Jamal Edwards was just 15 years old when he started his multi-million pound business – and admits he wouldn’t have been successful without his beloved mother.
A self-made millionaire who grew up on a west London council estate, Jamal quickly rose to become a businessman, author, director and DJ but was always held back by his loving mother.
Jamal joked that the pair have frequently switched places on their popularity, starting with “Brenda from the son of the X Factor” before she became “Jamal from SB.TV’s mother” and later which returns to “Brenda from the son of Loose Women’s”.
While Brenda is currently appearing on all our screens, has become famous on The the X Factor in 2005, it was a very different story when Jamal and his sister were grown up.
Tragically, Brenda lost both of her parents in a car accident in 1974 when she was 4 years old and her grandmother died suddenly of a stroke a few months before she found out she was pregnant with Jamal.
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As a single mother, Brenda was forced to give up all hope of forging a singing career and focus on building a life for her son.
She returned to the accounts department of the company where she worked and three years later had a daughter, Tanisha, whose father is also not pictured.
Brenda struggles with just £500 a month and, after paying for a babysitter, has £150 left to pay for food, clothing and utilities.
Speaking on Loose Women in 2020, the heartbroken Brenda revealed she would sit in the dark without electricity and cry.
Brenda explains: “I hid everything financially from my children. “And my family in general, I don’t want them to know I’m struggling.
“It’s tough being a single mom with two children and I want to work and I find myself working to live. I get paid £500 a month, £350 of which goes to one person. childcare and so you got £150 for food and school clothes for your utilities, rental.
“Once I just ran out of money, there was an emergency alarm on the electric meter, there was no money and I just cried in the dark because I didn’t have money.
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“[I was] think how am i going to get out of this? What will I do? You want to do your part for society, but I don’t feel that I have the help and support back that I have to raise my children. “
Her children often eat the same meal two or three times a week and she was mocked for asking to bring home an old sofa they were taking to work.
The property where they live is not an easy place to raise kids as Brenda explains that there is a lot of gun and knife crime in the area.
Brenda made sure her son was on the right track and took him to a Topman branch when he was 17 to ask them to give him a job.
Talking to Letters In 2020, Jamal confessed: “It’s a shame. They say, ‘We don’t have any jobs,’ but she won’t accept the answer.”
“She said, ‘I don’t care, he’ll work for free, you have to take him on.’ And they agreed, probably because they wanted to get rid of her.”
When Jamal was 15, Brenda bought him a £200 video camera as a Christmas present and he started filming his friends performing sad music and uploading clips to YouTube.
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Under his own rapper Smokey Barz, Jamal founded his own SB.TV channel, but the success didn’t happen overnight.
He’ll find himself hanging around BBC studios in an effort to get interviews and will also sneak in and take the time to text the record labels to ask for interview time with their stars.
When asked what led him to his success on Loose Women last year, Jamal said: “A lot of my friends don’t get into the mainstream media, so I think that’s what worked. inspire me.
“But it was clear that my mother’s work ethic inspired me. I remember going to the pub when she sang karaoke and did her homework there. She always worked really hard.”
Through hard work and determination, Jamal’s YouTube channel has flourished and he has helped launch the careers of big names like Ed SheeranDave and Jessie J.
Thanks to his impressive track record, Jamal was appointed MBE for music services in 2014 and is also an ambassador for the Prince’s Trust, a youth charity run by the Prince of Wales that aims to help young people set up their own companies.
Brenda’s Loose Women co-stars revealed that she used to talk about her “work mom guilt” when her kids were growing up, but Jamal responded to the offer.
“I don’t think you need to feel guilty,” explains Jamal.
“In school, I remember being Brenda from the son of the X Factor. And then it went from Jamal in the mother of SB.TV to Brenda from the son of Loose Women. It was a friendly competition.
“All of my partners know I work incredibly hard and I get it from my mom. So there’s no need to feel guilty about it.”
The tragic news of Jamal’s death was confirmed on Sunday night – with mother Brenda delivering a heartfelt tribute for Susanna Reid to read in Monday’s edition of Good Morning Britain.
Heartbroken Brenda explained Jamal’s cause of death was a ‘sudden illness’ as she described him as ‘the center of her world’.
“It is with the deepest sadness that I confirm that my beautiful son Jamal Edwards passed away yesterday morning from a serious illness. Myself, his sister Tanish and the rest of the family. His family and friends were completely devastated. He was the center of our world,” Brenda said.
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“When it comes to his passing, we ask for privacy to grieve this unimaginable loss. I want to thank everyone for their messages of love and support. .
“Jamal is an inspiration to me and so many people. Our love for him lives on, his legacy lives on. Long live Jamal Edwards MBE, MBA, PHD.”
The overflowing tributes to Jamal demonstrate how many lives he has touched – with stars from the worlds of television and music expressing their sorrows.
Devastated singer Rita Ora explains her first interview with Jamal, while rapper AJ Tracey says he has “west London legend status”.
Loose Women stars rallied to support Brenda, a much-loved panelist on the show, by sending supportive messages.
Charlene White says Jamal’s “light shines brightly”, Denise Welch reveals her heart is aching as Brenda and Judi Love talk about how he changed his life.
There were also messages of support from let-go women Ruth Langsford, Saira Khan and Christine Lampard.
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