Nicole Young: Who Is Dr. Dre’s Estranged Wife Who Recently Filed For Divorce?

Dr. Dre and wife Nicole Young attend the premiere of "Straight Outta Compton" at Microsoft Theater on August 10, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.
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Nicole Young, wife of rapper and hip-hop mogul Dr. Dre, has filed for divorce after 24 years of marriage. As TMZ reported, Young — who is a lawyer — filed Monday, citing irreconcilable differences.

According to the report, Dre did not sign a prenuptial agreement before he and Young were married. The iconic producer found massive success as the founder and CEO of Aftermath Entertainment and Beats Electronics, accumulating an estimated net worth of $800 million. While she is not eligible for child support because the couple’s two children are now adults, Young will reportedly seek out spousal support and will be represented by attorney Samantha Spector — whose clients include Jenna Dewan and Amber Heard — in the divorce.

The couple has not made a public appearance since February, when they attended a Tom Ford fashion show with their daughter Truly, according to Extra TV. While the 50-year-old Young has no social media presence and Dre rarely speaks about his personal life, the producer did say that his wife would be involved in his forthcoming birthday festivities during a radio interview, also in February.

“I was in the studio last night — I decided to just keep it low-key this time — I’m going to have a few friends over and my wife is going to do a crab boil for me. I love crab. We’re just going to kick it, kick it in my backyard.”

Dre did make an unexpected appearance on social media over the weekend but not to address any turbulence in his personal life. Longtime collaborator Snoop Dogg shared a clip on his Instagram of himself in a studio alongside Dre and fellow rapper-producer Kanye West.

Nicole & Dre Have Been Married Since 1996

Dr. Dre and his wife Nicole Young attend the film premiere of "The Wash."
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Dre — real name Andre Romelle Young — married Nicole on May 25, 1996. The wedding came during one of the most turbulent periods of Dre’s career, as only months earlier he had left Death Row Records — the iconic West Coast hip-hop label that he had previously co-owned. Nicole, whose maiden name is Plotzker, was also moving on from a failed marriage to former Los Angeles Lakers point guard Sedale Threatt.

The intervening years saw Dre rise from an iconic rapper and producer to one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the music industry. His Aftermath Records discovered Eminem, who would become one of the highest-selling artists of all time, and his Beats Electronics brand would dominate the audio product market and eventually be purchased by Apple for $3.2 billion.

Nicole & Dre Have Two Children Together

Nicole Young and Dr. Dre attend "The Defiant Ones" premiere.
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Nicole shares two adult children with her estranged husband: son Truice, born in 1997, and daughter Truly, born in 2001. Dre has four other children from previous relationships. While Dre’s two children with Young keep relatively low profiles, as they get older they are showing signs of following their father’s footsteps.

Truice — who recently celebrated graduating from the University of Southern California — often posts pictures on social media of himself working on music. Sometimes he is working alongside his father in high-end studios, while other times he is operating out of a simpler home setup. If Truice does breakthrough in the music industry, it may not be in hip-hop, as his music has more of a house sound.

Truly has also exhibited potential for a future in the music industry, and like her brother’s ambitions, it’s unlikely to be in hip-hop. In an interview with Galore, Truly revealed that she has been serious about playing the guitar and writing her own music since she was 13 years old, adding that she turned down her parents’ offers to teach her in favor of learning on her own.

Dre’s N.W.A. is not among her favorite bands, as her influences instead lie with acts such as Nirvana, No Doubt, The Smiths, Sonic Youth, and Joy Division. She released her first single, “LoverBoy,” in 2018, which can be viewed on YouTube. Truly was accepted to the University of Southern California’s film school in 2019.