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Dr. Dre Responds to Estranged Wife's Spousal Support Request

Dr. Dre has responded to his estranged wife, Nicole Young’s, multimillion-dollar spousal support request amid their ongoing divorce.

Dre filed his response last week, in which he asked the court to deny Young’s request for an immediate release of $1.5 million for legal fees “in its entirety.”

“Petitioner and her counsel ought not be granted special privileges simply because Petitioner has become accustomed to an entitled lifestyle, particularly when that lifestyle wholly continues,” read the court documents obtained by ET.

In his statement, Dre maintains that he has continued to pay for all of Young’s living expenses — including meals, credit card bills and legal fees — and plans to continue to do so. “I have made it very clear to her by my words and actions that I want our dissolution to be amicable and for her to feel comfortable and respected.”

However, Dre says that Young’s decision to contest their prenuptial agreement “seems like the wrath of an angry person being exacerbated by opportunistic lawyers.”

According to court documents previously obtained by ET, Young is seeking $1,936,399 in monthly spousal support, as well as attorney’s fees and costs totaling $5 million. ET has reached out to attorneys for Young and Dre for comment.

ET confirmed in June that Young filed for divorce. The two tied the knot in May 1996 and celebrated their 24th wedding anniversary earlier this year.

According to the documents, Young wants the spousal support to begin retroactively from Sept. 1, so she “can continue to enjoy the lifestyle she enjoyed during marriage.”

Attorneys for Young claim that she is “having difficulty paying her bills” and that the mogul, who controls all their assets, has “been exerting financial control” over his ex by “ordering his agents to scrutinize her bills” before he decides if he approves them or not.

While the papers state that Young does not work, her attorneys claim that she “played an important role” in Dre’s career and “was integral” to naming his record label Aftermath, and should be able to continue the lifestyle she had before their divorce. The document also goes into detail about their luxurious lifestyle, which includes five Los Angeles homes, a private jet, lavish cars, 12 security guards, seven housekeepers, a private chef and more.

Additionally, Young claims that Dre “kicked her out” of their Brentwood residence in the middle of the night in a “drunken rage” and has since been living at their Malibu residence. However, she claims that he has threatened to sell that home, and allegedly texts her to “not spend one more cent.”

Young also alleges that Dre has “undertaken an aggressive approach to this case, engaging in gamesmanship and no-holds-barred hyper-litigation simply because he can afford to.” She also claims he has cut off the only source funds available to her to pay for her case.

She also goes into detail about their premarital agreement, which she claims she was forced to sign “under extreme duress” on their wedding day. Young claims she was never provided with a copy of the prenup she signed and “only begrudgingly — and after multiple requests and a delay of two months — received a copy.”

Meanwhile, Forbes reports that Dre was worth $800 million as of 2019. This fortune is due in part to his successful headphone line, Beats By Dr. Dre, which Apple acquired for $3 billion in 2014. 

Young was formerly married to NBA player Sedale Threatt.

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