Annie Bakes Had to Sell NBA Memorabilia to Pay For Her Daughter’s Tuition - Who Is Dennis Rodmans’ First Wife?
Annie Bakes was the first wife of Dennis Rodman, with whom she shares one daughter, Alexis. Here's more about her personal life, modeling career, and tumultuous relationship with the NBA star.
Annie Bakes was Dennis Rodman's first wife. Although she was not an athlete like her then-husband, she was a world-class model, doing well in her career.
However, things changed when she had an accident and became a single mother who needed to focus on and support her daughter with the NBA star.
WHO IS ANNIE BAKES?
Born on February 26, 1966, in Allentown, Pennsylvania, Bakes is a model and author. Although information about her younger years is unknown, her modeling career began at 16.
A modeling agent saw great potential in her pursuing a career in the industry, so Bakes was approached and offered an opportunity. At 18, she started modeling swimwear and lingerie and quickly became one of the most sought-after in the industry.
Sadly, her career was put to a stop in 1986, after Bakes' accident left her with scars and injuries. To make ends meet, she worked as a club hostess and later became an author of "White Girls Don't Bounce," detailing her marriage with Rodman.
Since her divorce, Bakes has not walked down the aisle. There are also no indications that she is in a new relationship.
After Bakes, Rodman had other relationships and marriages, including one with Madonna. He claimed that the singer wanted to have a child with him and even offered millions of dollars to do so.
ANNIE BAKES AND DENNIS RODMAN'S UPS AND DOWNS
Bakes and Rodman met in a Sacramento club in the late '80s and had a daughter, Alexis Caitlyn, in 1988. The following year, Bakes sued Rodman for failing to pay child support and allegedly physically abusing her.
She sought over $1 million from Rodman, asking for $7,700 a month in child support, which includes the monthly rent of their Beverly Hills home.
"With the situation with me and my wife, I never really paid enough attention because I was too involved with my job. I knew in the back of my mind that she and my child were the most important things, but I never really showed it."
Meanwhile, Bakes claimed that she gave her husband an ultimatum – go to counseling or get a divorce. Although he initially went, he stopped seeking help after a few sessions. "He doesn't think he has a problem," Bakes said. "He thinks he's indestructible."
Still, the basketball player loved his daughter and claimed to have missed his wife. He has a tattoo of Alexis on his left forearm.
ANNIE BAKES HAD TO SELL MEMORABILIA TO PAY FOR HER DAUGHTER'S TUITION
Although she looks up to her father now, Alexis previously struggled to have a normal upbringing following the divorce. Alexis received anger management counseling at eight, which stemmed from her father's behavior. Bakes said:
"Alexis shows a lot of anger right now, and she is holding it against me that I left Dennis. Alexis also keeps saying to kids at school, 'My daddy has girlfriends' and 'My daddy doesn't come to see me.'"
The young girl even hurt a girl while playing a friendly basketball game and reasoned that her father did it. Although Bakes' husband supported their daughter, he was reluctant to give her money.
It came to the point that Bakes had to sell her husband's NBA memorabilia, as seen in the series "Pawn Stars," to pay for her daughter's tuition. She sold original Rodman-signed jerseys from the Pistons, Mavericks, and the Bulls.
Electra has several sweet and romantic stories with Rodman, and they married on November 14, 1998, only to file for an annulment after nine days.
Nevertheless, Bakes never disregarded Rodman's skill on the court. Following the divorce, he played for the Pistons and averaged 18.3 rebounds a game. However, the custody battle left him depressed.
In 2012, he revealed that he had only seen his then 24-year-old daughter Alexis for five days throughout her life. "I made a decision, so I have to just stick with it and live with it. It's not too late to change. I have to make that decision sooner or later. If not, I guess I have to take it to my grave," Rodman said.
DENNIS RODMAN HAD SOME VERY PUBLICIZED RELATIONSHIPS
After Bakes, Rodman had other relationships and marriages, including one with Madonna. He claimed that the singer wanted to have a child with him and even offered millions of dollars to do so. Madonna has denied the allegations.
Rodman rarely comments on his relationship with Madonna, but he did mention that he didn't like dating the famous star.
Rodman's second wife was Carmen Electra, whom he met in a Los Angeles nightclub. Electra has several sweet and romantic stories with Rodman, and they married on November 14, 1998, only to file for an annulment after nine days.
Although they mended their relationship, the couple eventually divorced in April 1999. Rodman was married three times in total, the third to Michelle Moyer.
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