Biography - Tionne Watkins

Last Modified: 9th Sep, 2023
Tionne Watkins
Best Known For
TLC (band)
Net Worth
$1.50M Under Review
$ Under Review
Social Media Presence
Personal Detail
Birth Name / Full Name
Tionne Tenese Watkins N/A
Born on
April 26, 1970 (age 54)
Female N/A
Sexual Orientation
Marital Status
Married Date
1 (Brother)
James Watkins
James Watkins
Gayle Watkins
Gayle Watkins
Mack 10
2000-08-09 to 2004-11-12
Dalvin DeGrate
1990 to 1994
Jay Z
1995 to 1998
Takeo Spikes
2005 to 2010
Chase Anela Rolison
Chase Anela Rolison
Chance Watkins
Adopted son
Chance Watkins
Adopted son
Body Measurement
Hair Color
Black N/A
Eye Color
Shoe Size
8 US N/A
Bicep Size
inch N/A
Chest Size
inch N/A
Waist Size
Dress Size
8 US N/A
Bust Size
Waist Size
Hip Size
Bra Size
Cup Size
Social Media Presence

Who is Tionne Watkins?

Tionne Watkins, also known as T-Boz, is a singer, songwriter, actress, author, and executive producer by profession, and American by nationality. She is best known as a member of the girl group TLC alongside Rozonda Thomas and Lisa Lopes.

Rozonda Thomas, Tionne Watkins, Lisa Lopes (Source: Young Hollywood)

Tionne Watkins – Bio, Age, Parents, Siblings

Tionne Watkins’ birth took place on April 26, 1970, in Des Moines, Iowa, USA. She was born Tionne Tenese Watkins to her father James Watkins and her mother Gayle Watkins. Both of her parents were musicians/singers and sang in a group together. She has a sibling, but the name of her brother is not known to the public.

They divorced when she was 3 years old. When Tionne Watkins was nine years old the family moved from Des Moines to Atlanta, Georgia. Other facts about her early life including her siblings and education will soon be updated.

Education, Ethnicity

The educational history of Tionne Watkins is not shared with the public. Her ethnicity includes African-American, Native American, and Irish.

Tionne Watkins – Boyfriend, Husband, Children

Tionne Watkins married her longtime boyfriend Mack 10, a rapper on August 19, 2000. She and her husband welcomed daughter Chase Anela Rolison on October 20, 2000, a few months premature.

But just around 4 years later, in 2004, she filed for divorce and requested a restraining order against Mack 10. Their divorce was finalized on 12 November 2004.

In June 2016 she announced that she adopted a 10-month-old baby boy, Chance (born in March 2016). 

She has also dated Dalvin DeGrate (1990 – 1994), Jay Z (1995 – 1998), and Takeo Spikes (2005 – 2010). She is currently single.

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Tionne Watkins, Chase Anela Rolison in 2015 (Source: People)

Tionne Watkins – Career

With TLC

To form a singing group, Crystal Jones held auditions where she chose Tionne Watkins and Lisa Lopes. The group’s performance gained the attention of Perri "Pebbles" Reid and Antonio "L.A." Reid, head of LaFace Records.

After Jones was replaced by Rozonda Thomas as Chilli, they signed in 1991. As TLC, Tionne Watkins released five albums - Ooooooohhh... On the TLC Tip (1992), CrazySexyCool (1994), FanMail (1999), 3D (2002), and TLC (2017).

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Rozonda Thomas,  Tionne Watkins, Lisa Lopes (Source: Getty Images)

Solo, Acting

Tionne Watkins has also pursued a solo career. She has released singles Touch Myself, My Getaway (2000), Champion (2013), and Dreams (2017: from audiobook A Sick Life).

As an actress, Watkins has starred in the film Belly and has appearances in Living Single, The Real Housewives of Atlanta, Days of Our Lives, Black Dynamite, and Lip Sync Battle

She was cast in the reality TV show Totally T-Boz, which premiered on January 1, 2013. The series which aired only for four episodes contained Watkins’ quest to create a solo album, reunite with Chilli, and her life with her daughter Chase.


Tionne Watkins has also worked as a producer of the films CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story, ATL (2006) and published the semi-autobiographical poetry book Thoughts on November 3, 1999. With stylist Tara Brivic, she opened Chase's Closet, a children's boutique, and ran it for several years.


Over the course of her career, she has collaborated with Jermaine Jackson, Da Brat, Raphael Saadiq, YoungBloodZ, etc.

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Tionne Watkins – Awards, Nominations

With TLC, Watkins won a total of four Grammy Awards.

Tionne Watkins (Source: WireImage)

Tionne Watkins – Health Issues

She was diagnosed with sickle cell anemia at a young age and has been receiving treatment for it from time to time. 

In October 2009 she revealed that for the past three years, she has been battling a potentially fatal brain tumor. In March 2006 she had been diagnosed with a grape-sized acoustic neuroma on her vestibular nerve. It affected her balance, weight, hearing, sight, and facial movement, and ultimately underwent surgery.

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Tionne Watkins – Net Worth, Salary

Her net worth is estimated to be around $1.5 million while there have been no estimates on her salary.

Tionne Watkins – Instagram, Twitter, Facebook

On social media, Tionne Watkins is active on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook with more than half a million followers.

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