Shamicka Gibbs' Life after Divorce from Martin Lawrence and Her Encounter with Celiac Disease

Aby Rivas
Apr 17, 2020
11:00 A.M.
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After her separation from “Bad Boys” star Martin Lawrence, Shamicka Gibbs started making a name for herself in the entertainment industry. 


Shamicka Gibbs, a native from Southern Los Angeles, keep a somewhat private life away from the spotlight throughout the 15 years she dated actor Martin Lawrence, and the two years they were married.

Shamicka Lawrence at BODY at ESPYS at Avalon on July 11, 2017 in Hollywood, California | Photo: GettyImages


However, she’s now found her voice and is using it to raise awareness about two conditions that she lives in the flesh: lupus and celiac disease.


Back in the late ‘90s, Martin Lawrence was at the height of his career. His sitcom, “Martin,” was on air during five seasons, and films like “House Party,” “Boomerang,” and “Bad Boys” had pushed him to global star status.

Less than a year after the divorce, Shamicka signed up a contract to join season two of VH1’s reality show “Hollywood Exes.”

Shamicka, Martin, Iyanna and Jasmin Lawrence at the Mann's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California November 19, 2001 | Photo: GettyImages


Martin was married to Miss Virginia USA, Patricia Southall, from 1995 to 1997, and they share a daughter, Jasmine, born in 1996.

Shamicka and Martin started dating somewhere between 1995 and 1997. They went on to have two daughters: Iyanna Faith, born in 2000, and Amara Trinity, born in 2002.

The couple dated for 15 years—according to Shamicka—until they finally tied the knot in 2010 in a private ceremony at their home in Beverly Hills.

Shamicka Lawrence attends "Verses And Flow" Season 5 at Siren Studios on May 20, 2015 in Hollywood, California | Photo: GettyImages


According to reports, Shamicka and Marting exchanged vows in their backyard in front of over 100 guests, including Martin’s co-stars Eddie Murphy and Barry Bonds. Amara, Iyanna, and Jasmine were flower girls.


Married bliss only lasted two years, and in 2012, the couple made the mutual decision to part ways and filed for divorce. They release a joint statement to People at the time that read:

“Out of love and respect for one another, we will continue to remain friends and raise our two beautiful daughters together."


Talking about the divorce a year later, Shamicka explained that every relationship has its ups and downs, and “people grow apart.”

“At the end of the day, there was just a lot of stuff that went with it that I don’t want to discuss,” she told Madame Noire. “Life happens.”



Less than a year after the divorce, Shamicka signed up a contract to join season two of VH1’s reality show “Hollywood Exes.”

There, she shared the screen with other high profile exes like Nicole Murphy, Eddie Murphy’s ex-wife; Sharee Fletcher, Will Smith’s ex-wife; and Mayte Garcia, Prince’s ex-wife, among others.


At the time, there were rumors about Martin being against Shamicka’s involvement with the reality show.

However, she was quick to clarify that he had her back and that, even if he was against it, she was a grown woman who could make her own decisions.

Shamicka said she enjoyed being on reality TV because she made sure to ask the producers beforehand not to distort her personality, as she wanted to show her true self to the audience.

In the show, fans got to see Shamicka rebuilding her life as a single mom while also dealing with a new lifestyle after being diagnosed with lupus and celiac disease in 2011.



Although Shamicka said she had troubles with her alimentation since she was a child, it was in her adult years that she discovered she was allergic to gluten.

So, she started following a gluten-free, clean diet to keep her health in check, adding exercises, and a stress-free mindset to her routine to keep both diseases at bay.


As part of her journey to inspire other women who, like her, have celiac disease, Shamicka created a line of homemade all-natural spices called “Don’t Hurt Cha’ Tongue Baby.”

She’s also been working on a gluten-free cookbook to share her recipes and other secrets to find the best celiac products.

The 44-year-old beauty often shares meals and encouraging words for fans on her Instagram account, as well as pics with her two daughters plus Martin’s daughter Jasmine.

Even the comedian does appearances from time to time, showing that they have a great co-parenting relationship despite his engagement to fiancée Roberta Morafar.