JoeyStarr Height, Age, Girlfriend, Wife, Family, Biography & More


Real NameDidier Morville [1]gettyimages
Other Name(s)Jaguar Gorgone, Double R [2]The Vogue
Profession(s)Rapper, Record Producer, Actor
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.)in centimeters- 175 cm
in meters- 1.75 m
in feet inches- 5’ 9”
Eye ColorBlack
Hair ColorBlack
DebutFilm (French): Old School (2000) as Isaac
Old School
Solo Album: Gare au Jaguarr (2006) under the label 'Jive/Epic'
Gare au Jaguarr
Single: ‘Gaz-L’ (2002) under the music label 'BOSS'
Gaz-L by Joeystarr
Awards• Won an award under the category of “Best concert” at L’Année du hip-hop Les trophées (2007)
• Won an award under the category of “Best rap artist” at L’Année du hip-hop Les trophées (2008)
• Prix Patrick Dewaere (2012) for the young and upcoming actor in the French film industry
Joeystarr posing with his Prix Patrick Dewaere (2012)
• Les prix de l'Art et La Culture (2019)
Joeystarr posing with his Prix de l'Art et La Culture (2019)
Personal Life
Date of BirthOctober 27, 1967 (Friday)
Age (as of 2021) 54 Years
BirthplaceSaint-Denis, northern suburbs of Paris, France
Zodiac signScorpio
Nationality French
HometownAllende, Saint-Denis, northern suburbs of Paris, France
Religion/Religious ViewsChristianity [3]Pure People In June 2016, he uploaded a video on his Instagram account, which featured the Baptism of his twelve-year-old son Matisse; Baptism is a Christian sacrament of admission to the church. [4]Instagram – Joeystarr
Tattoo(s)• Cannabis leaf inked on his left shoulder
Joeystarr's cannabis leaf tattoo
• A tribal scorpion tattooed on his stomach
Joeystarr's scorpion tattoo
• Knuckle tattoos
Joeystarr's finger tattoos
• A tattoo inked on the back of his neck
Joeystarr's neck tattoo
• A tooth inked on his right hand
Joeystarr's tooth tattoo
• “MKM” inked on his right shoulder
Joey Starr's MKM tattoo
• A tattoo inked on his forearm
Joey Starr's forearm tattoo
• Names of his sons, Matisse, Khalil, and Marcello, inked on his chest
ControversiesAccused of domestic violence by Leïla Dixmier: In 2008, JoeyStarr was accused of domestic violence by Leïla Dixmier. During his trial at the Paris tribunal de grande instance in February 2009, he gave a testimony which stated that he had hit Dixmier in the face, pinned her to the ground, and then spat on her before biting her finger. Consequently, the rapper was sentenced to three months in prison and charged a fine of 2,000 euros for assault and battery on Leïla Dixmier. Two years later, in an interview in 2011, JoeyStarr claimed that it was Leïla Dixmier who picked up fights by hitting him, he said,
The story I had with the mother of my children, it was she who started to hit me. It doesn’t excuse anything. […] The scar I have there on my neck was made by my first wife. I was at the restaurant, she arrived and she stuck a shard of a bottle in me.”
Previously, the rapper was charged with intentional assault on Leïla Dixmier in 1999 when he hit her in the face. [5]Pure People

Attacked five young people with an axe: In 2009, he attacked five young people who were coming out of a nightclub in the Bastille, Paris, with an ax. Reportedly, the rapper had no apparent reason for his aggression. After a complaint was filed against him, he was taken into custody by the police. [6]Marie Claire

