May 13, 2020
"The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star Garcelle Beauvais is a well-known face in the movie industry with several features in film and television. She is the proud mother of three sons, including 12-year-old twins Jax and Jaid, who she had with her ex-husband Mike Nilon.
Garcelle Beauvais is a stunning Haitian–American actress and was born on November 26, 1966. The beautiful actress has had a successful modeling career, working with the likes of Calvin Klein, Lerner New York Clothing Line, Neiman Marcus, Mary Kay, Avon, Isaac Mizrahi, and Nordstrom.
But the Haitian-American beauty is best known for her role portrayals in film and television. She got her breakthrough role when she co-starred in "The Jamie Foxx Show," which aired between 1996 to 2001.
Garcelle Beauvais at Common's 5th Annual Toast to the Arts on February 22, 2019 | Photo: Getty Images
She portrayed the character of Francesca "Fancy" Monroe, a hotel employee who was the love interest of Jamie King (played by Jamie Foxx). She also earned critical acclaim for her role as Valerie Heywood on the ABC hit series, "NYPD Blue."
Away from her successful career, Beauvais, 53, has had a fairly complicated love life, which has involved two failed marriages that produced three beautiful boys. Despite her busy work schedule, the "Coming to America" actress has managed to strike a healthy balance between her career and family.
GARCELLE BEAUVAIS' KIDS
Garcelle Beauvais is the proud mother of three boys, eldest son, Oliver Saunders, 29, and twins Jax Joseph and Jaid Thomas Nilon, who are both 12.
Beauvais' first son Oliver was born in 1991 and is from her first marriage to British actor Daniel Saunders.
Oliver is all grown-up now and recently became a father. He welcomed his son, Oliver Jr., back in February, and the excited grandmother couldn't hold back her joy as she took to her social media to announce the great news to her fans.
Beauvais and her twin sons, Jax and Jaid, quickly flew out to meet Oliver Jr. in person soon after his birth.
But due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, the first-time grandmother has not been able to hold her grandson or see him in person ever since.
Due to the strict social distancing guidelines and ongoing self-isolation, Beauvais has only been able to FaceTime with her son and Grandson. In April, during an interview with Daily Dish, she quipped:
"Oh my god, I am so excited, and because of social distancing, I haven't been able to hold him, and they don't live in LA."
Oliver's wedding was scheduled for March 27 but had to be postponed due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Garcelle Beauvais' twins, Jax and Jaid, are from her second marriage to talent agent Mike Nilon. The one-time couple welcomed their twins on October 18, 2007.
The second-time mom, who couldn't hold back her joy, revealed that she weighed more than her ex-husband after the pregnancy and had to put herself on a workout routine to get back in shape. Beauvais and Nilon divorced in 2011, amidst cheating allegations.
In an old interview with Jet Magazine, the screen goddess revealed how she never planned to have kids, but after the birth of her first son, she became more open to the idea of having more kids when she met and fell in love with her ex-husband Nilon.
GARCELLE BEAUVAIS' MARRIAGES AND DIVORCE
Garcell Beauvais has had a rocky emotional life. The "NYPD Blue" star was first married to British actor and producer Daniel Saunders. The duo met in 1990, and after dating for a year, they tied the knot in 1991.
The couple shares a son, Oliver Saunders, and after nearly a decade of married life, they divorced quietly.
After her first marriage ended, Beauvais quickly moved on with her second husband, who she met while starring on "The Jamie Foxx Show." The talented actress got married to Mike Nilon in 2001, in a private ceremony that took place in Los Angeles.
The former couple was married from 2001 to 2011, and the reality TV star filed for divorce after discovering that Nilon had been having an affair for over five years.
Garcelle Beauvais-Nilon and Mike Nilon at Prada in Los Angeles, California, United States | Photo: Getty Images
But that was after Beauvais had sent an email to her ex-husband's colleagues at Creative Artists Agency and their mutual friends, telling them about his infidelity.
Mike Nilon remained quiet all through the divorce, and the pair eventually agreed to the joint custody of their twins.
Garcelle Beauvais at the 10th Annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic Los Angeles on October 05, 2019 | Photo: Getty Images
WHAT IS GARCELLE BEAUVAIS DOING NOW?
After her second divorce, the iconic actress focused on raising her twins and took a short break from work and even dating.
The TV personality was in a short relationship with screenwriter Michael Elliot in 2019. Still, earlier in the year, she announced that she was now single through an Instagram post, which she captioned "plot twist."
Michael Elliot attends the premiere of "Just Wright" at Ziegfeld Theatre on May 4, 2010. | Source: Getty Images.
In 2019, Beauvais also got added to the reality TV show "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills," making her the first black woman to join the cast, which is predominantly made of white women.
The popular reality TV series is in its tenth season, and Beauvais is thrilled about this new phase in her career.