|Real Name:||Lucas Claude Sykes|
|Birthday:||April 27, 2009|
|Occupation:||Son Wanda Sykes and Alex Niedbalski|
Lucas Claude Sykes is a celebrity kid best known as the son of American actress Wanda Sykes and her wife Alex Sykes. He is a proud kid of proud homosexual parents. Wanda came out as a lesbian several years ago, and Lucas is her son with her future wife, Alex Niedbalski. Lucas is only one-half of their family. He also has a twin sister, Olivia Lou Sykes.
How much do you know about Wanda’s relationship and the life of her son Lucas Claude Sykes? Who is his mother? Well, let’s find out.
Who Is His Mother?
Born Wanda Yvette Sykes in March 1964, Wanda is an American actress, stand-up comedian, and writer. Wanda got famous as a writer on The Chris Rock Show, for which she won a Primetime Emmy Award in 1999. Following the success of The Chris Rock Show, she continued her successful career as a writer, comedian, and actress.
Here is a fun fact: In 2004, Entertainment Weekly named her as one of the 25 funniest people in America.
Born in Portsmouth, Virginia, she moved a bit when she was little. Her family moved to Maryland when she was in third grade. One of the reasons why they moved was her father, US Army colonel Harry Ellsworth Sykes, who was employed at the Pentagon. Her mother Marion Louise worked as a banker.
Fun fact: she was part of the 2012 PBS genealogy program Finding Your Roots, in which her family history was researched in one episode. She traces her ancestry back to a 1683 court case involving her ancestor, Elizabeth Banks, a free white woman, an indentured servant.
Wanda attended Arundel High School in Gambrills, Maryland, and then graduated from Hampton University. She got a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing and her first job following college was as a contracting specialist at the National Security Agency. She worked there for five years.
In the late 1980s, Wanda began her career as a stand-up comedian and performed at local venues at the NSA until 1992. At that point, she moved to New York City looking for a bigger audience and a bigger chance.
Her big break came when she opened for Chris Rock at Caroline’s Comedy Club. After that, she joined the writing team on The Chris Rock Show in 1997 and also made a couple of appearances on it.
In the 2000s, Sykes landed a couple of roles in television series like The New Adventure of Old Christine, Will & Grace, and several more.
Some of her movies include Over the Hedge, Barnyard, Brother Bear 2, My Super Ex-Girlfriend, Evan Almighty, License to Wed, and more.
Her first HBO comedy special premiered in October 2006. It was titled Wanda Sykes: Sick & Tired and it earned her an Emmy Nomination.
Two years later, in October 2009, she released her second comedy special on HBO, this one titled I’ma Be Me.
Her latest role is on the Netflix sitcom The Upshaws. She began appearing in it in 2021. On March 27, 2022, Wanda Sykes co-hosted the 94th Academy Award celebration alongside Regina Hall and Amy Schumer.
Now let’s talk about her son, Lucas Claude Sykes. He is the child of American actress and comedian Wanda Sykes and her wife Alex Sykes. He has a twin sister named Olivia Lou Sykes.
Lucas was born in April 2009 in the United States of America. His exact birthplace is unknown. The big reason for that is Wanda and Alex. They are very strict about the security and livelihood of their kids. They try to keep everything away from the media and the public.
Wanda came out as a lesbian in November 2008 and then tied the knot with her wife Alex Niedbalski. Soon, they welcomed their two kids.
His Mom Relationships
Here is a fun fact, his mother was actually married to a man before. Wanda Sykes was married to record producer Dave Hall from 1991 to 1998. But that marriage didn’t produce any children.
Wanda came out as a lesbian in November 2008, while at a same-sex marriage rally in Las Vegas regarding Proposition 8.
One month before that, she secretly got married to Alex Niedbalski, a French woman. The two have been together since 2006 and became parents in April 2009.
Sykes had troubles and challenges coming out. Her mother Marion and father Harry were quite conservative. Both initially had difficulty accepting her homosexuality and declined to attend the wedding with Alex.
This led to a brief period of estrangement. Yet, they have since reconciled with Sykes.
Speaking of Proposition 8, Sykes publicly expressed her disappointment. She said, “With the legislation that they passed, I cannot sit by and just watch. I just can’t do it”.
Sykes was quite active in same-sex marriage issues. Over the years, she has hosted events and fundraisers.
Who Is Alex Niedbalski?
Alex Niedbalski is a businesswoman and entrepreneur best known as the celebrity spouse of American comedian Wanda Sykes.
The two met on a ferry ride to a New York gay resort called Fire Island. According to reports, Wanda spotted Alex from afar carrying a laptop bag while talking to a child. The American comedian says she instantly fell attracted to her but didn’t approach her in the beginning.
Yet, fate had its way. Wanda was looking to get her kitchen renovated, and was introduced to Alex as a granite countertops seller.
Alex was born in 1974 and has French-American nationality. She says that her wife Wanda likes to surprise her and show her love.
Because Alex gets excited about events and trips, Wanda often keeps them secret as a surprise. Speaking on the issue, Sykes says, “I cannot tell her stuff because she would drive me nuts asking about it every day. Like I’ll tell her, Oh guess what, I am shooting a movie in Hawaii as I am heading the airport”.
Because Niedbalski is French, she taught their two kids to speak the language. Sometimes, they speak French in front of Sykes and she doesn’t understand them.
What Does His Name Mean?
Wanda and Alex choose special names for their kids. And they have meaning. For example, Lucas’s name has Greek and Latin origins. It means man from Lucania. His middle name, Claude, is a French name that originated from the Latin name Claudius, which means stuttering or limping.
And his sister Olivia has a meaning to her name as well. The English name Olivia is derived from Latin Oliva, meaning an olive tree. And Lou is a French baby name, meaning a famous warrior.
Being A Parent
Wanda Sykes often speaks about the challenges of parenthood. She says her kids are not given choices about everything. Sykes believes it can backfire, especially if you do it in front of other people.
Speaking on the issue, she said, “Parenting really is a job. It’s on-the-job training. You cannot give your kids options, choices. I learned that the hard way, big mistake. I am on the phone with my mother, and my daughter walks by and I say, Olivia, you wanna talk to Grandma? And she goes, No thank you”. Cute story, right?
In an interview in 2016, Sykes also revealed she is in a constant state of tiredness as a parent. Sleep is super important, but it is hard to come by as a parent. She says, “Yeah, no one sleeps for at least the first year with a newborn. And it does get better. They eventually do fall asleep. But to me, that was the biggest shock and also the hardest thing to get through was just how tired I was, just the lack of sleep”.
But above all, she believes parenting is about teamwork. And it is interesting that she didn’t view herself as a mother until she met her wife Niedbalski.
In a 2021 essay, she wrote, “Motherhood wasn’t something I always knew I wanted though. When I was younger, for some reason I sort of always thought I would be a single mother, and then I didn’t know if I would have kids at all. But after I met Alex, I was like, of course, why not”.
They do everything together. Wanda says, “As parents, we are a team. Whenever there is an area where I might be lacking, she covers me and vice versa”.
Of course, you cannot talk about Lucas and his net worth. After all, the young boy is only 13 years of age. He is entering his teenage years. Yes, some kids work at a young age, but not Lucas.
His mother has him covered. Wanda Sykes has an estimated net worth of $12 million. That is enough for Lucas to enjoy a lavish life for now.