Russell Simmons Responds To Family's Comments About His Behavior

The disgraced music executive said he loves his family more than he loves himself.

BYGabriel Bras Nevares
Russell Simmons Responds Family Comments Behavior

Russell Simmons recently got caught up in a lot of heat based on allegations that came forth from his family. Moreover, his daughter Aoki and his ex-wife Kimora detailed his abusive relationship with them, sharing a clip of him screaming at his 20-year-old daughter via FaceTime. Also, they shared text messages in which Simmons blames Kimora for his situation and for taking his money. During Aoki's Instagram Live session expressing her fears and emotions surrounding the situation, the disgraced record exec actually took to the comments to apologize. Also, he recently shared a response to these developments seemingly addressed to Aoki and his other daughter Ming.

"God is testing you a little bit, it's ok," Russell Simmons wrote on Instagram. "Be strong, they are called growing pains as you know. We grow through adversity and struggle. You were forced to read my books and hear me preach your whole childhood reach back remember to remember 'smile and breathe' [red heart emoji]. 'Smile and breathe.' You are the watchers of this world so let go be at ease. God is driving and he is working on you [red heart emoji]. No conditions for sure I love you guys more then I love myself."

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Russell Simmons' Response

One particular message from Aoki throughout all this hinted at the Def Jam co-founder's mental health struggles. "My father is not well," she wrote on Instagram. "For years, he needs help and won't accept that he refuses to acknowledge he is not himself. He has threatened and bullied my sister, my grandma, he has harassed my grandma in the middle of the night in poor health, send a man to my sisters apartment at 2am to scare her. He lashes out at ANYONE who does not say 'oh Russell everything is fine.' Well it's not fine.

"If 'I never get a fashion job again' like he threatens, I'll be a lawyer I guess and work in criminal justice," Aoki continued. "Sure I love my job but if he takes it away from me I won't die. You don't threaten my sister and grandma and mother and say 'who's gonna believe you I'm Russell Simmons nobody thinks I'm cr*zy' well he is." Furthermore, for the latest news and updates on this story, stick around on HNHH.

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Gabriel Bras Nevares is a music and pop culture news writer for HotNewHipHop. He started in 2022 as a weekend writer and, since joining the team full-time, has developed a strong knowledge in hip-hop news and releases. Whether it’s regular coverage or occasional interviews and album reviews, he continues to search for the most relevant news for his audience and find the best new releases in the genre. What excites him the most is finding pop culture stories of interest, as well as a deeper passion for the art form of hip-hop and its contemporary output. Specifically, Gabriel enjoys the fringes of rap music: the experimental, boundary-pushing, and raw alternatives to the mainstream sound. As a proud native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, he also stays up-to-date with the archipelago’s local scene and its biggest musical exponents in reggaetón, salsa, indie, and beyond. Before working at HotNewHipHop, Gabriel produced multiple short documentaries, artist interviews, venue spotlights, and audio podcasts on a variety of genres and musical figures. Hardcore punk and Go-go music defined much of his coverage during his time at the George Washington University in D.C. His favorite hip-hop artists working today are Tyler, The Creator, Boldy James, JPEGMAFIA, and Earl Sweatshirt.