The Untold Truth About Faith Evans’ Ex-Husband Todd Russaw

April 18, 2024
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Who is Todd Russaw?

Being a celebrity husband for someone is a curse and for others a blessing. When it was announced that Faith Evans had married Todd Russaw, who at that time was unknown to the public, her fans wanted to know more about this man. If you are one of them, you are in the right place. We’ll tell you the untold truth about Todd Russaw, so you may conclude what this marriage brought him – a curse or a blessing. Todd is a music producer, born under the zodiac sign of Leo, on 4 August, although his birth year is unknown, many people assume that he’s in his 50’s, and it’s known that he was born in the USA, thus he holds American nationality, and his ethnicity is African-American.

He’s the founder of the organization ‘Think BIG’, which according to its Instagram account, is ‘advocating for equitable cannabis legalization, criminal justice reform, and economic reinvestment into communities most harmed by war on drugs’. It’s related to The Notorious BIG, the late rapper, who was Todd’s friend and Faith Evans’ ex-husband. Todd rose to prominence after his marriage with Faith Evans, who was at that time a famous singer, but also mostly recognized as the widow of The Notorious BIG, widely considered as one of the greatest rappers of all time. Todd was known as an executive producer and creative partner on Faith’s third album.


During his marriage with Faith, Todd became a manager of numerous artists, and is credited for the production work of their albums, so as of May 2022, his net worth has been estimated at over $1 million.

Marriage with Faith Evans

Todd and Faith met through a joint friend, Missy Elliot, also a rapper, and the two started dating sometime in 1997, soon after The Notorious B.I. G. was killed in a drive-by shooting on 9 March 1997 – Faith claimed that they were separated at the time of his death, although their divorce wasn’t finalized. On 10 June 1998, Faith gave birth to her and Todd’s first son Joshua, and the same year, the two married, although they haven’t shared when and where the wedding ceremony was held.

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On 22 March 2007, their second son, Ryder Evans Russaw was born, later diagnosed with autism, which led to Faith’s decision to found an organization called ‘Ryder’s Room Inc’ that helps to provide the highest level of resources to children with disabilities and their families. Todd and Faith seemed like a perfect couple, raising their children together, and they even tattooed ‘Faye & Todd For Ever’ on their bodies, however, the two divorced in 2011. Although they wanted to keep this information a secret because of their sons, as we know, if you are a celebrity it’s hard to keep your life away from media attention, thus the news about their divorce floated the newspapers and magazines.


After that, Todd and Faith issued a joint statement saying: ‘The dissolution of a marriage is a difficult time in anyone’s life, however, after a great deal of thought and careful consideration, we have come to the decision to end our marriage together,’ adding that they will continue to co-parent their children. As of May 2022, it seems that Todd is single, he hasn’t remarried, and he has two sons.

Who is Faith Evans?

A Lakeland, Florida USA native, Faith Renee Evans, was born under the zodiac sign of Gemini on 10 June 1973, but was raised in Newark, New Jersey by her single mother, Helene, alongside her siblings Morgan and Missy; her father is a man named Richard Swain, but she never met him, although her mother told her that he’s White, and so Faith is of mixed ethnicity since Helene is African-American.

Faith wrote in her autobiography that she considers herself a Black woman; since her mother struggled with the pressure and demands of being a young single mother, her older cousins, Bob and Mae Kennedy, offered to look after Faith, so most of her childhood, she spent with them, referring to them as her grandparents, since she didn’t want to explain the complex family history to people. Speaking of her educational background, she attended a local high school, and upon matriculating in 1991, she enrolled at Fordham University in New York City on a full scholarship to study marketing, but dropped out of college and moved to Los Angeles, California, where she launched her music career.


There she met a music producer, Kiyamma Griffin, with whom she had a daughter, Chyna, however, their relationship ended, thus Faith moved with her daughter back to her family in Newark, where she sang background vocals on demo tapes for various R&B artists, including Christopher Williams and Al B Sure. In 1994, Sean ‘Puffy’ Combs, also known as Puff Daddy, the owner of the label Bad Boy Records, signed a contract with Faith Evans, making her the first female artist to signed with his label. In the following year, she released her debut album, “Faith”, followed by her albums “Keep the Faith” (1998) and “Faithfully” (2001) all three of which were platinum-certified, and then in 2003, she signed with Capitol Records, and two years later released the album “The First Lady”, which is her highest-charting studio album.

The same year, she released her fifth album, “A Faithful Christmas”, followed by her albums “Something About Faith” in 2010, and “Incomparable” in 2014. On 19 May 2017, a collaborative album by her and The Notorious B. I. G. entitled “The King & I” was released, which in the first-year sold nearly 25,000 copies in the US. Speaking of her love life, as mentioned, she dated music producer Kiyamma Griffin, then in the summer of 1994, she met Christopher Wallace, better known by his stage name, The Notorious B. I. G., and the two married after just eight days of knowing each other. ‘It wasn’t the most traditional way to start a life together,’ she wrote in her book “Keep the Faith”.


‘Smoking weed on the way to our wedding and stopping for greasy french fries on the way home. And we didn’t even have plans for a household setup.’ They have one son together, Christopher George Latore Wallace Junior, who was born on 29 October 1996, and is now known by his stage name Lil Biggie Smalls. After she allegedly had an affair with another famous rapper, Tupac Shakur, and her husband was romantically linked to various girls, the two separated, and after the death of her husband, she married Todd Russaw. On 17 July 2018, Faith married American record producer Steven Aaron Jordan, also known as Stevie J. In May 2020, she was arrested for felony domestic violence against Steven, and in the following year, he filed for divorce.

Martha Clifford

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