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‘I Go And Meditate With Them Every Morning:’ Russell Simmons Discusses Co-Parenting With His ‘Best Friend’ Kimora
Divorces can be pretty messy, especially when there are children involved. But Russell Simmons and his ex-wife, Kimora Lee Simmons, seem to have post-divorce co-parenting down to a science—something that Russell says is mostly due to the fact that he and Kimora are great friends.
“She’s my best friend. We’ve always been [good friends],” Russell said during an appearance on “Bethenny.” ” I mean even when we were divorcing it was like ‘You want this? I don’t know.’ We were good friends always.”
The hip hop mogul went on to commend Kimora for her amazing mothering skills.
“She is a good mother too, it can’t get better. My kids go to a school for gifted kids and they are well-behaved. They are awake and conscious and she’s the reason. She’s an amazing mother.”
“I go and meditate with them every morning and take them to school, they’re just pretty and they’re an inspiration for my life obviously and she’s made them for me.”
Though things didn’t work out with Kimora, Russell says he’s open to marrying again.
“I’m going to get married again. Yeah, I’m stupid I still think I’m young,” he explained before adding that he’s open to having more children. “Depending on the woman I married, if that was something she really wanted to do, you know, I love children and I love my children and I would love more. You know, but it’s not something like ‘I got to get another kid’ but I would.”
It’s great that they’re able to remain so close even though their marriage didn’t work out.
Watch Russell’s interview on the next page.
Nas has made headlines quite a bit in the last two of weeks, but it hasn’t been for some amazing new music project or for a new movie that he’s starring in. Instead, he’s being mentioned by a couple of women who have played major roles in his life. Just yesterday we told you that his ex and mother of his 19-year-old daughter, Carmen Bryan, expressed concerns about his mental health. Now, his ex-wife, Kelis Rogers, is also discussing the iconic Queens rapper.
“I’ve been divorced for almost five years,” the “Bossy” singer told The Guardian Guide. “It’s over, I’m over it.”
Though she says their relationship is over, she says her ex-husband’s decision to speak openly about their breakup on his last album, “Life Is Good,” forced her to speak about it.
“But what I would say is that last year I was made more aware of it because my ex-husband decided to talk about stuff that I hadn’t shared with the world.”
“He slipped my wedding dress on to his album cover [2012's Life Is Good],” she explained. “So now I have to talk about it! I had no idea it was happening, I was like, ‘What the…?’”
While Kelis admits that the album forced her to discuss some things about her breakup, she says that talking about it didn’t really bother her too much.
“It didn’t affect my life. I’m not living that life now. I’m super-content and at peace.”
The Grammy Award nominee also discussed being labeled as an R&B artist.
“I was never an R&B artist. People coined me one but that’s because, especially if you’re in the States, if you’re black and you sing, then you’re R&B.”
As for her musical future, Kelis says she’s not sure if she’ll put out another album.
“I might make another album. I might make 10 more albums. I might never make another album again. It depends on how the mood suits me. I’m not declaring retirement but I’m just saying that I don’t have any musical ambitions any more.”
“After ‘Kelis Was Here’ I was done. I was like, ‘I will never put out another record again, I hate this business, I hate all these people.’ I was in this race that I didn’t even realise that I was in. I woke up and ten years had passed. That was never my plan. My desire was never to put out albums, it was to do musical theatre!”
Read Kelis’ full interview here.
Last fall we told you that after 11 years of marriage, the wife of Outkast rapper Antwan “Big Boi” Patton, Sherlita Patton, filed for divorce. Her reason for wanting out of the marriage has not been made public as of yet, but whatever the reason, it doesn’t appear that the split is going to be an easy task.
As previously reported, Sherlita has filed for sole custody of their youngest child (they have another who is 18 years old). But TMZ is reporting that he’s fighting Sherlita on her request for full custody, insisting that the child would best benefit from joint physical and legal custody.
Child support doesn’t seem like it will present a problem, as the 39-year-old says that he’s willing to shell out whatever the State of Georgia requires him to pay in child support. Alimony, however, appears to be a rather different story. In recently filed court documents, Big’s legal team points out that Sherlita is fairly young, in good health and well-educated. In other words, she’s perfectly capable of holding down a job like the rest of us and because of that, he’s not trying to cut those alimony checks.
We’re not sure what to say about their feud over alimony, but we do hope that they can come to some sort of agreement regarding the custody of their child.
Though this is generally a season where we hear about a ton of new engagements and the coming together of couples, former “Young and the Restless” actress Victoria Rowell, 54, seems to be moving in the opposite direction.
