18 Musicians Who Have Way Too Many Kids

Mick Jagger
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Mick Jagger.

Number of Kids: 8

With actress Marcia Hunt:

  • Karis Hunt Jagger (born 1970)

With Bianca Jagger:

  • Jade Sheena Jezebel Jagger (1971)

With (first wife) Jerry Hall:

  • Elizabeth ‘Lizzie’ Scarlett Jagger (1984)
  • James Leroy Augustin Jagger (1985)
  • Georgia May Ayeesha Jagger (1992)
  • Gabriel Luke Beauregard Jagger (1997)

With Luciana Gimenez Morad:

  • Lucas Maurice Morad Jagger (1999)

With Melanie Hamrick:

  • Deveraux Octavian Basil Jagger (2016)

+ Mick Jagger: Asshole for Having a Child at 73?

Bob Dylan (2012; Public Domain)
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Bob Dylan.

Number of Kids: 6

With first wife Sara Lownds:

  • Jesse Byron Dylan (born 1966)
  • Anna Lea (1967)
  • Samuel Isaac Abraham (1968)
  • Jakob Luke (1969)

with second wife Carolyn Dennis:

  • Desiree Gabrielle Dennis-Dylan (1986)

Dylan also adopted Maria Dylan in 1961 from Lownds.


Willie Nelson
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Willie Nelson

Number of Kids: 7

With first-wife Martha Matthews:

  • Lana Nelson (born 1953)
  • Susie Nelson (1956)
  • Billy (1958, died 1991)

With third wife Connie Koepke:

  • Paula Carlene Nelson (1959)
  • Amy Lee Nelson (1973)

With fourth wife Annie D’Angelo:

  • Lucas Autry Nelson (1988)
  • Jacob Micah Nelson (1990)


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Bob Marley

Number of Kids: 11

With wife Alpharita Constantia “Rita” Anderson

  • Cedelia Marley (born 1967)
  • David “Ziggy” Marley (1968)
  • Stephen Marley (1972)

With Pat Williams:

  • Robbie Marley (1972)

With Janet Hunt:

  • Rohan Marley (1972)

With Janet Bowen:

  • Karen Marley (1973)

With Lucy Pounder:

  • Julian Marley (1975)

With Anita Belnavis

  • Ky-Mani Marley (1976)

With Cindy Breakspeare

  • Damian Marley (1978)

Marley also adopted Rita’s child Sharon (born 1964 from a previous marriage) and Stephanie (born 1974 in an extramarital affair).


Sting in Budapest in 2013 (Nikita CC by 3.0)
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Sting in Budapest in 2013 (Nikita CC by 3.0)
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Sting in Budapest in 2013 (Nikita CC by 3.0)


Number of Kids: 6

With first wife Frances Tomelty:

  • Joe Sumner (born 1976)
  • Fuschia Katherine “Kate” Sumner (1982)

With second wife Trudie Styler:

  • Brigitte Michael “Mickey” Sumner (1984)
  • Jake Sumner (1985)
  • Eliot Pauline “Coco” Sumner (1990)
  • Giacomo Luke Sumner (1995)


Billy Ray Cyrus
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Billy Ray Cyrus
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Billy Ray Cyrus, 2009 (Public Domain)

Billy Ray Cyrus

Number of Kids: 6

With Kristin Luckey:

  • Christopher Cody Cyrus (born 1992)

With wife Leticia “Tish” Finley Cyrus:

  • Destiny Hope “Miley” Cyrus (1992)
  • Braison Chance Cyrus (1994)
  • Noah Lindsey Cyrus (2000)

Additionally, Cyrus adopted Finley’s children: Brandi (born 1987) and Trace Cyrus (1989).


Rod Stewart in Hamburg, 2009
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Rod Stewart in Hamburg, 2009
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Rod Stewart

Number of Kids: 8

With Susannah Boffey:

  • Sarah Streeter (born 1963, given up for adoption)

With first wife Alana Hamilton:

  • Kimberley Alana Stewart (1979)
  • Sean Roderick Stewart (1980)

With Kelly Emberg:

  • Ruby Stewart (1987)

With second wife Rachel Hunter:

  • Renee Cecili Stewart (1992)
  • Liam McAllister Stewart (1994)

With third wife Penny Lancaster-Stewart:

  • Alastair Wallace Stewart (2005)
  • Aiden Patrick Stewart (2011)


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Number of Kids: 7

With ex-wife Lashon Dixon:

  • Messiah Ya’ Majesty (2000)
  • Domani Uriah (2001)

With Ms. Niko:

  • Deyjah Imani (2001)

With Tameka “Tiny” Cottle:

  • Clifford “King” Joseph (2004)
  • Major Philant (2008)
  • Heiress Harris (2016)

T.I. is the stepfather to Cottle’s daughter, Zonnique Jailee Pullins (born 1996).


Kevin Dooley
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Kevin Dooley
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Don Ho

Number of Kids: 10

With first wife Melvamay Kolokea Wong:

  • Don Jr.
  • Lei
  • Dondi
  • Dori
  • Dwight
  • Hoku
  • Kea
  • Kaimana
  • Kealii
  • Dayna.


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Lauryn Hill

Lauryn Hill

Number of Kids: 6

With partner Rohan Marley:

  • Zion David (born 1997)
  • Selah Louise (1998)
  • Joshua Omaru (2001)
  • John Nesta (2002)
  • Sarah (2008)

Father unknown:

  • Micah (2011)


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Number of Kids: 15

The rapper confirmed that he has fathered 15 children with a large number of women.  When asked to name his children, the rapper admitted that he could not.  DMX has declared bankruptcy amidst massive child support debt, which at one point soared to $400,000.

