Martin Lawrence, Wife Divorcing


It's not unusual for couples divorcing in Pasadena to have dated for a long time before they got married. Many relationship experts actually joke that "nothing ruins a long-term relationship faster than marriage." But for Martin Lawrence, this is no joke. The comedian and actor recently announced he was divorcing Shamicka Lawrence, his wife of two years. The pair was together for 15 years before tying the knot in 2010.

Last Tuesday, a rep for the pair announced the couple would be getting divorced after "the joint decision to part ways."

"Out of love and respect for one another, we will continue to remain friends and raise our two beautiful daughters together," the Lawrences said in a statement. In addition to their Beverly Hills home, the family owns a farm in Purcellville, Virginia. Currently, no details have been released regarding the details of the custody arrangement, asset division or financial support.

Funnyman Martin Lawrence is no stranger to the tabloids. From his bizarre behavior which landed him in a hospital in 1996 to several incidents involving illegal firearms, Lawrence used to have a hard time staying out of trouble. Yet when Shamicka Gibbs came into his life, things started to turn around for the star. Lawrence and Gibbs were together for fifteen years and in that time they had two daughters together, Amara in 2001 and Iyana in 2003. Lawrence made a slew of family-friendly films during those years, like Wild Hogs and College Road Trip. Lawrence and Gibbs finally got married in 2010 at their Beverly Hills home. Denzel Washington and Eddie Murphy were among the 120 guest in attendance.

He was previously married to Patricia Southhall with whom he has a daughter. Lawrence recently wrapped up a nationwide stand-up tour and filmed a comedy pilot for CBS.