She has sold six million records worldwide Kelis Rogers was born and raised in the Harlem neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City.
Her first name is a portmanteau of her father's name, Kenneth (1944–2000), and her mother's name, Eveliss.
Accepting that I failed at this relationship—and it was public—messed me up. What their relationship is like now It’s a lot better. From what I see, she’s being a good mom, and it’s working toward a great place. Anyone that I’m married to, if I give you my life, I give you my heart, I love you—my money is nothing. It’s just sad that when you’re dealing with love and life and marriage, that marriage is a contract. There was a time when I only saw big breasts and thick a**es. It could be a woman in her late 30s, who’s cool as hell, smart, and has great motherly qualities—or has great motivational skills, or is a powerful mover and shaker in her own career….
It ended around the time the record was being done. But she did love me.[…] A lot of divorces are bad because a woman is just being vindictive.
Kelis achieved moderate international success with her 1999 debut album, Kaleidoscope, but left her label Virgin Records after its follow-up, Wanderland (2001), received little sales attention and no U. Kelis Was Here (2006), her fourth album, was the subject of further label disputes and she took a hiatus from music after its release, during which she trained at Le Cordon Bleu culinary school.