Hounsou, then made back-to-back appearances in hit movies like Gladiator, In America, Blood Diamond and much more.
He came to Paris at the age of 13 and due to a lack of job he ended as a traveling, sleeping under bridges and hunting in trash cans for food.
Hounsou was first encouraged to pursue a modeling career by a fashion designer Thierry Mugler.
Simmons’ spokeswoman said only that “Kimora has a beautiful family life.” Hounsou’s rep emailed that he couldn’t “liase” with us until after deadline because he was taking a plane from L. Simmons began dating the 48-year-old Hounsou, from Benin, Africa, in March 2007 after separating in 2006 from Simmons. Over the Christmas and New Year holidays, another source who saw Hounsou and Simmons in St. At a party that Kimora’s ex threw at the Eden Roc hotel there, “Kimora stuck Djimon with keeping track of the three kids while she socialized with her ex,” the source says, adding that “Kimora and Djimon were fighting on New Year’s Eve.” “He is a calm, super-nice person and she’s such a diva,” says the source.
The two were married for 10 years and have two daughters, Ming , 12, and Aoki , 9. In summer 2008, Simmons and Hounsou participated in a traditional Beninese commitment ceremony.
On Monday, Simmons responded via Twitter to speculation the house sale was a sign of financial difficulty.
“Wow, I put 1 of several properties I own ( DONT live in) on the market & now apparently my whole life is fallin apart?! “Rumors, Rumors ...” Yet reps for both Simmons and Hounsou sidestepped discussing the state of their relationship. In response to our request for comment on the break-up, he wrote, “Djimon's been working in Vancouver for the past few months.” Russell Simmons did not respond to our attempts to contact him by deadline.
Djimon Gaston Hounsou, born on April 24, 1964, is a popular and multitalented Beninese-American actor as well as a model.
Hounsou is also good at dancing and has also danced in many occasions.
On Thursday, the Trulia Luxe Living blog said Simmons, 37, the creative director and president of shopping web site Just Fab.com, was unloading her modest (by celeb standards) six-bedroom, eight-bath Beverly Hills country home at a loss.