mother’s manager. Resultantly, it is a bit unestablished what he used to do prior to that.

Someone Once Attacked Zuri Kye Edwards At The Airport

Back in Nov 2013, the son of singer Patti LaBelle told a Texas jury that a man named Richard King at a Houston airport terminal hit him in the face after the guy shouted racial slurs at his mother.

According to KTRK-TV of Houston, Edwards testified King was “intoxicated, loud, obnoxious” and was shouting racial epithets at his mother. Patti’s son then said how King instantly struck him on the right side of his face.

After this, Zuri testified his mother’s bodyguard, Efrem Holmes hit Richard King at the Bush Intercontinental Airport in 2011. Following that, King filed a misdemeanor assault charge against Holmes.

What Had Happened?

Holmes’ attorneys, on the other hand, said their client was defending LaBelle and Edwards from King’s onslaught. LaBelle also testified in Holmes’ defense, calling him “cuddly, very nice, very gentle.”

The Grammy-winning singer said she and her son had just arrived in Houston with Holmes. Patti added Edwards was loading luggage into an SUV for a trip to a performance at a Louisiana casino when King barged up to the limousine in which she sat.

King then shook the door handle to try to enter the limousine and called Patti names when her son, Edwards intervened. King then punched Edwards, and then Holmes knocked King, LaBelle reported.

Zuri’s mother said nobody was trying to hit King but he was the one who started everything. Surveillance video showed Edwards chest-bumping King, getting a punch from King, and Holmes smacking King three times in the face. Shortly after, LaBelle’s hairdresser got between the two and he too started to hit King.

King in retaliation filed a lawsuit against Patti and Holmes. LaBelle then countersued Richard King.

Patti LaBelle Says Her Son, Zuri Is Her Greatest Achievement

In Aug 2021, Patti LaBelle, who was once rumored to be dead, stated her son, Zuri Kye Edwards is her greatest achievement in life. LaBelle admits regardless of all her hits and musical success having her son, Zuri was the best thing she’s ever done.

New Attitude singer, Patti LaBelle with her manager and son, Zuri Kye Edwards.
Grammy-winning singer and actress, Patti LaBelle with her manager and son, Zuri Kye Edwards. Instagram

In an interview with America’s Closer magazine, the R and B singer said:

“The memory of having my son was amazing. I was the oldest lady in the maternity ward! the girls were teenagers and I was 29. I said, ‘Lord, will I ever walk again?’ It was a scary moment, giving birth, but such a wonderful outcome.”

LaBelle also said while her son can be difficult to work for, despite their fights she knows that he always has her best interests at heart because they are family.

The Godmother Of Soul added sometimes Zuri hurts her because he’s honest. Though at the end of the day, LaBelle said her son gives her the best advice ever.

Zuri Appears Recurrently On His Daughters’ Instagram

Although the Instagram title, @gia_edwards by definition belongs to Zuri’s daughters, Gia and Leyla, the father of two, and Patti’s son, for the most part, is also featured on the image-sharing domain. In fact, it is presumed, that it is Zuri who oversees his daughters’ social media profiles.

Patti LaBelle's manager and his son, Zuri Kye Edwards with her daughter Leyla.
One time music producer and LaBelle’s son, Zuri Edwards with her daughter, Leyla. Instagram

One can see Zuri starring on almost every other Instagram post. Though, it is unclear, if Kye himself owns any personal cyberspace.

Is Zuri Kye Edwards’ Net Worth? 

Zuri’s singer/actress mother, the powerhouse vocalist, Patti LaBelle is properly wealthy. With her numerous hit records and her big personality in the music world for over five decades, she has managed to amass a reported net worth of over $60 million.

However, considering her son, Zuri’s career evidently not as much voguish career, the forethought of him having his mother-Esque’s net worth seems a rather seasoned overstatement. He, nonetheless, being the manager of his multimillionaire mother, it’s plausible his wealth looms in the belt of at least hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Zuri Kye Edwards Other Facts

  • Zuri’s name means Beautiful in the Swahili language.


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