Melissa McKnight Had a Daughter with ‘Friends’ Star Matt LeBlanc — What Is She Doing Now?
If you have watched Friends, you definitely know the actor Matt LeBlanc, who played the character of Joey Tribbiani.
LeBlanc is an American actor and comedian who is renowned for his performance as Joey in the sitcom Friends. He has also appeared in movies and television shows like Episodes, Man With A Plan, Top Gear, Lost in Space, and Lovesick.
The actor was last seen reprising his role of Joey when he and his castmates of Friends came together for Friends: The Reunion.
All those were popularly known facts about LeBlanc. However, there is some information about him which only a few know about, including he was once married to a 90’s top model Melissa McKnight.
But where is McKnight from and what is she doing now?
McKnight Is a British-Born Model
LeBlanc’s ex-wife McKnight was born in England on March 10, 1965. But she moved to the United States with her parents at a young age. Due to that, she holds an American nationality while possessing English ethnicity.
Growing up, McKnight aspired to be a model, and her blue eyes, blonde hair, and perfect physique just complimented her talent even more.
Between the 80s and 90s, she established herself as one of the top models in the industry with an appearance in magazines such as Cosmopolitan, Elle, and Vogue.
Her modeling stint slowly took her towards the acting industry. In 2001, she made her screen debut with a role in the movie Triangles and Tribulations.
She continued her work, as she appeared in the TV show VH1: All Access in the same year. Her performance in the VH1: All Access received wide appreciation from the audience and critics.
McKnight also made an appearance at the 31st Annual People Choice Awards in 2005.
McKnight and LeBlanc Got Married in May 2003
McKnight and LeBlanc were introduced in 1997 by a mutual friend named Kelly Phillips and her husband Lou Diamond Phillips.
By that time, she was already married once. Her first husband was filmmaker Anthony Esposito with whom she had a private wedding in 1990. The former couple also shares two children together, a son named Tyler Esposito, born in 1991, and a daughter named Jacqueline Esposito, born in 1995.
But due to irreconcilable differences, they decided to end their marriage in 1996.
Coming back to McKnight and LeBlanc, they quickly started liking each other after their initial meeting, and therefore, they began dating. They went a step further in their relationship when they got engaged in 1998.
The engagement went for long, as they walked down the aisle after five years of the ring ceremony on May 3, 2003.
Their wedding reportedly was the biggest celebrity wedding of that time. The ceremony was held in Hawaii with close to 150 guests, including LeBlanc’s castmates from Friends along with their spouses. The reunition before 2021’s Friends: The Reunion.
LeBlanc even had words of praise for McKnight and her children when he talked to Entertainment Weekly just before the wedding. He stated that his ex-wife and her kids gave him stability in life and he felt grateful to have them.
“It’s been a fantastic experience. I’m very grateful for them in my life,” the actor said. “Because before them, I was out at the bars, I was chasing chicks all over the place, I had kind of a reputation.”
A year after the wedding, the pair also welcomed their first child together, a daughter named Marina Pearl McKnight.
McKnight and LeBlanc’s Daughter Was Diagnosed With Rare Brain Disorder
The couple’s daughter Marina was diagnosed with a rare brain disorder called Cortical Dysplasia, a congenital problem that causes seizures. She was only 11 months old at that time.
But after a year-long treatment and care, the baby came out of the disease and lived a healthy life.
McKnight’s Divorce with LeBlanc
The marital relationship between McKnight and LeBlanc did not last for long, as they separated after 3 years of marriage.
She filed for divorce in March 2006, which was later finalized in the same year in September.
They separated without having to pay any spousal support to each other. But LeBlanc agreed to pay certain expenses monthly until his daughter turned 18.
One of the major reasons for their divorce was LeBlanc’s infamous reputation of being a womanizer. Even after the wedding, he reportedly continued his old habits of wandering into bars and spending nights with women.
Once he was spotted spending time with a stripper at an all-nude club while vacationing with his five buddies in British Columbia.
LeBlanc even had a brief affair with his co-star Andrea Anders while still being married to McKnight.
What Is Melissa McKnight Doing Now?
McKnight has been managing a very private life after her divorce from ex-husband LeBlanc. But she reportedly has been raising her 17-year-old daughter Marina and spends with her other two kids from her first marriage.
On the other hand, LeBlanc reportedly is in a relationship with Aurora Mulligan, a Northern Irish documentary film producer, and director. They have been together since 2016.
Faizon Love Discusses Health and Fixation on Weight Loss
Faizon Love said that there is racism when it comes to big people.
