*Tika Sumpter’s interracial relationship with fiancée Nick James has been often the target of critics and haters.
As such, the devoted parents of two-year-old daughter Ella opt to keep their personal life out of the spotlight.
However, for inquiring minds who wish to take a deep dive into the private world of the actress, amomama.com “gathered bits and pieces from her past interviews and posts and weaved them into a story worth telling” … and we’re sharing it below — check it out.
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Found this little gem. That one time back in the day I got to race a car and compete against Keanu. Life ain’t bad. pic.twitter.com/KpGoXtCxW8
— Tika Sumpter (@iamtikasumpter) August 29, 2019
KEEPING HER PRIVATE LIFE PRIVATE
Tika was very secretive about her relationship with Nick during the early years of their relationship. In fact, she kept his identity a secret even after she gave birth to their daughter, Ella Loren in October 2016.
The pair met on the set of “The Haves and Have Nots” and would later learn of Tika’s pregnancy. She kept her condition away from the public and only announced it seven months along the way.
THE BACKLASH THAT CAME WITH OPENING UP TO THE PUBLIC
It was only months after Ella was born when Tika finally revealed Nick’s identity. She explained that her decision to keep him private was to avoid unwanted scrutiny.
She was right to think that way because the moment she shared their relationship to the world, trolls slammed her for dating a white man.
Tika responded by clapping back. “Don’t come after my dude like that,” she said while promoting her film, “Nobody’s Fool.” She also suggested that these people who were critical about her relationship were not happy with their own lives.
HER ROMANTIC ENGAGEMENT
In early 2017, Tika announced her engagement to Nick on “The Real.” According to the 39-year-old, it happened on Christmas Day and it involved a fun hunt.
“He did all of these amazing things. I went on a little hunt in the house…” she said on the show. “I thought he was going to propose. And it was a Peloton bike he’d bought me… and I was like, ‘Oh, that’s cool!’”
James later pulled out a letter from behind their daughter who was about three months old then. After Tika read the beautiful letter, James popped the question. Naturally, Tika said yes.