Russell Simmons and his model-turned-entrepreneur wife Kimora Lee Simmons, arguably one of hip-hop’s most powerful couples, publicly announced their seperation today (March 31).
‘Kimora and I will remain committed parents and caring friends with great love and admiration for each other’, Simmons told The Associated Press. ‘We will also continue to work side by side on a daily basis as partners in all of our businesses.’
Simmons is head of Rush Communications, but is perhaps better known as the co-founder of Def Jam Records and for his Phat Farm clothing line. In the past few years, he has become more involved in politics, and helped to create the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network (HSAN).
Over the years, Lee Simmons has become almost as prominent as her husband, thanks to her successful Baby Phat clothing line and her glamorous diva persona, which has been documented in numerous magazine spreads.
Although the pair has appeared at public outings together in the past few weeks, the statement said they had been separated for “some time,” even though they were still sharing the same home.
In related news, Russell Simmons joined Ice-T in New York’s City Hall to declare their plans for New York’s Hip-Hop Week with Mayor Mike Bloomberg yesterday (March 30).