Dr. Dre has finally settled his divorce from ex-wife Nicole Young, putting an end to an often-heated court battle that started when Young filed for divorce back in June 2020.
The jaw-dropping agreement states that Dre, born Andre Romelle Young, must fork over a whopping $100 million — tax-free — to his former spouse. The money will be dispersed in two payments, with the first hitting Nicole’s account the first half of 2022 and the second transfer occurring in the second half of the year.
While it might seem like a major financial blow for the noted producer and rapper, Dre has an estimated net worth of $820 million, and he’s walking away with plenty of his own goodies. While his ex gets to keep four luxury vehicles and what’s sure to be a very sparkly jewelry collection, Dre won the right to keep seven high-end properties, including the Malibu Beach house Young is currently living in and now must vacate ASAP. Dre also maintains control of his master recordings and other pricey assets including shares of Apple stock.
Dre and Nicole tied the knot in 1996 and went on to have two children together. Their son Truice is now 24, while daughter Truly is 21. Dre also has six other children from previous relationships.
A few months after filing for divorce, Nicole Young filed papers requesting a judge nullify the couple’s prenuptial agreement, which Young alleges she was coerced into signing. She also alleged her former husband ripped up the prenup in a fit of anger once the couple was already married.
But the big bombshell came in the form of accusations of mistreatment. Young claimed she was the subject of emotional, physical, and financial abuse, with Dre getting increasingly violent the more he drank. In one instance, Young says Dre swore at her. In another, he sent “frightening” texts. Young’s court papers also list abusive incidents in which Dre “punched [Young] in the head/face” and “kicked down a door” while Young hid “from his rage.”
These allegations join a long string of abuse accusations hurled at Dre by other women he’s been in relationships with. Singer Michel’le, who dated Dre in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, says she was abused by Dre and that he even attempted to shoot her during one alcohol-fueled exchange. He also assaulted TV host Dee Barnes in 1991 and former labelmate Tairrie B in 1990.
Of the Barnes incident, Dre eventually admitted fault and in 2015 released a statement to The New York Times saying he regretted his actions. “Twenty-five years ago, I was a young man drinking too much and in over my head with no real structure in my life… I apologize to the women I’ve hurt. I deeply regret what I did and know that it has forever impacted all of our lives.”