Russell Simmons Denies Underage Dating With Kimora Lee Simmons
The embattled music producer clarifies in a lengthy comment below his birthday tribute to his ex-wife that the model was a legal adult when he began courting her.
- May 8, 2020
AceShowbiz – Russell Simmons is facing another allegation, after being accused of sexual assault by multiple women. The Def Jam Recordings co-founder has been forced to clarify the history of his relationship with ex-wife Kimora Lee Simmons after rumor swirled that he began dating the model when she was underage.
“I never do this but…. That’s not true…,” he wrote below his birthday tribute to the 45-year-old fashion designer, which he posted on Tuesday, May 5. Denying the inappropriate romance speculation, he recounted, “She turned 18 right after i met her February fashion week Tyra banks (our bridesmaid) Cindy Crawford Naomi were all back stage at the Mary McFadden show they said i was a modelizer and that i wasn’t gonna stick around… i think that may have inspired her [laughing emoji] (the challenge).”
Russell went on detailing the timeline of their romance, “We got to know each other by May we were dating. She was legal at 17 But she turned 18 that may her mother and her manager Bethann Hardison approved supported and Rushed us (we really didn’t need a push) and the love affair began.”
Hitting back at the naysayers, the embattled music producer added in the now-deleted lengthy comment, “People like to talk every so often i loose my cool and talk back so take this advice Be happy and share happiness… try to think uplifting thoughts and keep learning to practice love… that’s our goal… oh and celebrate the queen @kimoraleesimmons.”
Russell still keeps his birthday shout-out to Kimora, whom he married in December 1998, though. “Happy birthday @kimoraleesimmons Wow time flys ..here u are a lifetime ago (like yesterday ) ..,” he wrote in the caption of the post, which featured a photo of him and Kimora back in their younger days. “We have been through so much and have always come out greater on the other end ./.the Eyes behind the Eyes are the same.”
He continued gushing about the mother of his children, “And your beautiful spirit has remained pure , You are the same, but wiser … you have guided so many people toward happier and healthier lives .. while creating the most beautiful smart and accomplished children. Whatever generational curses we had are erased and non existent in our children ..due to your courage and heart… God certainly blessed all of us with your presence thanking you 1000000 times for your intervention in my life.”
Russell and Kimora separated in 2006 before officially divorced in 2009. They share two daughters together, 20-year-old Ming Lee Simmons and 17-year-old Aoki Lee Simmons. The exes maintain a good relationship after their split.