Jhené Aiko is a talented songwriter and singer best known for her collaborations with the popular R&B boy band, B2K. She contributed vocals to their tracks and appeared in several of the band’s music videos. Around 2002 when she began her career, Jhené was purported to be related to a member of B2K – Lil’ Fizz – but it was later discovered that the claim is false. It was rumors used as publicity and promotional tool by Sony and Epic Records who represented her at the time.
Jhené Aiko’s Early Life and Background
The American singer was born on March 16, 1988, in Los Angeles, California. She was christened Jhené Aiko Efuru Chilombo by her parents who raised her in Century City neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. The prolific vocalist has a very rich family heritage that can be traced back to a number of European and Asian countries.
Jhené’s father, Karamo Chilombo, was a pediatrician of Jewish, African-American, Native American, and German-American descent. On the other hand, her mother, Christina Yamamoto’s origins can be traced back to Spain, Japan, and the Dominican Republic. All these numerous heritage invariably means that the acclaimed singer is of multiple ethnicities.
It is known that Jhené has only two siblings- an older sister named Miyoko and a brother named Miyagi. Unfortunately, Miyagi died on July 19, 2012, after suffering from cancer. Prior to his death, Aiko composed and recorded a song with her laptop which she titled “For My Brother”. The heart touching song was originally intended for her brother’s ears only. Sadly, he died shortly after listening to the beautiful piece.
Jhené and her siblings were raised as Pentecostals and attended the Foursquare Church. In fact, she was baptized at the age of 16 at the church. Not much is known about her qualifications or which high school she attended except that she took some vocal classes in Culver City, California. More so, Aiko was predominantly homeschooled throughout her growing up years. The reason why her parents opted for this style of education is unknown to us at this time.
Who Has Jhené Aiko Been Involved With?
O’Ryan Omir Browner (2005-2008)
Typical of every young girl growing up in Los Angeles, Jhené was involved with boys. Her earliest relationship can be traced back to 2005 when she started dating R&B singer O’Ryan. The had a steady relationship for about 3 years and Aiko got pregnant in January 2008 which forced her to stop attending vocal classes for a while.
The soprano singer welcomed her first child at age 20 with O’Ryan on November 19, 2008. The adorable baby girl was named Namiko Love Browner. Sadly, the relationship with her baby daddy came to an abrupt end that same year.
Shad Gregory Moss (2010)
Best known as Bow Wow, Moss is a popular rapper, actor and television presenter. His relationship with Aiko was never confirmed by both parties involved. However, it is believed the pair started dating in 2010. This was about two years after Jhené had ended things with O’Ryan. They dated for a while and parted ways just a few months after. Bow Wow went on to date Joie Chavis that same year and had his daughter, Shai Moss with her on April 27, 2011.
Donald McKinley Glover (2013)
In October 2013, mainstream media peddled the information that Glover had hooked up with Jhené. Glover is an American musician, actor, and stand-up comedian. The two-time recipient of the Golden Globe Award is a very private individual who rarely talks about his personal life. This makes it somewhat difficult to know for sure what happened between Glover and Aiko.
The Singer Married The Popular Record Producer, Dot da Genius
The B2K vocalist was briefly married to Oladipo Omishore. Omishore is a mixing engineer and record producer popularly known as Dot da Genius. The sound guru was born and brought up in Brooklyn, New York. He is the owner of HeadBanga Muzik Group label and has a publishing contract with the prestigious Universal Music Group. For his work, Dot da Genius has received many notable award nominations which includes two Grammy Award nominations and two BET Hip Hop Award nominations. He has also collaborated with top acts in the music industry including Kid Cudi and Jhené Aiko.
The pair officially began dating in September 2014 and in no time, the lovebirds took their relationship public taking turns in professing their love for each other whenever they get the opportunity. Visibly struck by love coupled with the emotional connection they shared, Jhené decided to exchange marital vows with the Dot da Genius at a private ceremony held in March 2016.
Fans of the celebrity couple and the media got news of their wedding after they publicly announced it. Unfortunately, the lovebirds who dated for two years couldn’t hold things down in their marriage. Relations between Jhené and Oladipo turned sour after a couple of months into the marriage. The real extent of the damage was confirmed when Aiko filed for an annulment of their marriage on August 9, 2016. Typically, her reason for wanting a divorce was cited as irreconcilable differences. Neither Jhené nor Dot da Genius has come out openly to reveal details of their divorce. The marriage was officially annulled in October 2017.
Jhené Aiko’s Had A Romantic Relationship With Big Sean After Her Divorce
Fresh off a brief marriage, the American singer found love again with Sean Anderson popularly known as Big Sean. Like Jhené, Big Sean is a singer, songwriter, and rapper who has numerous albums that have been awarded platinum certifications.
Big Sean and Jhené Aiko hooked up sometime in February 2016. This happened less than a year after Sean ended his 8-month relationship with Ariana Grande. Jhené on the other hand was facing some problems in her marriage with Dot da Genius which was in the process of annulment. However, the pair were able to move their past relationships and started a romance and even collaborated to release an album titled, ”Twenty88” in 2016 but this new found love was shortlived.
News of their breakup broke out in March 2019. However, reports indicated that the duo had separated since December 2018. The reason for their break-up was not made known to the public by either of them and since her break-up with the widely acclaimed rapper, Aiko has not been romantically linked with any other person. She is currently focused on raising her 11-year old daughter whom she lives with in California.