Chaka Khan (born Yvette Marie Stevens; March 23, 1953) is a 10-time Grammy Award-winning American singer-songwriter whose career has spanned four decades, beginning in the 1970s as the frontwoman and focal point of the funk band Rufus.
Chaka Khan has been married twice and is the mother of two children, daughter Indira Milini and son Damien Holland. Her first marriage was to Hassan Khan, in 1970, when she was 17. They divorced a short time later. Milini's birth was the result of a relationship between Chaka Khan and Rahsaan Morris. Chaka Khan married her second husband, Richard Holland, in 1976. The marriage reportedly caused a rift between Chaka Khan and several members of Rufus, in particular, Andre Fischer. Chaka Khan dated a Chicago-area schoolteacher in the mid-1980s in the middle of her solo stardom. Following their separation, Chaka Khan moved to Europe, first settling in London, later buying a residence in Germany.
Chaka Khan is vegan, saying she adopted the diet to lose weight and combat high blood pressure and Type-2 diabetes. In the past, Chaka Khan struggled with drug abuse and alcoholism. Her drug use, which at times included cocaine and heroin, ended sometime in the early 1990s. Chaka Khan would have an on-and-off struggle with alcoholism until 2005 declaring herself sober. In 2006, her son Damien Holland was accused of murder after 17-year-old Christopher Bailey was shot to death. Chaka Khan testified on her son's behalf defending her son's innocence. Holland claimed the shooting was an accident and was found not guilty. Though she sang at both the 2000 Democratic and Republican conventions, Chaka Khan says that she is more of a "Democratic-minded person".
In December 2011, Chaka Khan won permanent custody of her granddaughter, Daija Jade Holland, after reporting that Daija's mother, girlfriend of Khan's son Damien Holland, was unable to raise her due to her drug addiction. It was reported that Chaka Khan's son was also addicted to drugs.
Chaka Khan was featured in a 2013 episode of Celebrity Ghost Stories where she told the story of a 'shadow man' that followed her on tour for years until she met a guardian angel who admonished her to change her life or die