Her mother descended from Romanichal ancestry and her father's Turkish Cypriot.
Tracey Emin was born on July 3, 1963 in Croydon, London, United Kingdom. She has twin brother, whose name is Paul.
In her early years, Tracey lived with her mother in a successful seaside hotel in Margate, where she claims she was treated "like a princess". Her father lived with them for half of the week, spending the other half with his legitimate wife and other children. After a few years, Emin's father left and took his money with him, leaving her mother bankrupt. The family was then forced to live in poverty.