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DMX Spoke About Fatherhood In A Tear-Jerking Final Interview Before His Death

today18 May 2021

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Just three weeks before his death at the age of 50, the rapper talked about what mattered to him most — his kids.Β 

 

 

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As part of TV One’s β€˜Uncensored’ series, he shared the joys and challenges of fatherhood, saying,Β 

 

β€œTeach your children the principles they should have and teach them their values.” 

 

 

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Born Earl Simmons, he noted that it was important for his children to feel like they would be able to talk to him about anything. As a father of 15 kids, he said that you have different relationships with different kids, perhaps implying that different children need different approaches as well as different care.

 

β€œAt the end of the day, parents are not good parents just because they have a child,” he added. β€œThey’re just parents.” 

 

 

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DMX’s untimely death on April 9 was due to the loss of functionality in multiple essential organs, reportedly his kidney, liver, and lungs — forcing him to leave behind his children who are aged between 4 to 28. During β€˜Uncensored’, he also discussed how difficult it can be to maintain a relationship with children when you have separated from their mother.Β 

 

β€œI think one of the toughest things about being a father…is how to teach your children not to listen to what their mother says about you just because you’re not together anymore,” he said. β€œThat’s a tough one.”

 

He also discussed his relationship with his own mother, Arnett Simmons.Β 

 

β€œA lot of women that aren’t the best parents, still turn out to be good grandmothers,” he said. β€œSo that’s why…I try to bring the kids over there. The kids [that are] out of state, make sure they get pictures. I know what my grandmother meant to me. I just wanted them to have that opportunity.”

 

Since his untimely death, DMX’s fiancΓ©e Desiree has mourned his loss on social media, praising his qualities as a father.Β 

 

 

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DMX might be gone, but he will never be forgotten.

 

*Cover image via Everett CollectionΒ 

Written by: Farah Qistina


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