Mike Epps is widely hailed as one of the funniest comic actors to ever grace our screens. Epps was already an established comedian before Ice Cube gave him an opportunity to star on screen. He featured in Cube’s films such as All About the Benjamins, Next Friday, and Friday After Next.
He went on to appear in films such as Resident Evil: Apocalypse, Talk to Me, Resident Evil: Extinction, The Hangover, and many more. Mike’s career exploits are numerous and well documented. This piece will deal with his personal life. It will look at his wife, past marriage, and his life growing up.
He recently got married to OWN Network executive Kyra Robinson
Mike met his wife in 2017 at the airport. Kyra explained during an episode of The View that Mike used a cheesy pick-up line, and thankfully, she found it funny. Mike admitted that he got lucky with his opening line. The couple got married two years later in a private ceremony in Newport Beach, California.
The star-studded ceremony featured celebrities such as T.I. and Snoop Dogg. Epps told The View that he struggled to hold tears back while reading his vows:
“It was hard. When you meet somebody that’s so beautiful like Kyra, joy makes me cry.”
Mike’s marriage to Kyra was his second one. He was previously married to Mechelle Epps, and they finalized their divorce in mid-2017. Epps revealed in an interview with The Breakfast Club that he couldn’t survive for long without a partner. He said:
“It did look fast but you know, I like to be married. I don’t like being single. I’m one of those guys, I like to come home to something structured. Some food, a little something. Someone to share my day with. I can’t date a whole bunch of women.”
Kyra and Mike recently welcomed their first child Indiana Rose Epps. Mike shared the news via an Instagram video of the baby and attached the caption:
“Allow us to introduce to you our newest addition to the family… INDIANA ROSE EPPS she rollin her eyes all ready…”
Before Indiana was born, Mike had five daughters and one granddaughter.
He was involved in a messy divorce with Mechelle Epps
Mike got married to Mechelle in 2006, and in the middle of 2017, they were involved in a messy divorce. The mess mainly involved spousal upkeep and child maintenance. In May 2017, Mechelle accused Epps of denying her access to her accounts so she could take a lower settlement deal. According to BET, Mechelle said:
“Mike is attempting to force me to settle by cutting off my support. He has been paying our bills like always, until recently. Now, he is cutting off my access to bank accounts and credit cards in an attempt to coerce me to settle.”
The matter was eventually resolved in July 2017, and the couple went their separate ways. Mike is still heavily involved in raising the couple’s children.
He spent a lot of time in jail during his young adult years
Mike had a tough childhood. He was raised by a single mom who worked hard to provide for the family, but she wasn’t always able to provide enough. To make matters worse, Mike was a poor student, and he decided to drop out of school to deal drugs. According to Daily News, Epps wrote in his book Unsuccessful Thug:
“A quarter ounce, you could flip that and make a half ounce. A half ounce you could flip that and make an ounce. An ounce could turn into two. Two could turn it into four. Huh, I guess I could do math after all.”
Mike was eventually busted, and he spent some time in prison. He doesn’t say how long he spent in there, but he was a regular because he couldn’t avoid selling drugs. Mike wrote about his time at Westville Correctional Facility:
“It used to be an insane asylum and I believed people when they said it was haunted. I remember one time laying in my cell and seeing something weird zip past. It gave me the creeps. As much as I wanted to do something else, I couldn’t stay away from drugs for long. As a result, for a few years there, I was regularly in and out of both jail and prison.”
Thankfully for Epps, he made it as a comedian and ditched life as a criminal.