Who is Diggy Simmons?
Daniel Dwayne ‘Diggy’ Simmons II was born in Queens, New York City USA, on 21 March 1995 – his zodiac sign is Aries, and he holds American nationality. He’s a rapper, singer-songwriter, model, and an actor, but who’s probably known best for being the son of the famous American rapper and producer Joseph Ward Simmons, known better as Rev. Run.
Early life, siblings and education
Diggy was raised in Queens alongside his brother Russell ‘Russy’ Simmons II by their father, and their mother Justine Simmons (nee Jones); Diggy has an adoptive sister named Miley Justine Simmons, while his sister Victoria Anne Simmons was born on 26 September 2006, but died on the same day because of the rare abdominal wall defect omphalocele.
He also has three half-siblings from his father’s former marriage with Valerie Vaughn, named Joseph ‘JoJo’ Ward Simmons Jr, Angela and Vanessa Simmons.
Diggy became interested in rap music at a quite an early age, mostly because he looked up to his father and his half-siblings. He started writing his own songs when he was 10, and was 14 when he released “The First Flight”, his debut mixtape. It was in 2009 that he started attending a private high school, and then signed a contract with Atlantic Records, while it’s believed that there were five other record labels interested in working with him.
Diggy matriculated in 2013, and then focused on his career.
Career as a rapper
In 2010, Diggy uploaded a video onto the internet which featured him freestyling to the Nas’ song “Made You Look”; it became a hit, and even Kanye West praised Diggy’s skill. In the same year, Diggy released his second mixtape “Airborne”, as well as his third – “Past, Present(s), Future”.
In 2011, the magazine “Billboard” named him ‘Artist to Watch 2011’, and in the summer, Diggy embarked on his first tour, together with Tyga, Lil Twist and Mindless Behavior, amongst many others. His single “Copy, Paste” was released in the same year, and peaked at #24 on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart. On 20 March 2012, he released his debut album “Unexpected Arrival”.
He then revealed that he was working on his new mixtape “Out of This World”, and that it was to be released in 2013, however, it still hasn’t appeared. Diggy, B.o.B and Key Wane released their single “Mama Said” on 22 December 2013, then in May 2014, Diggy released his single “My Girl”. His following song “Ain’t Bout To Do” came out on 10 February 2015, recorded in collaboration with French Montana, and on 9 April 2015, released his single “Can’t Relate”.
Most recently, on 9 November 2018, he released his second studio album “Lighten Up”.
Career as an actor
Diggy has six acting credits. In 2011, he appeared in the music video “Mindless Behavior Feat. Diggy Simmons: Mrs. Right”, and in 2013, he portrayed Blake in the drama film “The Start Up”.
The year 2016 saw him make a guest appearance in the episode “Proof of Concept” of the hit crime thriller series “StartUp”, created by Ben Ketai, and which starred Adam Brody, Edi Gathegi and Otmara Marrero. It follows a Cuban-American hacker, a Haitian-American gangster, and an American banker, who have teamed up to create a ‘darknet’; the series was nominated for a 2017 Motion Picture Sound Editors Golden Reel Award for Best Sound Editing – Computer Episodic Entertainment.
In 2018, Diggy played Ronnie Burdett in the episode “Bird Gets a Pass” of the drama series “The Plug”, and in 2019, he was The College Boy in the short movie “About The People”.
Since 2018, he’s been playing Doug in the popular comedy series “Grown-ish”, created by Kenya Barris and Larry Wilmore, and which starred Yara Shahidi, Trevor Jackson and Francia Raisa. It follows Zoey Johnson who has just started attending college – the series has been nominated for 29 awards, including a Primetime Emmy.
Diggy produced the 2013 movie “The Start Up”.
He has made a guest appearance in various talk-shows, including “Total Request Live”, “Fashion News Live” and “Access Hollywood”, while he’s also competed in the game-show “Celebrity Family Feud”.
Awards and nominations
Diggy was nominated for two Black Entertainment Television (BET) YoungStars Awards in 2011 and 2012, winning the latter.
He was also nominated for a 2007 Teen Choice Award for Choice TV: Male Reality/Variety Star, for his performance in the show “Run’s House”.
Love life and girlfriends
Diggy is quite open when it comes to sharing details of his love life with his fans, and there are four girls whom he has been with, whom the public knows about.
Back in 2011, he started dating Jessica Jarrell, a famous American pop singer; the two became engaged in the following year, but called it off and broke-up only a couple of months later.
Between 2012 and 2014, Diggy was in a relationship with Young Lyric, an American rapper and Instagram star, who’s today followed by close to two million people on the network.
In 2017 and 2018, he dated the model and esthetician in training, Sydney Utendahl.
In 2019, Diggy dated famous American singer-songwriter Chloe Bailey, who’s today followed by close to five million people on Instagram.
As of January 2022, Diggy appears to be single, hasn’t married and doesn’t have children; there are rumors circulating the internet, claiming that he has a wife and daughter, but these have been proven false.
Hobbies and other interests
Diggy has uploaded only six pictures onto his Instagram account, but has nevertheless managed to attract close to two million followers on the network; it’s said that he’s still quite active on the platform, and often answers his fans’ messages.
He loves to travel, and his career has taken him to various US states, as well as to a couple of South American and European countries; Diggy’s dream travel destination is Barcelona in Spain.
He’s a dog lover, and apparently has two pet dogs.
Diggy’s physically highly active, and has five to six training sessions at the gym every week, thus his muscular body; this is perhaps why summer is his favorite season, because he enjoys showing off his body at the beach.
He likes to watch movies late at night, and his favorite actor and actress are Will Smith and Kate Winslet, while a couple of his favorite movies include “Bad Boys”, “Independence Day” and “Men in Black”.
Age, height and net worth
Diggy’s age is 26. He has short brown hair and brown eyes, his height is 5ft 8ins (1.75m) and he weighs around 155lbs (70kgs).
As of January 2022, his net worth has been estimated at over $3.5 million, while his father’s net worth is been estimated at more than $60 million.