Is Eddie Murphy Single?

An iconic comedian that stepped away from the spotlight several years ago, Eddie Murphy is set for a career comeback. The funnyman is reportedly primed for a huge return to standup comedy via a multi-million dollar deal with Netflix. The deal could introduce Murphy to a whole new generation of fans and revitalize his career. While Murphy is hardly struggling with his finances, he does have a large family to support, including ten children by several different women. 

Who was Eddie Murphy’s first girlfriend?

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Born and raised in New York, Murphy’s early life was mired in tragedy. His father died when he was only eight years old, and when his mother became seriously ill shortly after, Murphy and his brother had to go into foster care. Ultimately, he did return to his mother’s care. Murphy began his career as a stand up comic, working comedy clubs in and around New York City.

Murphy’s career really took off when he joined the cast of Saturday Night Live in the early 80sskyrocketing both the popularity of the show and his own personal brand. Also in the 80s, Murphy met his first serious girlfriend: Paulette McNeely. She and Murphy had a very private relationship, and McNeely has never spoken out in interviews. The young couple welcomed their son, Eric, in 1989. The relationship dissolved shortly after the birth of their son, and Murphy moved on with Tamara Hood. Murphy and Hood had a son named Christian, born in 1990.

Eddie Murphy’s longest relationship

Murphy met Nicole Mitchell in the late 1980s and became smitten with the model. They started dating and ultimately got married in 1993. Eddie and Mitchell had a long-lasting relationship and had five children together: Shayne, Myles, Bria, Bella, and Zola.

The two weathered their share of controversy over the years, and following Murphy’s scandalous scene with a prostitute in 1997, many assumed that they would get divorced. Still, they stuck it out until 2005, when Mitchell filed for divorce. 

Murphy went on to briefly date former Spice Girl Melanie Brown after his divorce from Mitchell. Even though their relationship was short, it was fraught with turmoil. When Brown announced her pregnancy, Murphy initially claimed that he wasn’t the father. After a DNA test confirmed that Brown’s daughter was, in fact, Murphy’s, the two sought to mend fences for the sake of their baby daughter. Although it is not known how close Murphy is with his daughter with Brown. 

Is Eddie Murphy currently married?

In 2008, Murphy made headlines again when he married Tracey Edmonds in a symbolic ceremony in Bora Bora. It was a short, strange chapter in Murphy’s life, as the two never sought to make their symbolic union official and the marriage was never legalized. 

One must assume that the union didn’t really work out since Murphy started dating a model named Paige Butcher in 2012. Born in 1979, Butcher is quite a bit younger than Murphy, but that hasn’t stopped them from creating their own family unit together. They welcomed a daughter named Izzy in 2016 and had a baby boy in November 2018. Murphy and Butcher tied the knot on October 2018 and have kept a relatively low profile ever since. 

In recent months, Murphy has started to speak out more, offering rare glimpses into his family life. In a recent interview with fellow comedian Jerry Seinfeld, Murphy said that he loves to spend time with his many children and said that his house is where his whole family likes to gather, even those of his children who are grown up and have careers of their own. It seems that even though Murphy has had turbulent relationships in the past, he has found true peace in his life with his wife, Butcher, and his bevy of kids.