Faizon Love, who was originally named Langston Faizon Santisima and was born in Cuba, is an actor and comedian.
He is most famous for his appearances in various comedy movies such as The Meteor Man, Don’t Be a Menace, Friday, BAP*S, Elf, The Replacements, Made, and Couples Retreat.
Additionally, he lent his voice to the character of Sean “Sweet” Johnson in the video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and played the role of Wendell Wilcox on the television show The Parent ‘Hood.
He defended Lizzo after an interviewer mentioned that Kanya West and others fat-shamed her, accusing her of promoting an unhealthy lifestyle. Here are some more details on the topic.
Faizon Love opened up about fat shaming and health
During an interview with Tucker Carlson on Fox News, West criticized the body-positivity movement by using Lizzo as an example. West referred to Lizzo as his “good friend” and explained that when she loses weight, she is attacked on social media by “bots” who promote the idea that being overweight is a desirable goal when in reality, it is unhealthy.
In an Interview with VLAD TV, Love was asked by the interviewer, “ A lot of people, you know, including Kanye and so forth have fat-shamed Lizzo. He mentioned Lizzo and how they are promoting an unhealthy lifestyle.”
The interviewer mentioned how in the industry, no one raises a similar question when other male artists are heavy like DJ Khalid, and it’s a kinda sexist thing to address women like Lizzo and other artists.
“Now someone who is heavyset himself, how do you feel when someone talks about Lizzo,” he asked Love. To which he replied, “There is racism against big people, and also there are these theories that because you are big you’re unhealthy. That’s a [expletive] lie.”
He continued, “It’s for stupid people. Cause, I know a lot of skinny [people] dying right now, that is very unhealthy. You know Halle Berry has diabetes.”
Faizon Love sued Universal in 2020
Love sued Universal in November 2020 over his and Kali Hawk’s removal from the international poster of “Couples Retreat,” claiming it was racism.
Following the lawsuit, Love issued a statement: “This film was a big money-maker for Universal, but instead of honoring my work and my contract, the studio chose to render me invisible to billions of moviegoers around the world,” as per Variety.
His suit also claimed that Vince Vaughn had advised him “that making a big deal about his removal from the poster would not be good for his career at that time.”
Love claimed Universal did not honor a previous agreement to feature him in future films, which affected his career, but he withdrew the lawsuit in January 2021 after reaching an amicable agreement with Universal.
Despite this, Love continued to find work in smaller roles and projects, as per his IMDb page, including appearances on Black-ish and Step Up: High Water. Love stated in a 2016 interview that his work created roles for other actors.
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Everything about Chef Erin French’s Net Worth and Career
How much is her net worth?
Erin French, an American chef, has amassed a sizable net worth as a result of her culinary skills.
French has an estimated net worth of $1 million as of this writing. Her restaurant, The Lost Kitchen, is her main source of income.
She also initiated the television show named after her acclaimed restaurant. The first season of the show, which debuted on Discovery+ on January 3rd, 2021, consisted of six episodes. Likewise, season two of the show premiered on October 22, 2022.
Besides, she is the author of two popular books. Her first book, The Lost Kitchen: Recipes and a Good Life Found in Freedom, was released in 2017, followed by Finding Freedom in the Lost Kitchen in 2021. French recently published her third book, Untitled French Cookbook Fall 2023.
The Chef undoubtedly earned a sizable sum of money from her books and television program. Additionally, French has 252K Instagram followers, where she documents her daily life as well as what happens behind the scenes at her restaurant.
Erin French spent most of her childhood in her father’s cafe
French was interested in cooking from an early age. Her father, Jeffery Richardson, owned a cafe in town, which provided her with opportunities to develop an interest in cooking.
The chef began her cooking career at her father’s cafe. She used to take on various tasks, which included dishwashing, waiting tables, and also frying pancakes in her cafe. Likewise, by the time she was 14, she could flip hamburgers in her parent’s diner.
More on Erin French’s career
In 2011, French and her ex-husband Todd opened a restaurant named The Lost Kitchen together. However, the business wasn’t successful, and Todd closed it without consulting her.
Later, the chef reopened the restaurant following her divorce. Initially, she employed only female chefs and sourced ingredients from her farmer friends. She gets some of her recipes from her mother and grandmother, which she elevates and makes her own.
Erin French enjoyed creating new dishes. (Source: Instagram)
In an interview with Food and Wine, French stated, “I get the best produce. My friend will text me a photo of a cauliflower in her field, and I will say, ‘Bring me 12 of those.’ Later, that friend will serve the cauliflower herself.” Moreover, the chef even made the tables out of barn boards and plumbing fixtures.
