Through his third marriage to Michelle Moyer, Dennis Rodman has achieved great success as a dad. He is the proud father of three children: Alexis, 22, Dennis “D.J.” Jr., and Trinity, 21.
Being a parent has been an incredible journey for Dennis Rodman.
The three-time NBA great is married to Michelle Moyer and has three children: Alexis, 35, and Dennis “D.J.” Jr., 22; and Trinity, 21, whom he shares with his first wife Annie Bakes.
For his 2019 ESPN documentary, Rodman: For Better or Worse, the baseball great had an emotional chat with the network in which he discussed his struggles with self-esteem, calling it his “major demon” and explaining that he is “trying to convince” himself that he is “a good dad.”
It’s challenging for me. “Trying to break out of that cycle is really difficult for me,” the ex-Chicago Bulls player said. “It’s just one of those things where I never had anyone to ever do that [be a dad] for me and I think sometimes, ‘Why am I doing it for somebody else?’”
Rodman seems to have taken efforts to be closer to all of his children in recent years, even though he hasn’t always had a relationship with them. Not only that, but his two youngest children are also incredibly gifted athletes, just like him.
Reading on will fill you in on all the details of Dennis Rodman’s three children.
Annie Bakes and Alexis Rodman, both 35 years old, started dating in 1987. Alexis, their only child, was born to them on September 28, 1988.
The relationship status of Alexis’s parents was rocky; in 1989, PEOPLE reported that they had a temporary split. Although they were married in September 1992, Rodman and Bakes filed for a divorce just eighty-two days later.
While speaking about his daughter, who was 8 years old at the time, Rodman’s emotions bubbled up during his 1996 interview on The Oprah Winfrey Show. In an interview that aired in 2013 on Oprah: Where Are They Now?, the father of three disclosed that he had not seen Alexis in “years.” She was 24 years old.
“I was so shocked I didn’t know how to act,” he told me. We were together all day, and she mainly filled us in on her day-to-day activities. Now she wants to be my daughter in every sense of the word.
Robert Bunfill was wed to Alexis in California on August 30, 2014. Vincent is the son that they had together.
Wow, congratulations to my daughter Alexis and her husband for the birth of their 1st baby: Vincent!” Rodman tweeted in June 2017 to mark the arrival of his grandchild. My grandpahood is fantastic!
Jimmy “D.J.” Jr. On April 25, 2001, Rodman and his third wife Moyer welcomed their first child, a son named Dennis “D.J.” Jr., and Rodman was 22 years old.
D.J. is aiming to become a professional basketball player, much like his renowned dad.
During the 2019–2020 schооl year, D.J. made an Instagram annоuncement in May 2019 annоuncing his cоmmitment tо play cоllegiate basketball at Washingtоn State University in Pullman, Washingtоn.
In May of 2023, four years later, he announced his transfer to the Trojans of the University of Southern California to play basketball.
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Rodman and Moyer welcomed a daughter, Trinity, into the world on May 20, 2002.
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As repоrted by ESPN, the Washingtоn Spirit tооk Trinity in the 2021 NWSL draft with the secоnd оverall selectiоn in January. Despite her interest in a different spоrt, she acknоwledged Rоdman’s rоle in passing оn athletic “genes.”
“He was an incredible athlete, and I inherited his genes, but I’m thrilled to be recognized as Trinity Rodman and not merely as Rodman’s daughter,” she explained in an interview following her draft. “I’m excited to pave my own path and get better throughout this journey.”
Just minutes after making her debut with the Washingtоn Spirit in April, Trinity became the yоungest American gоal scоrer in league histоry.
When Trinity’s father surprised her during a game in November 2021, she was “shocked” and decided to talk openly about their connection. She posted an Instagram snapshot of the two of them hugging after her North Carolina Courage playoff game.
“It was a really emotional game last time we played. In addition to Dennis Rodman’s appearance at an NBA game, Trinity’s father surprised her at a major career game after years of waiting. “I was shocked, overwhelmed, happy, sad, everything,” Trinity captioned her post.
“My dad doesn’t play a big role in my life at all and most people don’t know that, we don’t see eye to eye on many things,” said her daughter. He disappears from my life for months, if not years, at a time. It has been challenging for both of us to be in the spotlight.
“We don’t have the best relationship, but at the end of the day he’s human I’m human,” she said as she closed the touching message. He will always be my dad, and I will always be his little girl. I promise to grow and embrace each day with the same optimism that I hope he feels.
Trinity opened up to PEOPLE years later about the hardships of living in her father’s shadow and the constant comparisons to him.
“I think maybe when I was younger, a lot of people had this expectation that everything was handed to me, but in terms of actually on the field, I don’t think I struggled that much with that, just because we do play different sports,” according to her. “I don’t think anybody had the performance expectations in a sense.”
“Just be confident in myself and be proud of everything that I do.” has been her new mantra recently, she said.
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