Diana Ross's Two Marriages and Five Children — inside the Iconic Singer's Family

With a legendary 6-decade career in show business that has seen her success both as a singer and as a big-screen actress, the former “Supreme” singer's main pride is in her five grown children.

75-year-old Diana Ross hasn’t had the most stable romantic life, but she valued the friendship of the men that were once her lovers and has five grown children that have accompanied her through ups and downs and made her a grandmother.

Despite leading a busy and exposed life as a superstar, Diana never let anything get in the way of fulfilling her most important role as a devoted mother.

These are the relationships that resulted in the singer’s beautiful mixed family, and this is what her children grew up to become.

BERRY GORDY JR.

The former Motown president had Diana as his protégé since her “Supremes” days, and the professional relationship evolved into a semi-secret romance that started in 1965 and resulted in a child together, daughter Rhonda, born in 1971.

But while Diana was all about starting a family and sharing her life with Gordy, the record executive, who had been married and divorced twice at the time, didn’t want to hear a word about marriage, which prompted Diana to move on without him.

Singer Diana Ross and Berry Gordy at the 2017 American Music Awards in Los Angeles, California. I Image: Getty Images.

Singer Diana Ross and Berry Gordy at the 2017 American Music Awards in Los Angeles, California. I Image: Getty Images.

Although their romantic relationship didn’t work, they continued collaborating and making hits together, and the two share a loving friendship to this day.

ROBERT “BOB” ELLIS SILBERSTEIN

While pregnant with Gordy’s child, Diana started a relationship with the music executive and her then-manager Robert Ellis Silberstein and after dating for two months the two got married in 1971.

Silberstein took Rhonda as his own child since she was born, and in the course of their six years together they also welcomed children Tracee and Chudney, but in 1977 they divorced on amicable terms, always remaining close.

Bob Ellis attends a screening and Q&A for the Opening Night Film, "The Price of Everything," during the 2018 Greenwich International Film Festival in Greenwich, Connecticut.  I Image: Getty Images.

Bob Ellis attends a screening and Q&A for the Opening Night Film, "The Price of Everything," during the 2018 Greenwich International Film Festival in Greenwich, Connecticut. I Image: Getty Images.

“We have a very casual approach. The kids will come over, or I’ll wander over to Diana’s for dinner,” Silberstein shared with People in 1984.

ARNE NAESS JR.

Diana and the late Norwegian millionaire met in 1985 during a vacation trip to the Bahamas and went on to marry in Switzerland in 1986.

At first, Diana was enthusiastic about Naess’s adventurous lifestyle, but soon she grew tired of the countryside and mountains, moving back to the US while her husband started to spend more time in his London home.

Singer Diana Ross and her former husband Arne Naess arriving at the Hippodrome club in London in 1986. I Image: Getty Images.

Singer Diana Ross and her former husband Arne Naess arriving at the Hippodrome club in London in 1986. I Image: Getty Images.

Even though they were casual about their long-distance marriage and made it look like everything was fine, eventually, the lack of contact affected the marriage, and Naess announced their separation in 1999, to a surprised Diana, who only learned about it from her London publicist.

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Diana and Naess produced two sons, named Ross and Evan. Naess went on to spend the last five years of his life in a relationship with Norwegian-born Camilla Astrup, with whom he had two more children before dying in a climbing accident in 2004, at the age of 66.

RHONDA ROSS KENDRICK

48-year-old Rhonda Ross Kendrick was born on August 14, 1971. She is Diana’s first child, shared with Gordy. Raised by Diana’s first husband Silberstein, Rhonda only found about her biological father at age 13.

Rhonda Ross Kendrick attends the annual Make Equality Reality Gala hosted by Equality Now in New York City in 2019.  I Image: Getty Images.

Rhonda Ross Kendrick attends the annual Make Equality Reality Gala hosted by Equality Now in New York City in 2019. I Image: Getty Images.

As an actress, Rhonda found success with her role in the soap opera “Another World” from 1997 to 1999. She played the character Toni Burrell, and her work was recognized with an Emmy Award nomination in 1998.

Inheriting her mother’s talents, Rhonda also made a career as a singer and songwriter, and she has been making music for 20 years with her husband, jazz pianist and composer Rodney Kendrick. 

TRACEE ELLIS ROSS

47-year-old Tracee Ellis Ross, born on October 29, 1972, is the daughter of Diana and her first husband Silberstein.

Diana Ross and Tracee Ellis Ross attend 2019 Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills, California.  I Image: Getty Images.

Diana Ross and Tracee Ellis Ross attend 2019 Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills, California. I Image: Getty Images.

Tracee debuted as an actress in the 1996 film “Far Harbor,” starring Jennifer Connelly, and has since led a successful career, becoming especially known for her work in the series “Girlfriends” (2000-2008), and “Black-ish” (2014-2020), for which she won a Golden Globe in 2017.

Tracee has chosen to stay single and not have any children, and she has been open about the pressures society puts on women to become mothers if they want to be considered whole and complete.

CHUDNEY ROSS

44-year-old Chudney Ross was born on November 4, 1975. She is Diana’s youngest daughter, shared with her first husband Silberstein.

Chudney Ross attends the Step Up Inspiration Awards in Beverly Hills, California in 2019.  I Image: Getty Images.

Chudney Ross attends the Step Up Inspiration Awards in Beverly Hills, California in 2019. I Image: Getty Images.

Like her sisters, Chudney pursued a career in show business, doing her most important work as a producer for the TV series “Fame” (2003), and “Mesmerized” (2004).

She also has an interest in fashion and contributed to “Fashion News Live” from 2005 to 2014. She has since written children’s books, started a bakery, and become the mother of Callaway and Everlee with her husband of five years Joshua Faulkner.

ROSS ARNE NAESS

32-year-old Ross Arne Naess is Diana’s oldest son, shared with her second husband Arne Naess Jr.

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Ross inherited his father’s passion for the outdoors and nature and has also developed an interest in photography, beautifully documenting his many trips. He has also worked as a music producer.

Married to Kimberly Ryan since 2017, when they tied the knot on a secluded rustic Santa Barbara ranch, the two share children Leif and Indigo.

EVAN ROSS

31-year-old Evan Ross is Diana’s youngest child, shared with her second husband Naess. He was born on August 26, 1988.

 Evan Ross attends the GEANCO Foundation Hollywood Gala   in Beverly Hills, California in 2019. I Image: Getty Images.

Evan Ross attends the GEANCO Foundation Hollywood Gala in Beverly Hills, California in 2019. I Image: Getty Images.

Evan started off as an actor early in his life, and in 2010 he landed his breakthrough role in the series “90210” (2010-2011) and went on to be cast in “The Hunger Games” in 2014.

Also a musician, Evan produces work as a solo artist as well as frequently collaborating with his wife, singer Ashlee Simpson with whom he shares 4-year-old daughter Jagger. 
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