Zoe Ever Af­ter

TV Plus (South Africa) - - 24 FEBRUARY -

Brandy Nor­wood re­turns to TV screens as grown-up, soon-to-be di­vorcee Zoe in new sit­com Zoe Ever Af­ter (2016cur­rent). She’s been busy since her days on hit teen sit­com Moe­sha (1996-2001), re­leas­ing four al­bums, a mu­sic tour and nu­mer­ous TV roles, but noth­ing’s more im­por­tant to Brandy than rais­ing her 13-year-old daugh­ter Sy’rai (13), much like her new char­ac­ter Zoe.

Tal­ent runs in the fam­ily. Brandy’s lit­tle brother is singer-ac­tor Ray J (from The Rickey Smi­ley Show, 20132014) and their cousin is rap leg­end Snoop Dogg. The 37-year-old’s mom Sonja quit her HR job in 1995 to man­age both Brandy and Ray J’s show­biz ca­reers. Her star­ring role in Moe­sha put Brandy on the map and her 1998 song The Boy Is Mine with fel­low R&B singer Mon­ica ce­mented her star sta­tus, go­ing dou­ble plat­inum in the US. In 1999, Brandy dropped out of Pep­per­dine Univer­sity in Mal­ibu where she was study­ing psy­chol­ogy and mu­sic per­for­mance. She was a year shy of com­plet­ing her four-year de­gree. She doesn’t just star in Zoe Ever Af­ter; Brandy co-cre­ated and co-ex­ec­u­tive pro­duces the BET sit­com. Plus, the theme song was com­posed and sung by Brandy and is set to fea­ture on her un­ti­tled up­com­ing al­bum. Her off-screen ro­mances are as com­pli­cated as her on-screen lovers, not least of all when, to avoid me­dia back­lash as an un­mar­ried and preg­nant 24-year-old, Brandy lied to the press in 2001. She stated that she was en­gaged to her mu­sic pro­ducer Robert Smith – that was a lie and pair split in 2002.

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