Eric Benet is the proud father of three girls, and in a recent pic shared to his Instagram, he showed off his picture-perfect family alongside his wife of seven years, Manuela Testolini, and their two young daughters.
The R&B singer and actor took to Instagram last month to celebrate his wife’s birthday, and he shared a beautiful family portrait alongside Manuela, and their girls, 6-year-old Lucia Bella and 3-year-old Amoura Luna.
In the pic, Benet is rocking a graphic tee with a gray blazer; his lovely wife wore a black t-shirt, Manuela donned a sleeveless black t-shirt with a white skirt, and Amoura a blue t-shirt with silver hearts.
“Happy birthday!! Wife, Mommy, Philanthropist, WonderWoman! We love you!! @manuelatestolini,” Benet captioned the photo. Fans took over his comment section to share their thoughts on the gorgeous pic.
One user wrote “You have such a beautiful family,” and another added, “Oh my @ericbenet the younger is your twin. All of them are beautiful!” and a third one agreed, “God bless your family best wishes a long and happy life.”
Benet and Testolini married in 2011, and their marriage was the second for both of them. Benet was married to Halle Berry from 2011 to 2005, and their relationship ended in scandal after he admitted to having cheated on the actress.
Testolini, on the other hand, was married to iconic singer Prince from 2001 to 2006.
But despite the high profile of their exes and all the attention their marriage gathered among fans and the media, Benet confessed that they didn’t focus on any of the negativity.
“I think primarily we just want to make it about she and I, and the exes never factor into the equation,” he told the San Diego Union-Tribune back then. “It's all about us and as little as we possibly can share, keep our private as private as we possibly can.”
Benet admitted recently that, while he doesn’t keep in touch with Berry after their break up, he wishes her all the happiness in the world. And as for Prince and how his death affected Testolini, the singer admitted it was a harsh process for his wife.
He told Mocha Man Style last June:
“She [Manuela] shared a very deep part of herself in that marriage. The death of Prince, I only met him a couple of times, but as an artist, his presence was very profound in my life. For her, the loss was something way deeper […] So I’m just as supportive as I know how to be whenever she’s dealing with it.”
As mentioned before, Eric is the father of three girls. The third one and his eldest was born in 1992 from his relationship to Tami Marie Stauff. A year later, the women died in a car accident, leaving Benet to raise their daughter India alone.
Today, the 26-year-old is following her father’s steps into the music industry. She writes and produces her music, and according to Benet, she’s good at her craft.
Unlike their eldest sister, Amoura and Lucia have both of their parents looking after them, and for Benet, having Manuela as the mother of his children is a blessing.
“My wife is an amazing partner,” he said.
“A lot of the heavy load I share with somebody. And it’s quite a load. Anybody who has kids knows it’s a full-time job.”
When asked if he wants more kids, the 52-year-old hesitated. He said he should try to get a son, but then backtracked saying he’s happy with the children he has at the moment.