Kimberly Michelle Pate is an American musician, record producer, and reality TV star popularly known as K Michelle. A vocalist and instrumentalist, K Michelle learned to play the guitar and piano from childhood and also trained under Bob Westbrook. Owing to her exceptional vocal talents, the singer landed a spot on VH1’s hit reality series, Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta, an opportunity that shot her to the spotlight. Following her exposure on Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta, K Michelle has been waxing strong in her music career, gathering much fame and enviable wealth.
Demystifying K Michelle’s Net Worth And Earnings
Born in Memphis, Tennessee, K Michelle launched her music career in 2009. She, however, started making it big following her breakthrough on VH1 in 2012. Her first studio album, Rebellious Soul (2013) debuted at #1 and #2 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and Billboard 200 respectively. The album sold 72,000 copies in its first week and over 260,000 copies within a space of one year.
K Michelle’s second album, Anybody Wanna Buy a Heart? (2014) also recorded impressive sales as 87,000 copies were sold in its first week of release. By the end of 2015, her first two albums sold 500,000 copies. So far, the talented singer has released five albums and numerous singles, with most of them making profitable financial returns.
Alongside album sales, K Michelle also garners fortunes from her music tours and live concerts. Aside from her own tours, Michelle has also toured with a number of famous singers such as R. Kelly, Robin Thicke, and many more, with all contributing in building her net worth. She has also written songs for other musicians, making profits from the very successful ones such as R. Kelly’s Love Letters.
As for her role on Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta, K Michelle made $50,000 in the show’s first season and $200,000 in the second. Following this, K Michelle also featured as one of the main characters in all of the show’s spin-offs, namely: Love & Hip Hop: New York, K Michelle: My Life, and Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood. She also starred in her own special, The Rebellious Soul Musical as well as a number of other TV series such American Soul, Punk’d, and L.A. Hair.
In addition to music and television, K Michelle has also earned significantly from brand endorsements. Among her lucrative deals is the one with America’s No.1 whiskey brand, Jack Daniels. The reality star is also the owner of Puff & Petal restaurant in Atlanta, Georgia.
From all her endeavors, K Michelle has been able to build an impressive net worth. The exact amount, however, is not yet agreed upon by the media. While some sources peg it at $1.5 million, others say it is as high as $10 million.
Exploring Her Love Life And Personal Relationships
K Michelle has been through several unsuccessful relationships. During the early years of her career, while she struggled to find her feet in the music industry, the musician was in an abusive relationship with American rapper and music producer, Mickey Wright, popularly known as Memphitz. Their relationship, which lasted for about a year (2008-2009), ended with a court case after Memphitz beat up Michelle.
Michelle was later in a secret relationship with the famous British actor, Idris Elba between 2013 and 2014. The reality star only opened up about the secret fling after it had already ended. Other celebrities K Michelle has dated include singer R. Kelly, footballer Chris Johnson, swimmer Ryan Lotche, and basketballers J.R Smith, Lance Stephenson, and Bobby Maze.
In 2015, K Michelle started dating a fellow Memphis native and high school mate – Kastan Sims – who is now a dentist. Michelle’s relationship with Kastan appears to be the longest she has ever been in, especially since making it to the spotlight. Although none of the duo has confirmed it, there have been rumors time and again that the musician and Kastan are engaged. Some also claim they have already married in a private ceremony.
Discover How Many Kids The American Musician Has
K Michelle had a son named Chase Bowman while still a college student. She had to stop attending classes for a while in order to give birth and nurse her child. After this, however, she returned to her studies.
Her son, Chase Bowman, was born in September 2004. On his 15th birthday in 2019, she gave Chase a new Mercedes Benz truck. During an October 2019 interview, Michelle lamented on the difficulties she is experiencing in raising her son, Chase. According to her, he ran out of the house on a date with a white girl against her instructions.
K Michelle had Chase with her then-boyfriend, Brian Bowman, who had wanted to marry her then. However, she refused to settle down with him because she was determined to become a music star which she felt starting a family will forestall. Brian went on to marry one of Michelle’s sorority sisters. Despite not talking to Brian for years, Michelle later changed her mind for the sake of their son. The singer approached him to assist in raising Chase, and he complied.
So far, K Michelle has had no other child. She has, however, expressed the desire to have kids with her present partner, Dr. Kastan Sims. However, due to fertility issues (especially complications from lupus), the reality star and Sims have chosen to achieve their dream through surrogacy. The couple precisely wants to have twin girls. She later revealed in a tweet in 2019 that the twins were on the way.
This year I have two little babies on the way, well 3 with the new restaurant. Sheesh well 4, newbies with this album. I’m living life for once with no drama just prayer, focus, and hard work. #dress @FashionNova #lifeisjustdifferent pic.twitter.com/KxQgI7VuBa
— K. Michelle (@kmichelle) April 18, 2019
It had earlier emerged that Michelle wanted to use a lady called Tannae, a mother of four (a set of triplet girls and a boy) as her surrogate. Tannae and her boyfriend also confirmed this in a video posted on the former’s YouTube channel. Michelle, however, changed her mind about using Tannae as her surrogate after the latter and her boyfriend started exploiting the opportunity to earn contracts on TV. The Rebellious Soul singer shed more light on this during a January 2020 interview.
Meanwhile, K Michelle is still working hard to have her dream of having the twins come through. She also uses her social media platform like Instagram to update fans on her challenges and encourage them too.