Found guilty of ill-treatment and illegally possessing a protected species: In 2002, JoeyStarr was accused of ill-treatment and illegally possession of a protected species when he slapped his pet monkey several times during a show telecast on the M6 channel. The incident sparked a storm of protests among the animal rights activists all over the world. Consequently, the rapper was charged with a fine of 9750 euros ($9,100). [7]Wired
Relationships & More
Sexual Orientation Straight
Marital StatusDivorced
Affairs/Girlfriends• Béatrice Galle (French actress) (1994-2004)
An image of Joeystarr and Béatrice Galle
• Leïla Dixmier (French film director, screenwriter, and editor)
A picture of Joeystarr and Leïla Dixmier
• Irène Rizzoli
Joeystarr and Irène Rizzoli
• Maïwenn Le Besco (French actress)
Maïwenn and Joey Starr
• Karine Le Marchand (French journalist and television presenter) (February 2018- April 2018)
Joeystarr and Karine Le Marchand
Marriage DateYear, 2004
Wife/SpouseLeïla Dixmier (Leïla Sy) (Ex-wife)
A picture Joeystarr and Leïla Dixmier with their children, Matisse and Khalil
ChildrenSon(s)- He has two sons with his wife Leïla Dixmier, Matisse Morville (born in 2005) and Khalil Morville (born in 2007).
Joeystarr with his sons Matisse and Khalil
From his relationship with Irène Rizzoli, JoeyStarr fathered a son named Marcello Morville.
A picture of Joeystarr with his son Marcello
Note:- Matisse Morville is a professional football player who plays at the renowned French football club AJ Auxerre training center.
ParentsFather- Jean Morville (worked as a representative in hydraulic equipment for oil platforms in the North Sea)
Mother- Yvette
Joeystarr with his mother
SiblingsHalf-brother- Carl (hosts rap battle competitions and concerts as MC)

Note: Carl is also known as ‘Lion Scott' in hip-hop circles.


Some Lesser Known Facts About JoeyStarr

  • JoeyStarr (also spelled Joey Starr) is a French rapper, producer, actor,  and co-founder of the renowned French rap band Suprême NTM. He is well known for starring in the French films Polisse (2011), 22 Bullets (2010), and All About Actresses (2009).
  • JoeyStarr grew up in an abusive household, where he was raised by a dominating, violent, and promiscuous father. In a talk show, while recollecting the verbal and physical violence that he suffered during his childhood, JoeyStarr said,

    My childhood, I was pissed off the b ** to death. You know, I spent a lot of time waiting in a car for the guy to finish putting his cookie in the balloon.”

  • JoeyStarr lost touch with her mother, Yvette, at the age of five. He spent most of his childhood as a half-orphan, believing that his mother was dead. He was astonished to cross paths with his mother on a bus during his teens when she walked in on him while he was riding to school. In JoeyStarr’s autobiographical novel “Le Petit Didier,” his mother described the event and said,

    One day when I was walking in the street, I saw him, in a passing bus. Was it him this time, or another time? I started to run and banged on the door. I was shaking like a carcass. The words couldn’t form in my mouth. Without being invited, I went up the steps, and I entered the bus, up to my son.”

    Even after their encounter, JoeyStarr stayed away from his mother until his adulthood. At the age of 28, he finally reconciled with her mother when he saw her in the front row of his concert.

  • Prior to their reunion, when JoeyStarr still thought that his mother was dead, he used to receive gifts from his mother on his birthday, which were delivered to him via a stranger. Although her doings offended JoeyStarr’s father, who wanted to keep JoeyStarr away from his mother, she kept making efforts to get in touch with her son. While describing it an interview, he said,

    Every October 27, my birthday, she would come to the parking lot with a gift to find someone to give it to me and make me feel something’s going on…And my dad, every time he heard about that, he would go out into the parking lot and beat her up in plain sight.”

  • While JoeyStarr was living on the streets of Paris, after being kicked out of his family home in 1985, he discovered his passion for hip hop. The subways and catacombs of Paris, which sheltered him also introduced him to the hard life, full of drugs and violence.
  • In 1989, JoeyStarr began his career as a rapper when he established the music group Supreme NTM along with French rapper Kool Shen. In the early 90s, the co-founders of Supreme NTM marked the beginning of French hip-hop culture. NTM is an acronym for “Nique Ta Mère” (Fuck Your Mother) [8]The Guardian

