|Tionne Watkins Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 3 in|
|Date of Birth||April 26, 1970|
|Eye Color||Dark Brown|
Tionne Watkins is an American singer, songwriter, actress, author, and executive producer who had come into the spotlight in the early 1990s as a member of the American girl group TLC with whom she had won 4 Grammy Awards. She is also well recognized for her portrayal of the character of Sheila Watkins in the American TV daytime soap opera Days of Our Lives (2016-2020).
Tionne Tenese Watkins
T-Boz, TT, T-Bone
Des Moines, Iowa, United States
She splits her time between Los Angeles, California, United States, and Atlanta, Georgia, United States.
Singer, Songwriter, Actress, Author, Executive Producer
- Father – James Watkins (Musician/Singer)
- Mother – Gayle Coleman (Musician/Singer)
- Siblings – She has a brother.
- Others – Annie Watkins (Paternal Grandmother), William H. Ashby (Maternal Grandfather), Velma Lucille Turner (Maternal Grandmother), Eddie Russell Jr. (Cousin) (d. September 20, 2017)
R&B, Pop, Hip Hop, Soul
Tionne Watkins’ net worth had been $1.5 million according to CelebrityNetWorth.com.
5 ft 3 in or 160 cm
65 kg or 143.5 lbs
Boyfriend / Spouse
Tionne has dated –
- Chuck Smith – Rumor
- Treach – Rumor
- Dalvin DeGrate (1992-1998)
- Jay-Z (1995-1998)
- Mack 10 (1999–2004) – Tionne had started dating rapper Dedrick D’Mon Rolison aka Mack 10 in August 1999 and they got engaged in December 1999. The couple got married on August 19, 2000, and have a daughter together named Chase Anela Rolison (b. October 20, 2000). In June 2004, she filed for divorce and requested a restraining order against Mack 10.
- Takeo Spikes (2005-2010)
In June 2016, she announced that she had adopted a 10-month-old boy named Chance.
Race / Ethnicity
Multiracial (Black and White)
She is of African-American and part Native American and Irish descent.
She often tends to dye her hair blonde, pink, silver, or platinum.
- Curvaceous, stocky frame
- Side-parted, shoulder-length, straight hair
- Affable smile
Tionne Watkins Facts
- Born in Des Moines, Iowa, her family had moved to Atlanta, Georgia, when she was about 9 years old. Her parents got divorced when she was just 3.
- Her middle name, Tenese, is the Chickasaw Native American version of Tennessee, a nod to her heritage.
- As both her parents were musicians/singers, she had dreamed from childhood that she would pursue a career in the music industry.
- In her teenage years, she was a hair model and later became a manicurist and shampoo girl at a hair salon. In her free time, she used to practice dancing at a skating rink.
- She was diagnosed with sickle cell anemia in childhood but had publicly revealed her condition only in 1996. About 6 years after this, she was hospitalized for 4 months due to a flare-up of the disorder.
- In November 1999, she published a book of semi-autobiographical poetry entitled Thoughts.
- In 2005, she and stylist Tara Brivic had opened a children’s boutique called Chase’s Closet (named after Tionne’s daughter). It had to be shut down in 2008, however, while Tionne was recovering from her brain tumor surgery.
- In October 2009, she revealed that she had secretly battled a potentially fatal brain tumor since March 2006. It was a grape-sized acoustic neuroma on her vestibular nerve that had affected her balance, weight, hearing, sight, and facial movement.
- Due to the possibility of encountering life-threatening complications related to her affliction with sickle cell anemia, many surgeons were unwilling to perform surgery on her. She had eventually undergone surgery to remove the tumor at the Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles.
- The operation was successful but she had suffered a 3% loss of hearing in her right ear and paralysis on the right side of her face. She had spent more than 3 years in rehab post the surgery. Partly due to medical bills, she filed for bankruptcy in February 2011 and then again in October 2011.
- In January 2013, when she released her first solo track (titled Champion) in more than 15 years, she announced that the proceeds would go to charities that help raise awareness for people suffering from blood conditions. She has also served as a spokesperson for the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America.
- In 2017, she published a book titled A Sick Life: TLC ‘n Me: Stories from On and Off the Stage.
Featured Image by Tionne Watkins / Instagram