Why Shad ‘Bow Wow’ Moss Still Lives with His Mom!

04/10/2015 at 09:06 PM ET

Gwyneth Paltrow
Paul Costello

While some 28-year-old guys might not be too crazy about still living with their mom, Bow Wow—who now goes by his given name Shad Moss—wouldn’t have it any other way.

“It just makes sense,” the actor tells PEOPLE of the 8-bedroom Atlanta mansion he shares with fiancée Erica Mena, 28, and his mother Teresa Caldwell. “First of all the house is too big, but I want to make sure my mom is comfortable forever.”

So even when Moss proposed to the Love and Hip Hop star last September, he already knew where the couple would settle down.

“I remember when I first moved to Atlanta and Jermaine Dupree had the same situation,” he recalls. “He took part of the house and his mom had the whole rest of it. I said then that I wanted to have the same set up.”

Now, while Moss and Mena have taken over the remodeled basement, Caldwell resides on the main level and second floor.

“It’s like I have a condo downstairs,” says Moss, who splits his time between Atlanta and L.A. to film CSI: Cyber. “I’ve had 100 people there and my mom has been asleep and has never heard the music, screaming, laughter, or drinking. I mean full blown house parties downstairs while she is in the bed asleep. So I’m staying right here.”

Even though all three live under the same roof, it’s easy to miss one another in the spacious digs.

“There’s times where I’ll be down there for three days and we don’t see each other so it’s like I’m out of town even when I’m here,” he says adding one perk of being so close to mom: “I don’t have to get in the car and drive anywhere to see her. I just come up the stairs and say, “What up, Mom.’ ”

For more of our interview with Moss, and to get a peek inside his Atlanta house, pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.

—Emily Strohm

FILED UNDER: Bow Wow , Home , Stars & Chefs

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sam on

pictures is incestuous. what an inappropriate photo. no wonder he has no boundaries.

LilahK on

So happy for Shad Moss. Hope that his marriage lasts.

hilda on

That’s his fiancee, not his mom

Wendy on

I think that is his fiancée, not his mother:)

DaisyMoon on

sam…you have to be joking, right? OMG!
You thought that was his mom?????

Now I have seen it all.

sara on

Sam, I am pretty sure that is his fiancee.

Jay on

Sam is obviously a little slow. SMH

pugmom on

that is is fiancé freaks….and it’s pathetic to live with his mom.

Ty on

I think he looks more like his mom than dad.

stinky on

sam!! that’s not his mom in the yellow pants, that’s his fiancee’…..with that title they should have included a pic of his mom

Mandy on

That is a picture of Shad and his fiancee, not his mother!

Johanna on

As a mother, I find this very sincere and caring. I hope my boys will show that much support and nurturing towards myself or any aging family member. I would be proud to call him ‘Son”.

Cee on

@Sam – You do realize that is a his fiancé, not his nother, correct?

Charli on

Good for him!

Too smooth on

This seems strange to me. A 28 year old man who has had a successful history as a child star moving in with his mother??? With his already made family (his fiancé has a son and he has a daughter). he should be honest and say I can only really afford one really nice house. I love my mother to death BUT I will not live with her as an adult if I had the means to have my own (unless she was sick) and as a mom she would want the same for me. If he wanted to be close to her move in the same neighborhood not in her basement. He fiancé is a known thug/thot in the hip hop world and is trying to clean up her image so she probably will go along with anything. Because I don’t know any woman who would move in with a man’s family unless there are financial or medical issues.

Anonymous on

I THINK NOT JUST HIS SIDE CHICK

akiyshia on

There’s times where ”I’ll be down we don’t three for day’s and see each other so It’s like I’m out of town when he says adding one even I’m perk of being so close to mom.

Shaw Sway on

Shad Moss mom lives in his house.

AKIYSHIA on

WHITE SOME 28-YEARS-OLD GUYS MIGHT NOT BE TOO CRAZY ABOUT STILL LOVING WITH THEIR MOM, BOW WOW-WHO NOW GOES BY GIVEN NAMES SHAD MOSS-WOULDN’T HAVE IT ANY OTHER WAYS…

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