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Meet Djimon Hounsou — Kimora Lee Simmons' Ex & Father of Their Son

Oyin Balogun
Dec 31, 2020
07:15 A.M.

If you are a big fan of Hollywood, then you will know who Djimon Hounsou is. He is one of the most notable actors to come from Africa.


Benin-born actor Djimoun Hounsou is a two time Academy Award nominee. He has been cast in lots of movies such as "Gladiator," "In America," "Amistad," and "Blood Diamond."

Hounsou's role in the movie "In America" earned him his first Oscar nomination, making him the first Black African man to be nominated. His performance in "Blood Diamond" earned him his second nomination for the prestigious award.


After making a name for himself in Hollywood, Honsou was involved in a relationship with Baby Phat entrepreneur Kimora Lee Simmons.

The former lovers broke up in the summer of 2012 after news reported that they got in a big fight over money. Even after ending the relationship on not-so-good terms, the fight didn't seem to end there.

Kimora Lee Simmons at the "Karl for Ever" tribute to Karl Lagerfeld at Grand Palais on June 20, 2019. | Photo: Getty Images

Kimora Lee Simmons at the "Karl for Ever" tribute to Karl Lagerfeld at Grand Palais on June 20, 2019. | Photo: Getty Images


The former couple engaged in an ugly custody battle over their now 11-year-old son, Kenzo Lee Honsou. For years now, the court battle has gone on, and the former lovers are yet to reach a constructive agreement.

Hounsou's latest appearance on TV was in the movie "King Arthur: Legend of the Sword."


Hounsou seems to have a close relationship with his son, and the time they spend together, he shares on his social media page. From Father's Day posts to pictures of them spending time on the beach or on vacations, the proud father is never shy to show off their adventures.

In one of the pictures on his Instagram page, Hounsou and his son posed in front of a hut in his hometown in Benin. He captioned the picture,

"On a dirt road where all the dreams started."


Honsou was born in Benin in West Africa. At the age of thirteen, he moved to Lyon, France, where he became a male model and graced the runways in Paris.

He later discovered something he loved more than modeling, and that was when he moved away from France and made a name for himself in Hollywood.


During his acting career, his breakout moment came when he acted in Steven Spielberg's "Amistad," alongside Hollywood legends Anthony Hopkins and Morgan Freeman.

But despite all he's achieved so far, Hounsou remembers his humble beginning and still believes that his life journey is just starting. He says:

"It was a great journey, but I strongly feel like I'm still at the beginning of that journey."

Hounsou's latest appearance on TV was in the movie "King Arthur: Legend of the Sword." The actor has come so far from his humble beginnings in Benin.

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