Young Dolph's Girlfriend, Mia Jaye, Talks About Losing the Star: "It's Very Tough to Be Strong"

Chris Barilla - Author

Jan. 13 2022, Updated 1:11 p.m. ET

The tragic shooting of Chicago-born rapper Young Dolph on Nov. 17, 2021, resulted in the 36-year-old musician's death and has left millions of his fans devastated. In the hours after his passing, countless fellow artists, fans, and others paid their respects on social media to the star, who was killed outside of a cookie store in his hometown of Memphis, Tenn.

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Young Dolph had some pretty serious hits such as "Cut It" and "RNB," and his extensive catalog helped him build a devoted following worldwide. Nonetheless, although there are many fans of Young Dolph's music, it's likely that many don't know the details of his personal life. So, did Young Dolph have a girlfriend? Here's what we know.

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Who was Young Dolph's girlfriend?

Young Dolph was in a long-term relationship prior to his tragic death. Details aren't clear about exactly when things got serious between them, but Young Dolph and girlfriend Mia Jaye began dating roughly a decade ago.

The couple reportedly met while Mia was working a job at a boutique real estate firm following her college graduation. But who exactly is Mia? Well, she is a graduate of the University of Memphis with a B.S in real estate finance. She worked in the field for a while before eventually pursuing her passions.

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Mia is an entrepreneur with her own lifestyle brand called The Mom and CEO, as well as host of the podcast Jaye’s Toolbox and author of the book No Way Tré You Can’t Have Your Way: Food Instead of Junk Food Today. She maintains quite an impressive Instagram following as well, with more than 200K followers on the platform.

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Mia recently spoke out about how the family is holding up after Dolph's murder.

The hip-hop world is still coming to grips with Dolph's murder. And as you can imagine, it has been a tough pill for Mia to swallow. In a January 2022 interview with ABC News Memphis — captured by Hollywood Unlocked — Mia shared how the family has been holding up.

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"It's been extremely difficult," Mia told the host. "Just having to pick up the pieces and having to find the strength for my children, most importantly to me, is the one thing Adolph and myself just felt we had a duty to them."

She later added: "And now that he's no longer here, it's just very tough for me to be strong for them and also be strong for myself..."

Mia went on to explain that she and Dolph had finally found their rhythm with balancing his career and family and that they were making plans to tie the knot.

"Being with a celebrity, someone that's very busy, that's always on the road a lot, family can take a back seat," Mia said. "But, he finally made the sacrifices and was present. And we were doing things like planning a surprise wedding to celebrate with our family and friends. And after being with him for almost a decade and getting to a point where we could submit our love, celebrate our love story with the people we love most, our children, that's been taken from me."

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Young Dolph and Mia Jaye are the parents of two children together.

Dolph and Mia had two children together. Their first child, Tré, was born in June 2014 and is currently 7 years old. Their second child, daughter Aria, was born in April 2017 and is currently 4 years old. As to be expected, the two children are constant fixtures on Mia's Instagram.

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How did Young Dolph die? He was murdered in Memphis, Tenn.

The rapper's tragic passing occurred on Nov. 17, 2021, when he was in Memphis at a local cookie store, Makeda’s Butter Cookies Bakery. A video went viral on social media of the rapper's car parked outside of the storefront while police circled and attempted to establish a crime scene.

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According to the Daily Memphian, Memphis Police Chief Cerelyn “C.J.” Davis said during a press briefing, "We are committed to working with the community to stop these senseless murders. We are also dedicated to bringing those responsible for today’s shooting and others to justice."

Thankfully, law enforcement has taken three men into custody for the alleged involvement in Dolph's murder.

We would like to give our deepest condolences to Mia, Tré, Aria, fans, and loved ones of Young Dolph. We sincerely hope that justice can and will be served.

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