Brandy Cole (born April 25, 1979) is a 43 year-old African American lawyer based in Boston and popularly known as the mother of Jayson Tatum, the NBA star.
Jayson Tatum is a small forward for the Boston Celtics. he notably helped his team get to the 2022 NBA finals, which they lost to the Golden State Warriors. Before the events that played out in the six-game series, Jayson called his mom a ‘Superwoman,’ and that description invariably piqued the curiosity of the general public, who scrambled to find out more about her.
Brandy Cole is 43 Years Old
Brandy Cole is 43 years old. The celebrity mom was born on April 25, 1979, in St. Louis, Missouri, United States of America. Her birth sign is Taurus, and she belongs to the African-American ethnic group.
Brandy has yet to reveal intimate details about members of her birth family, and as a result, not much is known about who her parents are/were or what they do/did for a living.
It is an indisputable fact that Brandy Cole is an American citizen as a result of her birth status and also due to her parental heritage. It has been established that Brandy Cole was born in St. Louis, Missouri. It would make sense then that she spent her formative years in her hometown, where she attended an unnamed local high school.
Beyond contributing hugely to her son’s career success, Brandy Cole was also athletic in her high school days. She was a member of her school’s volleyball team and played on that team for four years until she graduated. Her athletic exploits earned her an athletic scholarship to a college in Tennessee.
Brandy Cole Became Jayson Tatum’s Mother at the Age of 19
Life, they say, is what happens when we are busy making other plans. That phrase encapsulates the events that ultimately changed the trajectory of Brandy Cole’s life. On July 4, 1997, a few months after her 18th birthday, Brandy found out that she was pregnant. Nine months later, she gave birth to her son Jayson Christopher Tatum on March 3, 1998, a month or so before her 19th birthday.
Before going any further, we will like to explore the events that led to Brandy becoming pregnant with Jayson. Brandy became romantically involved with her baby daddy, Justin Tatum, while they were still both in high school. Several reports reveal that they met for the first time at a mall, but we are yet to confirm the possibility that they attended the same high school.
Be that as it may, one thing led to another, and they went from being friends to lovers. The exact timeline of their relationship has yet to be established, but Brandy and her son’s father have known each other for over a quarter of a century. Brandy found out she was pregnant just two months before college resumed and that ultimately scuppered any hopes of her immediately going to college.
She Raised Her Son Alone
Besides dealing with the disappointment of giving up her scholarship to Tennessee, Brandy also became saddled with the responsibility of raising her son alone since his father, Justin, left for the Netherlands when Jayson Tatum was only a few years old.
Single parents know of the challenges that come with raising a child alone, and Brandy experienced most of these challenges firsthand. Still determined to continue with her education despite her new status as a mother, Brandy Cole was fortunate to be granted a full scholarship to go attend a community college in her hometown.
That gesture was a drop in the bucket when compared to the enormous responsibilities that still faced her and her then infant son. People who knew Brandy Cole in those days say she was very resilient and determined to provide for herself and her son even when the odds were immeasurably stacked against her.
To survive, Brandy picked up odd jobs to sustain herself and her son. There were ample reasons for Brandy to forego her academic aspirations, but she was hell-bent on not being just another negative statistic. To achieve this, she made sure to attend at least 50 percent of her classes at the college.
There were times when attending those classes was inconvenient, such as when she couldn’t find a sitter for her young son. On those occasions, Brandy would take Jayson along, and for the most part, she didn’t get any problems from her professors or fellow students. Those who dared to question her decisions were met with a strong rebuke from the single mom.
At home, it seemed that Brandy always had bills to pay, and the pressure that came with that sometimes made her break down in tears. Her son, now an NBA star, saw her in that condition several times and was saddened by the fact that he couldn’t do anything to help his mother.
She Played a Huge Part in Her Son’s Success Story
Everyone who has seen Jayson Tatum play the game of basketball will concede that he is a very talented basketball player. Beyond his talent, the NBA star has also become quite successful in the sport on and off the field. On the court, he has helped his team, the Boston Celtics, to various wins and also racked up individual awards for his troubles.
Off the court, his impressive net worth of over $25 million over the space of just over half a decade speaks to financial prudence that is unmatched amongst his peers. The young NBA star has his mother to thank for instilling the right values in him, and he has declared it on several occasions.
The blood, sweat, and tears that went into Jayson’s successful basketball career came primarily from his mother. She recalls occasions when she had to forgo providing certain basic amenities just so Jayson could go to one basketball tournament or the other.
When it was time to sign a professional contract with the Celtics, Brandy made sure that every ‘t’ was crossed and that every ‘i’ was dotted, a move that greatly impressed the top brass at the team who were dealing with a parent, who was also a lawyer, at the same time.
Jayson Tatum’s Mother is a Practicing Attorney
Brandy Cole acquired a law degree from St. Louis University Law School and has been a practicing attorney in Boston for the better part of a decade. Details of her career are unsurprisingly overshadowed by her son’s fame and popularity. However, her net worth of over $5 million is a testament to the fact that she is doing quite well for herself in her chosen field.
Brandy Cole is Single
After moving on from Jayson’s father over 25 years ago, Brandy Cole has remained romantically unattached. She has a good relationship with her son’s father, but they are not together. It is also important to note at this point that Brandy Cole and Justin Tatum were never married, even though they had a child together.
Brandy Cole spent most of her life making sure that her son would become the best he could ever be. Her sacrifices are now being repaid with glowing accolades from all and sundry, including her dear son Jayson Tatum.