Snoop Dogg’s Daughter Cori Opens Up About Why She Grew Up ‘Sad’ About Her Life

Having a celebrity parent like Snoop Dogg hasn’t been the easiest thing for Cori Broadus. The 21-year-old musician and social media influencer recently opened about her mental health, which includes “feeling like an outcast,” among her siblings and famous father. Here’s what she had to say and why she’s speaking out about it now.

Cori Broadus was diagnosed with Lupus at a young age

Cori Broadus, dressed in a blue denim shirt, stands with father Snoop Dogg who's wearing a red 'Boss' shirt, and her mother Shante Broadus who is wearing a lovely black dress, walk the red carpet with big smiles.
Cori Broadus, Snoop Dogg and Shante Broadus | Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic

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When Cori — the third child between Snoop and wife Shaunte Taylor Broadus — was six years old, the parents found a “light spot” on their daughter’s face. What followed was weeks of drastic weight and hair loss. This led Snoop and his wife down a rabbit hole of doctor’s visits for answers.

“I felt helpless,” Snoop told People in2010. “No power, no friends.”

“No one could tell me what was wrong,” Shaunte added. “They drew tons of blood and said she has old-person cells. They gave her all kinds of medication. But she went downhill.”

Cori was diagnosed with the autoimmune disease Lupus months later.

“She’s the toughest little thing I’ve ever met,” Snoop said. “She’s on the honor roll, playing volleyball and softball, living life. She has all this joy. In the beginning, lupus was winning. But now Cori is.”

Cori recently opened up about life in the public eye

Rapper Snoop Dogg, dressed in a black zip-up, white t-shirt, and grey slacks, arrives with his arm around his daughter Cori Broadus, who's wearing a zig-zag, multi-colored dress on the red carpet for the 31st MTV Video Music Awards
Rapper Snoop Dogg arrives with his daughter Cori Broadus on the red carpet for the 31st MTV Video Music Awards | Hubert Boesl via Getty Images

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In an unflinching Instagram post on May 15, Cori captioned a stream of photos with an update on her life.

“The last few weeks my mental has not been so great at one point I tried to end my life but you & my family really give me a purpose to live & helped me realize [life] is much more than materialistic things & you gotta just keep pushing through the bullsh*t. THANK YOU,” she said.

This left many friends, family, and fans concerned.

“Love you,” big brother Cordell Broadus commented. Snoop posted a heart emoji, followed by the praying hands (or, as some say, the high-five) emoji and another heart emoji while Shaunte said, “Stay Strong My Baby Girl I’m Nothing Without You [blue heart emojis] I Love You.”

With over 50,000 likes and thousands of comments sending well wishes, Cori elaborated on her feelings in a video she posted the following day. In the 36-minute clip, Cori describes growing up to feel outcast from her siblings.

“I think it starts from my childhood,” she said, adding that she “grew up with two light-skinned brothers,” and was the only chocolate one” and “overweight.” I got lupus at 6, so I was overweight from being on steroids. That automatically messed with my health. I’ve always been sad and depressed because of my health.”

She continued, “Sometimes, I just feel like I don’t have a purpose here. I deal with so much health stuff, and I feel like people don’t really feel me, like I’m being dramatic. I’ve been through so much s**t.” 

A devastating incident after led to Cori being placed on a 5150 hold for psychiatric evaluation. Unfortunately, as she shared, this was not the first time she experienced the delicate events.

How is Cori doing now?

Snoop Dogg flashed the 'peace' sign while sitting next to his daughter Cori Broadus in a white, strapless dress, at the BET AWARDS '14
Snoop Dogg and Cori Broadus attend the BET AWARDS ’14 | Johnny Nunez/BET/Getty Images

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The low point may have been challenging, but Cori said she’s more grateful than ever for those who stood by her, specifically, her boyfriend, Wayne Duece. The stay offered a newfound joy life.

“As I was in there, I started appreciating everything,” she continued. “I never thought I would be sitting in a facility for trying to kill myself, and the fact that I was in there, it made me so sad.”

Her honest conversation about mental health, however difficult, is something many can relate to. We’re so happy Cori found her light in the darkness, and we’re sure Snoop is, too.

How to get help: In the U.S., call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. Or text HOME to 741-741 to speak with a trained crisis counselor at the free Crisis Text Line