Rappers and rap artists, whether they are mainstream or underground, all have huge fan bases who go crazy over their music, fashion and style. Fans want to keep up with their while life including their private and controversial things and love them despite of all the rumor’s.
Most of us are aware of the famous rapper Coolio who stepped on the stardom staircase with his 90’s hit “Gangsta Paradise”. The rapper passed away on Sept 28 leaving fans with a greater shock of losing their favourite artist. The rapper was reported to die of heavy drug usage that resulted in heart failure.
One of the avid searches is going about his wife Josefa Salinas who has been away from the limelight for years. If you wish to know about Coolio’s wife Josefa Salinas and the controversial relationship she shared with the late rapper (including the infamous wife swap), you might want to check this out!
Who is Coolio Wife Josefa Salinas?
As the hip-hop world continues to expand, so does the number of rappers who are married to women. These relationships can be controversial, and the public is always interested in what’s going on behind the scenes. The fresh brewing ladies topping the search bar are late rapper Coolio’s wife, Josefa Salinas.
Artis Leon Ivy Jr., known as Coolio, is an American rapper, actor and record producer known for his albums It Takes a Thief, Gangsta’s Paradise and My Soul. He became famous in the mid-1990s. He is also known for writing the theme song for Kenan & Kel and has been putting out great songs since 1996.
Some might get this as a shock but the two shared a concise span of married life together. Leon Ivey Jr. who was famously known for his rapper name Coolio and Josefa got married in 1996.
The two were married for 4 years and got divorced in 2000.
Josefa Salinas is not recognised as the late rapper’s ex-wife as the lady has garnered a great name in the field of media. She has been a known media personality as she has been consistent with her radio work at KQIE-FM in California.
Josefa can be heard daily on various FM radio stations throughout Southern California. On March 9, 2020, Josefa was awarded a prestigious Woman of the Year Award by the Los Angeles County Commission for Women and Supervisors for her outstanding achievements in arts and media.
Why did Josefa Salinas Divorced Coolio?
The couple got divorced in 2000 and the reason still remains under the table. Although, there are quite speculations about the two drifting apart that were largely caused by the rapper’s drug problems. Alongside, Coolio was also involved in a number of legal battles which could have added to the reason for divorce. Because he was always focused on his rap career, it’s possible that he didn’t bother to work out the terms of his divorce with Josefa. The two had been married for four years before deciding they weren’t right for each other anymore.
Coolio’s Famous Wife Swap With Girlfriend Mimi Ivey
The late rapper who has been confirmed to pass away due to heart failure was often found making headlines for his personal life which he never openly shared with the fans. The world came to shocking news when Coolio came under the celebrity swap radar with his current girlfriend Mimi Ivey.
Since neither of them likes to talk about their personal lives, it’s plausible that’s where the rumor’s started. They did Celebrity Wife Swap together which they both did individually.
The rapper shared a relationship with Mimi after divorcing Josefa in 2000. There were rumor’s of the two being in a relationship still. Coolio and Mimi Ivey, who has been identified as his girlfriend by several news outlets though the two have not publicly acknowledged a relationship, are now reportedly broken up. There is no report of any breakup between them in print or online
Based on reports from Nicki Swift, they had already broken up a while back and are now focusing on their separate lives. Ivey mentioned in an interview that she grew tired of how he treated her while they were together and it became a source of tension between them.
How many children does Coolio have?
He married Josefa Salinas in 1996 and separated some years after. After that, he started dating Mimi Ivey. Sometime in the mid-2000s, Coolio became notorious for having many rumored children with different women but there has been no justification from the rapper on that part. His ex-wife and he, together, had a total of four children: 3 daughters and 1 son.