Kimora Lee Simmons Says She Was Left To Raise Her Kids Alone, Slams Exes As “Con Artists”

Kimora Lee Simmons Says She Was Left To Raise Her Kids Alone, Slams Exes As “Con Artists”

Model and Baby Phat co-founder, Kimora Lee Simmons, opened up about the challenges of raising her children as the single mother she says she’s had no choice but to be. With five children from past relationships –including two daughters, Ming Lee and Aoki Simmons, with Russell Simmons; son, Kenzo, with actor, Djimon Hounsou; son, Wolfe, with ex-husband, Tim Leisner, an investment banker/former Goldman Sachs exec; and one adopted Son, Gary — Kimora claims that none of her children’s fathers are actively involved in their lives.

Kimora Calls Out Her Exes

Kimora and with then-husband, Tim Leissner (top row), ex-husband, Russell Simmons (bottom right), some of their children, and loved ones

Kimora called out all of three of her children’d fathers in an interview with Bustle…

“I have beautiful children, but our necessity for [men] in our life is very minimal,” Kimora candidly shared. “It’s not all that it’s cracked up to be. It’s not giving what it was supposed to have gave!”

At the age of 23, Kimora married Russell, but their marriage ended while their children were still young. She then had a five-year relationship with Djimon, in her 30s; and later married Tim, from 2014 until last year — after finding out through court documents that Tim was already married to another woman. Anywho, she emphasized that she does not co-parent with any of her children’s fathers and hasn’t spoken to Russell in years.

Kimora with her children.

Reflecting on her past relationships, Kimora voiced her disappointment and referred to her exes as “con artists”:

“I’m so bruised by it all. I feel like I’ve run into con artists every step of the way.”

Kimora and Russell

Kimora says even though it may seem like she is the “common denominator” she is rebuking that assumption to the fullest. Instead, she believes it has more to do with her personality and her stance in society. She described a pattern with powerful men who seem impressive on the surface, but hide their insecurities:

“It looks like, ‘Well, it’s all you, all fingers point to you, lady. You’re the one.’ I guess it is me, but I think it has more to do with my personality or my stance in society. Something about powerful men and how they really appear to be powerful and big and this and that. But they’re nursing an ego inside of there. Not just these men, any men. Men, powerful men, famous men, rich men, business rich men, whatever you want to call it. There’s a thing there and I don’t know what it is, but I don’t really have a great relationship with any of them and they’ve left me to it to just kind of do things on my own. I do everything on my own. Like I say, I’m a single mom.”

In 2019…DJimon Hounsou Called Out Kimora Over Their Son

Kimora Lee Simmons and Dijimon Hounsou with their then young son, Kenzo

Although Kimora says none of her kids’ fathers are in their lives, it seems that as of 2019 Djimon was fighting like hell to be there for their son. Djimon was interviewed outside of what appeared to be a courthouse, where he was clearly pissed off with Kimora regarding their then-10-year-old son, Kenzo. At that time, Djimon claimed that Kimora was keeping him away from Kenzo. Soon afterward he filed for joint custody of their son.

And get this…in the midst of the Djimon-Kimora drama, Russell and Kimora were still great friends. Russell even attempted to facilitate a resolution between Kimora and Djimon regarding Kenzo. Not sure what resulted from Djimon’s custody battle, but just thought it was interesting how things have seemingly drastically changed…based on Kimora’s latest reveals about her exes.

All in all, it would be a beautiful thing if Kimora and her exes – Russell, Djimon, and Tim – are eventually able to reach a peaceful resolution for the sake of their children.


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