Deborah Elizabeth Sawyer- The mother of Doja Cat

Who is Deborah Elizabeth Sawyer?

Deborah Elizabeth Sawyer is the mother of the sensational singer Doja Cat. She was married to Dumisani Dlamini, a South African actor.

Doja is a singer, rapper, and songwriter. Deborah’s daughter signed a deal with Kemosabe Records and RCA Records after becoming famous on SoundCloud.

Deborah is working as a technical menswear designer.

If you listen to the songs “So High” and “Say So,” you will discover that Doja Cat’s mother is her most significant influence.

Here’s everything we know about Deborah Elizabeth Sawyer.

Deborah Elizabeth Sawyer bio, relationships, career and net worth
Deborah Elizabeth Sawyer’s biography

Quick facts

Real nameDeborah Elizabeth Sawyer
Age60 years old
Sun signNo information
TraitsNo information
BirthplaceTarzana, California
Currently residingLos Angeles, California
ParentsNo information
GrandparentsNo information
SiblingsNo information
Marital statusUnknown
SpouseDumisani Dlamini (ex-husband)
ChildrenAmala Ratna Zandile Dlamini aka Doja Cat,
Raman Dlamini
EducationNo information
Technical menswear designer
Net worthUSD 200,000
Social mediaNone
Height1.65 meters or 5 feet and 6 inches
Weight121 pounds or 55 kg
Eye colorDark Brown
Hair ColorBlonde
Shoe size5 US size

Early life

Deborah Elizabeth Sawyer

Online sources reveal that Deborah was born in 1963 in Los Angeles, USA. She is of Jewish Origin. She comes from a family of Artists. Her mother and grandfather

Deborah Elizabeth Sawyer always had a creative side in her. She was always interested in painting, drawing, and sculpting.

Additionally, Deb Sawyer was also interested in acting. She has worked in several short movies, too.

If you’ve ever watched the show “Friends Don’t Let Friends Date,” you’re probably familiar with her act. She has also appeared in the film “Martyrs – The Chronicles of Blood.”

Deborah Elizabeth Sawyer has a creative vein running through her veins.

However, she came into the limelight because of her daughter Doja Cat whose real name is Amala Ratna Zandile Dlamini.

She is a lovely woman who stands 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs 55 kilograms. Her dark brown eyes and blonde hair are stunning.

Deborah married Dumisani. They planned to settle in South Africa; however, they soon divorced. After the divorce, she moved with her daughter Amala to New York City shortly.

Amala was raised only by her mother. Deborah and her daughters moved to New York City shortly after her birth and lived there for five years.

She is also not very active on social media; she prefers to stay away from devices due to her demanding job.


When Dumasini traveled to the United States for the ‘Sarafina!’ excursion, he chose to stay there. It was around this time he met Deborah for the first time.

Deborah Elizabeth Sawyer married Dumisani Dlamini, a 57-year-old South African ex-husband. Their union resulted in the birth of two beautiful children.

Deborah and her husband intended to return to South Africa and raise a family, but things did not turn out as anticipated, and the couple split soon after.

Dumisani Dlamini (husband)

Dumisani Dlamini, Dojo Cat's father
Dumisani Dlamini, Dojo Cat’s father

The ex-husband of Deborah, Dumisani Dlamini, is a well-known South African actor.

He is also a film producer and composer. Back home, he is well-known for his role as Crocodile, one of Mary Masombuka’s (Whoopi Goldberg) characters in the Hollywood film Sarafina, South African apartheid.

He has also appeared on Drum, Isindiso, and Yizo Yizo. He is now well known as the father of the well-known American musician Doja Cat.

Furthermore, he claims he has a close relationship with his daughter, which Doja Cat refuses to accept.

Actors in South Africa regard him as a leading star. He is currently residing in South Africa with his family.

Doja Cat (daughter)

Doja Cat daughter of Deborah Elizabeth Sawyer
Doja Cat, daughter of Deborah Elizabeth Sawyer

The real name of Doja Cat is Amala Ratna Zandile Dlamini. She was born on October 21, 1995, in Tarzana, Los Angeles, California.

She moved with her mother to New York City while she was young.

When Doja was 11 years old, her family relocated to the Sherman Oaks neighborhood of Los Angeles. They lived in an ashram in the Agoura Hills mountains and practiced Hinduism for four years.

During her time at the ashram, she practiced Bharatanatyam, an Indian classical dance style. However, she stopped practicing as she grew older and moved away from the ashram.

