Jhené Aiko is an American singer and songwriter who started off as a contributing vocalist for the famous R&B boy group of the late 90s and early 2000s known as the B2K. To further bring her into the limelight, she was marketed as being a cousin to one of the B2K boys (Lil’ Fizz) whereas this was false. This was a move made in order to generate buzz for her 2003 planned debut album titled “My Name Is Jhené.” This album was however not released as the singer opted out of her contract with her record label, Sony, as she desired to further her education.
Jhené Aiko – Brief Bio, Age
Jhené Aiko Efuru Chilombo was born in Los Angeles, California on the 16th of March 1988. She comes from a middle-class family made up of her father, Karamo Chilombo, mother, Christina Yamamoto and her four siblings. Growing up was a bittersweet experience for her. She has disclosed that she still has memories of the horrific 1992 incident which involved the police brutality of Rodney King. This ill-treatment led to a riot conducted in solidarity for the victim. Sadly, the violence from the riot led to the death of over 50 people and 2000 people injured. More so, Jhené didn’t have a pleasant experience while in school as a kid because she was constantly teased for her looks of which didn’t fall into the popular racial classifications. This made her parents decide that she be home schooled.
Notwithstanding, the wonderful part of her childhood was the music. Whenever she felt sad, music was her go to pass time and comfort. She began taking music and vocal lessons as early as age four. To make things more interesting, her older sisters, Jamila and Miyoko, were already in the limelight with an R&B musical group called, ‘Gyrl’. It was through her sisters that she got the chance to showcase her singing skills to then-producer, Chris Stokes at the young age of five. By the time she was seven years old, Jhené Aiko had written a good number of rap songs.
She has always been influenced by music as her older sisters were already successful singers. She later became part of the R&B boy group, B2K, and signed a deal with Epic music when she was just twelve years of age. She was also featured in the debut video album of the group, Uh Huh, in 2002. Surprisingly, the video won the BET Award for Viewer’s Choice. In 2003, Jhené Aiko made an attempt to release her debut music album (My Name is Jhene) through record labels including, Sony, The Ultimate Group, and Epic, however, it didn’t work out and the album was never released as a result of differences faced between the labels and herself.
More so, she had a strong desire to pursue her education, therefore, she decided to opt out of the deal. On the completion of her studies, she made her way back into the music scene by releasing a mixtape in 2011 which she named, “Sailing Souls.” It featured acts like Drake, Miguel and Kanye West. Following the success of the mixtape and an increased fan base, she was signed the next year into “Artium Record Imprints” through Def Jam. Her very first EP, “Sail Out,” was released in November 2013, and it did so well that it reached the No.1 spot on the R&B chart. Her follow up album, “Trip,” was released in 2017.
It is quite obvious that Aiko doesn’t fall perfectly into any popular racial classification and the reason is simply because she is of a mixed heritage. Her father, Karamo Chilombo, who is a pediatrician, is of an African American, Native American, Jewish and German descent. On the other hand, her mother, Christina Yamamoto, has also a mixture of Japanese, Dominican and Spanish heritage.
She also has four siblings, two sisters (Jamila Akiko Mila Chilombo and Miyoko Chilombo) and two brothers (Miyagi Hasani Ayo Chilombo and Jahi Chilombo). Unfortunately, her brother Miyagi Hasani died on the 19th of April 2012 after losing a battle to cancer. Before his death, Aiko wrote a song for him which she titled, “For My Brother.” He gave up the ghost soon after listening to it. She also has three other half-siblings from her father’s side. Their names are; Dio Chilombo, Kareena Chilombo, and Marcia Chilombo.
Personal Life – Married, Husband, Daughter
Jhené Aiko is every inch a gorgeous lady who has been a good number of relationships ever since her popularity grew in her chosen field. In 2005, she began dating the prolific R&B singer, O’Ryan and they both welcomed a daughter named, Namiko Love on the 19th of November, 2008. In the same year, her daughter was born, she and boyfriend, O’Ryan called it quits with their relationship.
After the break-up, the pair was still very much in good terms and they took turns co-parenting. A major tragedy was averted on the 27th of August 2013, after she, her elder sister, Miyoko, her daughter, Namiko and ex-boyfriend, O’Ryan were involved in a car accident. Thankfully, no lives were lost and she alone sustained a broken wrist and had to get stitches on her chin.
On the 16th of March 2016, news was received that the star had gotten married in secret to her husband Oladipo “Dot da Genius” Omishore. The pair started dating late in 2015. Unfortunately, this union didn’t last up to a year as Aiko filed for divorce stating irreconcilable differences. The marriage was finally dissolved in October 2017. Aiko and Big Sean are currently dating after the split from her husband, Oladipo.