Daughter's Lupus Saved Snoop Dogg's Marriage

July 08, 2010 04:31:23 GMT

The rapper and wife Shante were heading towards divorce when their daughter's illness made them work together and eventually put them together.

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Snoop Dogg has credited his daughter Cori's battle with lupus with bringing the rapper closer to his wife Shante, insisting the life-threatening illness helped to save their faltering marriage. The rap superstar, real name Calvin Broadus, filed for divorce from his wife of seven years in 2004, citing irreconcilable differences.

The couple reunited months later, prompting Snoop to withdraw the legal petition, and they renewed their vows in 2008. Snoop admits the turning point in their relationship came when young Cori was diagnosed with the autoimmune disorder in 2005 - and her subsequent health battle made the hip-hop star and his wife realize they had to stay "together forever".

Shante tells People magazine, "Without (Snoop), I don't know what I'd have done. It's amazing how this all turned out. We were gonna get a divorce. But we wouldn't have gotten through it (the lupus diagnosis) that way." Snoop adds, "That's what it boiled down to. Cori's lupus showed us we need to be together forever."

The rapper reveals the couple had turned to a marriage counselor to help them overcome their troubles and he would often escape to the recording studio to cry and gather his emotions. He says, "You always think it's gonna happen to someone else. Some days in the studio, I'd just cry. It was the only zone I had to express myself."

But he's in awe of how strong Cori, now 11, has been throughout the health crisis - despite struggling with the side effects of the disorder, which caused her hair to fall out and affected her weight. Snoop explains, "My daughter is the love of my life. When she'd lay in bed saying, 'My brain hurts', it bothered me so much. I felt helpless... (But) she's the toughest little thing I've ever met, even with the needles."

And Cori has managed to keep her lupus under control to enjoy a normal childhood. Her proud father adds, "She's on the honor roll, playing volleyball and softball, living life. She has all this joy. In the beginning lupus was winning. But now Cori is."


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posted by vvxb on Nov 14, 2010
im happy the are together they make a beautiful couple and family
posted by ifthereisawilltheres on Aug 10, 2010
Blessed is his cori broadus..worry about nothing..pray about everything..
posted by whtevr410 on Jul 21, 2010
Snoop and family my prayers are with you I was diagnosed in 2001 and have had my ups and downs with lupus tell Cori to stay strong and I am glad she is doing so well! Stay strong.
posted by dahuebner1 on Jul 12, 2010
I am very happy to hear Cori is doing so well. As a father, I can only imagine how I would feel if my daughter had a serious illness. Snoop is an unlikely role model, but I love that fact that is not afraid to show that he is just as human as the rest of us. Fa' shizzle. May God continue to help Cori with her fight.
posted by kayspclk on Jul 12, 2010
I am so sorry to hear about Cori. Sending love and prayers to you Cori, and family, in the name of Jesus. God Bless you! Keep praying and keep going!
posted by jonahsnonnie on Jul 11, 2010
I have had lupus since age 25; maybe sooner, that was 36 yrs ago.....systemic.....would love to write to Cori to cheer her on..... xoxo to you and yours
posted by Teasy on Jul 11, 2010
Remember, always give praise to God and he will always take care of you. God Bless you and your family.
posted by Laura on Jul 11, 2010
God bless SD's family. The good Lord sometimes throws a little pebble our way to remind us what's important in life, anything else is irrevelant and none-important. Praise him always. Best wishes.
posted by Thumper on Jul 11, 2010
Hey Brotha, I know first hand what a father feels in situations like hers. One of my daughter has CP coupled with four other disabilities and man when she almost died in my arms last year..WOW I was doing everything and more to save her while I cried and moaned that day and many days sinced. Stay mindful, stay mindful and thankful Thumper
posted by SLAPYOMOMMA1 on Jul 11, 2010
God IS good...ALL the time..isn't He?
posted by Aloofah on Jul 11, 2010
It just goes to show you just how precious life is... God Bless you all.

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