Russell Simmons, the mogul currently facing a bevy of sexual assault, misconduct, and rape accusations, has come out to defend his marriage to Kimora Lee Simmons.
Earlier this week, Russell shared a throwback picture of him and his ex-wife Kimora, wishing her a happy birthday.
One of the comments on the post questioned the timing of Russell’s marriage to Kimora as it pertained to her being a teenager.
He admitted that he usually doesn’t respond to questions about their relationship, but he did this time.
“I never do this but…. That’s not true… She turned 18 right after i met her February fashion week Tyra banks (our bridesmaid) Cindy Crawford Naomi were all back stage at the Mary McFadden show they said i was a modelizer and that i wasn’t gonna stick around… i think that may have inspired her [laughing emoji] (the challenge). “We got to know each other by May we were dating. She was legal at 17 But she turned 18 that May her mother and her manager Bethann Hardison approved supported and Rushed us (we really didn’t need a push) and the love affair began. People like to talk every so often i lose my cool and talk back so take this advice. Be happy and share happiness… try to think uplifting thoughts and keep learning to practice love… that’s our goal… oh and celebrate the queen @kimoraleesimmons”
Russell was 41 and Kimora was 23 when they married six years after first meeting.