Those who followed Disney Channel television series like Shake It Up (2010-2013) and K.C. Undercover (2015-2018) will feel like they got to see Zendaya grow up. The actress and singer, who began her career as a child model and backup dancer before gaining prominence for her acting, has further gone on to appear in blockbuster films like The Greatest Showman (2017), Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017), and Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019). But while so much is known by the public about her career, very little has been spoken about Zendaya’s parents who played a significant role in her becoming who she is today. Read about them as well as other members of her family and find out if she is in a relationship.
What We Know About Zendaya’s Parents
Zendaya’s parents are mother Claire Maree (Stoermer) and father Kazembe Ajamu. Her father, whose birth name is Samuel David Coleman, is African American. His roots have been traced back to Arkansas on his father’s side, and Nigeria on his mother’s side. The actress’s mother, on the other hand, is white with origins traced back to Germany and Scotland.
Both Kazembe and Claire were teachers when they got married in 2008, twelve years after they had their famous daughter Zendaya. Claire taught in inner-city elementary schools in Oakland and was also a house manager at the California Shakespeare Theater in Orinda, California. Zen once told Teen Vogue that her mum is a major source of inspiration to her, adding that she made her understand the importance of education.
As a result of her mum’s work at the California Shakespeare Theatre, Zendaya was able to get into acting. She grew as a performer at the theatre, training in its student conservatory program. In recent times, Claire Maree has gotten into jewelry designing. She is said to be the owner of the hand-made jewelry brand called Kizzmet Jewelry which her daughter often wears.
While Zendaya’s mother was responsible for her daughter getting into acting and supplies the jewelry pieces she wears, her father has also contributed immensely to her career. He serves as both her manager and bodyguard.
Incident Involving Her Parents and Internet Trolls
Zendaya is a combination of the best features of her parents who she shares a very close bond with. Due to this, she gets quite defensive about them on social media where trolls look to take a swipe at them. The most notable of such incidents came about in 2015 when a twitter user posted a photo of Zendaya and her parents with a caption that crudely implied that she is too beautiful to have come from them.
On cue, other social media users jumped in with comments that both inferred and blatantly stated that they were ugly. This prompted the multiple Teen Choice and Nickelodeon Kid’s Choice awards recipient to put out a message that was not only graceful but mature.
— Zendaya (@Zendaya) August 22, 2015
Are Zendaya’s Parents Now Divorced?
In 2016, TMZ reported that Zendaya’s parents were going their separate ways. The report said that Claire filed for divorce citing irreconcilable differences. She, however, did not demand spousal support from her husband and does not wish for the court to award him any from her.
In response to the news, their daughter took to social media to say that her parents have not been together for a long time now. She added that regardless of the situation, they are still homies.
Does She Have Any Siblings?
While Zendaya is the only biological child of her parents, she does have five older siblings from her father’s previous relationship. They comprise half-sisters Kaylee, Annabella, and Katianna, and half-brothers Austin and Julien.
Aside from their names, there is no further information about who they are and what they do. Her siblings have, however, made her an aunt to eight adorable nieces and nephews. Interestingly, two of them were already born before she was and she is particularly close to her niece, Ezenia, who is a year older than her. Below is an Instagram post she made about the people that matter the most to her.
Interesting Facts About Zendaya’s Love Life
Zendaya’s dating life has remained a mystery for some years now. Several rumors of who she is possibly dating have emerged overtime but the star has not hesitated to shut them down.
In 2016, when Complex Magazine asked her if she was seeing someone, the Euphoria actress said that her schedule was too tight to accommodate going out and getting to know someone. Not long after, speculations arose that she was in a relationship with her K.C. Undercover co-star, Trevor Jackson. The duo, however, individually dismissed the claims in the most indirect and casual way that left fans guessing. While Zendaya said he is her “best guy friend”, Trevor said: “if it will happen, it happens”.
Aside from Jackson, star American football player Odell Beckham Jr. is another guy that the media has romantically linked to Zendaya. The two stepped out as a pair at the 2017 Universal Grammy Awards after-party and TMZ confirmed seeing her leave the occasion with the NFL player. Rumors about them going steady have, however, since died down.
The latest guy on the dating rumor list is her Euphoria co-star, Jacob Elordi. Since September 2019, paparazzi have captured the two together at different locations. First at a tourist site in Greece, then a train bound for Sydney, and most recently at the 2020 AAA Arts Awards dinner in NewYork City. Neither part has, however, confirmed the rumor.