[Rolling Stone] Chris Rock’s three decades of material suggest that his ambivalence about marriage has always been there.
He made a movie called I Think I Love My Wife, and he did a bit about Nelson Mandela splitting from Winnie Mandela: “Marriage is so tough, Nelson Mandela got divorced. … He got out of jail after 27 years of torture, spent six months with his wife and said, ‘I can’t take this shit no more.'”
This is a different Rock than the one I saw at the Comedy Cellar. He waits until about two-thirds through the show before hitting his divorce. He is more introspective.
“I was a piece of sh*t,” says Rock as the crowd goes quiet. He segues into his infidelities and gets disarmingly specific, describing three women: one famous, one semifamous, and one a member of the retail class.
[His friend] Nelson George warns me that “the ‘I’ onstage is not the ‘I’ of Chris. He’s trying to create that persona of the new Chris and keep some separation for the real Chris.”
Still, this doesn’t seem like persona, particularly when he urges his audience that if they love someone to hold on tightly. (And travel a lot, and fuck when you’re angry.)
And then Rock closes the show. He looks exhausted, having flown in a few hours earlier. He does a compressed version of his set and ends on his divorce. Where he usually says, “It was my fault, I was a piece of sh*t,” Rock pauses and improvises. “Was it my fault?” He lets it hang in the air for a moment. Then he mumbles, “Who the f*ck knows.”
BG Note: This was condensed from a long article in Rolling Stone. You can read the entire article HERE.
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[Optional] What percentage of famous men do you think cheat on their wives?
Famous Woman: Kerry Washington
Semi-Famous Woman: A member of Destiny’s Child
Comedian Chris Rock cheated on his wife with actress Kerry Washington… and a member of Destiny’s Child!
From The New York Post:
Chris Rock cheated on his wife with Kerry Washington
Rumors have swirled since Chris Rock revealed in a comedy routine he cheated on his ex-wife with three different women, including a big star. And sources tell Page Six the famous fling was with “Scandal” star Kerry Washington.
A new Rolling Stone cover story reported Rock saying in a routine, “I was a piece of s–t” in his marriage to ex-wife Malaak Compton-Rock. The mag adds that Rock “segues into his infidelities and gets disarmingly specific, describing three women: one famous, one semi-famous and one a member of the retail class.”
A source told Page Six: “He was cheating on his wife with Kerry when they were filming [‘I Think I Love My Wife’] about him, ironically, having fantasies of cheating on his wife. That went on for a while, for like six months, and she found out. There’s no gray area.”
Buzz about the affair actually began around 2007, we hear, when Washington was engaged to actor David Moscow. But Rock reignited the rumor in the RS cover story on his “Total Blackout” world tour. “It’s the alimony tour. I’ve got to make some money first,” he told the mag. His divorce was finalized last year.
A source close to Rock brushed off the routine as shtick, but admitted his marriage to Malaak was tumultuous. “I take it as a joke when he says he cheated with a famous person. He even says he cheated with a member of Destiny’s Child, but not Beyoncé,” the source said. “He was friends with Kerry around that time. They did the movie together. He was also separated from Malaak around that time. They were off-and-on a lot during their marriage. It was a rocky situation.”
Washington’s ex Moscow was asked about the alleged affair in 2016 and reportedly responded, “No comment.”
Washington is now happily married to Nnamdi Asomugha, and the couple has two kids, daughter Isabelle and son Caleb.
Rock is currently dating actress Megalyn Echikunwoke, but said, “Would I ever get married again? Not if it would cure AIDS.” Reps for Rock and Washington did not comment.
It’s interesting that Chris Rock’s friend tries to temper the rumor with “He was also separated from Malaak around that time. They were off-and-on a lot during their marriage.” That is what is said when you are trying to justify the affair or alleviate some of the stigma of an affair.
However, Chris Rock himself admits that he cheated on his wife, meaning that he knows that he was married and that he was wrong at the time it happened.
We would like to know which member of Destiny’s Child was involved in this story, but we’ll consider it solved for now and will post an update if that name is ever revealed!
Congratulations to Shoshona for being first with the Kerry Washington response!