Cynthia Karen Loving (born November 19, 1975) best known by her stage name Lil' Mo, is an American R&B singer, radio personality, songwriter and record producer.
She debuted on the music scene as Missy Elliott's protégée and contributed guest vocals to some of Elliott's work, most notably the record-breaking "Hot Boyz". Under the wing of Elliott, Lil' Mo would land a contract deal with Elektra Records and release charting singles of her own, including "Ta Da", "Superwoman Pt. II", "4Ever", "Hot Girls", and her debut single "5 Minutes".
In addition to her solo work and collaborative efforts with Missy Elliott, Lil' Mo worked with former associate Ja Rule, with whom she penned chart-topping hits like "Put It on Me" and "I Cry". Thereafter, Lil' Mo would go on to release four studio albums, eleven music videos and over fourteen hit singles. Mo would also be largely responsible for bringing then-unknown rapper Fabolous to mainstream media attention.
Aside from her work as a solo vocalist, Mo has contributed production and backing vocals to numerous artists' records throughout the years including: Nicole Wray, Tamar Braxton, Jay-Z, Gerald LeVert, Faith Evans, among many others.
In 2001, Lil' Mo met her first husband, Al Stone, at a Washington, D.C. gas station; she initiated a conversation and asked for his number. He proposed to her in May, and they wed on August 29, 2001, after dating for only 5 months. Just two months later, Loving became pregnant, and on August 19, 2002, she gave birth to a daughter, Heaven Love'on Stone. Her second daughter, God'Iss Love Stone, was born on February 24, 2005.
In December 2005, she filed for divorce from Al Stone. She then married Gospel recording artist Phillip Bryant; the couple welcomed a son, Justin McKenzie Phillip, on January 16, 2009. She currently lives in Odenton, Maryland. She gave birth to their second son, Jonah Maddox-Phillip Bryant, on July 10, 2012. In 2014, Lil' Mo and Phillip Bryant separated. The same year, Lil' Mo revealed on Philly's Hot 107.9 that she's in a current relationship with professional boxer Karl Dargan.
In June 2014, Lil' Mo revealed via Instagram that she had an estranged stepson nicknamed Kidd Cole, who infamously appeared on an episode of MTV's television series Catfish: The TV Show. On June 22, 2001, while being escorted to a limousine, Lil' Mo was assaulted by a male at a San Francisco concert venue. She was bludgeoned in the head by the man's champagne bottle and was immediately hospitalized at California Pacific Medical Center, where she received 20 stitches.
The incident traumatized Mo and left her suspicious of the attack, in which she felt it may have been a potential "set up". Mo confirmed to MTV News that she had to cancel many shows and cease a double-music video shoot for her single "Gangsta" so she could recover from the incident. A reward ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 was issued in hopes of catching the assailant.
Though the alleged male attacker was never found, local San Francisco police received anonymous tips that the attacker boasted about his actions at a Hunters Point housing project near San Francisco, California. In 2004, Lil' Mo referenced the incident in her mixtape song, "Why".
In 2003, Lil' Mo revealed to Vibe magazine that she struggled with an eating disorder since 2000, just two years after she was signed to Elektra Records. She wanted her weight to be at 102 pounds so she could "be like everybody else" and "look good." However, Mo grew depressed and felt that she "looked a mess" and resembled a lollipop. She was suggested to do Weight Watchers for a healthier lifestyle.
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