Dreka Gates is an American actress, social media star and entrepreneur, but who is possibly best known as the wife of the rapper and singer, Kevin Gates.
Age, Early Life, and Education Background
Dreka Gates was born Shadreka Centuri Haynes under the Virgo zodiac sign on 31 August 1986, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and is 37 years old as of 2023. She’s disclosed that she shares a very strong bond with her mum, Sharon Haynes, but hasn’t revealed anything about her relationship with her father, whose name remains unknown to the public. Haynes was brought up alongside her brother, David; the family relocated to Los Angeles, California when she was a teenager.
Gates attended a local private elementary school in Baton Rouge, then later a high school in Los Angeles, where she participated in several competitions and schooling events. She is an alumnus of Louisiana State University, having graduated in 2008 with a BA degree in Fashion Merchandising.
Hobbies and Interests
Dreka is a devoted philanthropist, who in 2018 launched the charity Kevin & Dreka Gates Foundation, alongside her husband; her charity was honored with the Youth Impact Award.
She is a big fan of Italian cuisine.
She is also keen on traveling, and her career has seen her travel to many US states and international destinations. Her best-loved US city is Miami, Florida.
In her spare time, the established social media sensation likes watching films starring her favorite actors Tom Cruise and Jennifer Lawrence.
She is also an animal lover who is often seen walking her pets in the park. She has also inked several animal tattoos on her back.
Dreka is keen on working out and taking care of her mental health through meditation. She also loves sports, and has trained in boxing, and moreover is a part-time fitness instructor.
— The Source Magazine (@TheSource) March 19, 2018
Gates sells a wide array of women’s apparel on her online store. She also deals in wellness products such as Love Dust, Selenite Crystal Wand, Abundance Sage, and many others. She uses her social media platforms to popularize her brand, and channels most of her earnings to the Kevin & Dreka Foundation, the objective of her foundation being to empower and educate youth. Dreka is also the owner of Dreka Wellness and BE Provisions, which sells CBD and cannabis products. She’s partnered with her husband to create the record label, Bread Winner’s Association, and she also serves as her husband’s booking manager.
Gates launched her self-titled YouTube channel in December 2017, on which she shares fashion trends, travel vlogs, skincare tips, and farming videos. She uploaded her first video entitled “Animal Feedings, Islah’s Business Idea, Getting Dragged by a Goat | Dreka Gates” on 8 October 2020, and Dreka now has around 190,000 subscribers, having attracted over six million views. In addition, Dreka has appeared in music videos for her husband’s songs “Power” and “Dreka.” She also served as the producer for the “Kevin Gates Helpline.”
Social Media Presence
Dreka is followed by almost three million fans on Instagram (@drekagates); she joined Twitter in November 2015 and is currently followed by over 100,000 fans – she uses her massively followed social media accounts to market her brands and promote her career.
Dreka married her long-term boyfriend Kevin Gates on 17 October 2015. Kevin is an established rapper, musician and entrepreneur, who has released many songs in his career, which has spanned over a decade and a half. During the early phase of his career, he signed a contract with Dead Game Records, and released many mixtapes including “The Luca Brasi Story, “Murder for Hire,” and “Stranger than Fiction,” and some of his hit singles include “Cartel Swag,” “Weeks,” and “Plug Daughter 2” among others. Before marrying, the couple welcomed their firstborn, Islah Koren, on 30 November 2012, and on 10 May 2014, they were blessed with another child they named Khaza Kamil.
Dreka follows the Islamic religion; in September 2016, she visited the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia, together with her husband.
Dreka Has Stood by her Husband
Over the years, Dreka’s husband has been involved in numerous controversies involving infidelity and crime. Gates’ trouble with the law began when he was a teenager, jailed for being an accomplice in a stolen vehicle case. In 2003, Gates stabbed a man during an altercation, and in 2016, he was convicted of assaulting one of his fans during a music concert in Florida. Moreover, he was sentenced to 30 months for illegal weapon possession in 2017, eventually released on parole in January 2018. Despite the troubles with the law, Dreka has revealed that she never tried to change her husband because she wanted him to learn from his mistakes.
Kevin Gates has allegedly cheated on his wife several times; it’s rumored that he used to have sexual relations with one of his cousins. In May 2020, Kevin sparked a controversy when his sex tape leaked onto the internet, in which he is seen having sex with a mysterious woman, who was not his wife. Surprisingly, Dreka turned a blind eye to the trending video, and apparently their marriage remained strong – Dreka has always stood by her husband, who often praises and thanks her for being understanding and loving, and in 2020, he dedicated the song “Dreka” to her. In a 2016 interview, the couple hinted to Angela Yee that they are in an open relationship. Kevin revealed to Angela that he allows his wife to get sexually involved with other women when he’s not around, adding that their relationship is based on friendship and not on sex.
Height, Weight, and Physical Appearance
Dreka is of Afro-American roots and has a set of dark brown eyes and black hair. She is slim, weighs approximately 130lbs (59kgs), is 5ft 7ins (1.70m) tall, with vital statistics of 33-27-35; she wears shoe size 7.5(US). Gates has inked several tattoos on her body, including that of an eagle with a crown on her chest.
In 2017, she had plastic surgery, to have the volume of her breasts increased through implants, but she had them removed in 2020 because they were negatively affecting her health. She revealed on Instagram that the implants were the reason behind her increased estrogen levels, thinning hair, and skin breakouts.
Dreka’s career as her husband’s manager and other business endeavors has seen her accumulate a good net worth. She also earns from Bread Winners’ Association and social media influencing, and is worth approximately $2 million as of 2023. On the other hand, her husband Kevin is reputedly worth $1 million.