Lauren London is back. And that is good news for everyone wanting to know more about the American actress and model. Famous for her appearance in the BET drama series, The Game, she came back to the public scene. And with that, Lauren London’s weight gain rumors began swirling around.
She gained a significant amount of weight during the time she was away from the media. She is back with a new movie, called You Game. In it, she appears alongside Jonah Hill, Eddie Murphy, Nia Long, Kenya Barris, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus.
That movie marks the directorial debut of Kenya Harris, and it looks promising with a star-studded cast. But once Lauren made it to the red carpet to promote the movie, fans instantly began asking questions about her weight.
Get To Know Lauren
Let’s talk a bit about Lauren. The American actress and model has gained popularity for roles in various film and television projects. Born in December 1984 in Los Angeles, California, she grew up in a family that was part of the entertainment industry.
For example, her mother worked as a personal assistant to celebrities, while her father worked as a music video director.
Speaking about her educational background, the African-American actress attended Palisades Charter High School in Pacific Palisades, California. There, she got involved in different activities, including cheerleading and theater.
Following her graduation in 2002, Lauren briefly attended Santa Monica College. Yet, she dropped out, willing to pursue a career in acting.
In 2003, she made her acting debut, but it was not for a movie or television series. Instead, she got her first acting role in the music video for the song Frontin by Pharrell Williams. From there, she appeared in television series like Everybody Hates Chris, Entourage, and 90210.
Frontin is not the only music video she has appeared in. Lauren has also appeared in the music video for Drop It Like It’s Hot by Snoop Dogg and Double Up by Nipsey Hussle.
London began appearing in more prominent roles, including movies like This Christmas, Next Day Air, and Baggage Claim.
But one of her biggest roles to date remains the TV Show, The Game. The latter aired for three full seasons.
Her acting career and amazing looks have helped Lauren make a living out of modeling as well. She has worked as a model for various campaigns, including brands like Sean John and Apple Bottoms.
The talented actress has two children. Her first is Kameron Carter, a boy with rapper Lil Wayne. She also has a son Kross Asghedom, with rapper Nipsey Hussle. Lauren was Nipsey’s girlfriend when he passed away in 2009.
To this date, she continues to be open about her struggles with grief following Nipsey’s tragic passing.
How Did The Weight Gain Rumors Begin?
Now let’s talk about Lauren London’s weight gain rumors. It has been a long time since she was seen in public. In 2019, following the tragic death of her partner, American rapper Nipsey Hussle, she took a hiatus. She even took a hiatus from her social media profile on Instagram, where she has 11 million followers.
Now that the hiatus from work ended, she appeared in the media public, promoting her new people, You People. Fans were excited to see her again, but she didn’t receive a warm welcome.
Some fans made snide remarks about her body image and weight gain. According to some sources, she gained around 50 pounds from 2019 to 2023. In 2019, when she began her hiatus, the American actress stood at five feet two inches in height and weighed 110 pounds. Now, she weighs around 160 pounds.
Once the photos of her promotional event for You People appeared online, she was trending. And it wasn’t for a good thing. The general public caught a glimpse of the actress and began commenting on her weight gain.
Many fans, without pausing to think what her mindset was, and where she was mentally, began remorselessly and shamelessly bashing the actress for putting on some unflattering pounds. Of course, there were those who defended her and were proud of how Lauren dealt with the tragedy of Nipsey’s passing.
The actress decided not to comment on the body shaming comments. But it is not her first rodeo with body shaming. More on that later on.
Going Viral On TikTok
It seems like Lauren London’s weight gain is not the only viral photo. Her no-makeup look also went viral on TikTok.
The famous actress, popular for appearances in movies like Without Remorse, ATL, This Christmas, and Games People Play, started her acting career in the 2000s.
But she went viral when a photo of her without makeup appeared on social media. The young actress often posts no makeup looks on her social media handles.
But people are obsessed with that and they often try to recreate it. You can find many videos on TikTok with fans trying to create London’s no-makeup look.
Not Her First Rodeo With Body Shaming
As we said before, this was not the first time she was criticized for her weight. In February 2017, Lauren London’s weight gain was trending and making social media headlines.
The 30-something actress was spotted courtside with her boyfriend, Nipsey Hussle at a basketball game. Critics were making fun that Lauren had gained a few pounds. She was fat-shamed because she carried on some postpartum weight.
While the young actress carried on the post-baby weight gracefully, others hated it. They strongly expressed their hatred online. But that is the price you pay when you are a celebrity in Hollywood.
You have to be ready for comments and critics from fans and everyone else. As we said before, Lauren is a proud mother of two sons. Her first son, Kameron Carter, was born in September 2009. At the time, she dated American rapper Lil Wayne.
Her second son, Kross Ermias Asghedom, was born in August 2016. He is the son of the late American rapper Nipsey Hussle and the American actress.
Speaking about body shaming, Lauren has said that she knew the internet would be cruel and her stock for casting directors would take a hit once her body changed. Yet, she didn’t allow that to affect her.
Instead, Lauren chooses to be at peace with herself. No matter the consequences, the American actress never thought of depriving herself of all the joys life has to offer in order to satisfy fans and their image of perfect and ideal women.