Will DMX’s net worth be split between his ex-wife Tashera Simmons, fiancée Desiree Lindstrom and mom Arnett Simmons? Not likely. Here’s why …
DMX was a well-known artist and rapper, who released his best-selling album, And Then There Was X in 1999. Despite his fame, the Earl ‘DMX’ Simmons accrued a lot of debt before his passing. According to Celebrity Net Worth, the New York native declared bankruptcy in 2013, listing on $50,000 in assets. At the time of his death, DMX was reported to be worth between negative $1 million to negative $10 million.
One of the biggest issues was his massive child support debt, which reached upwards of $1.24 million, according to US Weekly. He was also in deep with record label Def Jam, but Jay-Z pardoned him of his $12 million debt in the mid-2000s. Jay-Z was made president of Def Jam in 2006, relieving the debt so DMX could sign with Columbia Records.
The assistance only went so far, and DMX was charged with 14 counts of tax fraud in 2017, reported owing the IRS big time. He was sentenced to a year in prison and owed $2.3 million to the IRS in 2019, according to Distractify. The government began to withhold money from his paychecks and it is unknown whether DMX paid off his substantial tax debt.
His family is left with the burden of his debts, not the windfall of his net worth. Most of his 15 children are still young enough to receive child support. It still needs to be determined how much each will receive.
DMX’s money troubles didn’t seem to undermine the love people had for him. The rapper and his fiancée seemed to share a genuine bond and love story, as they raised Exodus, DMX’s youngest son. Desiree Lindstrom posted several tributes and never-before-seen videos of her fiancé and her son, Exodus.
DMX, born Earl Simmons, was laid to rest over the weekend. At the funeral, Tashera Simmons, and his fiancée, Desiree Lindstrom, united in grief. During the emotional ceremony, DMX’s children made appearances, as well as his Ruff Ryders family. Most notably, though, Tashera took the stage and warmed hearts.
While honoring DMX, his ex-wife praised Desiree. “Real women do real things,” Simmons spoke of DMX’s fiancée. “I am a real woman and a woman of God, that [Lindstrom] woman is a woman of god. And that’s why I love you.”
The two came together on the stage and embraced. The scene gave DMX fans a chill, watching his two loves – past and present – show their overwhelming support for one another. Simmons and Lindstrom held hands while DMX’s ex-wife finished her speech.
The scene was recognized across social media as a truly special moment, two women coming together in light of a tragic loss. DMX was known for having a large family of 15 children. Despite the grief, the heartache, and the conflicts throughout DMX’s long history, the families were able to reconcile.
DMX died on April 9, one week after an OD caused a heart attack. The rapper is remembered by many, but most notably his mother, Arnett Simmons, his ex-wife, his fiancée, and his 15 children. Despite joining forces to honor the late DMX, there will have to be conversations about his debts and assets.
In the videos, DMX, known for songs like X Gon’ Give It To Ya and Party Up (Up in Here), was shown helping his son down a slide and having a bubble fight. Lindstrom remembers the good times she had with DMX, despite the financial hardships that might befall her soon.
“Today is very hard for me and my family” Lindstrom shared on Instagram, “But one thing that is keeping me going is knowing that my son and I just gained an amazing angel, my fiancé, and Exodus father … Earl Simmons..! I will forever love you and you will always be in my heart!”