If you missed it, Keke’s boyfriend of nearly two years, Darius, took to Twitter on July 5 to respond to a clip of the True Jackson, VP alum being serenaded by Usher on stage at his concert. “It’s the outfit tho.. you a mom,” he wrote, referring to the black bodysuit and sheer polka dot cover-up that Keke was wearing.
Darius, who shares a 4-month old baby with Keke, was heavily criticized by fans for suggesting that he didn’t want her dressing in particular outfits due to her newfound status as a mom.
“The moment men start seeing woman as mother figures they forget that they have any duality outside of that and [think] they can't be multifaceted,” one person tweeted. “Why would he say this…publicly…online…about his girlfriend,” said another.
Darius ended up defending himself against the criticism, writing: “We live in a generation where a man of the family doesn’t want the wife & mother to his kids to showcase booty cheeks to please others & he gets told how much of a hater he is.”
“This is my family & my representation. I have standards & morals to what I believe. I rest my case,” he added.
Soon after, fans noticed that Keke and Darius were no longer following each other on Instagram, fueling theories that they’d parted ways. Keke then posted a bunch of photos showcasing her concert outfit in detail to her Instagram page and wrote, “I wish I had taken more pictures but we were running late!”
Days later, Keke posted a video of herself holding her and Darius’s baby, Leodis, and discussed how the little boy has “empowered her.” She wrote, “One thing is certain and one thing is true, IM A MOTHA, through and through!”
And later in the caption, Keke revealed that she’s created merchandise that says “I’m A Motha” and “Stevie to the bullshit” — a reference to a quote she made during an episode of her podcast that featured Darius.
Lo and behold, Keke has in fact released two new items to her website: the “I’m a Motha” crewneck, which is selling for $45, and the “To the Bullshit” tee, which is going for $30.
“Keke Palmer has MERCH for the recent drama with that BD of hers. I can’t help but stan. That’s some true Virgo shit,” one person tweeted.
“I cannot imagine getting on here tryna embarrass KeKe Palmer and she turn around and monetize it into merch,” said another, while someone else wrote: “LOL at Keke Palmer selling MERCH saying ‘I’m a motha.’”