‘This Is Us’: Show Creator Dan Fogelman Just Leaked—We Will Meet Malik’s Baby Mama Soon

Season 4 of This Is Us introduced us to several new storylines and characters. While some fans were disappointed to see their favorite actors get less screen time, others are in love with one budding romance.

Randall (Sterling K. Brown) and Beth Pearson’s (Susan Kelechi Watson) adopted daughter, Deja (Lyric Ross) has a boyfriend—but it’s complicated. Her very first love interest, Malik (Asante Blacck) has a daughter, Janelle, and we are about to meet her mother. Let’s see what this means for Malik and Deja’s relationship.

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What will the arrival of Malik’s baby mama mean for Deja and Malik’s relationship?

Just when we thought Deja and Malik had crossed a huge hurdle,—their parents’ meeting each other—another one is on the horizon. 

Deja knows that baby Janelle’s mom signed over parental rights to Malik, and she knows Janelle was his first girlfriend. Deja already expressed concerns over Malik being more experienced because he has a daughter. Malik calmed her fears about these things, but now to actually meet the girl is going to be a different story.

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The show creator, Dan Fogelman indicates that when Janelle’s mom arrives, the storyline will be “less about” her relationship with Malik and “more about what it means from Deja’s point of view.”

“This young girl is not just Malik’s ex-girlfriend. She’s an ex-girlfriend who is the mother of his child — a child he spends all of his time and energy on. So it makes it complicated for her,” Fogelman told TVLine.

What will this mean for Deja? She is falling for this guy who she knows has a child. She is just coming to terms with that fact when the baby mama comes into play. 

Could this new character be what the fight is about in the upcoming episode’s promo?

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In the previews for next week’s episode, we witness Deja getting very upset with Malik over something unknown. Could the conversation be about Janelle’s mother?

Deja yells at Malik, “I don’t get why you can’t take no for an answer.” Fans have shot down the idea that it might be in regards to sex. With the storyline so far, it seems like Malik is a respectable guy who has learned from his mistakes. 

Ruling out sex, fans think she might be referring to, “maybe to meet his ex?!” but she doesn’t want to. Could Deja be that upset about meeting Janelle’s mom? With all of the history that Malik has with his ex, it’s plausible. 

What do fans think of  Randall and Beth allowing Deja to continue seeing Malik?

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Before we get any further into the Deja and Malik drama, let’s take a look at what fans think of the young lovebirds. The pair gets mixed reviews from fans.

“I really like Malik but honestly, I don’t think Deja should be dating him. She’s fourteen and he has a child! It doesn’t seem like a good idea,” wrote one Redditor. Several other fans agreed.

However, another fan wrote, “She’s already skipping school and sneaking around to be with him. I think supervised dating is appropriate. The more you try and keep them apart the harder they’ll fight to be together. It’s nerve-wracking but the alternative is scarier, at least to me.

 It sounds like fans believe that Beth and Randall made the right decision. If they try to keep the two apart, it may make things worse. 

See how the Deja and Malik storyline continues to play out on This Is Us every Tuesday at 9 p.m. on NBC.