You can’t hurry grandkids, as Diana Ross learned this year.
But now that the pop legend has finally got one, she’s tickled pink.
So reports her daughter, Rhonda Ross Kendrick, whose dad is Motown Records founder Berry Gordy.
Interviewed tonight on Timothy Hodge, Rhonda chats about giving birth to her son, Raif-Henok Emmanuel Kendrick, on Aug. 7, and how her mom has reacted to the bundle of joy.
“This is the first grandchild. It took us a long time—I mean, you know—but what are you gonna do?” Rhonda, who has been married to jazz pianist Rodney Kendrick since 1996, tells host Timothy Hodge.
“So my mom is thrilled. She is beyond thrilled. And it’s been so amazing because my mother—some people know, some people don’t—my mother is and was a very, very hands-on mother.
“From my birth, it didn’t matter what performances she had at night, she was always up for breakfast in the morning, she got us ready for school, she was there if we were sick.
“And that continued with my two younger brothers [Evan Ross and Ross Arne Naess], who are now just 21 and 22. I got to witness her really be hands-on with them,” Rhonda, 38, adds of Diana, 65.
“Now she gets a chance to be that kind of a hands- on grandmother. She’s so good with my son, it’s amazing.
“Throughout my pregnancy, she was able to be here on the East Coast with me. She came to every doctor’s appointment with me. She really was so hands-on and so supportive and so encouraging of me,” adds Rhonda, who played Toni Burrell on Another World.
“And because I have that relationship with her, and I’m doing my best to emulate that relationship with my son, I feel so excited.”
On Nov. 12, Rhonda will host It’s A Love Thing! an annual fundraising gala that benefits Hearts of Gold, a non-profit organization whose mission is to enhance the lives of New York City’s homeless mothers and their children. Also scheduled to appear at the NYC event will be Hearts of Gold board members Vanessa Williams, Marcia Gay Harden and Soledad O’Brien.
To learn more about It’s A Love Thing! click here.
To hear Rhonda’s full interview tonight at 9 p.m. ET, click here.