Lauren London On Working While Grieving Following Nipsey Hussle’s Death: ‘It’s Important For My Sons To See Me Moving Forward’

Lauren London is doing her best to move on with grace while grieving the loss of the late Nipsey Hussle.

London, 36, has since returned to acting in her upcoming movie Without Remorse, months after the rapper, whose real name was Ermias Joseph Asghedom, was fatally shot at age 33 on March 31, 2019.

The actress shares son Kross Ermias, 4, with Hussel and also has an 11-year-old son Kameron Samuel Ari, she shares with her ex-fiancé Lil Wayne.

On her choice to return to acting, London recalled her Without Remorse costar Michael B. Jordan asking if she wanted to be a part of the project following her partner’s death.

“Michael reached out to me as a friend and he was so unsure if I was even going to ever work again,” the mom revealed.

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“And he was like, ‘Look, I’m unsure if this is what you want to do, but I have to follow my intuition, I have to ask you if can you just read the script.'”

She continued on, stating: “We can’t stop, you know? We do have a purpose, all of us, and it’s important for my sons to see me moving forward with grief, not just curling up in a ball, because I curled up in a ball for a long time.” 

“But especially for my eldest son because he’s just a little more aware … But we will continue moving on as we had to, as he would want us to.” 

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Hussel was honored with a memorial service at the Staples Center in April of 2019.

At the service, Kross, Kameron, and Hussle’s daughter Emani, now 12, as well as his nephew Khalil all took the stage alongside London.

Calling Hussle by his given name, Kameron recalled a recent dream he’d had in which “I was in a paradise and I was playing in the ocean water when Ermias popped up right behind me … I turned around and I yelled his name and gave him a hug. Shortly [after] he was gone but it was still cool.”

“I told my mom about the dream, and after, I told her I was thinking about it. And I realized that Ermias told me what heaven was like. He told me it was paradise,” he told the crowd.

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