Biography of Praise Mary Ella Simmons, daughter of late rapper DMX

Born 18 April 2005, Praise Mary Ella Simmons is the daughter of late American rap legend Earl Simmons, popularly known as DMX. She is one of the 17 children that the rapper allegedly left behind, and she is the only daughter of the four children he had with her mother, Tashera Simmons, to whom he was married for 11 years. From the look of things, it appears Ella may have been one of the children closest to DMX. It is said that the rapper was a doting father to her, and they were spotted together regularly.

DMX wasn’t the only parent who seemed to adore Ella Simmons. Her mother has made numerous posts about her on social media, praising her fortitude, emotional intelligence, and warmth. In one post, Tashera wrote: “Blessed for having such a strong girl,” before going on to call Ella funny, smart, and full of light and love.

The world of entertainment was dealt an enormous blow when OG rapper DMX passed on in 2021. There was an outpouring of love and condolences to those who survived him, and Ella Simmons was the recipient of most of them. The public’s interest also grew towards her, with people seeking to know more about the now 16-year-old. Who then is Praise Mary Ella Simmons? Let’s find out the much we can. For starters, here are some interesting facts about her.

10 facts about Praise Mary Ella Simmons

  1. Mary Ella has thirteen half-siblings and three biological siblings; two older brothers, Xavier, born in 1992, Tacoma, born in 1999; and Sean, born in 2002.
  2. Although there isn’t much information about most of her half-siblings from her father’s relationships with multiple women, Ella has a half-brother named Exodus and a sister Aaliyah Haughton, named after the late singer Aaliyah.
  3. Some of her social media activities will suggest that she is interested in modeling, but it is still too early to ascertain such claims.
  4. Ella Simmons has had most of her education in New York, where she was born and graduated from high school in 2019.
  5. Her father, DMX, died in April 2021, a few days after being admitted after suffering an overdose-induced heart attack.
  6. Her parents met as teenagers and started dating after her mom dropped out of high school; they got married in 1999 and went on to have four children together.
  7. After 11 years of marriage, DMX and Tashera parted ways due to several cases of infidelity, drug abuse, amongst other things.
  8. Ella’s mother started a foundation called Freedom of Truth in 2010 to inspire women worldwide and help poverty-stricken single parents.
  9. Simmons seems to be a private person, as she gives very little away on social media; the much that is known about her has been through her parent’s social media.
  10. Due to a series of financial and legal issues over the years, DMX had a negative net worth of -$1 million at the time of his death.

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Praise Mary Ella Simmons, DMX daughter

DMX – Earl Simmons

Born 10 December 1970, Earl Simmons, known by his stage name DMX (from Dark Man X), was an American rapper and actor. He started his career as a rapper in the early 90s and released his debut album in 1998, selling 251,000 copies within its first week of release. The rapper quickly followed it up with another album in the next year, which became his best work throughout his career. He was the first artist to debut an album at No. 1 five times in a row on the Billboard 200 charts.

As an actor, DMX was featured in films such as BellyRomeo Must DieExit WoundsCradle 2 the Grave, and Last Hour. In 2003, he published a book of his memoirs titled E.A.R.L.: The Autobiography of DMX. Earl Simmons allegedly fathered 20 children from 9 different women and was married for 11 years to Tashera Simmons, his first love. He had extramarital affairs during his marriage to Tashera, some of which produced children and ultimately led her to file for divorce in 2010, marking the end of their union.

DMX had several financial and legal battles during the course of his life, filing for bankruptcy three times in total. Many of his baby mothers sued him over the years for defaulting on child support obligations. At the time of his death, he had no will, which led to another bout of legal wars between his kin.

DMX death (wiki)

On 10 February 2016, Simmons was found unresponsive in a Ramada Inn parking lot in Yonkers, New York. He was resuscitated by first responders and intravenously given Narcan, an opioid-reversal drug he quickly responded to and became semi-conscious. The rapper was admitted into a critical care unit after suffering a heart attack triggered by a drug overdose. TMZ reports that DMX had overdosed in his home in New York on Friday, 2 April 2021, around 11 pm local time. He was then rushed to a hospital in White Plains.

