Dr. Dre may have a rich career, but he still finds time for his family, and now fans want to learn more about his children.
Who is Dr. Dre?
Andre Romell Young, better known as Dr. Dre, is a rapper and record producer born on February 18, 1965, in Compton, California.
He first became known as a member of the rap group N.W.A., and in 1991 he co-founded Death Row Records.
The following year, he released his first solo album, which topped the charts.
A few years later, in 1996, he founded the company Aftermath Entertainment, which signed several major stars, including Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, and 50 Cent.
In 2006, Dr. Dre turned his passion for music into a side business now known as Beats by Dre.
The company, known for selling headphones, became so big that in 2014 Apple paid Dr. Dre and his co-founder Jimmy Iovine $3 billion for it.
When Dr. Dre is not in the studio, he can often be seen talking about his life and career on Instagram, where he has over seven million followers.
Dr. Dre’s children:
Over the years, Dr. Dre has grown his family and had several children.
So far, he has had nine children by different women, the first being in 1981 when he was still in high school.
Dr. Dre’s children include:
- Curtis Young
- LaTanya Young
- Tyra Young
- LaToya Young
- Ashley Young
- Andre R Young Jr
- Marcel Young
- Truice Young
- Truly Young
Dr. Dre’s son, Andre, died tragically of a drug overdose in 2008 at the age of 20.
Dre’s firstborn Curtis Young landed on the planet in December 1981. However, his mom, Cassandra Greene raised him on her own. Notably, Curtis only met his dad when he turned twenty.
At the time, the now 40-year-old already knew he had a calling in music. The father-son duo forged an amicable relationship thereafter.
Curtis went on to follow in his famous dad’s footsteps, becoming a rapper under the name Hood Surgeon. In addition to his music pursuit, the star has indicated an interest in the movie industry, reportedly snagging his first-ever film role on “Charge It To The Game.”
He is now married to a woman named Vanessa with whom he shares two sons.
Dr. Dre’s daughter, LaTanya Young was born in 1983, as the first of his three kids with Lisa Johnson.
Her relationship with her dad seems to be the most complicated, as the 38-year-old claimed in December 2020, that she had been estranged from the rapper for about seventeen years.
The mother of four also accused her father of never meeting her kids, nor did he care for his grandchildren. The allegations became more heated in August 2021, when LaTanya revealed she was struggling financially and living off her car despite having a dad worth hundreds of millions.
According to her, she was barred from making contact with her dad and could only reach him through his attorney. LaTanya admitted the icon contributed to her welfare in the past but stopped in January 2020 after she spoke about him to the press.
She has since struggled to make a living by working for delivery services like Uber Eats and DoorDash or as an assembler at a warehouse. While she resides in her car, she had Dre’s four grandchildren living with friends kind enough to take them in.
Johnson and Dre welcomed their second daughter in September 1984. However, the rapper never publicly acknowledged her as his.
The 37-year-old has remained out of the spotlights in years past, giving off little about herself to the public. However, Johnson once described her as one-of-two secret daughters she had with Dre.
LaToya’s sister, Ashley shares the same fate as the former when it comes to their bond with their dad and their public life. She was born in 1985, but the rap icon never acknowledged him to be his daughter.
Notably, Johnson filed for child support for all three children while raising them on her own, but Dre only accepted LaTanya as his to fulfill his fatherly responsibility.
Given the rapper’s reluctance to acknowledge Ashley and her sister, one can safely assume their relationship would be somewhere between rocky and non-existent.
While Dre was dating Johnson, he reportedly had an affair with an undisclosed woman who gave him a daughter, Tyra Young. She was born in May 1984, making her the rapper’s third child and second oldest daughter.
Like her mom’s identity, details about Tyra’s life remain a mystery, making her the most private among the brood of nine. However, some sources report that the 37-year-old is an actress and television producer notable for her works on “Take 6″ and “Ropes Of Silicon.”
Andre Young Jr.
Andre Young Jr. was Dr. Dre’s second son, born to the entrepreneur and his ex Jenita Porter in 1988. Sadly, he passed away in 2008 from an overdose of heroin and morphine.
Andre was only twenty years old when his mom found him dead on his bed, plunging his parents into a state of grief.
Dre seemed particularly fond of his second son, as a spokesperson for the rapper released a statement at the time, saying he was mourning the loss, and needed a period of privacy to live through it.
Dr. Dre’s relationship with singer Michelle yielded a son, Marcel Young, born in 1991. As Dre’s seventh child and third son, he grew up facing the challenge of every kid born to famous parents.
However, he managed to maintain a private life, away from the spotlights, and doesn’t seem to share his parent’s musical dreams.
Truice Young was born one year after the rapper’s marriage to his ex-wife, Nicole Young. Given that his parent’s union lasted twenty-four years, the now-23-year-old had over two decades to bond with his dad, making their relationship pretty impressive.
He is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and has been in the spotlight since his birth, appearing on red carpets with his parents or on their social media pages.
Truly Young is the youngest of Dr. Dre’s kids and has an interest in the arts. The African-American beauty, born in 2001 enrolled at the film school of the University of Southern California to pursue her dreams.
Like her brother, she grew up in the spotlight, attending several red carpet-events with her parents. She also has an impressive social media presence and spends her time modeling unique outfits and sharing photos with her fans.
Dr. Dre’s brood of kids, although complicated, proves the music icon has a thing for large families. While not all his children have good things to say about him, those who do could testify of his dedication to fatherhood.
However, the question of why he seems to alienate some of his children remains a lingering subject. Perhaps Lisa Johnson said it best in her 2010 YouTube interview when she reassured fans the real story would emerge in due time.
Was Dr. Dre married?
Dr. Dre may have had several cheats, but he was only married once.
In 1996, he married Nicole Young, who is also the mother of Truis and Truly.
Although the couple seemed perfect, their relationship ended in 2020 when she filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences.
Before marrying Dr. Dre, Nicole was married to retired NBA player Sedale Trait.