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Did DMX adopt Paige Hurd? "Dad" tribute explained

Amber Peake December 19, 2021
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Power Book II actress Paige Hurd shared a sweet tribute to her late godfather DMX on Instagram this weekend as he would have celebrated his 51st birthday.

In the post, Hurd referred to DMX as her “dad”, with some fans now curious to know whether he previously adopted her. We explore the actress’ close bond to the rapper.

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Paige Hurd shares “Dad” tribute for late rapper DMX

On Saturday (18 December), actress Paige Hurd took to Instagram as she paid tribute to late rapper DMX in honour of his birthday.

DMX, whose real name was Earl Simmons, died in April aged 50, days after suffering a heart attack.

Remembering the artist on what would have been his 51st birthday, Hurd began: “Happy Heavenly Birthday Dad.”

While she referred to DMX as her “dad” in the post, he was actually her godfather. The actress often referred to the artist as her “pops” with the star having previously played his on-screen daughter in the action thriller Cradle 2 The Grave.

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Did DMX adopt Paige Hurd?

It is not known if he legally adopted her, although Paige Hurd previously wrote DMX and ex-wife Tashera Simmons adopted her “into their family as their goddaughter” in a 2019 post on Instagram.

DMX aka Dark Man X and Hurd first met during the filming of the 2003 film Cradle 2 The Grave as Hurd was cast as Vanessa Fait, the daughter of Anthony Fait, played by the rapper.

After the film wrapped, Hurd went on to choose DMX and his then-wife Tashera Simmons to be her godparents, with the actress referencing her appointing them as such in her speech at DMX’s funeral.

Over the years the actress and the rapper shared a close bond, and in 2016, Hurd got a tattoo in his honour for Father’s Day. The inking is on the right of her torso and features the lyrics of the DMX song RIGHT/WRONG written in his handwriting:

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Who are her parents?

Not much is known of Paige Hurd’s parents publically, although as per her bio on IMDb, her mother is said to be Puerto Rican while her father is African American.

Hurd previously posted of her mother on Instagram as she celebrated her birthday in February. At the time, the actress shared snaps of them both as children as she referred to her mother as her “twin”.

In the post, Hurd is seen to tag CMA Entertainment with previously noting Hurd’s mother to be the talent management’s chief executive officer Cheryl Martin. The identity of her father is unknown.

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Amber is an entertainment journalist with a love for anything showbiz, celeb or reality TV. After graduating with a degree in Journalism at Brunel University she became a Showbiz Reporter at Having written for both HITC and The Focus, Amber is now a staff writer for The Focus covering the latest celeb and entertainment trends.