Kelis made a quiet return to social media Wednesday, one month after the death of her husband, Mike Mora.
Mora was 37 when he tragically passed away on March 14 following a battle with stage IV stomach cancer, much of which he documented on Instagram.
“Sadly, it’s true that Mike Mora has passed away,” Steve Satterthwaite, of Red Light Management, told Entertainment Tonight at the time. “We would ask all to respect Kelis and her family’s privacy as of right now. Thank you.”
Singer Kelis, who had never publicly commented herself on Mora’s battle with the disease, nor his subsequent death, understandably halted her frequent Instagram posts immediately after the photographer’s passing.
However, the star, born Kelis Rogers, made a return to the platform on Wednesday, uploading a 44-second video of ocean waves gently lapping a sun-kissed sandy shoreline.
Letting the footage speak for itself, the 42-year-old opted to forgo adding a caption to the post, which attracted a host of supportive comments from well-wishers, including singer and TV personality Tamar Braxton and Black-ish star Yara Shahidi.
Mora had documented his cancer battle in a series of heart-wrenching Instagram posts, as he revealed that he had been diagnosed with the disease in 2020.
Back in September, Mora recounted how his journey with the illness began when he experienced “the worst pain” in his stomach shortly after he and his family moved onto a farm outside Los Angeles.
At the time, Kelis had recently given birth to their now 18-month-old daughter. They are also parents to son Shepherd, 6. Kelis shares son Knight, 12, with her ex-husband Nas.
He wrote: “I am posting this…after so much thought. Many hours thinking of what the right thing to do is. Not because of a selfish reason. not because I want people to feel bad or sorry for me and my family.
“I am posting this because life is full of the most unexpected situations. I never thought this could happen to me. At just 36, with 3 kiddos, and a wife that loves me. I want to be able to help those that might be experiencing something like this—a life-altering disease full of questions and doubt—maybe, hopefully.
“By showing that it’s possible to make it through. You always see people post about how life is too short. How you should reach out to those you love no matter where life has taken you. It is the truth. Don’t take your time here, your time with friends, family, for granted. S*** can be over just like that!”
Just two weeks later, Mora revealed that the doctors treating him said they “couldn’t do anything else” for him.
He shared: “So the morning of my last UCLA hospital stay, doctors came in my room and gave me the most horrifying, unexpected news.
“I did not understand the language written on this paper. All I knew from the look in their faces was that it wasn’t a good diagnosis. It was the worst diagnosis. And they were scared for me.”
He went on: “I asked how they were going to help me. They said they couldn’t do anything else for me. I had to search on my for some sort of solution.. Scary days.”
“The story will continue. Love you @kelis,” he concluded his post.
In the months that followed his revealing post, Mora declined to share further updates on his cancer battle. His final three posts included two photos of the animals on his farm, and a striking black-and-white image of his wife.