    Joeystarr (left) and Kool Shen

    JoeyStarr (left) and Kool Shen

  • On June 3, 1991, Supreme NTM’s debut studio album, “Authentik,” was released under the record label Epic Records, owned by Sony Music Entertainment.
    Supreme NTM's Authentik
  • When NTM struck stardom in the 90s, JoeyStarr lacked a mailing address due to which he was unable to cash his royalty checks.
  • In 1994, JoeyStarr started dating Béatrice Galle, who fell in love with the rapper since the release of Supreme NTM’s debut studio album, “Authentik.”
  • In 2001, Supreme NTM disbanded after the release of several successful albums. Thereafter, JoeyStarr signed up with the BOSS music label, which nurtured artists like DJ Spank, Naughty J, DJ James, and Terror Seb. From 1999 to 2004, the artists backed by the BOSS music label gained popularity when they made appearances on the weekly radio show ‘Jeudi Soir de Sodomie’ (Thursday Evening of Sodomy).
  • After his breakup with Béatrice in 2004, he made acquaintance with Leïla Dixmier and got married to her.
  • At BOSS, Joey began his journey as a record producer when he produced two records in 2006, Iron Sy’s ‘Irony’ and Natty’s ‘Jump Up.’
  • In the same year, his solo album “Gare au Jaguarr” secured the third position on the French national music charts.
  • His mixtape ‘My Playlist by Joey Starr’ was a trending song for a long time during 2016. After the release of his mixtape L’Anthology Mixtape’ (2007),  his solo albums ‘Armageddon’ and ‘Egomaniac,’ were released under the label Jive/Epic in 2011.
  • In 2008, Supreme NTM was reformed with the live album “On Est Encore Là Bercy.”
    On Est Encore Là Bercy
  • Other studio albums of the band released under the record label Epic Records include 1993… J’Appuie Sur La Gâchette (1993), Paris Sous Les Bombes (1995), and Suprême NTM (1998). The band is also known for its compilation albums NTM Le Clash (2000) and Supreme NTM- Anthology (2018).
    Suprême NTM (1998)
  • He played the recurring role of Moktar from 2008 to 2010 in the French crime drama series ‘Mafiosa, le clan,’ broadcast on Canal+. In the series, the central character, Sandra Paoli, takes over the mafia empire of his uncle Francois Paoli after his murder.
  • He made a guest appearance in the 2009 French mockumentary film ‘Le bal des actrices’ (All About Actresses). He was nominated for Best Supporting Actor at César Awards, France (2010) for his role in ‘Le bal des actrices.’

  • The role of Le pistachier in the French gangster-action film ‘L’Immortel’ (22 Bullets) earned JoeyStarr immense popularity. Based on the 2007 novel L’Immortel, the film follows the retired mafia boss Charly Matteï, who, while living a peaceful life with his family, is shot with 22 bullets by an unidentified man. After surviving the close of death experience, Charly vows to seek revenge.

  • JoeyStarr rose to prominence in 2011 with the French crime drama film ‘Polisse’ in which he played the role of a hard-edged yet tender policeman named Fred. Centering around the Child Protection Unit of Paris called Brigade de Protection des Mineurs, the film follows Parisian cops trying to cope up with their personal problems, meanwhile battling crimes against children. For the role of Fred, JoeyStarr was nominated in the category of Best Supporting Actor at César Awards, France (2012), Lumiere Awards, France (2012), and CinEuphoria Awards (2013).

    Joeystarr in Polisse

    JoeyStarr in Polisse

  • After parting ways with Maïwenn Le Besco in 2011, speculations of his relationship with Karine Le Marchand began when he posted a picture with her on his Instagram account in February 2018.
  • At the age of 50, the rapper became the first man to appear on the cover of Playboy magazine in March 2018. [9]Pure People

    Joeystarr on the cover of Playboy magazine

    JoeyStarr on the cover of Playboy magazine

  • Other prominent french films in which he appeared include Une autre vie (2013), La marque des anges – Miserere (2013), and Colt 45 (2014).
    Une autre vie (2013)
  • Alongside her ex-girlfriend Béatrice Dalle, JoeyStarr played the lead role of John Merrick in the play ‘Elephant Man.’ Staged at Théâtre des Folies Bergère in Paris in 2019, the play narrates the true-life story of an English man named Joseph Merrick who was exhibited at a freak show due to his severe deformities.

