Zulekha Haywood

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Businesswoman (1978)
Mon Sep 19 2022
By   Binaya_22

Zulekha Haywood is an African American businesswoman but her fame comes with her parents. She is the daughter of former NBA champion with LA Lakers, Spencer Haywood, and the retired supermodel Iman Abdulmajid.

Zulekha hasn't let the fame that came with her parent's success get over her head as she has established herself in the business scene. She was born on the 5th of July 1978 in New York, USA. She may be American-born, but her ancestral roots go back to Somalia.

Zulekha is Married To Jason Young:

Zulekha Haywood married Jason Young in November 2016 and has been going strong since. The marriage was done in a private ceremony with a few relatives of both partners participating.

Zulekha is wearing a peach dress and Jason is wearing a black suit with blue shirt.
Zulekha with her husband, Jason Young (Source: Legit)

Jason Young lives a private life. Not much is known about him except some sources reported that he is a restaurant owner. However, there isn't enough evidence to back up the claim.

Young Zulekha's Struggle With Obesity:

Zulekha has struggled with obesity since she was a child. Being an obese kid when your mom was a supermodel made her famous in her young days for all the wrong reasons. She was often shamed for her weight by her mother.

She didn't only have a burden of carrying shame and guilt because of her obesity. She also had to deal with her mother at home. Her mother put her on a rigorous diet since she was eight. She was made to go through all sorts of diet plans to reduce her weight.

Going Through Parent's Divorce:

Zulekha, like Apple Martin and many other child celebrities, had to endure a lot of pressure growing up. Being the daughter of famous parents, she was bound to be always under the spotlight.

Spencer and Iman are looking at each other with a smile in this  greyscale picture.
Spencer Haywood and Iman Abdulmajid posing together (Source: Pinterest)

Her parents went through a rather messy relationship. To make matters worse, both Spencer and Iman were very vocal in the public domain about how they felt about each other. Their abusive relationship also affected Zulekha, who would always be on the media's radar.

So because of that, the former couple called it quit on the 13th of February 1987.

Zulekha's Parent's Abusive Relationship:

Spencer and Iman's relationship was no secret from entertainment tabloids and magazines. They also didn't help themselves by constantly revealing things about each other and accusing each other of being the wrong half of the relationship.

Zulekha wanted a normal childhood like other kids, which is a lot to ask from famous parents, but they only made things worse for her. She was mentally disturbed as a child due to constant fights between her parents.

Zulekha's Uneasy Relationship With Her Mother:

Zulekha did not get along well with her mother, Iman Abdulmajid. She was made to follow specific standards as her supermodel mother wanted her daughter to look a certain way.

Iman forcing her daughter to live life as per her rule created a lot of tension between them. The situation is even more messed up when you consider that Zulekha was suffering from obesity at the time.

Iman is wearing a peach dress whereas Zulekha is wearing a purple dress.
Iman Abdulmajid with her daughter Zulekha Haywood at the BET Honors (Source: Tumblr)

She also revealed that her mother had compared her weight to a whale's. Her father, Spencer, has also come to her defense. He accused Iman of being an abusive mother who was cruel to her daughter.

The Legal Custody Battle For Zulekha

Zulekha Haywood, who saw her parent's divorce at such a young age, had it worse when she was the center of attention in their parent's relationship. Her parents, Spencer and Iman, got into a legal custody battle to decide who gets to keep their daughter.

The not-so-private custody battle continued for more than six years until 1992. Upon hearing all the arguments from both parties, the court concluded that Zulekha would live with her father.

About Zulekha's Siblings:

Zulekha may not have her sibling since she was the only child of her parents. But, she does have a lot of half-siblings as a result of her mom and dad's other marriages.

Like Dwayne Carter III, she has three half-siblings from her father's side. Her three half-sisters from her father are Nikiah, Isis, and Shaakira Haywood. She also has half-siblings from her mother: Alexandria Zahra-Jones as a half-sister and Duncan Jones as a half-brother.

Zulekha Is a Mother of One:

Zulekha is a mother of a beautiful baby daughter. Her name is Lavinia Rose Young.

Zulekha taking a selfie with her daughter as she is looking at something else.
Zulekha Haywood with her daughter Lavinia Rose Young (Source: Naibuzz)

They announced their baby not too long after the marriage in July 2017. The announcement came from her parents.

The Diet Plan Zulekha's Parents Made for Her:

Zulekha also revealed the "Basta diet" that her mother had put her on to reduce her weight. The word "Basta" means "stop" in Italian. She would hear her mother whispering Basta whenever she felt her daughter was overeating.

Her father also came up with his diet plan, which was the opposite of her mother's. The father's diet plan was titled “Eat Like a Pig, Run Like a Horse.” As per this diet plan, there is no restriction on the amount of food you eat. Instead, you would train and exercise based on the amount of consumption.

Zulekha's Treatment of Her Obesity:

The daughter of an NBA Champion, Zulekha did everything to reduce her weight from a young age, but nothing seemed to work. She blamed herself for her weight. Her diet plan did work initially, as she lost a significant amount of weight, but her lack of discipline for food and exercise meant she gained those lost weights in no time.

Things got worse as she stopped any kinds of restrictions she had and became accepting of her body. It wasn't until much later she decided to do something to treat her obesity.

Zulekha did not see much improvement with all the diet plans and exercise. She decided to undergo surgery to reduce her weight instead. Her gastric bypass surgery was a success and played a huge role in treating her obesity.

Zulekha Is Absent From Social Media:

Zulekha Haywood likes to keep things private. Hence, you won't find her on social media. However, her parents are on social media and post pictures of their daughter now and then.

You will find some images of Zulekha through her father and mother's insta handle @spencerhaywood24 and @the_real_iman, respectively.

Zulekha is wearing a black dress and a black specs whereas her father Spencer is wearing a suit.
Zulekha Haywood with her father, Spencer Haywood (Source: Instagram @spencerhaywood24)

On her 44th birthday, Spencer posted a picture of her daughter on his Instagram with the caption:

Happy Birthday to my beautiful daughter Zulekha

One Love, One God..

How Much Is Zulekha's Income?

Zulekha Haywood decided to take a different route from her parents. Instead of using her parent's name to enter the entertainment industry, she chose to make her career in the corporate world. It can be considered a wise move as she has gained success in the field.

Her estimated net worth is believed to be around $ 4.8 million. She amassed this wealth by working as a business analyst and managing her family business with her mother's Iman Cosmetics.

Zulekha's Rich Parents:

Zulekha's decision to move away from her parent's success to stand on her own two feet can't be discounted. But, her successful parents, who have garnered a name and fortune for themselves, can't also be ignored.

Her father, Spencer Haywood, currently sits at a net worth of $3 million. The NBA Hall of Famer and Olympic gold medalist made much money playing basketball.

Her mother, Iman Abdulmajid Jones, sits way higher on the net worth list at $200 million. She introduced ethnic cosmetics to the west and generated most of her revenue from it, with her other income sources being modeling and acting.

Zulekha's Education:

The school didn't come easy for Zulekha because of her famous parents. Also, her parent's divorce and legal battle for her custody hampered her education one way or the other.

She did her schooling at Mercy High School and her bachelor's degree at Michigan State University.

Zulekha's Height & Weight:

The celebrity daughter Zulekha had to deal with obesity from a very young age to adulthood. Despite all this, she didn't let it demotivate her to not work on her body.

This Somalian beaut weighs around 62 kg (136 lbs). Talking about her height, she stands at 5 ft 6 inches (167.64 cm).

 

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