Issues of marriage and divorces are not new in Hollywood, but rarely do we see a parent fighting hard for their children's custody out of love for their little ones. Hollywood actor Tyrese Gibson, recognized for his performance in the Fast and the Furious movie series, stands out in this regard.
Tyrese, also a good friend of his Fast and Furious co-actor late Paul Walker, showed the world how much he loved his daughter by finally winning a 50-50 custody of his daughter after a hard battle in the court following his divorce with his wife Norma Mitchell.
The amount of media interest the custody battle garnered has made everyone curious about Tyrese, his private life and family. Furthermore, public interest has only piqued following Tyrese Gibson's second marriage. Did the separation result from Gibson's extramarital affairs? Who is the second wife of Tyrese Gibson? Let's know the details of Tyrese's relationships, children and married life.
Well, let's start from the beginning, Tyrese, who has been married twice, got to meet his ex-wife Norma Gibson back in 2002 when she was going to school. Soon after the encounter, they both fell in love. Their growing love led them to move to Los Angels together and, after dating for 5 years, Tyrese Gibson and wife Norma Gibson married on December 2, 2007, in LA.
Tyrese Gibson and Norma Mitchell
Many might not know, but the same year of their marriage, Tyrese and Norma welcomed their daughter Shayla Somer Gibson, on July 11, 2007. But, the happiness of the couple did not outlast the dark shadow of mishap that was about to engulf the family.
Tyrese and his daughter, Shayla
Rumors started after it was revealed that Tyrese had not been talking to his wife for a long time. The issue soon went viral online and the couple decided to separate and divorced on August 20, 2009.
But after the divorce, Tyrese soon found love with Samantha Lee, who now his second wife. The couple got married secretly on the Valentine's Day in 2017.
Tyrese and his second wife, Samantha Lee
The couple has not opened up about the beginning of their relationship, but some sources claim that the couple first met after he posted an open letter to his future wife to their mutual friends. And later, after proposing Samantha on her Instagram, they tied the knot.
Someone snapped this pic of us in prayer..... it’s amazing how powerful love is..... Agape love...... Kiss your queen on the forehead love..... Get to my Facebook right now @voltronchefforbes has been praying for Shayla and working non-stop and now his back is hurting so I? gave him the week off after sending him to the chiropractor- God is the greatest and what HE has created let no man or women come in between - When we got married we had at least 30 pastors around us..... FaceBook.com/TYRESE go there now Shayla we love You and can’t wait for you to come home one day!
Well, the new couple is yet to be parents. And regarding his marriage, Tyrese expressed his happiness and love to his second wife and daughter as:
We're humbled by the outpouring of love! We appreciate all of the prayers and well wishes. Sometimes when you pray you get exactly what your heart desires. I didn't just marry her I married my daughters new example.
Tyrese loves his daughter as much as he loves his life.
After his divorce, Tyrese went through a messy legal battle with his ex-wife Norma for the custody of their only daughter Shayla Somer Gibson. He was accused by his ex-wife of assaulting and torturing his daughter physically and mentally. But he denied the accusation, claiming that nothing was more important to him than his daughter.
He even posted his video shedding the tears requesting not to take her child away from her, which became viral. Here is the video.
Tyrese has stated that he was not able to see his daughter for more than 2 months after the court ordered him to stay away from Shayla and Norma. The case finally closed recently after a 7-year-long legal battle.
Tyrese posted a caption on his Instagram saying that he was coming for his daughter. Have a look.
#Papz got us #DaddyDaughterSeason #UAE and #AFRICA I’m on my way! #ShaylaRocks.com Friday was not a win for me, it is a win for our daughter, Shayla. Who unfortunately has been exposed to tension, private and public embarrassment and growing up and feeling torn between 2 parents who are no longer married...... It is a win because she gets to spend equal time with both of her parents in joint legal custody while she continues to grow in a happy and healthy environment – this has always been and will continue to be my priority. I hope all of the fathers feel encouraged by this cause if was the real “Fathers” out there who reached out and kept me encouraged along the way and for that I can’t thank you enough... - For 10 years I have been the best father I could be, all while quietly being on the receiving end of constant toxic false accusations by the mother of my child. And of course all the while being thrusted into unexpected social media storms all while trying to fight for my career and stay afloat financially. Today I am proud that the courts have put an end to Norma’s toxic nonsense, declaring that NONE of her accusations for the last 10 years against me are credible. I did not break any laws; I did not harass anyone; and most important I never engaged in violent or abusive behavior. The physical and emotional violence that Norma publicly accused of were all false and ruled to have no merit, no evidence, and was unsubstantiated in a court of law. I am forever indebted to my attorney Terry Ross who brought my truth to light in supporting me, my wife Samantha and my daughter Shayla and my team who wanted nothing more than for this 10 year nightmare of false claims and accusations to end....... God delivered on his promise that if I stand on my truth and don’t bend he will show up for me - Today is the first day of the rest of my life with MY FAMILY, my FRIENDS, my fans and supporters and my business associates and of course my immediate TEAM - God bless you..... broken but I will heal from this #ShaylaRocks.com go there now please!!!!! Google #ParentingAlianation and #PathologicalEnmeshment
Finally, the day of the hearing came. On November 17, 2017, he was granted a 50-50 custody of his daughter along with his ex-wife Norma Gibson.
Tyrese happy with his daughter, Shayla
Well, the story of the controversy of Tyrese doesn't end here.
The controversy did not end there.Tyrese Gibson made himself the point of attraction following a prank video of a failed kidnapping that her released in jest only to find cops at his doorstep this November.
In the video, he pours oil all over comedian Michael Blackson and threatens her with his bulldog warning it could attack on his command.
If I tell him to do nothing he's not gonna do nothing. Will you ever put up another video about my daughter?
After being visited by the police Tyrese said that the whole event reeked of racism:
If it wasn't for me in the dark skin community do you know what you would be on?
Have a look at the picture from the video.
Tyrese threatening Michael on his prank video
The video was so realistic that according to TMZ, LA Police rushed to the actor's place after the video appeared online. Have a look at the video.
Really scary! Turns out, the video was a prank and no one was harmed in anyway.
Stay tuned for more updates!