Yesterday, CiCi and her pal Kelly Rowland had a park playdate with their sons Future and Titan at Coldwater Canyon Park in Beverly Hills. The mothers played with their boys in the sand and bumped into little Eric Cowell with his nanny. Super cute! Check out HQ photos in the gallery:
via Essence.com: Ciara is a vision of beauty on the May cover of ESSENCE.
Inside, the Grammy-winning singer reveals what it’s like be a woman in love and living her bliss. This is the life the 30-year-old has always imagined since she was a teenager. She remembers telling her friends at Clayton High School in College Park, Georgia how she would grow up to become a world-famous singer. “I made a goal sheet,” Ciara tells writer Jeannine Amber. On that list was also the dream of selling “3 to 4 million” records and “have longevity.” Those dreams came true by the time she was 21.
Then came the dream of motherhood and a family. “I’d always wanted to have my own family,” she said. “And my pregnancy was planned when I was at a point in my life when I was finally ready to take on the responsibility.” Her son Future, born May 19, 2014, fulfilled the dream of being a mother.
Her very public breakup with her fiancé and Future’s father, rapper Future, could have made Ciara give up on the dream of a family. “That wasn’t necessarily part of my vision,” she recalls. “But the moment I realized I was going to be a single mother, I had to reflect and reorganize my thoughts. I decided to trust that God had a plan for me, and move forward one day at a time.”
And wow did the plan come together gracefully. Less than a year after her breakup, Ciara went public with her relationship with Seattle Seahawks quarterback, Russell Wilson, who recently asked for her hand in marriage during a romantic trip to the Seychelles.
“I remember telling my friend the kind of guy I wanted: a God-fearing man with a very fun spirit who loves kids and would really, truly care for me. I was very specific because I do believe you can have it all.”
We hear you, Ciara.
Pick up the May issue of ESSENCE—on newsstands on April 15—for more on Ciara, Russell, Future, and that swoon-worthy engagement ring.
Yesterday, CiCi and Ludacris stopped by ‘Good Morning America’ to announce finalists for the Billboard Music Awards. You can watch it below:
You can find a lot of HQ photos in the gallery:
The “2016 Billboard Music Awards” is set to return to ABC and will broadcast live on SUNDAY, MAY 22 at 8pm ET.
On Wednesday (April 6) Ciara was seen with her adorable son Future Zahir Wilburn at rehearsals for the WE DAY CA event at the The Forum in Inglewood. Check out HQ photos in the gallery:
WE Day announced the second annual U.S. National Broadcast of WE Day will air commercial-free on August 28, 2016 at 7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT on ABC.
via BillboardMusicAwards.com: Dick Clark productions and ABC announced today that the “2016 Billboard Music Awards” will be hosted for the third year in a row by Grammy award winning recording artist Ludacris. He will be joined by first-time host and international recording artist, Ciara. It was also announced that this year’s award show will move to the brand new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The “2016 Billboard Music Awards” will be the first non-Pay-Per-View live broadcast event from the new venue, which officially opened on Wednesday, April 6, 2016. The “2016 Billboard Music Awards” is set to return to ABC and will broadcast live on SUNDAY, MAY 22 at 8pm ET. This year’s show will showcase big performances, unexpected collaborations and pop culture moments that will have everyone talking.
“The Billboard Music Awards is one of best award shows to honor chart success. My great friend Ludacris and I have also shared songs together on the Billboard chart,” said Ciara. “I look forward to sharing the stage with him on this special night. It will definitely be a night to remember!”
“It is my honor to host the Billboard Music Awards for the 3rd year and a pleasure to host with my good friend Ciara,” said Ludacris. “I’m looking forward to another great show in a new and exciting venue.”
The “2016 Billboard Music Awards” finalists will be announced on Monday, April 11 live on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” Tune-in to “Good Morning America” in the 8am ET hour when Ludacris and Ciara reveal finalists in six categories. Immediately following the broadcast, five additional categories will be exclusively announced live via Billboard Music Award’s Facebook and Periscope, followed by a live stream on ABC News of the remaining categories.
