Ever Wonder What Happened To Ice-T’s Thong-Rockin’ Ex-Wife? Found Her & Their Grown Son
Remember the days before Ice-T (63) and CoCo Austin (42); when the rapper-turned-actor was married to a beautiful woman named Darlene? Although Ice-T has been with CoCo for about 19 years, it was Darlene Ortiz (53) that really helped put Ice T’s brand on the map back in the day. For the youngins who don’t know, before there was Beyonce’ and Jay Z, it was Ice-T and Darlene who were considered one of hip hop’s first power couples. The two were together for from the time they met in 1984 until 1999.
Darlene On Ice-T’s Pimpin’ & Her Naive Ways Back In The Day
During an interview with Complex magazine, Darlene opened up about their relationship and how her childhood and upbringing played a part in the relationship:
“I didn’t have any guidance. He could’ve told me anything, I was so intrigued with him. He used to pimp when he was in the service for extra cash. That very well could’ve happened to me. I was that open when I met him.”
Darlene On Her Admiration For Ice
She admitted she looked up to Ice-T because of their age difference:
“There’s a 10-year age difference. I would say that. Although my father was right there, I really looked up to Ice. My mom, another story.”
The Infamous Thong Photo Album Cover
Throughout their relationship, it was obvious she had Ice-T’s undivided attention but she also turned the heads of damn near every hip hop fan in America. What’chall known about that infamous 1988 Power album cover?!! That was when Darlene had everybody in hip hop talking after she made the rare (at that time), bold move of standing next to Ice-T rockin’ a thong swimsuit, while holding a powerful weapon. She also gave the world a back view on the back of the album cover, long before Lil Kim, Kim Kardashian, Megan Thee Stallion, and the rest of ’em were doing it. Those were the days!
After that classic album, Darlene stirred up so much hype, that she went on to make many frequent appearances in Ice-T’s videos and at several other public events. That bangin’ photo and their power couple relationship changed the rap game and Darlene became known as ” The Syndicate Queen.”
What Darlene Does For A Living Now
That iconic ‘Power” album cover opened many doors for Darlene. She’s still reaping the harvest of her work, although her relationship with Ice-T ended many years ago. Now, she is a fitness instructor and works as a co-host on the Gary Holcomb internet radio show, 5150 Show.
However, her talents don’t stop there. As a woman who wears many hats, she’s also an author who’s also released a book titled, Definition of Down. Known as the first video vixen of hip-hop, she shared details about her relationship with Ice-T, her career, and life after their breakup. During an interview with Source magazine, she explained why she felt their story needed to be told:
“I’ve always wanted to write a book especially after Ice got signed and things took off for us in a big way,” Ortiz explains. “The things that happened to us was all so amazing. Then once he left, I really knew I had to share our story, but our son was way too young to do it then so I had to wait until he was an adult and could better understand what I was going to put in there. It’s really a great story.”
If you’re in Los Angeles, Cali on Saturdays and Sundays, you can catch Darlene greeting and/or serving customers at her best friend’s soul food restaurant, Soul delicious LA…