One of the biggest stars of her generation, Zendaya came into prominence as a child star on Disney Chanel and has since captured our interest in no small manner. The singer, dancer, and actress grew up under the spotlight and has done well to evolve her craft from a child star into a bonafide entertainer.
Amidst all the fame, she is probably one of the most grounded celebrities you’d find. If you as much as spend five minutes on her Instagram page, you will immediately realize she comes from one of those jolly big families that exude an infectious bond that’s hard to miss. A lot about her has been shaped by the kind of family she comes from. Her bond with her dad remains so strong that he serves as her manager and plays a vital role in her professional life.
Zendaya At A Glance
Parents and Family Background of Zendaya
Zendaya comes from a diverse family with ties linking to various continents. The star has African and European roots, which she identifies strongly with. She has German and Scottish roots on her mom’s side and Nigerian and Zimbabwean roots on her father’s side.
Her parents are Claire Marie (Stoermer) and Kazembe Ajamu, her father’s name was Samuel David Coleman, but he changed it to identify more with his roots after DNA results revealed his true ancestry. The two were married in 2008 when Zendaya was in her early teens, but their marriage came to an amicable end in 2017. Nonetheless, they are still an integral part of their daughter’s life.
Until very recently, Zendaya lived with her parents and not because she cannot afford to live alone, but there seem to be some perks she isn’t willing to give up yet. She once told Ellen Degeneres that she enjoys not having alarm clocks, not driving, and all the free food. Things have changed nonetheless as she has moved to her place.
Her Relationship With Her Father
Zendaya’s dad doubles as her manager and is quite protective of his little girl. He even chaperoned her on what the media perceived as a date. At the Grammy after-party, the starlet was seen getting cozy with Odell Beckham Jr. while her dad was a few steps away. When asked by a reporter if he approved the relationship, he said: ‘What relationship? There’s no relationship. They’re just friends…’.
According to the actress, the two biggest female influences on her life have been her mother and her older sister Katianna.
Who Are Zendaya’s Siblings?
Here is a fun fact about the actress: she was born an aunt with two nieces on the ground. As of this writing, the star has eight nieces and nephews. She is closest to her niece Ezenia Coleman, who is a year older than her.
Zendaya is the only child of her parents, but she has five older siblings from her father’s previous relationships; two brothers and three sisters. Their names are Kaylee, Annabella, Austin, Katiana, and Julien.
If you think social media would be a nice place to track them down, you’d be searching amiss. Zendaya has often said on her Instagram page that her siblings aren’t much into social media and don’t even own Instagram accounts. They pretty much live their lives out of the constant glares that Zendaya is exposed to.
Zendaya’s Net Worth and Most Successful Projects
Much of Zendaya’s income comes from her acting career. She first burst onto the scene in the Disney Channel sitcom Shake It Up. Since then, she has appeared in commercially viable blockbusters like Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) and Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019).
Spider-Man: Homecoming grossed $880.2 million on a budget of $175 million while Spider-Man: Far from Home did even better at the Box Office, raking in $1.132 billion on a budget of $160 million. These impressive figures sure did Zendaya’s net worth a lot of good.
Also a fine singer, her single titled “Replay” was certified Platinum. It peaked at #8 in Australia and was #20 on the US Pop chart and #40 on the Billboard Hot 100. The star moved to her mansion worth $1.4 million in the north of Los Angeles in 2017. It is believed that Zendaya currently has a net worth of $5 million.