Billboard Music Awards finalists are based on key fan interactions with music, including album and digital songs sales, radio airplay, streaming, touring and social engagement. These measurements are tracked year-round by Billboard and its data partners, including Nielsen Music and Next Big Sound. The awards are based on the reporting period of March 23, 2015 through March 17, 2016. Since 1940, the Billboard charts have been the go-to guide for ranking the popularity of songs and albums, and are the ultimate measure of a musician’s success.
ABC’s 3-hour telecast of the “2015 Billboard Music Awards” scored an across-the-board victory, ranking No. 1 in its 8:00-11:00 p.m. time slot in Total Viewers, all key Adults (AD18-34/AD18-49/AD25-54) and Teens 12-17. Delivering its 3rd-straight year of Total Viewer growth (+5% – 11.2 million vs. 10.7 million) and gaining Adults 18-49 (+9% – 3.8/12 vs. 3.5/10), the “Billboard Music Awards” generated its most watched telecast in 14 years and earned a 12-year high in young adults – since 2001 and 2003, respectively. In addition, the annual show was up for the 3rd year with Teens 12-17 (+3%) to post its highest rating since 2003.
For additional information on the “2016 Billboard Music Awards” visit us at www.billboardmusicawards.com or the Billboard hub at www.billboard.com/bbma. The “2016 Billboard Music Awards” is produced by dick clark productions. Allen Shapiro, Mike Mahan, Mark Bracco, Barry Adelman and Robert Deaton are Executive Producers.
For the latest Billboard Music Awards (BBMAs) news, exclusive content and more, be sure to follow the BBMAs on social and join the conversation by using the official hashtag for the show, #BBMAs.
Yesterday (April 2) Ciara supported her fiance during his appearance at the Richmond Forum with Henry Louis Gates Jr.
Gates is the host of the PBS show “Finding Your Roots,” revealing the ancestry of his famous guests.
(…) Ciara was with Wilson on Saturday, as were several family members and friends. Ciara was in a stylish orange dress. Wilson wore a dark suit and dark tie.
“I don’t get back to Richmond very often,” Wilson said before the event. He said he was enjoying showing his fiancée his hometown.
“I’ve taken her to the hot spots, some of the great restaurants,” he said. “And I took her to see where I grew up. Someone else lives there now. It was great going back there, showing her the house I grew up in, the cul-de-sac where I played when I was a kid.” (…) Read full article.
Looks like CiCi saw our tweet yesterday and decided to join SnapChat. Can’t wait for her snaps and stories! You can follow her @Ciara.
I officially have a Snap Chat. It's Ciara. Going to figure out how to use this thang 😝
— Ciara (@ciara) April 1, 2016
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Just last week Ciara was announced as one of the performers at WE Day concert in Seattle, now she’s also set to perform in Illinois:
WE Day, a powerful series of educational events that combines the energy of a live concert with the inspiration of extraordinary stories of leadership and change, announces the initial list of presenters, speakers and performers attending WE Day Illinois on April 28, 2016 at the Allstate Arena. Alongside National Title Sponsor Allstate, WE Day Illinois will bring together 15,000 students in an inspirational setting, celebrating the commitment they have made to take action on local and global causes they care about.
Taking the stage this year is a cast of new faces and returning WE Day favorites, including Ciara, Martin Luther King III, Jordan Smith, Paula Abdul, Nico & Vinz, J.R. Martinez, Monique Coleman, Becca Tobin, Kardinal Offishall, Spencer West and more. This star-studded lineup will join international activists and WE Day co-founders, Craig and Marc Kielburger, to share their passion for change, international experiences and energize the crowd with unforgettable performances and motivational speeches. (Source)
Yesterday (March 30), Ciara and Russell were seen at the McDonald’s Girls All American game at the United Center in Chicago. They were there to support Russell’s sister Anna.
Russell Wilson and Ciara in the house pic.twitter.com/jyt3I40UoV
— Joshua A. Vinson (@TheJoshAVinson) March 31, 2016
Everyone has a story to tell. Ciara’s Jeep Story is about her heroes & her Jeep Wrangler! Watch it at jeep.com/myjeepstory and share yours using #MyJeepStory. Your story could be the star on Jeep.com as part of the 75th Anniversary celebration of The Jeep Brand.
You can also find more photos from The Jeep Brand’s 75th Anniversary event in NYC (March 23) in the gallery: