Why MC Lyte Says She Was Distraught Over Her Decision to File for Divorce

MC Lyte is a single woman learning to push through a drawn-out divorce. The iconic rapper happily announced her nuptials a few years ago, but it didn’t last. As it turns out, Lyte stayed in the marriage longer than she says she probably should have, but she felt pressure to keep the union intact.

MC Lyte poses on the red carpet in a green and silver outfit.
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MC Lyte felt compelled to make her marriage work

Lyte hasn’t been very forthcoming about her personal life throughout her over 30-year career. But when she co-hosted the Fox daytime talk show The Real, Lyte and the hosts began discussing grieving the loss of relationships. The rapper took it as a moment to speak about her divorce.

“I’m actually still going through it,” MC Lyte said of her divorce. “When the press got a hold of it, I think people thought we were [divorced]. I had just filed, and so we’re still going through it right now.”

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Though she realized during the marriage that she wasn’t happy, MC Lyte felt pressure to avoid divorce for multiple reasons. “I think in the very beginning, I was very distraught,” she explained. “I feel like there are phases whenever a relationship is ending, whether you’re married or not. It’s that first phase of, ‘Oh my God, I’ve got to make this work for us.’ Then it’s like, ‘Oh my God, I’ve got to make this work for everybody else involved.’”

Eventually, she says she got to where her happiness and mental stability were more important. Furthermore, she also wanted the best for her ex, despite his reluctance to let go. Staying in it, she realized things would get toxic. 

“You get to a point where you’re like, this isn’t working. It doesn’t matter. What really matters is that we end up in a happy place,” the rapper-turned-actor continued. “It’s hard in the beginning, but you realize to have happiness doesn’t mean you have to remain together, and it doesn’t mean that you are a failure because the marriage failed. It’s all ego. You just have to be able to let go.”

Who was MC Lyte’s husband?

The “Ruffneck” rapper met John Wyche, a Marine Corps veteran and entrepreneur, on Match.com. After they finally met, he realized Lyte was his longtime crush.

They bonded over their shared Christian faith. The two became engaged in 2017 and later married in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

While MC Lyte’s divorce eventually became a reality, she told ESSENCE in an interview after their wedding, “It was a fairy tale. I got my king. I would advise women that have their paper straight and not the man to start to pay attention to that.” 

MC Lyte’s marriage came as a surprise to many

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MC Lyte’s marriage shocked many of her fans. She announced the nuptials in an Instagram post. “What can I say, except thank you Lord!!” she captioned the post. “It’s been a long time, this single life, and I thank you all for your prayers and kind words of hope. God has sent me true love. For all of you waiting on LOVE — don’t give up — keep God first and he will see that you meet your match.”

Several celebrity friends attended the wedding, including Kelly Price, Lil Mama, and Coco Clemons of SWV. Unfortunately, the fairytale didn’t last. 

MC Lyte filed for divorce in 2020 after three years of marriage. Lyte reportedly cited irreconcilable differences as the reason for the split.

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