Getty Images
Getty Images

Nicole Murphy's Life 14 Years after Her Divorce from Eddie Murphy

Manuela Cardiga
Apr 27, 2020
08:15 A.M.
Share this pen

Nicole Murphy's life after her divorce from comedian Eddie Murphy has been incredibly eventful.


Eddie Murphy and Nicole Murphy have been divorced for 14 years, and since then, the stunning model and entrepreneur has hit the headlines as the protagonist of several scandals.

The beautiful former model is a show-stopper at 52, as lovely, or lovelier, than she was as a bride of 25.

Stratos swindled Nicole out of $10 million of her divorce settlement

Nicole Murphy at the 28th Annual Talk Of The Town Gala in 2017 in California | Source: Getty Images

Nicole Murphy at the 28th Annual Talk Of The Town Gala in 2017 in California | Source: Getty Images



The then-Nicole Mitchell met Murphy at the 1988 NAACP Image Awards show, and it was love at first sight.

Murphy was then one of the biggest stars in Hollywood and Nicole a fêted international model walking the runways for Chanel, Valentino, Yves St. Laurent, and Ungaro.



The couple moved in together and welcomed their first child, Bria, in November 1989. In 1993 Murphy and Nicole were married in a lavish ceremony in the Grand Ballroom of The Plaza Hotel in New York.

The wedding cost the comedian a breathtaking $1.5 million -- the equivalent of approximately $2.6 today. That cost was apart from the price of the bride's custom-made gown.


Nicole, attended by her tiny daughter Bria as the flower girl, walked down the aisle in an extravagant low-cut and off-the-shoulder wedding gown with a 12-feet-long cathedral train.

The dress and the veil were lavishly embroidered with pearls and Austrian crystals, and appliqued with rosettes of priceless, handmade French Alençon lace, as was the veil.

Eddie and Nicole Murphy and family at the Los Angeles premiere of "Shrek 2" in 2004 | Source: Getty Images

Eddie and Nicole Murphy and family at the Los Angeles premiere of "Shrek 2" in 2004 | Source: Getty Images



Over the next years, the Murphys welcomed another 4 children: Myles, 27, Shayne, 25, Zola, 20, and Bella, 18. But in August 2005, when their youngest was just 3, Nicole filed for a divorce.

Eddie Murphy with his wife Nicole Mitchell and daughter Shayne at the premiere of  "Daddy Day Care"  in 2003 in Los Angeles | Source: Getty Images

Eddie Murphy with his wife Nicole Mitchell and daughter Shayne at the premiere of "Daddy Day Care" in 2003 in Los Angeles | Source: Getty Images



The divorce was settled on amicable terms, and Nicole received a breathtaking $15 million from Murphy. He stated:

“The welfare of our children is our main concern and their best interest is our first priority.”



Unfortunately, Nicole didn't get the chance to enjoy her settlement money. A childhood friend Nicole trusted completely, Troy Stratos, offered to help her invest her money. Unbeknownst to the former model, Stratos was a conman.


Stratos swindled Nicole out of $10 million of her divorce settlement, and in addition, mortgaged her home and her mother's, taking in another $1 million at her expense. Nicole revealed:

“All along, he was just there to steal my money. He was there to steal my children’s money. He ruined my life.”


In 2016, Stratos was brought to trial for his crimes. He was proved to have conned more than $43 million from several people, including his childhood friend, Nicole.

The presiding judge, Justice Troy L. Nunley sentenced Stratos to 22 years in federal prison. To Stratos' appeals for mercy, Nunley replied:

“He’s not sorry for what he did. He’s sorry he got caught. You know what he’d be doing right now if he hadn’t gotten caught? Defrauding someone."



Nicole rallied from the blow and started up several business endeavors. With the collaboration of stylist friend Yolanda Brady, Nicole parlayed her experience in the world of fashion into a jewelry line, “FLP Jewelry Design.”


Nicole launched a beauty care line in 2018 named Zobela, a series of antiaging products that are made of natural ingredients, without synthetic coloring agents or fragrances.



But if Nicole has made a success out of her professional life as a businesswoman, her personal life has been plagued by a succession of scandals involving married men.

Actress LisaRaye McCoy has accused Nicole of having an affair with her then-husband, Michael Misick, the former prime minister of the Caribean paradise archipelago, Turks and Caicos.


Nicole dismissed the allegations, but the next scandal came with photographic evidence: a paparazzo's snap of the former model kissing married director Antione Fuqua in an Italian hotel in 2019.


Initially, Nicole sought to dodge the bullet, claiming the clearly intimate moment was no more than a "friendly hello," but would later come clean on "The Wendy Williams Show." Nicole apologized to Fuqua's wife of 21 years, Lela, saying:


“It was a moment where I should’ve thought more through the situation, made better judgments, you know, so it’s something that I apologize for.”

The incident damaged Nicole's image and she was branded a "homewrecker" by many, with floods of accusations and unpleasant posts targeting her on social media.

Since then, Nicole has been concentrating on her family and enjoying her new granddaughter, Evie Isla Murphy, who was born in October 2019 and promises to be as beautiful as her grandmother.

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

Anna Nicole Smith Struggled to Walk & Sit up in Her Last Days - She Refused to Visit a Doctor & Leave Her Room

March 14, 2022

Keith Urban ‘Has His Own Beliefs’ Yet Goes to Church with Wife after Being a Party Animal & Making Many Mistakes

May 23, 2022

Nicole Kidman Protected Herself with a Prenup before Marrying Father of Her 2 Kids Keith Urban

March 03, 2022

Nicole Kidman Was Deprived of Attending Her Own Son’s Wedding

January 27, 2022

Who Is Lionel Richie Married To? Everything We Know about the Music Legend’s Love Life

May 16, 2022

Late Anna Nicole Smith Stays Her Ex’s Only Love in 15 Years Yet Their Daughter Tries to Convince Him to Date

February 11, 2022

20 Years after Newborn Daughter’s Death, Man Hears, ‘Dad, I Finally Found You’ – Story of the Day

March 05, 2022

Meet Tom Cruise & Nicole Kidman’s Kids Who Treated Mom as a ‘SP’, According to the Reports

March 11, 2022

Anna Nicole Smith Raised Her Only Son as His Father & Mother — She Named Him Sole Heir of Her Fortune

February 04, 2022

Tom Cruise Still Loved Nicole Kidman Yet Dated Penelope Cruz & Took Her to Resort He Booked with His Ex

May 19, 2022

Alicia Keys Rejected Swizz Beatz at 15 - His 1st Wife Accused Her of Being a Homewrecker Years Later

March 07, 2022

Nicole Kidman Believed Adopting Kids Was Her 'Destiny' after Having Doubts about Giving Birth

March 26, 2022

Nicole Kidman Waited 'for Four Months' for Keith Urban's Call as He Thought She Was 'Way out' of His League

March 05, 2022

Inside Nicole Kidman & Keith Urban`s 111 Acre Farm They Bought to Raise Their First Daughter

May 05, 2022