According to TMZ, Victoria’s husband, Radcliffe Bailey, 44, recently filed for divorce. By the looks of the couple’s settlement papers, the divorce will be pretty clean, as there are no children involved and the estranged couple signed an air-tight prenuptial agreement prior to exchanging vows.
“Each agrees that he or she shall not in any manner disturb, bother, harass or otherwise interfere with the other party,” reads an excerpt from the settlement.
Victoria and Radcliffe tied the knot back in 2009 during a ceremony in New Hampshire. During that same year, she told ESSENCE that they met through Samuel L. Jackson’s wife, LaTanya.
“LaTanya told me, ‘I’m going to introduce you to your husband.’ I simply said okay, but he caught my eye before I knew who he was,” revealed Victoria. “He waited to get me to sign a copy of my book and I was very impressed. When it was time to take a photo I slipped off my shoes because I didn’t want to be taller than my man.”
As for their 10-year age difference, neither of the two appeared to be bothered by it.
“I’ve always been an older soul; most of my good friends are 70-something,” Bailey admitted during the 2009 interview. “I don’t look at age, but I understand experiences and me and Vicki’s spirits are even in age. I never knew what a soulmate was until I met Vicki.”
An exact reason for why they have chosen to end their four-year marriage remains unknown. It’s unfortunate that they weren’t able to work things out, but maybe it’s for the best.
Last week Khloé Kardashian officially filed for divorce from her husband of four years, Lamar Odom. Though it was originally reported that the couple signed an ironclad prenuptial agreement and both would walk away with what they came to the marriage with, it look like their divorce may not be that simple.
According to Us Weekly, the estranged couple’s prenuptial agreement states that Khloé is entitled to $500,000 for each year that she stayed married to Lamar, which would tally up to $2 million. On top of that, reports suggest that the “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” star is allowed to keep all gifts given to her by Lamar, including her $1 million 12.5 carat diamond wedding ring and their $4 million Tarzana mansion. However, while Khloé is entitled to the house, sources claim she won’t be returning there.
“She has been discreetly searching for a new place to call home,” the source revealed. “Khloé was trying to buy a house down the road from Kris Jenner’s but it didn’t work out. Somebody else placed a higher bid.”
As for that $10 million life insurance policy that everyone’s been talking about, sources say she will only remain the beneficiary until their divorce is finalized. This is definitely not as bad as Lamar having to shell out $ 7 million in cash, but it’s still fairly steep. Khloe recently took to Twitter to address her divorce filing and slam rumors that she’s been creeping around with L.A. Dodgers player Matt Kemp.
Update 4:35 p.m.- TMZ is reporting that Khloe Kardashian has officially filed for divorce from her husband of four years, Lamar Odom. Papers were filed by Khloe’s divorce attorney, Laura Wasser, and as previously reported, cite “irreconcilable differences.”
When Khloe Kardashian dropped the Odom from her last name on Twitter, we should’ve known this was coming. It’s difficult to tell exactly how long Khloe and Lamar have been experiencing marital problems, but their issues definitely became more visible once Lamar’s alleged drug abuse issues began to taint his image in the public eye. Though Khloe took to social media with a statement reaffirming her commitment to making her marriage work and vowing to “ride til’ the end,” it appears that the wheels on that ride may have just given out. According to TMZ, it’s believed that the youngest Kardashian sister will be filing for divorce today.
Sources say that after just four years of marriage, Khloe will be citing irreconcilable differences in her divorce filing. It’s believed that the split should be a pretty clean one, as it’s reported that the estranged couple have airtight prenuptial agreements that kept all of their assets separate. And of course, there are no children, so an ugly, drawn out child custody dispute isn’t a concern.
At this point, nothing has been confirmed and this is all pure speculation. We can only hope that the rumors are not true and that Khloe and Lamar can find a way to work things out. But again, we don’t know what’s happening behind closed doors, so we won’t judge. Maybe it’s all for the best.
After 10 years of marriage, Taye Diggs and his wife, actress Idina Menzel, are throwing in the towel. A representative for the couple has confirmed the split to People.
“Idina Menzel and Taye Diggs have jointly decided to separate at this time,” a spokesperson told People. Their primary focus and concern is for their son. We ask that you respect their privacy during this time.”
According to the HuffPost, the pair met in the mid 90s when they were co-starring in “Rent” on Broadway. They eventually married in Jan. 2003. They share one son, Walker Nathaniel Diggs, who just celebrated his fourth birthday this past September. With both Taye and Idina working in Hollywood, we can totally see how their hectic schedules could place a strain on their marriage. Earlier this year Idina told People that marriage is a challenge, but revealed that both she and her husband were working hard to keep it all together.
