Russell Simmons’s Kids Are Publicly Feuding With Him – Here’s Why
Def Jam Recordings cofounder Russell Simmons is being accused of verbal abuse by ex-wife Kimora Lee Simmons and their daughters, Ming and Aoki Lee Simmons. It all started on June 18 when Ming seemingly shaded her dad by choosing to honor her mom on Father’s Day instead of him. “Happy Father’s Day 🤍,” Ming wrote on her Instagram Story alongside a photo with Kimora. Shortly afterward, the record executive posted a cryptic message in which he appeared to blame his ex-wife for his strained relationship with his daughters. “Stop telling fathers they should have fought harder to see their children and start asking mothers why he had to fight at all,” a quote on his Story read, according to Buzzfeed.
The drama only intensified when Aoki appeared to defend her mom by revealing the reason she cut ties with her father was due to her own mental health. “Dad, I stopped talking to you because you were giving me panic attacks to the point I was placed on emergency medication every time we spoke. I cannot have a relationship with you until that stops,” she said. “No one stops me from talking to you, my health does. I have to put that first.”
Aoki shared a series of alarming messages from her father to back up her claims. In one video, Russell appears to yell at his youngest daughter over FaceTime as she cries. Text messages also show Russell calling Kimora “a piece of sh*t” for “stealing my money and the love of my kids,” which Aoki denied by telling him, “She did not steal it. You lost it.” She then suggested her father was “mentally ill” or “experiencing something like dementia” because he “really acts like he hates and does not know his children frequently.” Aoki said that “prior to his media issues,” Russell was “the best dad ever” and was even best friends with Kimora, which is why his change in behavior over the years has been “terrifying” to witness.
Kimora also got involved by accusing her ex-husband of “threatening” her kids’ lives and doing “the same abusive ish” to all of the women around him, which is seemingly a reference to the sexual misconduct allegations toward him, per Rolling Stone. “Your threats and lies and intimidation maneuvers and tactics are sad. Stop it please. Your own flesh and blood? Enough is enough,” the model wrote on her Story, adding that Russell had also come after their daughters’ careers. “You said Aoki (and Ming) would never work again and that you’d RUIN HER (and them)??! Really?” Since then, Russell has seemingly apologized to his family by writing on Instagram, “DEEPLY sorry for being frustrated and yelling . . . but know this . . . there are no conditions . . . for sure I love you guys more than I love myself.”
If the Father’s Day drama has ignited your interest in the Simmons family, then scroll through the slideshow to learn more about Russell’s daughters.