N.W.A. alum Dr. Dre, whose real name is Andre Young has been married to his wife, Nicole Young since 1996. The couple shares two adult children together, and though Dr. Dre has made headlines for one reason or another, Nicole Young has been seen as his dutiful wife for the past 24 years.
Though Hollywood isn’t necessarily an environment that fosters long-term relationships, fans were stunned on June 29 when Young filed for divorce from the Beats mogul after more than two decades.
As of yet, there has been no public basing or back and forth between the soon-to-be-former couple. However, amid some very sticky prenup drama, this divorce could get ugly very quickly.
Inside Dr. Dre and Nicole Young’s 24 year marriage
Over the course of his career, Dr. Dre has been involved in various legal issues including violence against women. He has also be convicted of battery, a DWI, and other legal pursuits. However, since marrying Nicole Young in 1996, little details about their marriage have been leaked to the press.
The pair share two children together, a son Truice, 23, and 20-year-old daughter, Truly. Young was often by her husband’s side at events, including a Tom Ford fashion show in February 2020, but the pair remained out of the headlines.
Nicole Young initially said there was no prenup
When she filed for divorce in June 2020, citing her separation from Dr. Dre as March 2020, Young made no mention of a prenup. Instead, she asked for spousal support and for a judge to divide the couple’s assets. The rapper/producer is worth upwards of $800 million. In response to his wife’s claim, Dr. Dre agreed to supposal support but asked that property be divided according to their prenup. In response, Young says that not only was she coerced into signing the prenup, it was also torn up just a few years into their marriage.
According to court documents via Vanity Fair she said,
I was extremely reluctant, resistant and afraid to sign the agreement and felt backed into a corner. Given the extraordinary pressure and intimidation by Andre, I was left with no option but to hire a lawyer (of course with the help of Andre’s team of professionals) and unwillingly signed the agreement very shortly before our marriage. Andre acknowledged to me that he felt ashamed he had pressured me into signing a premarital agreement and he tore up multiple copies of the agreement in front of me. Since the day he tore up the agreements we both understood that there was no premarital agreement, and that it was null and void.
Dr. Dre is clapping back at Nicole Young’s prenup claims
Essentially, if there is in fact a prenup on file, Young is going to have a really challenging time in court. “It’s like the dog ate my homework. It just doesn’t work,” divorce attorney Judith Poller revealed to Vanity Fair. She continued,
There’ve been very few instances where [prenups are] overturned, and the fact that somebody might say during the marriage, when in their happiest moment, ‘I’m sorry I made you go through this process, and I’m gonna rip it up,’ means absolutely nothing.
However, there is on part of Young’s claim that Dr. Dre’s legal team should be concerned about. The “very shortly before our marriage” aspect should be noted. After all, in the state of California, both parties need at least seven days to review the contents of a prenup before signing.