6ix9ine has made waves both in the music industry and in his personal life since 2012, when he first became active in the business. To accompany his aggressive, in-your-face rap style is an equally combative public persona, with everything from his distinctive rainbow-haired and heavily tattooed appearance to celebrity feuds and legal trouble.
With a figure like 6ix9ine who draws our attention both musically and personally, many people can’t help but wonder more about the rapper and songwriter’s personal life, including his relationship history and whether or not he is gay. Read on to find out the truth.
A Troubled Youth
Growing up, 6ix9ine encountered his fair share of troubles and trauma. Born Daniel Hernandez on May 8, 1996, to a Mexican mother and Puerto Rican father, Hernandez was raised alongside his older brother, Oscar, not knowing who his father was until he was nine years old.
While his mother worked hard as a house cleaner and factory worker to support her growing sons, Hernandez’s father was an addict who spent five years in prison for being caught drug dealing.
The more constant father figure in Hernandez’s life, his stepfather, was shot to death near their family’s home in 2013 when Hernandez was only 13 years old. This not only put further financial strain on the family, forcing his mother to apply for welfare but also caused a young Hernandez to suffer from PTSD. He had trouble eating and would act out in school until he was eventually expelled while only an eighth grader. From there, Hernandez took on various part-time jobs so he could help support his family.
Getting Into Music
Hernandez’s first forays into music began at a young age, as he and his family would attend church regularly, where they would sing, worship, and occasionally lead in reading from the Bible at the pulpit for the congregation.
However, it was not until 2012 when Hernandez officially decided to get into rap after being discovered that year by Peter “Righteous P” Rodgers, the CEO of record label Hikari-Ultra. When Rodgers visited the bodega that Hernandez was working at, and based on his appearance and cadence, he asked him if he was a rapper.
In 2014, Hernandez began making Rodgers’s vision a reality, releasing his first rap songs “60,” “Pimpin,” and “4769” in August, September, and October, respectively. He spent the next few years cultivating both his work as a rapper and his image as a vibrant and often controversial figure taking his local New York City by storm.
Songs like his 2017 commercial debut single “Gummo,” 2018 single “Keke” (with Fetty Wap and A Boogie wit da Hoodie), and 2018 single “Fefe” (featuring Nicki Minaj and Murda Beatz) broke into the Billboard Hot 100 and helped pave the way to earn an October 2019 two-album (one in English, one in Spanish) contract with label 10K Projects for $10 million.
This year has seen three of Hernandez’s singles debut in the Billboard Hot 100: “Gooba,” “Yaya,” and “Trollz” (with Nicki Minaj). But while he has enjoyed success in recent years professionally as a rapper, Hernandez has been leading a somewhat tumultuous personal life that has people wondering more about the man behind 6ix9ine.
Since becoming a rapper, 6ix9ine has not always been in the spotlight for positive reasons. From feuds with multiple musicians to multiple bouts of legal trouble, the rapper has had no shortage of eyes drawn to him in recent years.
His two most public and well-known feuds were with Triple Redd and Chief Keef. Although they collaborated on two songs earlier that year, Triple Redd and Hernandez clashed later in 2017. The two clashed on social media after Redd publicly called him out in a since-deleted Instagram video where he distanced himself from Hernadez because “1400 don’t support pedophiles.”
Hernandez also spent much of 2018 clashing with and taunting Chief Keef, with the two exchanging barbs on social media. Hernadez attacked Keef psychologically by taunting him in his old neighborhood and sending Keef evidence of hooking up with Aereon Clark, the mother of one of Keef’s children. Hernandez was also allegedly involved in a 2018 attempted shooting of Keef (which he pled guilty to one year later). Hernadez has also feuded with Meek Mill, YG, Future, Justin Bieber, and more.
In 2015, Hernandez was involved in a scandal by using a child in a sexual performance. He later pleaded guilty to having physical contact with and distributing videos of a 13-year-old girl while she was naked and performing fellatio on Taquan Anderson in what was claimed to be a music video. Hernandez had another run-in with the law in 2018 after allegedly choking a teenager at a mall in Houston, Texas, although the charges were ultimately dropped.
Additionally, in 2019 Hernandez admitted to years of domestic violence enacted against his ex Sara Molina, who has called him out for multiple instances where he hit, choked, bloodied, bruised, and sexually assaulted her. He also falsely claimed she had been cheating on him with his manager, Kifano “Shotti” Jordan, all while he had allegedly been cheating on her.
One of Hernandez’s biggest and most recent controversies was the 2018 arrest that led to him pleading guilty to nine criminal charges (including for racketeering and firearms) one year later, facing a possible sentencing of 32 years to life in prison.
This was due to Hernandez’s association with a violent street gang called the Nine Trey Gangsters, a sect of the Bloods. Ultimately, Hernandez testified against the Nine Trey Gang, which cut his sentencing down to only two years in prison. He got out of early due to COVID-19, as he cited his asthma as an excuse to be moved to at-home confinement, which was granted by the government and ended on August 1 of this year.
Is 6ix9ine Gay?
No, he is not. The confusion most likely derives from Hernandez’s rainbow hair, as well as accusations by Triple Redd claiming that Hernandez was gay, even going so far as to post a picture of him holding hands with another man to back up his false claim. Hernandez was quick to refute Triple Redd’s accusations and insinuations with a response video confirming that he is not gay.
Hernandez also has publically had relationships only with women up to this point. He first became a father in 2015 when he was 18 years old, having a baby girl, Saraiyah, with then-girlfriend Molina. Then, just weeks before he went to jail in 2018, Hernandez began dating Jade (born Rachel Watley), who has his face tattooed on both her shoulder and chest. As of August of this year, she was confirmed to be pregnant with his child.
Hernandez also confirmed in his 2019 court hearing that he has a second daughter whom he had never met and who was born in 2018.
In conclusion, it is clear by both his words and actions that 6ix9ine is not gay. In fact, his heterosexuality (including an alleged sex addiction) has gotten him into some trouble in the past and help fuel the controversy surrounding his brash musical and public personas.
Hopefully, with time, Hernandez is able to reflect on how he has treated women in the past so that he can treat them better in the future, but all we can say for sure now is that he’s definitely attracted to them.