Private Details of Iconic Diana Ross Love Life: Two Marriages and Three Father To Her Five Children
An iconic singer, successful businesswoman and a good mother, Diana Ross is a legend. Over her life, she's achieved many big things despite having a tumultuous romantic reputation. Above all, she values her children and has seen them through the big and small moments. Let's look at the singer and her beautiful mixed family.
DIANA, QUEEN OF HOLLYWOOD
The American actress and singer is nearing 80 but shows no signs of slowing down! But where did it all begin for this star? Well, you may recognize her from the famous group, The Supremes, a Motown group that became a worldwide success during the sixties.
Diana then created her own path and throughout her fabulous career released hit after hit. She even received the honorary award of the 'Female Entertainer of the Century' by Billboard magazine along will be hailed by the Guinness Book of World Records.
They gave the biggest honor of all by calling her the most successful female music artist in history. Born in Detroit, Diana had a sister name Barbra who was in the medical field. Regarding her name Diana, there's actually a funny story... Her name was meant to be Diane.
However, a mistake on her birth documents made her name Diana instead! To this day some of her family still refer to the famous singer as Diane. Growing up she found herself interested in an array of things related to fashion, from pattern making to tailoring.
This sparked her interest in becoming a fashion designer. But as we all know, the music bug bit her shortly after and she entered into a career that would change her life. Diana Ross was one of the richest singers in times gone by, with an estimated net worth of $250 million!
UNLUCKY IN LOVE
In her love life, things have not been as smooth as her career. From her two marriages, she gained five beautiful children. But, before we look into their lives, let's see who the men in her life were! The first serious relationship was with Berry Gordy.
Now Gordy was a Motown legend in his own right! During their time together, they had one child, a girl named Rhonda. She was born in 1971. However, while still pregnant with Rhonda, Diana married someone else... She tied the knot with music executive Robert Ellis Silberstein.
This was the man who would raise Rhonda. Only when Rhonda was a teen did her mother disclose who her real father was - Berry Gordy. Throughout her marriage with Robert, she had two more kids, namely the famous Tracee Joy and Chudney Lane Silberstein.
This happy family didn't last very long as the couple filed for divorce in 1977. After this she remained unmarried for a while, dating here and there. One notable conquest was the Kiss singer Gene Simmons, from 1980 to 1983. This relationship also went to the dogs...
The iconic singer did marry again, this time it was to a Norwegian shipping magnate. His name was typically Norwegian, Arne Næss Jr. They met in 1985 and tied the knot the following year. Diana gained three kids through this union, becoming a stepmother.
HER PRIDE AND JOY
She was now the guardian of Katinka, Christoffer, and folk singer Leona Naess. Together the couple has two children of their own, Ross Arne and Evan Olav. But sadly this marriage ended in 2000 when rumors began to swirl about Næss having cheated...
Another tragedy struck Diana's life when her former husband and the father of her children died in a South African mountain climbing accident. This was only four years after their split and affected the singer immensely. Fortunately, she did end her relationship on good terms.
From her own children, she was given the gift of five grandchildren. These were Raif-Henok, Leif, Idingo, Callaway Lane and Jagger Snow. Diana has on numerous occasions explained that her family is her absolute pride and joy and worth more than any award!
BERRY GORDY JR.
He was the former Motown president and she was the queen of the “Supremes,” together they were a force of nature. Their relationship evolved into a semi-secret romance that started in 1965 but it wasn't without its hiccups and Gordy's own skeletons in the closet...
Gordy wasn't really keen on marriage because by then he was already twice-divorced... This was tough on Diana who really wanted to start her own family and take their relationship to the next level. This was what eventually prompted Diana to move on without him.
Luckily, the end of their romantic relationship didn't mean the end of their friendship. The two are great buddies to this very day and even collaborated on more music... The two share a loving friendship to this day and prove that exes can be friends after all.