The rapper and music tycoon, Dr. Dre’s wife, Nicole Young, has filed for divorce.
Young, 50, filed for divorce from Dre (real name Andre Romelle Young) after 24 years of marriage on Monday, citing irreconcilable differences, TMZ reports.
Dre, 55, founded the extremely profitable Beats Electronics brand and is said to be worth about $ 800 million, but sources say the outlet hasn’t signed a premarital deal.
Divided! Dr. Dre Nicole Young’s wife filed for divorce after 24 years with the rapper, who is worth about $ 800 million (the couple pictured above in 2018)
The rapper, who is also the founder and CEO of Aftermath Entertainment and was previously co-owner of Death Row Records, married Nicole on May 25, 1996. She was previously married to NBA player Sedale Threatt.
Young is reportedly seeking spousal support and is represented by attorney Samantha Spector in the divorce. Young is also a lawyer herself.
The couple share two adult children, daughter Truly Young, 19, and son Truice Young, 23.
They made their last public appearance as a couple at Tom Ford fashion show with their daughter Really in February of this year. That same month, Dre talked about his birthday plans that included his wife during an interview with BigBoyTV.
Flash back: Dr. Dre and his wife Nicole Young in 2001 at the premiere of the film The Wash in Los Angeles
Family man: Dr. Dre with his wife Nicole Young and their really young daughter at the special screening of The Defiant Ones at the Ritzy Picturehouse on March 15, 2018 in London, UK
He said, ‘This time I decided to keep it low, I have a few friends and my wife will boil the crab for me. I love crab. We’ll just kick it, kick it in my backyard.
Dre has often posted sweet messages about his wedding on his Instagram, revealing in 2018 that he took his wife to New York by helicopter to see the Hamilton musical for their 22nd wedding anniversary.
A year earlier he proudly published a tribute writing: ‘Married 21 years !!! The Defiant Ones !!! ‘a reference to the documentary about Dre and his legendary friend from the music industry Jimmy Iovine.
However, it now appears that things have gone wrong, given that his wife Young has hired the powerful Hollywood attorney Spector, whose important clients include Jenna Dewan and Amber Heard.
The good life: Dre took his wife away to New York in 2018 for a romantic trip to New York to see Hamilton
Love story: the tough rapper released this sweet shot in 2018, celebrating his 22nd anniversary with Nicole
And there seems to be a lot at stake.
In 2014, the music company founded by Dre, Beats, was sold to Apple for $ 3 billion, which led to him being acclaimed as the “first billionaire in hip-hop”, although Forbes recently reported his wealth at $ 800 million.
The same year, the rapper purchased a $ 40 million house in the Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles from his previous owners, NFL player Tom Brady and supermodel Gisele Bundchen.
In 2001, Dre was reported to have earned a total of approximately $ 52 million from the sale of part of his Aftermath Entertainment stake to Interscope Records, as well as producing Mary J. Blige’s megahit Family Affair.
Meanwhile, Dre has had a complicated personal life and has six sons, four sons and two daughters, from five different women.
He was only 16 when he and his then 15-year-old Cassandra Joy Green had their first child together, a son named Curtis. Dre didn’t meet his son until 20 years later, according to several reports.
Then, in 1983, Dre welcomed a daughter named La Tanya Danielle Young with Lisa Johnson.
Back in the studio: two days ago, rapper Snoop Dogg has revealed he is working once again with the iconic hip-hop producer on new music
Her son Andre Young Jr. died tragically at the age of 20 in 2008 after an overdose report. He had been the subject of a paternity dispute in 1990 when his mother, Jenita Porter, filed a lawsuit asking for $ 5,000 of child support per month.
Dre also has a son named Marcel with singer Michel’le, born in 1988.
In 2015, Dre was forced to make public apologies after many women came forward to accuse him of abuse, including his ex Michel’le, 90s female rapper Tairrie B and hip-hop journalist Dee Barnes.
Famous: Dre and wife Nicole pictured with Kanye West and Kim Kardashian West at Sean Combs on the occasion of the 50th birthday bash on December 14, 2019 in Los Angeles
He did not address every single accusation individually, but said in a statement: “Twenty five years ago I was a young man who drank too much and in the head without a real structure in my life.”
‘However, none of this is an excuse for what I have done. I have been married for 19 years and every day I am working to be a better man for my family, looking for a guide along the way. I’m doing everything I can to not look like that man anymore. “
He added: ‘I apologize to the women I have hurt. I am deeply sorry for what I have done and I know it has always had an impact on all our lives. ”
Des res: Dre purchased this $ 40 million home in Los Angeles’ Brentwood neighborhood in 2014 from its previous owners, NFL player Tom Brady and supermodel Gisele Bundchen
Two days ago, rapper Snoop Dogg revealed that he has returned to the studio with the iconic music producer, which has caused a stir among music fans on social media, including Gwyneth Paltrow.
Dre produced the Snoop Dogg Doggystyle debut album (1993), and they also worked together on the 1999 single Still D.R.E. from the multi-platinum album of Dre 2001.
Dre’s solo debut studio album, The Chronic (1992), released under Death Row Records, made him one of the best-selling American music artists in 1993, and was even more prolific as a music producer.
He signed Eminem in 1998 and 50 Cent in 2002, and co-produced their albums, which were both big money for the music star.