In 2016, DMX fathered Exodus Simmons with Desiree Lindstrom.

The rapper fathered Xavier, Tocoma, Shawn, and Praise with ex-wife Tashera Simmons.  An additional 10 were born to other mothers, a major complaint leading to DMX’s divorce with Tashera.


Flava Flav
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Flava Flav
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Flava Flav

Number of Kids: 6

With first wife Karen Ross:

  • Shaniq
  • Karen
  • William Jr.

With second wife Angie Parker:

  • Dazyna
  • Quanah
  • Kayla

With girlfriend Elizabeth Trujillo:

  • Karma


Master P
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Master P
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Master P

Number of Kids: 9

  • Percy “Lil Romeo” (born 1989)
  • Vercy (1991)
  • Tytyana (1992)
  • Veno (1992)
  • Inty (1993)
  • Hercy (1996)
  • Cymphonique (1996)
  • Itali (1999)
  • Mercy (2003)


Jermaine Jackson
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Jermaine Jackson

Number of kids: 8+

With first wife Hazel Gordy:

  • Jermaine La Jaune “Jay” (born 1977)
  • Autumn Joi (1978)
  • Jaimy Jermaine (1987)

With Margaret Maldonado:

  • Jeremy (1986)
  • Jourdynn (1989)

With an unknown woman:

  • Jasmine (1988)

With Alejandra Oaziaza:

  • Jaafar Jeremiah (1996)
  • Jermajesty (2000)

Plus, Jermaine Jackson is believed to have adopted Donte Jackson, birthed by Oaziaza and his brother, Randy Jackson.


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Number of kids: 8+

With rapper Solé:

Story Lumpkin (2001)
Dream Sarae (2002)

Adopted previous children (conceived by Solé):

De’jan (1992)
Cypress (1995)

from previous women (unidentified):

Elgin, Jr. (1992)

Additionally, there appear to be two more children on the list, which we could not identify.  In a recent interview, Ginuwine admitted to having 8 children, but did a photo shoot with 9 children in the photo.


Joe Jackson
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Joe Jackson
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Joe Jackson

Number of kids: 11

With wife Katherine Jackson:

  • Maureen Reillette “Rebbie” Jackson (born 1950)
  • Sigmund Esco “Jackie” Jackson (1951)
  • Tariano Adaryll “Tito” Jackson (1953)
  • Jermaine La Jaune Jackson (1954)
  • La Toya Jackson (1956)
  • Marlon Jackson (1957)
  • Brandon Jackson (1957, died at birth)
  • Michael Joseph Jackson (1958)
  • Steven Randall “Randy” Jackson (1961)
  • Janet Damita Jo Jackson (1966)


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Shawty Lo

Number of kids: 11

Shawty Lo (RIP) has 11 children from 10 different women.  There are nine girls, and two boys.  As for all the names… well.   Like DMX, we’re not even sure Shawty Lo knows them all!

The rapper, who died last year, was slated to have a reality show on Oxygen called ‘All My Babies’ Mamas’.  The show never went forward.

The rapper had his first child at 17.  He died at age 40.


Ol' Dirty Bastard
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Ol' Dirty Bastard
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Ol’ Dirty Bastard (ODB)

Number of Kids: 13

One of rap’s most colorful characters, Ol’ Dirty Bastard fathered an insane 13 kids before passing away at 36.  The rapper, born in 1969 in Brooklyn, started having children as a teenager.  Ultimately, the rapper had fathered children with 11 different women, many of whom remain unidentified.

Three of those children were fathered with Icelene Jones.  In 1997, ODB (real name: Russell Tyrone Jones) was arrested for not paying $35,000 in child support.

ODB’s first son, ‘Young Dirty Bastard,’ has spoken of creating a film to commemorate his father’s legacy.  “He was a black superhero,” YDB said.

11 Responses

  1. Anonymous

    What about Kanye West, whose wife was definitely held up and robbed in Paris.

  2. Duane

    This is nothing. Elephant and Denroy Morgan have both hit 30 kids already.

    • Anonymous

      And DMX really has like 21 kids… (admitted in interview) I know the family and they are all destroyed by him… it’s truly sad. Also bob Marley is legendary for having uncountable kids. They say half the island is related to him…, lol

  3. Bonobo

    WHo’s had too many awful kids? – The Trumps and the Bushes. Musicians are often poor growing up, and get while the getting is good. Jagger and Sting are supporting all their children by the way. Being related to them is a step up, although probably not very emotionally fulfilling, but who knows? Judge not. Having ten children used to not be the end of the world. It may be now, but the world is going to rats for other reasons as well.

  4. Karen

    Too many children? By whose standard? There is a great deal of difference between having children with your spouse (Joe Jackson, etc.) and having 10 different baby mamas and 11 different babies whose names you don’t know. Lumping them all in together dilutes your point.

  5. just me

    Joe Jackson actually had 12 kids and a possibility the 12th is Joe’Vahnnie Jackson.
    And thee possible is Donte’ Jackson. (No One knows who his father really is and the Gold Digger mother Alihandra Jackson had kids with Randy And Jermaine and there is roumor that she also was with Joe. That Tramp really gets around. She put the family to the test.

  6. just me

    Oh and P.S. Jermaine’s other daughter with an unknown woman’s name is Dawn Not Jasmine

  7. john smith

    Some are unable to have even one, and they always seem to be goody goody ordinary citizens. Who ever heard of an infertile rapper, athlete, rock star.

  8. Jim horne

    I have five and sadly dont remember Nair one of their birthdays. What a piece of shit I am. And nobody knows about any of them.