What to Know about Deborah Elizabeth Sawyer, Doja Cat’s Mother?

Deborah Elizabeth Sawyer is famous for being the mother of the American singer and rapper, Doja Cat. Her daughter became a huge internet meme through her song, Mooo! in 2018.

Deborah gave birth to Doja Cat when she was in a relationship with the African artist, Dumisani Dlamini. She used to live in Tarzana, LA, but moved to Rye, New York, and Oak Park, California, before settling down at the Sai Anantam Ashram in Sherman Oaks. Though she is Jewish-American, she practiced Hinduism for several years.

Let’s get to know more about her.


Mother of Doja Cat

Deborah Elizabeth Sawyer welcomed her daughter, Doja Cat on October 21, 1995, in Los Angeles, California as Amala Ratna Zandile Dlamini. For around five years, Deborah raised her in Rye, New York. They later moved to Oak Park where Doja joined ballet, tap, and jazz dancing classes and then to Sherman Oaks.

A photo of Deborah C. Sawyer.
Many online websites have confused Deborah C. Sawyer as Deborah Elizabeth Sawyer.
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Dlamini developed her interest in music and dropped out of high school to focus on her career. She signed a record deal with Kemosabe and RCA Records at 17 and released her debut EP, Purrr! in 2014.

In 2018, she became a viral meme for her song, Mooo!, from her debut studio album, Amala. In 2019, she released her second studio album, Hot Pink which reached the top 10 of the US Billboard 200.

What does Deborah Elizabeth Sawyer do?

Deborah Elizabeth Sawyer used to work as a painter.

My mom was a painter and loves to sing behind closed doors. My father is a South African actor who danced in broadway musicals for Lion King. I took a little bit of everything from both of them.

Doja Cat when talking about her parents!

In an interview with the rapper and actor, she revealed that her mom was quite into hip-hop despite being white.

She was kinda a hip-hop head, really ironic because like — I’m Jewish, my grandma’s Jewish, she’s white, and she was never exposed to music like that until she started meeting people and was like, wow I really love this.

According to her daughter, Deborah is working as a designer for men’s clothing at the moment.

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Doja Cat talks about her South African father and White mother.

Unsuccessful Relationship with Dumisani Dlamini

Deborah Elizabeth Sawyer and her husband, Dumisani Dlamini first met in the 1990s while Dlamini was on his America tour. Soon after their first meeting, they started dating. They were in a relationship for a few years only and it is still unknown whether they were married or not.

The reason for their separation was Dumisani’s homesickness. After facing homesickness, he planned to return to his hometown along with his family but things didn’t go as he planned as his partner wasn’t ready to go to South Africa. Anyhow, Dlamini left the United States and they have been apart ever since.

During their relationship, the couple welcomed two children, both daughters. While one of them is popular all over the world with over 16.7 million followers on Instagram, the other one prefers to stay away from the media limelight.

Brief Introduction of Her Partner, Dumisani Dlamini

Dumisani Dlamini is an African actor who made his acting debut in 1992 from the musical drama movie Sarafina!. After several years, he worked in the TV Mini-Series, Entabeni as Zorro.

A photo of Dumisani Dlamini.
Dumisani is a South African actor.
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Some of his acting credits include The Seven of Daran: The Battle of Pareo Rock, Project MorningStar, 21th Street, iNumber Number, and Reyka.

Apart from acting, he also has a film producer credit. In 2004, he produced a project named Drum. In the same year, he produced the TV Mini-Series, Homecoming. In 2008, he served as an associate producer in Of Journey, Home, and Treasure.

Her Current Relationship

Despite being the mother of a famous singer, Deborah Elizabeth Sawyer has always preferred to keep her life out of the public eye. She is not active on any kind of social media platform. Due to this very reason, we are still unsure of her relationships at the moment.

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