The former “The Real Housewives Of Atlanta” cast member Lisa Wu and her ex-husband Keith Sweat went through a tough divorce and a custody battle over their children.
Lisa Wu and Keith Sweat’s divorce didn’t unfold without its share of battles after an “extremely tumultuous relationship.” The couple wed in 1992 and share two sons Justin and Jordan Sweat.
The judge gave Sweat full custody of their sons when the couple filed for divorce. Wu, however, fought back and contested the court decision. She claimed it was in the best interest of their sons to live with her.
The judge then awarded Wu with primary custody, as it was “serving the best interest of the minor (at the time) children.” The Fulton County court paper says:
“Since the time of the Divorce Decree, Mother has remarried, owns a successful business and will provide a stable, loving, and nurturing environment in which she can raise the minor children.”
Despite the hiccups and public feuds, Wu and Sweat seem to be on good terms. The actress previously showed her former husband support during the Verzuz battle on social media a few months ago.
After the breakup with the R&B singer, Wu moved on and remarried the NFL player Ed Hartwell. The couple was together for six years but part ways in 2011. By the time the reality show “The Real House Wives Of Atlanta” premiered, she had just moved in with Ed.
We saw her as a successful entrepreneur running several businesses during the show -- a real state firm called Hartwell and Associate, a baby clothing line, Hart 2 Hart Baby, and a jewelry line called Wu Girls.
During the two seasons she participated, her former husband Keith Sweat announced that he didn’t want his children to be part of the show.
Sweat even refused to sign any paper granting permission for their sons’ participation, as he thought that would exploit their image. He expressed his feelings:
“I do not want my children exploited in that way. It would be different if this was more of a family-oriented show on Nickelodeon or Disney.”
Lisa Wu had a short-lived appearance in the show, and after only two seasons, she left. The actress and businesswoman said that she exited RHOA because it wasn’t “real” anymore.
In a 2014 interview with TheJasmineBrand.com, the actress and businesswoman spoke candidly about her exit from the reality show just after two seasons:
“If you’re telling me what I should be doing and what my story line should be then it sounds scripted to me. If it’s scripted, let me do [expletive] scripted. If it’s reality, let it be reality."
Wu said that she didn’t feel the need to perform, as she’s a producer and screenwriter. Following her exit from Bravo’s reality show, the ex-reality separated from her second husband, Ed.
Rumors around social media said the couple part ways due to financial feuds, but she promptly debunked the gossip, saying that their separation would never be over money. Wu and Ed had a son Edgerton Jeremiah, also called EJ.
A lot has changed in her life since then. The ex-reality decided to focus on her acting career, and she did almost 20 projects, including movies and TV shows, like the films “The Internship,” and “Meet the Browns,” and the show “Hollywood Divas.”
The actress’s latest projects include co-authoring a book about “sisterhood,” named “When The Cake Is Made” in 2010, adapted to the movie screens.
She also worked on other writing projects -- a children’s book that’s about to debut, “Sydney’s Adventures” and a self-help book inspired by Wu’s life events, struggles, and survival, named “Evolve.”
Other than that, the multifaceted woman is the star of the play “Stripped” and soon will be seen on screens in a Netflix film “Professor Mack” and the thriller movie “Rift.”
To keep up with her busyness as a working mom with a full schedule, Wu said she finds the balance between work-life with yoga, facials, massages, yoga, and occasionally, a glass of wine.
Sweat and Wu’s son, Justin, follow in his mother’s footsteps and has become an actor, while the older sibling is working as an artist.