    Joey Starr and Béatrice Dalle in the play 'Elephant man'

    Joey Starr and Béatrice Dalle in the play ‘Elephant man’

  • In 2019, he was nominated in the category of ‘Best Guest’ at the Seoul Web Fest for the film Vol 69 (2018).
  • In 2021, he launched the culinary magazine ‘Five Starr,’ which is published twice a year.
    Five Starr magazine by Joeystarr
  • In 2021, he played the protagonist, Nicolas Valeyre, in the French television mini-series ‘Le remplaçant.’ The show centers around the new French teacher of the Pierre-et-Marie-Curie high school named Nicolas Valeyre and his unorthodox ways of teaching.

    Joeystarr in Le remplaçant

    JoeyStarr in Le remplaçant

  • In the 2021 French TV series ‘Gloria,’ JoeyStarr played the role of Stan Baldini. An adaptation of the British thriller TV series called ‘Keeping Faith,’ ‘Gloria’ narrates the story of a lawyer named Gloria Meyers whose life takes a tragic twist when her husband, David, disappears overnight without any explanation.

    Joeystarr in Gloria

    JoeyStarr in Gloria

  • On October 28, 2021, JoeyStarr appeared on the French TV show ‘C à vous,’ where he confessed that his salacious father had spawned numerous children whom JoeyStarr came across after growing up. While talking about one of his half-brothers Carl in the talk show, JoeyStarr said,

    While making music, I met my siblings. If I hadn’t done what I’m doing today, we would all have been scattered. We don’t know not how many we are. I met my big brother, my oldest on an RER platform. A guy said to me: “I know a guy who looks like you …”, and one day, he brought him back to me. Another of my brothers, the same … The list is long, because the guy was in the conquest, you see. He went to put his cookie all over the place, in lots of balloons.”

  • He authored the autobiographical book “Le Petit Didier,” which was released in October 2021. The book featured the description of his traumatic childhood. It also stated JoeyStarr’s childhood incident in which his father killed his pet rabbit and made him eat it. [10]Pure People
    Le Petit Didier
  • He also runs an online shopping portal for his eponymous lifestyle brand that features customized merchandise of the rapper.
  • In 2005, after the birth of his eldest son, Matisse Morville, JoeyStarr tasted a small piece of his umbilical cord. In an interview, JoeyStarr talked about his bizarre eating habits and said,

    I like everything, I’m a real foodie. There are very few things that I don’t like (…) I haven’t eaten everything either but, in any case, there is not much something that turns me off. For example, I taste the balls raw to see what it tastes like.”

  • In spite of his traumatic childhood in which he was constantly abused by his father, JoeyStarr’s autobiography mentions his fondness for his father. In 2021, on the show ‘C à Vous, la suite’, the host Anne-Elisabeth Lemoine shared her opinion about JoeyStarr’s relationship with his father and asserted that he might be a victim of Stockholm syndrome, a psychological response in which hostages or abused victims bond with their captors or abusers. On the talk show, she said,

    You write: ‘I like this guy, I only have him’”. “Well, it looks like Stockholm syndrome. At no time do you stand up against him, but you do the eel. He forbids you a lot of things but you do them anyway.”

  • His ex-girlfriend, Beatrice Dalle, fondly named him ‘Cafard’ (Cockroach). [11]Instagram – Beatrice Dalle
  •  After the death of French sailor Florence Arthaud, who died on the sets of the reality TV show ‘Dropped’ in 2015 after suffering a collision of two helicopters, JoeyStarr revealed that he used to consume opioids, a drug found in the opium poppy plant, with her. [12]Pure People
  • In 2019, he caught public attention for exhibiting his naked picture via the reflection of a glass window. Apparently, the rapper was sharing the incredible view of his hotel room in Dubai via a video on his Instagram account when he captured a reflection of his penis in the glass window. [13]Pure People

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