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DMX Has a Lot of Children ― How Many Exactly?


Jul. 23 2020, Published 7:38 p.m. ET

In some cultures, it's normalized to have many children. However, in the United States, large families with many children isn't as common anymore. The ones who do have more than a few kids tend to get attention. There are families famous because of the number of children — just look at the Duggar family who has 19 kids. Or Nadya Suleman — aka "Octomom" — who is the mother to 14 kids and became a household name several years back 

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Not all big families are as well known, at least not for the amount of kids they have. Like rapper DMX who has a surprising amount of kids. But, how many kids does DMX have exactly? 

DMX has been married once and has four children with his former wife.

DMX, whose real name is Earl Simmons, is an American songwriter and rapper who burst onto the scene and on to fame in the early 1990s. He's released several albums, has starred in a handful of movies, and is a well-known personality. He starred in his own reality TV show, DMX: Soul of a Man, which aired on the BET cable network. He also released a book titled E.A.R.L.: The Autobiography of DMX.

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DMX married Tashera Simmons in 1999 and during that time, the couple had four children together. They were married for 11 years but did experience some struggles in their relationship. In 2012, the couple appeared on VH1's Season 1 of Couples Therapy. Tashera was honest at the time saying that her relationship struggles being thrust into the spotlight was "embarrassing" for her. 

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"At that time, when it was happening, I was so busy worried about the lies he was making up, that I didn’t realize how he was talking to me," she said in an interview with MTV in 2012. "But actually watching it, I realized that I’ve been immune to that talk all of these years, and I realized that I was in a verbally abusive relationship. I was just shocked, and embarrassed."

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During the couple's time on Season 1 of Couples Therapy, it became public knowledge that DMX had several affairs with multiple women before he and Tashera divorced in 2012. 

"I do still feel bad about getting a divorce, even after everything X put me through, because I took my vows very seriously. And I know X is never going to love anyone the way he loves me, and I feel the same way about him," Tashera told Essence in 2012. "But [there] just comes a time when you give your all, and you know you gave your all, and it’s just time to move on." 

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And the reason she felt the need to move on was because during several of those extramarital affairs DMX had, he fathered children with other women. 

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So, how many kids does DMX have?

Before DMX and Tashera got divorced in 2012, they welcomed four children together. However, DMX is father to more than those kids. He has an additional 11 children from several different women, taking the total amount of kids DMX has to 15.

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According to US Weekly, DMX welcomed his 15th child, a boy named Exodus Simmons, with girlfriend Desiree Lindstrom, in 2016. Desiree and DMX have had a rocky relationship as well, but the two are engaged to be married and raising their son together.  

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