In an emotional statement, Kelly confirmed Doris Rowland Garrison passed away Tuesday in Atlanta — days before her 67th birthday on Saturday.
“It is with deep sadness that I announce the passing of my mother. She was an incredible soul who made countless sacrifices so that I could become the woman — and now mother — I am today. We humbly appreciate all the love and support and only ask for privacy during this difficult time.”
Kelly has always said she has three parents — her mother, as well as Beyonce’s parents, Tina and Mathew Knowles.
“When I was 9, my mom was working as a live-in nanny,” Kelly explained to Interview magazine in 2001.
“We were rehearsing every day and with my mom’s schedule, she couldn’t really take me back and forth to all the rehearsals. So in order to make it work, my mom asked Tina, Could Kelly stay with you for the summer? And the summer turned into [11 years]. But it was like a big ol’ happy family because my mom came over every night to kiss me good night.”
Kelly and her husband, Tim Weatherspoon welcomed their first child, baby boy Titan Jewell to the world on November 4.