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DMX and Ex-wife Tashera Simmons Share 4 Kids — Inside Their Troubled Marriage

Edduin Carvajal
Apr 09, 2021
04:40 P.M.

DMX, the rapper and actor who worked on "Romeo Must Die," has been married only once. His ex-wife, Tashera Simmons, has shared some details on how hard it was for her to be married to the hip-hop star.


Earl Simmons, who is better known by his professional name DMX, married Tashera in 1999. Together, they have four kids, but the rapper has at least 15 children.

For years, Tashera Simmons was verbally and psychologically abused.

Rapper DMX on July 14, 2017 in New York City | Photo: Getty Images

Rapper DMX on July 14, 2017 in New York City | Photo: Getty Images


Unfortunately, DMX and Tashera's relationship was filled with mistreatment and abuse, which is why she separated from the singer only a couple of weeks after he was released from prison on drug charges.

Although the pair used to make a lot of headlines (especially DMX and his multiple legal problems), one of the most shocking things that happened to them was recorded and then broadcast by Vh1's "Couple's Rehab" in 2012.


In an attempt to fix their already shattered relationship, DMX and his then-wife agreed to be part of the show. However, each episode made it more evident that the best option for them was to part ways.


Not only did DMX disrespected his wife by yelling at her in front of the cameras, but he also went as far as to say that he never wanted to get married.



Tashera Simmons couldn't handle her emotions any longer, and for the season finale, she requested the divorce. Although some people initially believed that it was just part of a script for the show, they actually got divorced.

In a 2012 interview with Essence, Tashera admitted that she and DMX met each other when they were 11 years old and that they began their relationship at 18.


She added that, despite all the negative aspects of their romance, she would not change anything because she learned a lot from their time together.

Tashera made sure to say that she was open to dating again but that, this time, things would be different as she would "definitely know" her self-worth and was not willing to sacrifice herself in favor of her partner, which is what she did with DMX.


She also explained that she felt bad about getting a divorce because she took her vows very seriously. However, it was the right choice to make because she unsuccessfully tried everything to make things work.

In a different interview with Madame Noire, Tashera admitted that her and DMX's relationship wasn't always that bad. In fact, the first two years after he signed his first record deal were "the best" of their lives.



Unfortunately, the more money and fame the rapper had, the more he behaved like a "monster." For years, Tashera Simmons was verbally and psychologically abused, something that she thought it was normal until she got out of that situation.

Her case was so severe that, after being mistreated, she used to believe that "nothing was ever his fault" but only hers.


Another aspect that Tashera addressed in that interview was that, even though DMX used to be "the best father" who even was present in each of her four labors, he was no longer involved in the lives of their four children. She added:

"When I said, 'it's a wrap,' he said, 'Let me see how you're going to be able to live with no money.' And I thought he was playing, but he was dead serious."


Eventually, DMX's ex-wife released a book titled "You Think You Know, You Have No Idea," in which she shared several aspects of her life, including her tough upbringing and her unhealthy relationship with the rapper.

She pointed out, though, that she didn't do it in an attempt to hurt DMX. Instead, it is just her way to try to make women understand that money, fame, and fortune were not worth selling their souls.


49-year-old DMX had 15 children and was engaged to Desiree Lindstrom. Together, they have a son named Exodus Simmons, born in August 2016.


On Friday, April 2, rapper DMZ, real name Earl Simmons, suffered a heart attack. This was after he was hospitalized following a drug overdose. On, Friday, April 9, he's been pronounced dead in a statement released by his family:

"We are deeply saddened to announce today that our loved one, DMX, birth name of Earl Simmons, passed away at 50-years-old at White Plains Hospital."

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