Coolio and girlfriend Mimi Ivey starred in couples' TV show Love Goals

Rachael Grealish September 29, 2022
Coolio and girlfriend Mimi Ivey starred in couples' TV show Love Goals

As music fans mourn the death of Coolio at 59, many might not remember the rap star and girlfriend Mimi Ivey once starred in couples’ show Love Goals.

It was confirmed on Thursday, September 29 that the Gangsta’s Paradise rapper had passed away at a friend’s house in Los Angeles on Wednesday.

Coolio passes away aged 59

Coolio, real name Artis Leon Ivey Jr, was visiting his friend when he failed to respond to calls after he had been to the bathroom. Emergency services were called to the house at about 4pm but, when they arrived, Coolio was pronounced dead, TMZ reports.

Photo by John E. Moore III/Getty Images

Law enforcement officers told TMZ “no drugs or drug paraphernalia” were found at the scene and they would determine the cause of the 59-year-old’s death following an autopsy. There were no signs of “foul play.”

Coolio’s manager, Jarez, said paramedics suspected the star “suffered cardiac arrest.”

The rapper is survived by ex-wife Josefa Salinas, six children and current partner Mimi Ivey.

Coolio and girlfriend Mimi Ivey appeared in Love Goals

Although Coolio kept his personal life relatively low-key, he did once appear with Mimi on Oprah Winfrey-produced couples’ show Love Goals. Before the covid pandemic struck, Coolio and Mimi starred on the TV show in which celebrity couples at a crossroads in their relationships receive counselling from relationship therapist Spirit.

The show pronounced Mimi and Coolio were “81 per cent compatible” after they took a personality test that revealed they were both dominant people. After being told that, Mimi said: “The fact we’re both equally dominant, that would explain why we bump heads a lot.”

Watch the clip below:

The show also revealed Mimi and Coolio had been together for eight years at the time of filming – but Mimi was looking for “more commitment” from Coolio.

In a catch-up in May 2020, Mimi revealed she “considered herself single.” However, The Sun reports the couple were still together at the time of Coolio’s death.

Who is Mimi Ivey?

Of course, Mimi is more than just the girlfriend of the late rapper, she is a reality TV star, model and actress too. Love Goals wasn’t her first time on TV. In 2013, she also starred in Celebrity Wife Swap with Coolio.

CELEBRITY WIFE SWAP – “Coolio/Mark McGrath” – The wife and girlfriend of two of the biggest names in ’90s music swap lives and homes for one week, on “Celebrity Wife Swap,” TUESDAY, MARCH 5 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on the Disney General Entertainment Content via Getty Images Television Network. (Photo by Ronda Churchill/Disney General Entertainment Content via Getty Images) COOLIO, MIMI, MAJANIEK

Mimi has more than 20 years’ experience in the entertainment industry and, as it states on her website, she has made numerous appearances in clubs around the world. However, it seems being a mom is the best thing for Mimi.

She writes: “Foremost I am a mother and take great pride in being one. Everything after that has come with hard work, dedication and a lot of disappointment.”

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Rachael is the Senior Content Editor at Freshered. She is NCTJ qualified with an MA in journalism. Rachael has almost ten years experience as a journalist in regional, national and international press and is passionate about creating engaging content.