It was love at first sight,' Pat Neely breaks silence about his new love after divorce from Gina

Monica Otayza
Oct 25, 2018
09:08 A.M.

After four long years, Pat Neely finally broke his silence about the status of his love life since his divorce from his wife Gina.


Pat Neely, the former star of the Food Network's "Down Home with the Neelys", divorced from his wife and co-star Gina Neely four years ago, and he has not publicly spoken up about what exactly happened, until now.

According to the 54-year-old who used to run his family's Neely's Bar-B-Que since he was 23-years-old, his divorce was a challenging time for him and he was absolutely devastated. He revealed during an exclusive interview with People Magazine that he never agreed to any interviews about his separation since he never knew how to explain it.

Source: Getty Images

Source: Getty Images


“At the time, I was hurting. I was devastated. And I didn’t have the words to explain it. It was a challenging time, but it’s a chapter that has long passed me.”

Pat and Gina were together for more than two decades, and he reveals that it was his ex-wife that wanted a divorce. Last March, the former Mrs. Neely revealed that although they seemed to be happy, bubbly, and affectionate in their TV show, it wasn't like that at all in real life.

While their relationship had to end, Pat chooses to focus on their better memories, including filming 11 seasons of one of the most top-rated shows at one point.


“One of the things that I’ll always cherish about Down Home with the Neelys was that I had an opportunity to get on television every day and invite people into our home. And I was able to share that with my high school sweetheart, a woman I truly loved, and to be me. I never had to act.”


Although his wish of growing old with Gina didn't happen, he accepted Gina's request to separate. The couple shared two children, Shelbi, 23, and Spenser, 29.

Now, Neely has since moved on and is married to Tamika Parks and he claims it was "love at first sight".


The two co-parent Tamika's 5-year-old son from another relationship, and their daughter, Eriel, 3 months.

While he kept his relationship under wraps in the past few years, he is now ready to share his beautiful family to the world, especially since he is set to head back to work next year as a culinary consultant for an Atlanta-based franchise called "This Is It! BBQ & Seafood".

Please fill in your e-mail so we can share with you our top stories!
By subscribing, you agree to our Privacy Policy
Related posts

Inside Jennifer Aniston & Brad Pitt's Marriage — From Passion to 'No Oddness' after Their Split

March 11, 2022

Marlo Thomas’ Spouse Was a Virgin before Marriage to Mom of His 5 Kids & a Lousy Lover Afterward

February 03, 2022

Inside Tom Hanks & Wife of 33 Years Rita Wilson's Relationship with Their Biracial Granddaughter

April 29, 2022

Dr Phil & Wife of 45 Years Fell in Love at 1st Sight Yet He Wed Another Woman & Cheated on Her

February 20, 2022

Martha Stewart, Once Married for 29 Years, Dated Anthony Hopkins until She Saw Him in 'Silence of the Lambs'

January 28, 2022

Robert & Kym Herjavec Fell in Love on ‘DWTS’ & Later Wed though She Initially Refused to Date Him

March 22, 2022

Mark Wahlberg Wants to Devote More Time to Parenting in Private & Asks Record $87.5M for His LA Mansion

May 08, 2022

Man Stumbles upon a Headstone in the Woods and Sees His Childhood Photo on It – Story of the Day

January 27, 2022

Valerie Bertinelli Filed for Divorce from Husband of 10 Years Even Though He 'Loved Her No Matter What'

May 18, 2022

Michael Landon's Wife of 19 Years Made Him Her 'God' — Their Divorce Was like Death to Her

March 10, 2022

After Abandoning Her Daughter 24 Years Ago, Mother Shows up at Her Wedding – Story of the Day

March 04, 2022

Michael Weatherly's 'Difficult' Divorce from 1st Wife Made Him a Better Man despite Its Impact on His Son

April 16, 2022

Stepson Mocked by Adoptive Parents & Their Children Finds Letters They Hid from Him – Story of the Day

March 12, 2022

Millionaire Todd Chrisley Sued Ex-wife for $1M Child Support After He Expected Her to Live a ‘Show-Room’ Life

February 20, 2022