What Happened to Faith Evans’ Son Ryder Evan Russaw? His Disability

By mridushaPublished on: December 14, 2023 Updated on: December 18, 2023
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Ryder Evan Russaw is generally recognized as the son of a renowned mother Faith Evans, an R&B singer-songwriter. However, Ryder is diagnosed with autism. As a doting mother, Faith is quite supportive of her son who lives with autism. She has also formed a nonprofit organization after him supporting autism awareness.

While his mother is doing too much for him, where is Ryder’s father now? Are his parents still married or divorced? Here are several hidden facts about Ryder you are looking for!

Ryder Evan Russaw’s Parents; A Look Into His Family

Ryder is the youngest son of celebrities Faith Evans and Todd Russaw. He was born on March 22, 2007, which makes him 17 years of age in 2024. The younger Russaw was born amidst the separation of his parents and could not spend much time with both of his parents.

Ryder Evan Russaw with his two older brothers and his father
Evan Russaw with two of his brothers and his dad

Ryder’s maternal grandparents were also accomplished individuals. His grandmother Helene Evans was a skilled vocalist, and his grandpa Richard Swain was a well-known musician in the 1990s.

Ryder Evan Russaw’s Father and Mother have been divorced for a long time

This might not come across as a shock to many people but Ryder was born after the separation of his parents. According to official reports, his parents were separated in 2005 but Evans was born in 2007 which confused many people. They were officially divorced on 17 May, 2011 and Faith was given the sole and physical custody of their child while Todd only had visitation rights.

Ryder Evan Russaw's father and mother are now divorced
Ryder was born after his parents had already separated

After her divorce from Todd, Faith went on to a new romance and wed American song producer, Stevie J on July 17, 2018. It was stated that the pair had been dating for some time before making their romance public in 2016. Like her previous marriage, it also dissolved in divorce as they separated in 2021 and their divorce was finalized in 2023.

His Mother Faith Is a Renowned Singer

Russaw’s mom Faith is regarded as one of the most successful singers. In addition to being a singer, Evans is also an actor, record producer, and composer.

Throughout her roughly two-decade career, the artist has sold over 18 million CDs. She began her career in 1994 as a backup vocalist for Al B. Sure! and Christopher Williams before landing a job with Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs’ Bad Boy Entertainment record label.

Some of her major hit studio albums are Faith (1995), Keep the Faith (1998), and Faithfully (2001).

Ryder Evan Russaw has been diagnosed with autism

Few people are aware that Ryder, Faith Evan’s son, has autism. But, the star kid is lavished with love and is well cared for by both of his parents. His father, frequently posts videos and photos of him along with music and remarks expressing his love for him. On the other side, Ryder’s mother feels the same way about him.

Ryder pictured smiling at the camera
Ryder doesn’t let autism affect his way of living

In a previous interview, Faith expressed her desire for her son to grow up in the same manner as her other children. Further, both of his parents are involved in helping people and their families in the same situation. They also hold charity in the name of their son.

Ryder’s stepfather Stevie was a big help to his mother in raising him

Stevie Jordan has six children from prior partnerships, compared to Evans’ four. Although her friends and relatives initially expressed misgivings about her marriage to Stevie, they have subsequently changed their minds after witnessing how effectively Stevie has assisted her in raising Ryder.

Faith once stated, “We’ve had to deal with a whole lot [with Ryder]. We had to sue the school district. We had to homeschool him. We had to tour schools. We decided to start our own school. How [Stevie] came in and has always loved Ryder and has been so supportive in helping me make the right decisions with him, that’s A1.”

Faith Evans’ Son Ryder is homeschooled

As mentioned, Ryder has been homeschooled after a series of unfortunate events that occurred while the kid was still going to physical school.

After a string of negative events at school, including miscommunications, sensory outbursts, and misunderstandings, Ryder began to feel more nervous and alone. It became clear that Evans’ learning and well-being could not occur in a traditional school environment.

As a result, Ryder began to receive a customized curriculum through homeschooling, which took into account his interests and preferred method of learning.


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Further, the Evans family also put in a lot of effort to make sure Ryder could participate in a variety of experiences. They realized that art, music, and nature may help Ryder heal, therefore they included these things in his curriculum.

His Family Has opened a Non-profit organization in his name

His mom and dad have operated a charity organization called Ryder’s Room, Inc. for a long time in the name of their son. It aims to support autism awareness & community outreach. They have also opened an Instagram account under its name.

With the help of this organization, they hold various donation events. The way they work is very simple, they hold a live stream, make it as entertaining as possible, and let the donations in. With all the donations they have gathered in all of their lives, they give back to the community and help raise awareness in the community of autism.


Evan Russaw has three siblings. While not all of them share the same blood, they do love each other equally. He has an older brother named Jahad Russaw who was born on June 8, 1998, and shares the same blood with him.

Russaw also has two half-siblings from his mother’s previous marriage, Chyna Tahjere Griffin and Christopher Jordan Wallace.

Ryder Evan Russaw currently lives with his mother in Los Angeles

During the divorce of his parents, his mother asked for sole custody with his father only having the visitation rights. This means that the star kid lives with his mother almost all of the time and also enjoys spending time with his father. His father, Todd Russaw has separate highlights on his Instagram just for him and we can see how they enjoy doing various activities together.