The Motown Records co-founder attended the annual HollyRod DesignCare Gala with his gorgeous wife to raise awareness about Autism and Parkinson’s disease. Smokey has been in the industry for over six decades, and he recently opened about his drug addiction.
Smokey Robinson and his wife Frances Robinson were dressed to impress at the 20th HollyRod DesignCare Gala on July 14, where they joined several stars in an effort to raise money and awareness for people with autism and Parkinson's disease.
The event was organized by the HollyRod Foundation, a non-profit organization created by actress Holly Robinson Peete and her husband, Rodney Peete Sr. after their son was diagnosed with autism and Holly’s brother, Matt Robinson, started battling Parkinson on a daily basis
Other celebrity attendees included Earvin “Magic” Johnson and Reverend Jesse Jackson, who were awarded the “AT&T HollyRod Humanitarian Award,” and the “Matthew T. Robinson Jr. Award of Courage,” respectively. Christian Siriano, Morris Day and the Time, Sugar Ray Leonard, Laila Ali-Curtis, Jimmy Jam, Leah Remini, Ray Parker Jr., Lynn Swann, Chad L, were also in the audience.
Robinson and France rocked their best outfits for the occasion, with the 78-years-old donning a three-piece purple suit with a white button down and a matching printed purple tie. France, on the other hand, went for a knitted jacket with red and blue details on the seams, and bright red pants to match.
The couple posed next to each other as Smokey put one arm around his wife and both flashed bright smiles to the camera.
They have been married for over 15 years, and France is Smokey’s second wife. The singer/songwriter was married to fellow Miracles member, Claudette Rogers for over 25 years, and after the man had an affair and left his mistress pregnant, Rogers filed for a divorce.
They share two grown-up children: Berry Robinson and TamLa Robinson, and despite the differences that the divorce brought to their family, these days they all have a friendly and respectful relationship, including France.
Smokey has been in the industry for over six decades, and despite his age, he still enjoys singing and making performances on special occasions. The creator of over 4,000 songs and 37 Top 40 hits, Robinson has had ups and downs in his career, including legal troubles and even drug addiction.
Speaking to the Telegraph a few years ago, Smokey revealed that he succumbed to drugs late in his career, when he was 41, after the success of the hit song “Being With You.” The septuagenarian explained that he was always surrounded with people such as Berry Gordy and Diana Ross, who would stop him if he was about to make a mistake.
But after years of being “protected,” there was a time when he ran amok and started to surround himself with people who would allow him to do anything just because he was famous or important.
“I thought that it couldn’t happen to me. That’s the cunning of drugs. I could never become addicted!” he said. “Because when I was younger I used to smoke a whole lot of weed. But weed was always manageable for me. I could have some killer weed and put it away for a year and not touch it! It never had the handle on me. I had the handle on it.”
However, cocaine was a whole different “monster” as he called it. And soon, he was an addict spinning out of control. Then one day, a friend took him to a Los Angeles church in front of his home, and the pastor there told him she was waiting for him.
“And she told me that God had told her I was coming. And she told me all the things that were happening to me, physically and emotionally and mentally – which I shared with no on one earth!”
And he concluded:
“And I walked in that church an addict, and I came out free. May of 1986. Never looked back.”
We’re glad to know that despite the trials and tribulations he has faced in life, these days Smokey is a healthy man who’s always up to make an appearance to help others in need.