Russell Simmons: My Girls ‘Adore’ Djimon Hounsou

10/15/2010 at 04:00 PM ET
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There’s nothing but love between Russell Simmons and his ex-wife Kimora Lee Simmons‘s partner Djimon Hounsou.

“I always say to Kimora, ‘How lucky are you that he’s such a sweet man?'” Simmons, 53, told PEOPLE of the actor at the Caron Renaissance Save a Life Fundraiser in New York on Tuesday.

“And my kids adore him, and to me that’s the most important thing. They’re very special in the way they’re raising my children.”

Simmons has already met Kimora and Hounsou’s baby boy Kenzo Lee and says the 17-month-old is a spitting image of his parents!

“He’s a handsome little boy. He looks like a combination of the two of them and you can’t do better than that,” he raves. “And he’ll be tall all right.”

Thrilled that it’s been smooth sailing for the blended family, Simmons says the bond between his daughters and their brother is indescribable. “I had Ming and Aoki for the last week in Miami, and they don’t like being away from Kenzo … They love Kenzo,” he explains.

— Anya Leon with reporting by Jeffrey Slonim

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Ella on

What a healthy attitude Russell has. It’s always sad when people divorce, but it’s so nice to see when it can be an amicable split, with everyone getting along and doing what’s best for the children.

Amber on

I absolutely LOVE that there’s such positive energy from both sides–it’s about the children and everyone seems to be doing a fantastic job. Kudos!

Mary on

Wow, mature adults doing what is in the best interest of the children. Great examples of how to behave for all involved.

Jacqui on

What a wonderful, mature, caring, wise and spiritual man. Very inspiring!

Brooke on

What a WONDERFUL thing that Russell is doing and saying about their extended family. Hey, Kelly Rutherford…..take some lessons.

Rach on

Brooke, I had the same thought lol. Instead of her snooty Hermes bags, kelly should go and pick up some BabyPhat stuff and hang out with this family or the Beckinsales !

Lacey on

So positive! I like it!

Alya on

That is a really great to see. Well done to Russell, Kimora and Djimon.

selene on

I have so much respect and admiration for both Russell and Joseph Simmons. They are brilliant business men and family men.

Kimora gets such a bad rap as a diva but if you watch her show you can see that she is such a brilliant mother.

Stella Bella on

He seems really gracious. 🙂

Hayley on

What an amazing man! He has so much dignity, and I hope he finds love soon!!

meghan on

What a lovely man!

ecl on

It IS great that they get along, but that doesn’t mean that couples who don’t don’t have a reason. Until you know all the details, it’s not a good idea to judge.

Romy on

does he REALLY always say that to Kimora? seems funny, but it’s nice that he at least recognizes that

rachel on

very happy to see that some folks can be adult
about their relationships and support those that
are really the most important….. THE CHILDREN..


Shannon on

Russell is so zen. Love it! His children seem well adjusted, caring and happy. There are other traits they get from their mother but Russell balances it out with his approach.

Gigi on

what a beautiful example for those children of how an extended family can work it out.