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Meet Dave Chappelle’s Wife Elaine and His 3 Children - Inside the Comedian’s Family Life

Edduin Carvajal
May 04, 2022
05:40 P.M.
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While Dave Chappelle is arguably the most successful American comedian in history, little is known about his wife of two decades, Elaine Erfe Chappelle.


On May 3, 2022, Dave Chappelle made headlines after being tackled while performing at the Netflix is a Joke comedy festival in Los Angeles. The comedian was reportedly unharmed, but the attacker, Isaiah Lee, was arrested.

People have criticized Chappelle's shows for his remarks on transgender people and other sensitive topics. Still, he has shielded his family from controversies and the media.

Dave and Elaine Chappelle on February 15, 2015, in New York City. | Source: Getty Images



Dave Chappelle's wife is Elaine. Born to Filipino parents in August 1974, Elaine grew up in Brooklyn and supposedly dreamed of becoming a professional chef but never did. 

Information about Elaine is scarce as she rarely makes public appearances, and Chappelle hardly ever talks about her in public. He mentions her in some of his shows, but he keeps personal details private.

Dave Chappelle and Elaine Chappelle on February 18, 2018, in Los Angeles, California. | Source: Getty Images


However, Chappelle once told Howard Stern that they met in Brooklyn and that despite her heritage, she does not speak Tagalog. 

Dave Chappelle's wife would join him on longer gigs early in his career. After a while, she remained at their home in Yellow Spring, Ohio.

Elaine has silently supported her husband's career. Chappelle praised her for staying with him when he was poor and helping him go through the most challenging aspects of fame.


She would make him pay attention to certain things people say about him "if it gets really bad." When Chappelle famously turned his back to "Chappelle's Show," Elaine stayed by his side (even though he didn't tell her he would move to South Africa). 

That kind of attention wouldn't have been conducive to raising a family.

Chappelle revealed in 2017 that his wife remained "salty" about it, joking that not many people would be thrilled about their spouses walking away from a $50 million contract.



Chappelle and Elaine tied the knot in 2001 and started having children right away. They welcomed their first child, boxing enthusiast Sulayman, in 2001. 

Sulayman's birth forever changed Chappelle's life. He confessed he started taking his career more seriously and grew up as a man.

In 2003, Dave and Elaine Chappelle's second child, Ibrahim, joined the family. Chappelle's only daughter, Sanaa, was born in 2009. She might be the only one willing to be an actress, as she had a short cameo in 2018's "A Star Is Born."



While many celebrities are okay with sharing almost everything about their family life with fans, Chappelle learned early on that constantly being in the press' prying eye and dealing with people's nosiness was not what he wanted for his children. He said

"What I did was step off of the main stage. Because those lights were hot, and I was trying to do other things with my life. That kind of attention wouldn't have been conducive to raising a family."

Still, Dave Chappelle does not discourage his children from showbiz. Suleyman has trained with boxing legend Manny Pacquiao, Ibrahim is into comedy and has been associated with

Kevin Hart

, and Sanaa already has an acting credit under her belt. Way to go!

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