DMX’s ex-wife Tashera Simmons honored and embraced the late rapper’s fiancée Desiree Lindstrom at his emotional funeral.
On Sunday, a day after the MC’s “Celebration of Life” memorial event at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, loved ones held a private funeral at the Christian Cultural Center featuring attendees including Nas, Lil Kim, Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys.
At the “Homegoing Celebration,” Simmons — who was married to the hip-hop artist for 11 years — gave an impassioned speech in which she recognized both him and his fiancée, Lindstrom.
“He said, ‘I’m here for the world. God put me here for the world… God birthed me to be in the world. I am not of the world. I’m for the world.’ And I said, ‘I believe that, Earl,'” Simmons said of her former spouse.
Simmons went on to honor Lindstrom, remarking, “Real women do real things. I am a real woman and a woman of God, [Lindstrom] is a woman of God.”
“And that’s why I love you,” she added.
When Lindstrom walked onstage, the two women shared a meaningful hug as the audience stood up and applauded.
Though Lindstrom appeared to be a bit nervous, Simmons encouraged her to be the woman “[DMX] taught you to be.”
After the moment went viral, social media users applauded Simmons and Lindstrom for their camaraderie and grace.
“This exchange between DMX’s ex-wife Tashera and currently fiancée Desiree is SO beautiful,” journalist Marc Lamont Hill wrote on Twitter.
“Such a BEAUTIFUL moment shared between Tashera and Desiree. God bless these ladies,” a fan tweeted.
On April 9, DMX, born Earl Simmons, died at age 50 days after suffering a heart attack at his home.
"We are deeply saddened to announce today that our loved one, DMX, birth name of Earl Simmons, passed away at 50 years old at White Plains Hospital with his family by his side after being placed on life support for the past few days," his family said in a statement.
Despite his passing, his family said he “was a warrior who fought till the very end.”
“He loved his family with all of his heart and we cherish the times we spent with him. Earl's music inspired countless fans across the world and his iconic legacy will live on forever. We appreciate all of the love and support during this incredibly difficult time.”
“Please respect our privacy as we grieve the loss of our brother, father, uncle and the man the world knew as DMX. We will share information about his memorial service once details are finalized,” they concluded.
White Plains Hospital also released a statement on his death, confirming that the musician suffered a “catastrophic cardiac arrest.”
"White Plains Hospital extends its deepest condolences to the family of Mr. Simmons, as well as his friends and legions of fans who expressed their unwavering support during this difficult time. Earl Simmons passed away peacefully with family present after suffering a catastrophic cardiac arrest."