It seemed that he had first gotten medical aid before his case worsened and was later transferred to the hospital intensive care unit. Sources also leaked information that DMX was in a vegetative state and that the doctors were not optimistic about the situation saying, he may not make it. 

This news spurred many celebrities and brands to start offering prayers on his behalf. He was subsequently placed on life support and ended up in a vegetative state after suffering lung and brain failure. On the morning of 9 April 2021, Simmons lost functionality in multiple essential organs, reportedly his liver, kidneys, and lungs, and was pronounced dead shortly after. It was later revealed that the cause of death was an overdose-induced heart attack.

Read more: #RIPDMX: timeline of hip hop legend’s battle for his life.

Tashera Simmons

Tashera Simmons, DMX first wife

Born 10 April 1971, Tashera Simmons is a Reality TV star known for her time on the TLC series Starter Wives Confidential. She is also known as the ex-wife of the late rapper DMX. Tashera met Earl Simmons when she was just 11 years old, and they officially began dating at age 18 before getting married in 1999. Her marriage to the rapper was not as blissful as one may have wished or imagined, as DMX had more than a few shortcomings. “Marriage is complicated, and it’s even harder under the scrutiny of flashing camera lights, the media, and fans,” she once wrote.

“Faith kept me by my husband’s side every step of the way, and it has also changed me. As a celebrity wife, it is easy to become enthralled by the glitz and glamour and get lost in the entrapments of fame. Success has afforded us the best of everything. However, along with the wealth came the struggles.” Things eventually went awry between them, and in 2010, Tashera filed for divorce. She had four children with the rapper, one of whom is Ella Simmons. Let’s learn more about them.

Tashera Simmons and DMX kids

– Xavier Simmons

Xavier Simmons is the first child of Tashera and DMX. He is an actor, voice-over actor, and has authored a book titled Perils & Promise, which talks about the human condition, encompassing addiction, heartache and faith, and purpose, through a series of short stories and journal entries. He is known for films like BellyNever Die Alone, and Angel: One More Road to Cross. Xavier has also featured in Iyanla and Fix My Life series as well as on the E! True Hollywood Story TV series documentary.

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– Tacoma Simmons

Tacoma Simmons is an American musical composer born in 1999. He leads a private life just like his younger sister and rarely appears on social media. Tashera describes him as “[a] complicated Child. That pain in the b_tt. Shy but loud. Giving but selfish. Introverted but extroverted,” in an Instagram post, adding that he has a good heart and is a hard worker.

–  Sean Simmons

Born in 2003, Sean Simmons is the third child between Tashera and DMX. He is also not so active on social media but can be seen from time to time on his mother’s Instagram page. Sean has been described as being a good person with a “good heart” and a “kind soul.” He is also particular about his academics, always striving to be at the top of his class.

Tashera Simmons and DMX kids

DMX daughter Aaliyah

In 2011, DMX welcomed yet another child. He named her after his late friend and colleague, Aaliyah, with whom he had many collaborations back in the day. Singer and actress Aaliyah died in a plane crash at 22 at the peak of her budding career. DMX paid tribute to her in the music video for her song “I Miss You.” “I have trouble accepting the fact that you are gone… so I won’t. It will be like we went for a while without seeing each other,” he sang.

Speaking about his daughter and the reason behind her name, “It’s my newest baby, and I named her after Aaliyah because that’s how special she was to me,” the rapper said.

Tashera Simmons net worth

Having had some success as an author and reality TV star, Tashera Simmons has a sizeable net worth of $500,000, according to Celebrity Networth. It is unclear if she got anything out of her divorce from the rapper, considering his many financial challenges.


We can’t say much about Praise Mary Ella Simmons as of yet, as she is only just coming of age. What’s more, being the private person that she is, there is only a handful of information available about her. You can trust that we will keep our ears to the ground and update our readers from time to time.

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