There are so many musicians and creatives in the music industry that often times, peculiarity becomes lost in translation. However, every now and again, someone emerges from the backdrop and makes an impact that forces us all to stop and listen. At Diana Ross’ age and experience, she is undoubtedly one of such people and has been going at it since 1959.
The multi-genre musician has cut a notable figure from her time as a member of Motown’s girl group The Supremes to her hugely successful career as a solo act. Ross has achieved things that many can only dream of and at her age, she is still active, doing music and going on tours. And she has apparently transferred the same drive for success to her children who are making their own moves in their individual spheres. We can only wonder what is next for the iconic singer.
A Look At Young Diana Ross’ Background
The singer who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988, was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, on March 26, 1944. She started her music career in 1959 when she joined the all-girl group known as The Primettes. All the members were of high school age at the time and she was 15. After catching the attention of Motown Records, Ross and her group were made to wait until they were done with high school to sign a contract with the record company.
They changed their name to The Supremes and went on to become the record company’s most successful singing group in the 1960s as well as the best charting girl group in history. After she left the group in 1970, Diana Ross became an even bigger success, recording notable tracks like “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”, “I’m Coming Out”, and “Endless Love” with Lionel Ritchie. So far, her career has recorded over 70 number one hits and was named ‘Female Entertainer of the Century’ by Billboard Magazine. Her career inspired the likes of music greats like Beyonce, Questlove, Madonna, and Michael Jackson.
Diana’s Personal Life – How Many Ex-husbands Does She Have?
Diana Ross, in the middle of a very busy and exhausting career, also found the time for love and romance – more than once too. In Motown Records founder Berry Gordy’s autobiography, he did write about a time when Diana Ross was his love interest. However, the two never took it any further.
Diana Ross entered into her first marriage with American music executive Robert Ellis Silberstein in January 1971. In his career, Robert Ellis has managed the career of many known music names in addition to Ross herself: Billy Preston, Ronnie Wood from Rolling Stones, Meat Loaf, Rufus, and others. Diana and Robert had two children together before their separation in 1977.
Post-divorce, she moved to New York where she met and dated Gene Simmons, the lead singer, and bassist for the legendary rock band Kiss. They dated from 1980 to 1983.
She met her second husband Arne Næss Jr. in 1985. They hit it off and got married the following year. Her marriage to the now-late Norwegian shipping magnate ended in 2000 and produced two sons in their time together. Arne had three children from his marriage before Diana and the singer remains close to all of them.
Who Are Diana Ross’ Children?
Talking about Diana Ross’ children, her first child did not come from either of her marriages. Although she never got married to Berry Gordon, they did have a child together, Rhonda Ross Kendrick (also known as Rhonda Suzanne Silberstein) on August 14, 1971. She was two months pregnant with Rhonda when she married her first husband. Despite knowing her true paternity, he took her and raised her as his own, until she was told the truth at the age of 13. Before then, Rhonda had always known and referred to Gordon as “Uncle B.B.”
Diana Ross gave birth to her next two children, both girls, with Robert Ellis. Tracee Ellis Ross was born on October 29, 1972, while her second with Robert, Chudney Ross, came on November 4, 1975. Chudney works as a television producer and is married with a kid. Tracee is a successful model, actress, comedian, and director. She is known for movies and television series like Daddy’s Little Girls, Reed Between the Lines, Black-ish, and Grown-ish.
Her second marriage produced her last two children, both boys: Arne Ross Næss in 1987, and Evan Olav Ross Næss in 1988. Ross Næss became a father in 2016, after his girlfriend Kimberly Ryan gave birth to their son Leif. They got married in June 2017 and gave birth to their second son, Indigo, two months later. Evan Olav makes a living as an actor and has appeared in movies like ATL and The Hunger Games. He is married to singer Ashlee Simpson and they have a daughter Jagger, born in July 2015.
In all, for someone of Diana Ross’s age, she looks really good for a grandmother of five. Her five grandchildren all came from her children Rhonda, Chudney, Evan, and Ross Næss.