Rozonda ‘Chilli’ Thomas Biography: Net Worth, Son, Age, Husband, Parents, Siblings, Height

Posted By Lorenza Nicolas


Rozonda Ocielian Thomas (born February 27, 1971), more widely recognized by her stage name Chilli, is an exceptionally gifted American artist. She has left an indelible imprint on the entertainment landscape, adorning her career with roles as a singer, dancer, and actress.

Rozonda ‘Chilli’ Thomas‘ journey to fame reached its zenith as a key member of the TLC girl group. This iconic trio achieved immense recognition and ascended to unparalleled popularity during the late 20th century. 

With their groundbreaking music and enchanting live acts, they firmly cemented their status as one of the best-selling girl groups in history.

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Wiki Facts & About Data
Full Name: Rozonda Ocelean Thomas
Stage Name: Chilli
Born: 27 February 1971 (age 52 years old)
Place of Birth: Columbus, Georgia, United States
Nationality: Nigerian
Education: Benjamin Elijah Mays High School
Height: 1.52 m
Parents: Abdul Ali, Ava Thomas
Siblings: Marni Ali Williams
Spouse: Matthew Lawrence (en. 2022–)
Boyfriend • Partner: L.A. Reid (1994), Larry Johnson (2008-2009), Hill Harper (2006), Nick Cannon (2016), Brad James (2015-2016), Wayne Brady (2013-2014), Tyrese Gibson (2011-2012), Floyd Mayweather Jr. (2008-2010), T.J. Holmes (2006-2007), Usher (2001-2003), Marlon Wayans, Dallas Austin (1990-1999)
Children: Tron Austin
Occupation: Actress • Singer
Net Worth: $8 million

Early Life & Education

Rozonda ‘Chilli’ Thomas, an exceptionally gifted artist from the United States, was born on February 27, 1971, in the charming city of Columbus, Georgia. 

Her upbringing was guided by her loving parents, Abdul Ali and Ava Thomas, who nurtured her talents and supported her dreams. Growing up, she shared a beautiful bond with her dear sister, Marni Ali Williams

Continuing her educational journey, Rozonda ‘Chilli’ Thomas completed her high school education at Benjamin Elijah Mays High School in the vibrant city of Atlanta, Georgia, in 1989. Interestingly, she decided not to pursue higher education at a college or university.


Rozonda ‘Chilli’ Thomas started her professional journey as a dancer by collaborating with various artists, such as Damian Dame. However, her big break came in 1991, when she became a member of the popular group TLC, taking over the spot vacated by Crystal Jones. 

With their combined talent and energy, TLC achieved immense success by releasing four highly acclaimed studio albums. These albums garnered commercial triumphs and won prestigious accolades, such as four Grammy Awards. 

Among these achievements, their album CrazySexyCool earned them the honor of Best R&B Album, while their 1999 collaboration No Scrubs received the award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration.

In addition to her successful work with the iconic R&B group TLCChilli, whose real name is Rozonda Thomas, has also ventured into a solo career. In 2008, she released her highly anticipated debut album, Chilli. Unfortunately, despite her undeniable talent and the anticipation surrounding it, the album did not perform as well commercially as expected.

However, amidst this setback, Chilli delivered a ray of hope with the release of her hit single Body, which garnered considerable attention and admiration from fans and music enthusiasts alike.

In addition to her accomplishments as a musician and songwriter, Rozonda ‘Chilli’ Thomas has ventured into acting and succeeded in that field. Throughout her career, she has had the opportunity to showcase her acting skills in various films and television shows. 

Her noteworthy appearances include her involvement in the 2006 film What Chilli Wants, her participation in the popular reality television series Dancing with the Stars in 2010, and her role in the series Empire in 2015. Rozonda ‘Chilli’ Thomas‘ versatility as a performer is demonstrated by her ability to hold audiences’ attention in her acting and musical undertakings.

Awards & Nominations

  • 1996 Best R&B Album: CrazySexyCool
  • 1996 Best R&B Song: Waterfalls
  • 2000 Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals: “No Scrubs
  • 2008 Best Rap/Sung Collaboration: “Where Are U Now?” (with Usher and Lil Jon

Social Media

  • Instagram: @therealchilli 
  • Facebook: @officialchilli 
  • Twitter: @officialchilli 

Personal Life

Rozonda ‘Chilli’ Thomas, 52, has had several relationships. In the early 1990s, she had a brief relationship with rapper Dallas Austin, and they welcomed a son named Tron Austin in 1997. 

Rozonda ‘Chilli’ Thomas has been in relationships with Nick Cannon in 2016, Brad James from 2015 to 2016, Wayne Brady from 2013 to 2014, Tyrese Gibson from 2011 to 2012, Floyd Mayweather Jr. from 2008 to 2010, T.J. Holmes from 2006 to 2007, Usher from 2001 to 2003, as well as Marlon Wayans and Dallas Austin from 1990 to 1999.

Rozonda ‘Chilli’ Thomas had encounters with Larry Johnson from 2008 to 2009 and Hill Harper in 2006.

There are also rumors of a connection between Rozonda ‘Chilli’ Thomas and L.A. Reid in 1994. Rozonda ‘Chilli’ Thomas is currently in a relationship with Matthew Lawrence, and they got engaged.


  • Chilli (2000)
  • Uh Oh
  • Gameproof (feat. T-Boz)
  • Straight Jack (feat. Missy Elliott)
  • Dumb Dumb Dumb

Net Worth

Rozonda ‘Chilli’ Thomas, an American R&B singer, dancer, and actress, has a respectable net worth of about $8 million. Her central involvement as a member of the well-known girl group TLC is to blame for her ascent to prominence. 

During the 1990s, TLC soared to incredible heights, becoming one of the best-selling girl groups of that era. With their immense talent and captivating music, they sold over 65 million albums worldwide.

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