Those who follow Keyshia Cole know she’s overcome a ton on her way to being a Grammy-nominated songstress out of Oakland, CA. As a toddler, she was adopted after her drug-addicted mother could no longer care for her and much of the drama centered around her mother would later be broadcast for the world to see on her BET reality series, The Way It Is.
One of the major running plotlines on the show, and in Keyshia’s life, was her search for the identity of her biological father. Several men claimed to be her dad only to have paternity tests disprove their claims but now, after a 34-year search she has finally has identified her father as Virgil Hunter.
Cole made the announcement with a touching Instagram post where she says she was “overwhelmed with emotion.” She goes on to mention that she’s spending time with her father in Oakland and “so excited, So excited with taking this a day at a time!!!”
If Virgil’s name sounds familiar it’s probably because you’re a boxing fan. Virgil is the famed trainer of boxing World Champion and Olympic Gold Medalist Andre Ward, also an Oakland native. Hunter was named Trainer of the Year by Boxing Writers Association of America in 2011. He also does commentary for Premiere Boxing Champions telecasts on networks like CBS, NBC, Spike and most recently was seen manning the corner of Welterweight champion Amir Khan in his bout against Canelo Alvarez.
Hunter has the reputation of a knowledgable trainer and a soothing influence in corners during fights, a stark contrast to the typical machismo and loud, motivational euphemisms that are commonplace between rounds.
It’s an amazing ending to a heartbreaking story for Keyshia and her family who have faced plenty of criticism for how she was raised and the entire situation.