DMX, who remains in the ICU in a “vegetative state” after a drug overdose, is now surrounded by many of his children — some of whom were spotted at a mass vigil outside the hospital — as they say their “final goodbye” to their dad. But with COVID-19 restrictions in place at the White Plains medical center, only one child can see their ailing father at a time.
That means it could take up to 15 visits for the Yonkers-born rapper to see all of his kids.
The “Ruff Ryders’ Anthem” rapper, whose real name is Earl Simmons, has not only been prolific in the rap game, but also in the offspring game — counting 15 children as the “flesh of his flesh.”
The 50-year-old told GQ he even has a Bible verse about being a procreator tattooed on his neck. “Exodus 1:7,” he said in 2019. “It says, ‘Be fruitful and multiply and your children will inherit the world.’”
That verse also inspired the name for his youngest child with his longtime partner, Desiree Lindstrom. Their son Exodus was born in 2016, but details about his other kids are somewhat scant. That same year, “X,” as fans call him, confirmed to “The Breakfast Club” that he has 15 children with nine different women in total. At the time, he was unsure if all of his offspring had ever met.
“Some of them have met others. I ain’t a total piece of s–t,” he told the radio show. “I ain’t have kids in the same county. Yeah, I slipped up. I got a few in New York; I got a few in Cali.”
When asked how he “picks” whom he wants to “breed with,” DMX, who claims to be a deacon, said: “I’m just like a dog. I sniff the ass, I wag my tail.”
In 2013, he filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy, according to the Associated Press, citing some $1.3 million in child support owed to 10 children he fathered.
X has been in and out of court over the years as he battled over custody of his big brood. Most of his flock have flown under the radar despite counting the famous, raspy-voiced “Where the Hood At?” rapper and actor in films like 2000’s “Romeo Must Die” as their patriarch.
The Post has reached out to DMX’s reps for comment.
Exodus Simmons, 5
“It’s new beginnings,” he told GQ of naming his son after the Bible book. “Exodus speaks to beginnings. He was a new beginning.”
Lindstrom’s social media accounts are full of happy family photos, including one with DMX and his now-5-year-old son in Santa hats.
Aaliyah, around 10
DMX also has a daughter named after the late singer Aaliyah Haughton, who died in 2001, a fact he revealed in 2011 on BET’s “106 & Park” while honoring the 10th anniversary of Haughton’s death. DMX and Haughton were co-stars in 2000’s “Romeo Must Die” alongside Jet Li.
“This is my own personal, special tribute to Aaliyah,” he said, while bringing his infant daughter on camera.
“This is Aaliyah,” the proud dad says while cradling the baby. “It’s my newest baby and I named her after Aaliyah because that’s how special she was to me.”
“Know that you’re named after an angel,” he says to the child, whose mother is unknown.
He was a proud father on stage in 2012 during a show when he brought his daughter Aaliyah up for the crowd to see.
Xavier Simmons, 28
Tacoma Simmons, 21
Sean Simmons, 18
Praise Mary Ella Simmons, 15
The daughter of Tashera Simmons and the rapper, Praise Mary Ella Simmons, is about to turn 16, according to IMDb, which has her birthday listed as April 18, 2005. Her mother shared photos of her for her birthday in 2019 on Instagram.
DMX and Tashera Simmons appeared on Season 1 of VH1’s “Couples Therapy” in 2012 before their split, where they revealed he had extramarital affairs and children out of wedlock. That year, she confirmed to Essence that he had fathered six children outside their marriage, but did not elaborate further.
The “Slippin’” rapper fathered a child with Monique Wayne in 2004 and a DNA test proved he was the father. In 2008, DMX was ordered to pay Wayne $1.5 million in damages after he was accused of defamation, false statements and “unreasonable publicity” about her.
“I’m a single parent, as far as I’m concerned,” Wayne said at the time.
He also reportedly has two kids with ex Yadira Borrego, who recently shared photos of a pair of youngsters with DMX onstage. “Minor set back for a Major come back ! God got You, Your family got you, The kids got you, I got you !! The World got You!! Let’s go,” she wrote on Sunday along with photos that match press images taken during a 2019 concert in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She also shared a photo the night of the show, writing: “Great show My babies Love their Daddy so much.”
Borrego was seen at the Monday night vigil in the crowd with his fiancée and ex-wife and shared photos from the vigil in her Instagram stories. She also shared a photo of her children and some of X’s other kids with the caption “Siblings.”
It even appears DMX’s son is following in his footsteps as a rapper. Borrego shared a video of the young ‘un rapping, in which he declares his name is Lil’ Smoke, on her YouTube page. In another video, she revealed that the boy is 9 years old after he says his dad met her “because of her looks.”
He also allegedly had a child with another woman in 2008, according to Rolling Out. In January, DMX posted about his “daughter” and her new song, and linked to Instagram handle @sonovah_junior. That account posted photos of the rapper with a young girl, with the caption: “I love you daddy.” An Instagram account which appears to be the young girl’s mother’s page shows the same photo along with a video backstage during a DMX show.