As previously stated, shortly after opening The Lost Kitchen, French initiated the television show of the same name. Her restaurant grew in popularity over time, and customers now travel long distances to dine there. French restaurant’s success is largely due to the success of her television show. She has become a household name in the food world.
The chef also received a James Beard Award in 2016. She previously entertained celebrities such as Martha Stewart. She received approximately 20,000 cards per year, making it one of the most difficult restaurants in the country to book.
Furthermore, the chef credited her new husband with keeping her afloat during the pandemic. She told People, “I was fearful no one would ever love me again. I felt tainted. But the relationship I’m in now — he’s so supportive and is never trying to put a cap on me.”
Alvin Bragg and Wife Jamila Ponton Bragg Married for Nearly Two Decades
Alvin Bragg and his wife will mark their 20th anniversary in November 2023.
Alvin Bragg is currently a trending name on the internet for being the Manhattan District Attorney overlooking former US President Donald Trump’s alleged role in paying hush money to adult film star Stormy Daniels with whom he allegedly had an affair.
Since Bragg is looking over the high-profile case, he has been gaining attention not only on a national level but on a worldwide level. And those people have been eager to know more about the first person of color to serve as the New York County District Attorney.
Is Alvin Bragg married to a wife?
As of this writing, Alvin is in a long-term marital relationship with his wife, Jamila Ponton Bragg. The married couple shared the wedding vows on November 1, 2003, and have been together since then.
As per The New York Times, Alvin met his future wife while they were enrolled at Harvard University — Alvin was pursuing a law degree then. In contrast, Jamila was pursuing a master’s degree in education.
Alvin Bragg with his wife, Jamila Ponton Bragg, during their wedding ceremony (Photo: Instagram)
How they fell in love and when they began dating is currently unknown. But after being in a relationship for some time, they decided to get settled down and tied the knot at the Heinz Memorial Chapel in Pittsburgh.
At the time of their wedding, the then-30-year-old Alvin was serving as an assistant New York State attorney general. Similarly, his then-29-year-old wife worked as a program director at a New York-based nonprofit youth organization named Girls Incorporated.
From the day Alvin and Jamila got married to the present day, they have always been together and supported each other in every step of their lives. And their marital life got even happier when they welcomed two children; a daughter named Maya and a son named Mark.
However, little to no information is available about his children, as both of them have kept their kids out of the limelight. Nonetheless, the family of four was seen together at an event in June 2021, where Alvin was a speaker — his wife and kids were also on stage.
Who is Alvin Bragg’s wife?
Alvin’s wife, Jamila, is the founder of a theatre production company named JamRock Productions, LLC. As per America Theatre, the company is committed to working for, about, and by women. Jamila’s debut as a co-producer was in March 2020 on Charles Randolph-Wright’s play Blue.
Before doing this, she used to work for other companies. Per her LinkedIn profile, her career started as a project director for Girls Incorporated, where she worked from December 1999 to December 2005.
After that, she joined The Atlantic Philanthropies as a special assistant to the CEO in June 2006 and served in that position until her departure in November 2007. From February to October 2012, she worked as an educational outreach manager for The Electric Company in a Sesame Workshop.
An old picture of Alvin Bragg with his wife, Jamila Ponton Bragg, and their children (Photo: Instagram)
In April 2015, she joined the Emma Bowen Foundation as a consultant and worked there for almost three and a half years — she left in August 2018. There are no other details about her profession since then, as it seems she hasn’t updated her profile.
Coming over to Jamila’s family, The New York Times mentions her father’s name is James A. Ponton, and her mother’s name is Ocie M. Ponton. As per the outlet, Jamila’s father had died before her wedding to Alvin. As for her mother, she is a teacher.
Alvin Bragg’s Wiki: bio and family
Born in 1973, Alvin celebrates his birthday every year on October 21. As of this writing, he is 49 years of age. Likewise, his zodiac sign is Libra, and his birth name is Alvin Leonard Bragg Jr.
The former assistant United States Attorney was raised as a single child in the suburbs of Manhattan, New York. As for his parents, they are named Alvin Bragg Sr. and Sadie Bragg. Unfortunately, his parents are now deceased.
The DA’s father – who died on March 18, 2014 – used to serve as a Manhattan-based director of the New York Urban League. Furthermore, Alvin’s mother – who died on October 31, 2018 – worked for Borough of Manhattan Community College as their vice president for academic affairs.
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