Kimberly Michelle Pate is an American singer, songwriter, and television personality. She rose to fame as the breakout star of VH1's Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta after appearing as a regular cast member for two seasons on the reality television series. Michelle subsequently signed with Atlantic Records.
K. Michelle was born Kimberly Michelle Pate in 1982 in Memphis, Tennessee. She graduated from Overton High School in 2000 and enrolled at Florida A&M University where she was a member of Delta Sigma Theta sorority and part of the Homecoming Court her freshman year. She graduated from Florida A&M and intended to go to law school. In fact, she was accepted into a number of law schools but decided to pursue a career in music instead.
K. Michelle signed a deal with Jive Records in 2009. She released her first single, "Fakin' It," which featured Missy Elliot. She released three more singles, which were supposed to be part of her debut album that she planned to call "Pain Medicine." Jive Records went out of business in 2011 and plans for that album were scrapped.
The following year, Michelle joined the cast of "Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta." The first season in 2012 depicted her return to the music industry after several setbacks. She was the breakout star of the show. She signed a multi-album deal with Atlantic Records after the first season. The second season of "Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta" covered the recording of Michelle's debut album "Rebellious Soul." Her album was released on August 13, 2013, and debuted at number two on the U.S. Billboard 200 and number one on the U.S. Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts.
During "Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta's" reunion special, K. Michelle revealed that she was leaving the show to join the cast of "Love & Hip Hop: New York."
On November 3, 2014, Michelle's spin-off series "K Michelle: My Life" debuted. On February 6, 2017, K. Michelle: My Life was canceled after three seasons.
In September 2014, Michelle released "Love 'Em All" as the first single from her second album "Anybody Wanna Buy a Heart?" which was released in December 2014. In January 2016, K. Michelle released the single "Not a Little Bit. " The song is on her third studio album "More Issues Than Vogue." The album was released in late March. That same year, she rejoined the cast of "Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta."
K. Michelle joined the cast of "Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood" in season five in 2018. She is the only person in the franchise's history to appear in three incarnations of Love & Hip Hop as a main cast member. The only one K. Michelle hasn't appeared on is "Love and Hip Hop: Miami."
K. Michelle has released five studio albums: 2013's "Rebellious Soul," 2014's "Anybody Wanna Buy a Heart?," 2016's "More Issues Than Vogue," 2017's "Kimberly: The People I Used to Know," and 2020's "All Monsters Are Human." Additionally, she has released five mixtapes: "What's the 901?" in September 2010, "For Colored Girls/Pre-Pain Medicine" in December 2010, "Signed, Sealed & Delivered" in June 2011, "0 Fucks Given" in July 2012, "Still No Fucks Given" in February 2014, and "Not 1 Fuck Given," in January 2020.
K. Michelle has been on seven tours– two as an opening act and five of her own. She opened for R. Kelly on his 2009 Ladies Make Some Noise Tour and for Robin Thicke on his 2014 Blurred Lines Tour. K. Michelle has headlined five tours of her own: the Rebellious Soul Tour in 2013, the My Twisted Mine Tour in 2015, the Hello Kimberly Tour in 2016, The People I Used to Know Tour in 2018, and the O.S.D. Tour in 2019.
K. Michelle had an on-again, off-again relationship with former University of Tennessee basketball player Bobby Maze.
Early in her music career, K. Michelle was in a relationship with a man who worked at Jive Records nicknamed Memphitz. He used to allegedly physically abuse her.
The biggest purchase she's ever made is her Rolls Royce. She paid cash for the luxury car.
She considers Kimora Lee Simmons, Shonda Rhimes, Diddy, and Coolhaus founder Natasha Case to be her business mentors.
She previously dated NBA guard J.R. Smith.
K. Michelle is 5'5″.
She first-ever African American to have an endorsement deal with the whiskey brand Jack Daniels.
She has a sister named Shalah Pate.
She had silicone butt implants. She later had them removed.
K. Michelle gave birth to a son, Chase Bowman, in the fall of 2004. The baby's father ended up marrying one of her Florida A&M University Delta Sigma Theta sorority sisters.
She bought her son a Mercedes-Benz for his 16th birthday.
K. Michelle started dating dentist, Dr. Kastan Sims, in 2015. They first met when they were in high school. In February 2020, K. Michelle revealed that although they are still together, she and Sims have been having issues. She said: "I mean, we going through issues, you know. I think things could be better. We always think the grass is greener on the other side too, so I'm just trying to field through that and make sure I'm doing the right thing."
In February 2020, K. Michelle revealed that she hopes to add twin girls to her family via surrogate in the near future.
In June 2020, K. Michelle reignited an old feud with Tamar Braxton by accusing her of sleeping with record producer Jermaine Dupri's father, Michael Mauldin. Michelle took to Instagram Live to throw some shade at Braxton, saying: "You can't f*cking go around talking 'bout nobody when you were sleeping with a married man. You were sleeping with Jermaine Dupri's daddy. How you sleep with Jermaine Dupri's daddy? And get your a** beat by Jermaine Dupri's momma in an elevator. But you want to talk to me? You want to talk about me? I don't f*ck married men. Hmm…but you so holy."
K Michelle is an American rapper, R&B recording artist, pianist, guitarist, songwriter, and reality television personality who has a net worth of $2.5 million dollars. She rose to fame on VH1's Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta. K Michelle has also appeared on "Love & Hip Hop: New York," "K. Michelle: My Life," and "Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood."