Dr. Dre’s wife, Nicole Young, has officially filed for divorce from the hip-hop mogul after 24 years of marriage.
According to legal documents in Los Angeles County Court, Nicole Young filed documents to end the couple’s marriage citing ‘irreconcilable differences.“
Young is said to be seeking spousal support and is being represented by celebrity attorney, Samantha Spector in the divorce. Young is also a lawyer herself and she was previously married to NBA star, Sedale Threatt.
The estranged couple, who both got married on May 25, 1996, have two adult children together: son Truice and daughter Truly.
In all, the iconic producer has six children, four sons, and two daughters by five different women. One of his sons called Andre Young Jr is late.
Sources told TMZ that Dre, 55, and Young, 50, do not have a prenuptial agreement and that he is worth around $800 million.
In July 2008, Dr. Dre released his first brand of headphones, Beats by Dr. Dre. The line consisted of Beats Studio, a circumaural headphone; Beats Tour, an in-ear headphone; Beats Solo & Solo HD, a supra-aural headphone; Beats Spin; Heartbeats by Lady Gaga, also an in-ear headphone and Diddy Beats.
In autumn 2009, Hewlett-Packard participated in a deal to bundle Beats By Dr. Dre with some HP laptops and headsets. HP and Dr. Dre announced the deal on October 9, 2009, at a press event in Santa Monica, California.
An exclusive laptop, known as the HP ENVY 15 Beats limited edition, was released for sale October 22. In May 2014, technology giant Apple purchased the Beats brand for $3 billion, Apple’s most expensive purchase by far.
The deal made Dr. Dre the “richest man in hip hop”, surpassing Diddy.
Controversies (Violence against women)
Dre has been accused of multiple incidents of violence against women.
On January 27, 1991, at a music industry party at the Po Na Na Souk club in Hollywood, Dr. Dre assaulted television host Dee Barnes of the Fox television program Pump it Up, following an episode of Pump It Up where her interview with NWA had been followed by an interview with Ice Cube in which he dissed NWA and mocked The D.O.C.’s change in voice after a near-fatal accident.
Barnes filed a $22.7 million lawsuit in response to the incident. Subsequently, Dr. Dre was fined $2,500, given two years’ probation, ordered to undergo 240 hours of community service and given a spot on an anti-violence public service announcement on television.
The civil suit was settled out of court. Barnes stated that he “began slamming her face and the right side of her body repeatedly against a wall near the stairway.” Dr. Dre later commented: “People talk all this shit, but you know, somebody fucks with me, I’m gonna fuck with them. I just did it, you know. Ain’t nothing you can do now by talking about it. Besides, it ain’t no big thing. I just threw her through a door.”
In March 2015, Michel’le, the mother of one of Dre’s children, accused him of subjecting her to domestic violence during their time together as a couple, but did not initiate legal action. Their abusive relationship is portrayed in her 2016 biopic Surviving Compton: Dre, Suge & Michel’le.
Ben Westhoff, author of Original Gangstas: the Untold Story of Dr Dre, Eazy-E, Ice Cube, Tupac Shakur, and the Birth of West Coast Rap, investigated claims of Dr. Dre’s alleged abuse. He tracked down Lisa Johnson, the mother of three of Dr. Dre’s children. Johnson stated that he beat her many times, including while she was pregnant. She was granted a restraining order against him.
Former labelmate Tairrie B claimed that Dre assaulted her at a post-Grammy party in 1990, in response to her track “Ruthless Bitch”.
In a statement to The New York Times on August 21, 2015, Dre again addressed his abusive past, stating, “25 years ago I was a young man drinking too much and in over my head with no real structure in my life. However, none of this is an excuse for what I did. I’ve been married for 19 years and every day I’m working to be a better man for my family, seeking guidance along the way. I’m doing everything I can so I never resemble that man again. I apologize to the women I’ve hurt. I deeply regret what I did and know that it has forever impacted all of our lives.”