• American entrepreneur and philanthropist
• Raised her two sons as a single mother
• Mental health advocate and runs a non-profit organization to help those struggling with mental issues
• Pinball fan and loves animals
• Net worth estimated at over $1 million
Who is Carmella Wallace?
American entrepreneur and philanthropist Carmella Wallace was born in Calumet Park, Chicago, Illinois USA; she hasn’t disclosed her exact date of birth, but most of her fans believe her to be in her late 50s. Carmella’s probably only known for having been the mother of the late American rapper and singer-songwriter Jarad Anthony Higgins, aka Juice WRLD.
Early life and education
Carmella’s parents raised her alongside her siblings in Calumet Park, however, she hasn’t spoken about her family, nor about how many siblings she has.
She had a rather normal childhood, and was interested in several activities during her teenage years, including playing soccer, practicing creative writing, and acting with her school’s drama club. Carmella’s dream was to become a famous model, and to travel all around the world, but this didn’t come true for her.
She matriculated sometime in the second half of the ‘70s, and because Carmella hasn’t talked about her further education, it’s believed that she hasn’t attended college.
Carmella’s keeping the details of her career to herself, but it’s known that she’s an entrepreneur, and is today running her own small company.
She’s also become a mental health advocate, and is running a non-profit organization which aims to help those struggling with mental issues, which Carmella ventured into after her son died from a drug overdose.
Love life and husband
Carmella’s a highly secretive woman, and hasn’t shared many details about her former husband and Juice WRLD’s father.
It’s known that she and her former husband divorced when Juice WRLD was three years old, and that she then raised him and his older brother all by herself; she gave birth to Juice WRLD on 2 December 1998 in Chicago, Illinois, while his older brother’s birthdate hasn’t been disclosed. Carmella’s former husband died in June 2019.
"We're here for an amount of time … but look at what he did with his time."
Juice WRLD's mother, Carmela Wallace addresses the crowd in Chicago ❤️ pic.twitter.com/9w55HjUwXD
— Amazon Music (@amazonmusic) December 10, 2021
She hasn’t mentioned any men whom she might have dated since her divorce, and it’s believed that she preferred to take care of her sons rather than to pursue love again.
Carmella seems to be single as of September 2022, was once married and has two sons from that marriage – one deceased.
Interesting facts and hobbies
Carmella’s quite active on Instagram, and is currently followed by over 100,000 people, while she’s uploaded more than 60 pictures and videos onto the social media network; her profile picture features her and Juice WRLD posing together, while most of her newer pictures are in one way or the other related to her late son.
She’s a huge pinball fan.
Carmella loves animals, and her favorites are dogs and elephants; her pet dogs Max and Laila can be seen featured in a couple of her Instagram pictures.
She enjoys spending her spare time at the beach, and summer’s her favorite season.
Carmella’s favorite actress is Kate Winslet, and her favorite movies include “The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”, “Revolutionary Road” and “The Reader”.
Height, eyes and net worth
Carmella’s believed to be either 58 or 59 years old. Her hair and eyes are brown, her height’s 5ft 6ins (1.68m) and her weight is about 135lbs (62kgs).
Carmella’s net worth’s been estimated at over $1 million as of September 2022, and her son Juice WRLD’s was estimated at more than $4 million at the time of his death.
Who was her son Juice WRLD?
Juice WRLD remains remembered for his success in emo rap; his stage name was derived from the 1992 crime thriller movie “Juice”, which starred Omar Epps and Tupac Shakur, and he revealed that Juice WRLD means to take over the world.
He was only four when he began playing the piano, and his mother paid for his lessons. Juice WRLD spent his early life in Chicago, and he, his mother and brother moved to Homewood, Illinois when he was 13; he studied at Homewood-Flossmoor High School, and matriculated in 2017.
Carmella didn’t allow her sons to listen to rap music while they were growing up, and Juice WRLD learned about rock ‘n’ roll and pop musicians through a variety of video games, including “Guitar Hero” and “Ton Hawk’s Pro Skater”; some of the singers and bands which Juice WRLD looked up to while growing up were Black Sabbath, Blink-182 and Billy Idol.
He began abusing drugs as a teenager, and was 12 when he tried lean for the first time, a ‘recreational drug beverage’, made by mixing a soft drink with a cold syrup. Juice WRLD was also addicted to cigarettes, but quit before turning 20, ironically because of health issues.
He launched his rap career when he released his debut single “Forever” on SoundCloud in 2015; he was known as JuicetheKidd at that time, but his friends later encouraged him to change his stage name, believing that it would benefit his career.
Juice WRLD’s first song to attract attention – “Too Much Cash” – was released in 2017, and was by American record produced Nicholas ‘Nick’ Mira; Juice WRLD was employed at a factory while working on his way up in the music industry, to be able to financially support himself.
He released his first extended play (EP) “9 9 9” on 15 June 2017, and following its success was signed to Grade A Productions.
Juice WRLD’s EP “Nothings Different” came out in December 2017, comprising only three songs, and he then signed a $3 million contract with Interscope Records; his single “Lucid Dreams” peaked at #74 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, while “All Girls Are the Same” peaked at #92.
His debut album “Goodbye & Good Riddance” was released on 23 May 2018, while his EP “Too Soon..” followed on 19 June; one of the EP’s two songs “Legends” peaked at #29 on Billboard Hot 100. Juice WRLD’s second album “Death Race for Love” came out on 8 March 2019, and peaked at #1 on Billboard 200.
His final release, prior to his death, was his single “Bandit”, which came out in October 2019.
Juice WRLD didn’t speak a lot about his love life, but it’s believed that he had dated and slept with many girls. He revealed in November 2018 that he had begun dating non-celebrity American girl Ally Lotti, and they were living together in Los Angeles at the time of his death.
Juice WRLD was flying on a private jet on 8 December 2019, when law enforcement officers were informed that there were drugs and guns on the plane. Around 32kgs of marijuana were found, while Juice WRLD had swallowed a couple of unknown pills to hide them from the police, which caused him to convulse and have seizures – he died at the Advocate Christ Medical Center.