Karl-Anthony Towns 'leaned on' girlfriend Jordyn Woods as he grieved the loss ...

Karl-Anthony Towns 'leaned on' girlfriend Jordyn Woods as he grieved the loss ...
Karl-Anthony Towns 'leaned on' girlfriend Jordyn Woods as he grieved the loss ...

Karl-Anthony Towns says he 'leaned on' girlfriend Jordyn Woods as he coped with the sudden loss of his mother Jacqueline Cruz.

'A woman that meant so much to me in my life left my life to be replaced by another woman to take that spot,' said Karl of Jordyn in the most recent episode of Peace Of Mind With Taraji.

Cruz passed away in April 2020 at the age of 58 due to complications caused by COVID-19. Over the course of the year, Karl would lose seven more relatives to the virus.

Support system: Karl-Anthony Towns says he 'leaned on' girlfriend Jordyn Woods while coping with the sudden loss of his mother Jacqueline Cruz; the couple pictured in June

Support system: Karl-Anthony Towns says he 'leaned on' girlfriend Jordyn Woods while coping with the sudden loss of his mother Jacqueline Cruz; the couple pictured in June

The 25-year-old NBA star and his father Karl Towns, Sr. also contracted the coronavirus in 2020 but have since made full recoveries.

Approximately five months after Jaqueline's death, Karl started dating Jordyn. He eagerly confirmed the relationship via Instagram in September of that year.

Speaking to Taraji, Karl said he believes his mother had a hand in uniting him and the 24-year-old model.

'I feel like in a way, when my mom passed, she was like, "I'm not going to leave you alone. I'm going to make sure you know who you're supposed to be with,"' he explained. 

'A woman that meant so much to me in my life left my life to be replaced by another woman to take that spot,' said Karl of Jordyn in the most recent episode of Peace Of Mind With Taraji

'A woman that meant so much to me in my life left my life to be replaced by another woman to take that spot,' said Karl of Jordyn in the most recent episode of Peace Of Mind With Taraji 

Loss: Cruz (left) passed away in April 2020 at the age of 58 due to COVID-19 complications, along with six of Towns' other relatives

Loss: Cruz (left) passed away in April 2020 at the age of 58 due to COVID-19 complications, along with six of Towns' other relatives

Karl also highlighted the fact that Jordyn understands first-hand the unimaginable heartache that comes with losing a parent to illness.

Woods' father John, a famed sound engineer in the television industry, passed away in 2017, just two weeks after being diagnosed with cancer.

'I leaned on her because she's one of the only people who would actually

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