After a nearly two-decade-long marriage, Chris Rock and Malaak Compton separated and went through a legal battle. The comedian also admitted to having an affair with three women, of which one was famous.
Chris Rock recently received massive attention for a public confrontation with Will Smith at the Oscars ceremony, following the comedian’s joke about Jada Smith, taking a jab at her medical condition. Will took it upon himself to walk up the stage to slap Chris and scream at him on national television.
Will later won Best Actor for his performance in “King Richard,” but the stir he caused was highlighted more than his success. Like Will, Chris was also once married to Malaak Compton-Rock, his wife of 19 years. Here’s a look at their life as husband and wife and divorce.
CHRIS ROCK’S MARRIAGE: FIRST MEETING, KIDS, CHEATING, REVELATIONS
Rock had just ended his stint on “Saturday Night Live” when he met Malaak Compton-Rock, a UNICEF public relations officer. It didn’t take too long before the couple tied the knot in 1996, three years after meeting.
However, it took a while before they built their family and welcomed their first child, Lola Simone Rock, in 2002. Two years later, they welcomed another daughter, Zahra Savannah, followed by a child from South Africa, Ntombi, whom they raised together.
Although married for 19 years, Chris and Malaak also had their fair share of problems, eventually leading to their split in 2014 and divorce in 2016. One of their troubles revolved around Chris’ infidelity, admitting that he had an affair with three women, of which one was famous.
“I was a piece of [expletive],” he said, explaining that he felt he had the right to cheat because he was the family’s breadwinner. “That’s bull [expletive]. That actually goes the other way. My faults are magnified. Your significant other, if they really love you, has a high opinion of you. And you let them down.”