Rosario Dawson’s daughter, Lola, might just be living in the White House in a few years. Dawson recently confirmed her relationship to 2020 Democratic candidate, Cory Booker. Dawson has one daughter, Lola, who was adopted in 2014.
To TMZ, Dawson confirmed the relationship in D.C. on Thursday, saying, “He’s an amazing human being…it’s good to spend some time together when we can.”
Dawson continued that she had “no idea” whether they would ever marry, clarifying, “I’m just grateful to be with someone who I love and admire and respect so much, who is so brilliant and kind and caring and loving.”
Lola was 12 years old when she was adopted. Here’s what you need to know:
1. Dawson Has No Biological Children: She Adopted Lola in 2014
Dawson adopted her first child, Lola, in 2014. Lola was 12 years old at the time. To Us Weekly, Dawson opened up about her decision, explaining that her father was not her biological father. She said, “I told my mom at five, that when I got older I was going to adopt, and I was going to adopt older.”
Dawson added, “It’s just interesting, I remember I was five years old and I came up with that very, very clearly, that I wanted to adopt, and I wanted to adopt older.”
Dawson also told the publication that she is currently also sponsoring a young boy and his family who live in Sierra Leone.
2. Lola Does Not Have a Cell Phone, According to Dawson
In an interview with Access Hollywood, Dawson said her daughter doesn’t have a cell phone. She said, “No cell phone, no social media. I just think it’s really critical…you’re seeing more and more about brain development, how important it is that we learn three-dimensionally…”
The host cut her off to say that she really wanted to know was how Dawson managed to keep her daughter away from it anyways. Dawson replied, “I talked to her about it, and I go, you know, you can see this with a lot of other kids who are developing themselves online according to the likes and dislikes that they get, as opposed to developing themselves and presenting themselves online. And I think there’s a really big difference.”
Dawson continued, “It’s really about championing her, it’s about creating from abundance, and saying, ‘I’m so excited for all the things you’re growing and learning and loving, so that by the time you are on social media, people are going to be blown away by everything you are and want to create in the world. But you don’t need it right now.'”
3. Booker Has Attended Events with Lola & Dawson in the Past
Though Booker’s never spoken about his relationship with Dawson or her daughter, he has been seen out in public with them.
At a Broadway show in January, Dawson, Lola, Booker, and Booker’s niece were all seen together, to watch Dear Evan Hanson. The group took pictures together behind the scenes when they were meeting the cast, and People reports that Dawson even sang “I love you” to Booker, sparking relationship rumors that have since been confirmed.
Per the magazine, it was Booker’s second time seeing the show, Dawson’s first, and Lola’s first Broadway show ever. A source told People, “But they were … a very effusive bunch, hugging every cast member, telling each one specific things about each performance, [being] really personable.”
4. Booker Has No Children & Has Never Been Married
Booker has never been married and has no children of his own. As a result, his personal life has been the subject of intense scrutiny over the years, with rumors that he was gay, as well as a number of rumors that he was connected to various women, including Cleo Wade and Chanda Gibson.
Booker has not talked often about the details around his romantic history, or his candidacy as a “single man” (though that narrative will undoubtedly change, now that Dawson has confirmed the relationship.) However, he did tweet out in January 2013, “My future wife who will endure a sci fi nerd, coffee addicted, work-a-holic”
5. If Booker Becomes President, His Relationship Will Become a New Milestone in American History
Though there have been five presidents in American history who didn’t have children, and there are two presidents who served as bachelors, there has never been a president who served with a girlfriend, not to mention one who had a child without the man in question.