“We work at it. I’m not going to glamorize it or glorify it — we go through tough times like everybody else, but we love each other very much. We try not to be away from each other for more than two weeks at a time, and we try to find new ways to communicate,” Idina said.
It’s unfortunate that Taye and Idina were unable to work things out. Hopefully they find a way to keep things amicable for the sake of their son.
Porsha Stewart started 2013 a married woman, but she will close it out as a single lady. Yesterday we told you that the ugly divorce between the Real Housewives of Atlanta star and her retired NFL player ex-hubby, Kordell Stewart, was finalized after eight grueling months of divorce proceedings. Figures were not released; however, Kordell’s attorney, Shiel Edlin, did say that Porsha will be restoring her maiden name.
“[Porsha] previously stated she was keeping Kordell’s last name, which made Kordell very concerned about the damage it could cause. However, she reconsidered and decided to restore her maiden name, Williams. Kordell now believes he can restore the Stewart name and brand, for which it has been known through many generations, one of character, integrity, honesty and truthfulness,” said Edlin.
Well, it’s official. Porsha Stewart is a single woman. Kordell’s attorney Shiel Edlin confirmed the news to TMZ earlier today. Interestingly, although Kordell is actually the one who filed for divorce, Edlin says , Kordell is “very disappointed” that his marriage fell apart because he “expected to be married for life.”
Edlin also addressed recent statements made by Porsha, which seem to have contributed to those vintage gay rumors about the former Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback.
“For reasons we cannot understand, [Porsha] displayed a reckless abandonment of anything close to the truth over the last eight months,” said the attorney. “We are also hopeful that Porsha will stop villifying Kordell at every opportunity.”
In a statement to HipHollywood, Edlin also revealed that Porsha will be ditching her ex-hubby’s last name and “restoring” her maiden name.
“[Porsha] previously stated she was keeping Kordell’s last name, which made Kordell very concerned about the damage it could cause. However, she reconsidered and decided to restore her maiden name, Williams. Kordell now believes he can restore the Stewart name and brand, for which it has been known through many generations, one of character, integrity, honesty and truthfulness.”
This has been a rather speedy process. It hasn’t even been a year since Kordell’s March 2013 divorce filing . We assume that Porsha is relieved now that the divorce is finalized and she can officially move on with her life. Just last month she predicted that the ugly dispute would be coming to an end soon.
“We’re towards the end of the process. In the next month, it should be actually over, and hopefully Porsha Stewart will be turning fully into Porsha 5.0! [Laughs] Finally, I’ll have some closure and peace,” she said.
The former couple tied the knot in 2011. It’s probably inappropriate to congratulate someone on their divorce being finalized, so we’ll just say, best wishes!
Jazmine Denise is an entertainment and celebrity news blogger. Follow her on Twitter @jazminedenise.
Yesterday we reported on allegations that Best Man Holiday actor Terrence Howard tied the knot with his fourth wife, a Canadian woman named Miranda, after only one month of dating. These rumors have yet to be officially confirmed by Howard’s reps, but it wouldn’t be a total shock, as Terrence has confessed to falling in love rather quickly in the past. Unfortunately, if in fact Terrence and Miranda have tied the knot, their season of carefree marital bliss may be short-lived, since it looks like Terrence still has some unfinished business with his ex-wife, Michelle Ghent. The former couple’s tumultuous marriage officially ended in May, but Michelle is accusing him of failing to pay spousal support, reports RadarOnline.
“Since the commencement date of 5/15/12, Terrence Howard has only made sporadic payments to me totaling $18,435 and owes an arrearage sum of $63,303… the Court finds that Terrence Howard owes me $122,221.64 including interest… legal fees to my lawyer, $15,500,” court documents allege.
The documents go on to say that due to Terrence’s failure to cough up the monthly payments, her credit was ruined and she was forced to vacate her apartment. She also accuses Terrence of forcing her to foot the bill for their messy and allegedly violent reconciliation trip to Costa Rica over the summer.
“During our recent reconciliation, Terrence Howard frequently made charges on my credit cards as Respondent does not have his own credit cards and promised to reimburse me for his charges. At Terrence Howard’s request, I charged our 7/2012 trip to Costa Rica on my credit card. The unreimbursed charges for the Costa Rica trip and prior charges are approx. $18,282,” the documents read.
Jazmine Denise is an entertainment and celebrity news blogger. Follow her on Twitter @jazminedenise.