What is the Age Difference Between Mike Tyson and His Wife Lakiha ‘Kiki’ Spicer?

Mike Tyson is known all over the world as one of the greatest boxers ever but to his family, Iron Mike is just a husband and father.

While the boxing legend is no stranger to having his personal life and relationships play out in the public eye, fans don’t know a ton about his current wife Lakiha “Kiki” Spicer. Read on to find out more about the woman Tyson credits with turning his life around.

Mike Tyson and his wife Lakiha 'Kiki' Spicer seated next to each other and posing for a photo at Academy Awards Viewing Party Benefiting Children Uniting Nations
Mike Tyson and his wife, Lakiha ‘Kiki’ Spicer, seated next to each other and posing for a photo at Academy Awards Viewing Party Benefiting Children Uniting Nations | Paul Redmond/WireImage

How many times Mike Tyson has been married

“The Baddest Man on the Planet” has been married three times.

In the late ’80s, Tyson began dating actor Robin Givens. The fighter and Head of the Class star tied the knot in 1988. But not long after saying “I do” allegations swirled that Tyson was physically abusive and unfaithful to Givens. Their tumultuous union ended the following year. In his book titled Undisputed Truth, Tyson claimed that he still saw his ex from time to time after their divorce and described one encounter where he went to her house and saw Givens with Brad Pitt.

“When Brad saw me standing there in front of the house, you had to see the look on his face. He looked like he was ready to receive his last rites,” Tyson wrote (per FanBuzz). “He went all pre-Matrix on me. ‘Dude, don’t strike me, don’t strike me. We were just going over some lines. She was talking about you the whole time.’ … It was what it was.”

The former heavyweight champ then began seeing medical student Monica Turner who het met at Eddie Murphy’s New Jersey home. Following Tyson’s prison sentence, he and Turner got hitched on April 19, 1997. The pair had two children together. Their daughter, Rayna, was born in February 1996 followed by their son, Amir, in August 1997. Turner accused her husband of infidelity and after five years of marriage they too divorced.

How much older is the boxer than Spicer?

Mike Tyson kisses wife Lakiha Spicer on the cheek at HBO's Golden Globe Awards afterparty
Mike Tyson kisses wife Lakiha Spicer on the cheek at HBO’s Golden Globe Awards afterparty | Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic

The third time was the charm for the Hangover actor who walked down the aisle with Spicer on June 9, 2009.

The Sun noted that Spicer was born in Philadelphia in 1977. She’s 11 years his junior and the woman Tyson credits with turning his life around saying: “I’m very happy me and wife got together because I don’t know how I would have survived out there.” 

During a chat on ExpediTIously in April 2020, Tyson told rapper T.I.: “Without my wife, I’m a savage animal… I look at women differently as I get older. When I was younger, I viewed them as pleasure. Now that I’m older, I look at them as the half. It makes me realize that I’m a man. And at this stage in my life, they’re my teachers. If a man doesn’t have a little bit of fear of his wife, he’s not living his life right.”

How many children they have together

Mike Tyson (C) poses with(L-R) his son Morocco, mother-in-law Rita Ali, wife Lakiha Spicer, and daughter Milan Tyson at the 100 Women Matter Luncheon
Mike Tyson (C) poses with(L-R) his son Morocco, mother-in-law Rita (Faridah) Ali, wife Lakiha Spicer, and daughter Milan Tyson at the 100 Women Matter Luncheon | Jerritt Clark/Getty Images

Spicer and Tyson have two children together. In 2008, before they were married, Spicer found out she was expecting her first child with Iron Mike. According to The Philadelphia Inquirer, she spent six months in a federal penitentiary while she was pregnant after being convicted of fraud and conspiracy over receiving more than $70,000 for classes that were never taught at a school where her mother, Faridah Ali, worked as the Assistant Director of Education.

Their daughter, Milan, was born on Dec. 25, 2008. Three years later, they welcomed their son Morocco.

In addition to his children with Turner and Spicer, Tyson also fathered three other kids–Miguel, Mickey, and Exodus. Sadly Exodus died at the age of 4 when she was accidentally strangled by a treadmill cord. 

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