Obama appeared at the Grammys Sunday and gave her mom a heads up to tune in — or so she thought

By Rachel DeSantis
February 13, 2019 09:11 AM
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Just because you’re a former first lady doesn’t mean you’re a “real” celebrity — at least, not in your mom’s eyes.

That’s the lesson Michelle Obama learned this week, as evidenced by a playful text exchange with mom Marian Robinson, 81, that she shared to Instagram Wednesday.

Obama, 55, made a surprise appearance on the Grammys stage Sunday and gave her mother a heads up to tune in — or so she thought.

“I guess you were a hit at the Grammys,” the first text from Robinson read.

The Becoming author joked back that the text was “so typically you.”

“Did you meet any of the real stars or did you run right after you were done,” asked Robinson, who wrote that she only knew to watch because someone named Gracie had let her know.

Obama insisted she had, in fact, told her mom she’d be appearing.

“No you did not,” Robinson replied, joking, “I would have remembered that even though I don’t remember much.”

Obama took the slip-up in stride, sending three laughing emojis and wrote, “I thought I told you.”

She added: And I Am A real star…by the way…”

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The exchange drew laughs from stars like Vanessa Hudgens, Tyrese Gibson and Rachel Zoe, who all weighed in on Instagram.

“This. Is. Everything,” Hudgens wrote.

Robinson lived at the White House with her daughter during her son-in-law’s tenure as president.

She told CBS This Morning in November that her goal in living with the family was to help the couple’s young daughters, Sasha and Malia, maintain a sense of normalcy, which included everything from rides to school to “laundry lessons.”

Obama was on hand at Sunday’s awards show in support of host Alicia Keys, who is a longtime friend.

She joined Keys alongside Lady Gaga, Jada Pinkett Smith and Jennifer Lopez to talk about the importance of music in their lives.

“From the Motown records I wore out on the South Side to the ‘who run the world’ songs that fueled me through this last decade, music has always helped me tell the story,” she told the audience, “and I know that’s true for everybody here.”