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I was so relieved: T-Boz remembers bawling after adoption of son Chance was finalized


L-R: Rozonda “Chili” Thomas, Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins of TLC; ABC RadioAfter being diagnosed with sickle cell anemia as a child, TLC‘s Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins was told that she’d never be able to have children, but the singer is now the proud mama of two: biological daughter Chase and adopted son Chance.   

As she describes in her new book, A Sick Life: TLC ‘n Me: Stories from On and Off the Stage, the years-long process of adopting Chance was particularly emotional.  

Speaking to People magazine, T-Boz says, “The day everything was supposed to be finalized, [the birth mother] stood my mom up at the lawyer’s office when it was was time to sign papers. I was hurt.”

When the judge finalized her adoption of Chance, she writes, “I was bawling!”  

She continues, “I was so relieved because you love this person with all your heart — and to know that someone can still take him from you? I couldn’t imagine.”   

T-Boz brought Chance home in 2016, just nine months after his birth.  

She says in her book that her son “brought new life and fulfillment in our house and made us feel even more complete, and I can’t thank his birth mother enough for that.” 

“He’s been a blessing. He’s so happy, you can’t help but smile,” she adds, noting that when Chance cries, he immediately stops when she plays TLC’s hit “Creep.”

A Sick Life: TLC ‘n Me: Stories from On and Off the Stage is available everywhere now. 

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