Doja’s aunt, a singer, taught her how to sing to get into a performing arts school. She claims that she lost interest in school after that, preferring to pursue her passion for dance.

She eventually dropped out of high school at age 16 in her junior year.

Deborah’s daughter began taking break-dancing classes and joined a professional pop-locking troupe.

Doja Cat debuted her first single, ‘So High,’ in 2013.

She then started uploading her music to YouTube and Soundcloud. Doja also began working with other artists, such as Hellboy, Elliphant, Pregnant Boy, and Skoolie Escobar.

Doja’s full-length debut album, ‘Amala,’ was released on March 30, 2018.

She released the song ‘Mooo!’ on her YouTube channel on August 10, 2018. The song quickly became popular. Its music video drew the attention of several well-known artists, including Chris Brown and Chance the Rapper.

To date, the video has received millions of views.

In addition, Doja Cat released a single version of the viral video “Mooo!” on August 31, 2018.

On social media, the singer has a sizable fan base. She has approximately 11.4 million Instagram followers and nearly 6.41 million YouTube subscribers.

Deborah Elizabeth Sawyer Career

Deborah Elizabeth Sawyer is renowned for her paintings, wax figurines, and handcrafted items.

She loves to be called a creative, artistic, and expressive individual. 

Deborah’s interest in art could have stemmed from her family history. Her grandmother and mother were talented painters.

She conducts several exhibitions of her paintings and wax figurines in California. 

In her paintings, she explores environmental issues. She uses gouache, wax, and oil in her paintings.

Her work is often characterized by color mixing. She enjoys experimenting with different shades and colors.

Deborah Elizabeth Sawyer’s art is available on her website.

Her reputation as the mother of a famous singer has grown in recent years, and she is in the spotlight. Many global publications and magazines have featured Deborah’s work.


She isn’t involved in any scandals or controversies that have made headlines in the media yet.

However, those remarks are not accurate for her daughter, Doja Cat.

Justin Bieber, Paris Hilton, and Travis Scott chastised her for attending Kylie Jenner’s Halloween and birthday party during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In 2018, Doja Cat’s Twitter account history revealed homophobic comments that provoked outrage on social media.

Doja Cat used the term “faggot” to characterize hip-hop musicians Tyler, the Creator, and Earl Sweatshirt in a tweet from 2015.

Doja Cat defended her previous comments at first.

“I’ve probably said faggot 15 thousand times in my life,” she claimed.

“Does calling someone a faggot imply that they despise homosexual people? I don’t believe I despise homosexuals. It’s OK to be gay.”

Doja Cat has now apologized for her nasty remarks and taken down her tweets.

The controversy sparked much discussion about the limitations of “cancel culture.”

Doja Cat’s 2015 song “Dindu Nuffin” was resurrected in May 2020. The epithet “Dindu Nuffin” is frequently used to mock African-American victims of police violence who claim to be innocent.

Doja Cat apologized, admitting that the song was a “poor judgment” even though it attempted to invert the term’s meaning.

She disputed that the song was inspired by police violence or Sandra Bland’s death, calling the claim “one of the most horrifying falsehoods I’ve ever heard.”

Doja Cat has rejected reports of raceplay and racist comments after a viral video of her uttering “nigger” in a chat room went viral.

Following the allegations, several chat room participants claimed that Doja Cat had never engaged in racist behavior.

They also refuted any allegations that the chatroom was racist in any way.

Deborah Elizabeth Sawyer Net Worth

Deborah is a woman who values creativity, art, and expression, so it was only natural for her daughter to be on par with her. She enjoyed a steady income for herself and her family in her early days, thanks to her professional interest in arts and entertainment.

During her adolescent years, she established herself as a successful social media star because of her unique material.

Her net worth is approximately USD 200,000. In addition, her painting and arts company provides her with a significant income.

Later, the income rose when her daughter’s musical career took off.

According to Cheat Sheet, the 25-year-old singer is worth USD 4 million as of 2020.

Doja rose to prominence after releasing back-to-back hits while working with Nicki Minaj, Gucci Mane, and others.

Moreover, she’s about to release her highly anticipated third music album.

Social media

She does not have an Instagram or Facebook account, nor does she have a Twitter account.

On the other hand, her daughter, Doja Cat, is very active on social media. Deborah prefers to keep her private life private and enjoys her time with her girls and the painting profession.

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