- 1 Who is Shamicka Gibbs?
- 2 Early Life and Education: Growing Up in California
- 3 Meeting Martin Lawrence
- 4 Marriage and Divorce
- 5 Why Martin Lawrence and Shamicka Gibbs Split Up?
- 6 Diagnosed with Lupus
- 7 Cooking, Motivation, Massage Parlors, Clothing: Shamicka’s Career
- 8 Relationship Status: Does Shamicka Gibbs Have a Boyfriend?
- 9 Net Worth: How Rich is Shamicka Gibbs?
- 10 Online Presence
Who is Shamicka Gibbs?
Born on 11 November 1975, under the water sign of Scorpio, in Los Angeles, California, Shamicka Gibbs is a 43-year-old American chef, entrepreneur, reality TV star and former musician, but is probably best known to the public as the ex-wife of famous actor, director and producer, Martin Lawrence. The two were an item for a total of 15 years before filing for divorce in 2012. Since then, Shamicka has managed to make a name for herself and attract recognition using her various skills. Fans know her from “Hollywood Exes”, in which she was a prominent participant. Since being diagnosed with lupus, she has perfected her cooking skills and developed a multitude of gluten-free recipes. In addition, she owns several businesses including a chain of spas, runs cooking tutorials, and hosts events. An inspiration, through and through.
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Early Life and Education: Growing Up in California
Gibbs was raised in her birthplace by parents of still unknown names and professions. Despite being involved with one of the most renowned comedians of all time, she managed to maintain a relatively low profile when it comes to her personal life. On numerous occasions, both fans and reporters have tried to find out more about her family and upbringing, but she always politely refused to entertain any subject that’s not immediately related to her career. As for her education, we know that she attended Leuzinger High School in Lawndale, California, matriculating in 1993, but there are no records of her education afterwards, so it’s believed that she has foregone any college education.
It is known that one of her biggest passions as a child was music, so after completing her high school education, she moved out of her parents’ house and started working on a music career. Shamicka was busy networking and establishing business relationships, until one event didn’t turn out the way she expected.
Meeting Martin Lawrence
In 1997, she met actor and comedian Martin Lawrence through a mutual friend. Initially, it was all business – he was interested in her musical talents and was even open to collaborating with her on one of his projects; then they went out to dinner, and the rest is history. Since Martin was one of the most prominent stars in the 1990s, the media was all over them the moment they announced that they were an item. All the attention didn’t faze them even remotely, as they were busy building a happy family.
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On 9 November 2000, Gibbs got perhaps the best early birthday present anyone can get, when they welcomed Iyanna Faith, their first child into the world. At this point, Shamicka determined to lay her dreams of becoming a musician to rest, and as a devoted mother, she melted hearts whenever she and Iyanna appeared together. On 20 August 2002, Amara Trinity, their second daughter was born. Around this point, Shamicka also became the step-mom of Jasmine Page (b. 1996), Lawrence’s daughter from his previous marriage to Patricia Southhall. Their relationship was blissful, and it was about to get even better in 2010.
Marriage and Divorce
‘I don’t know man, I love Shamicka but we’re just focused on taking care of our family for now.’ This was Martin’s response when a reporter asked how come they weren’t married yet.
On 10 July 2010, after being together for over 13 years, Shamicka and her beau finally decided to tie the knot, in a ceremony held at Lawrence’s Beverly Hills mansion, in the presence of 120 guests who were mostly friends and family. Eddie Murphy, Barry Bonds and Denzel Washington were amongst those in attendance. Jasmine, Iyanna and Amara were flower girls and the whole reception was handled by mastermind event planner, Diann Valentine. However, even though they were the darlings of fans around the world, Shamicka and Martin were going through a tough time, and on 24 April 2012, Martin filed for divorce, which shocked everyone. Nobody knew exactly what was going on and the couple were reluctant to air their dirty laundry.
In a joint statement sent to PEOPLE Magazine, they said that the decision was mutual and that they would remain close friends, for the sake of their children. Amazingly, they stayed true to their word, as they have been seen in public together, several times since.
Why Martin Lawrence and Shamicka Gibbs Split Up?
Upon their separation, various allegations were being published by the media. Even though they specifically requested joint custody and maintained an amicable relationship, people still wanted to know what was up. According to one source, Shamicka is the catalyst of their divorce. Apparently, she was repulsed by the fact that Martin started drinking more, and that he gained a lot of weight. Usually, when there is drinking involved, everyone tends to think of domestic violence.
However, there was none of that. An anonymous friend of Gibbs’ said she just came home one day and said that she was unhappy with the direction their marriage was taking. She tried to convince him to stop drinking for several weeks, but Lawrence had had enough and just said: ‘If you don’t like living in a $23 million-home and what I’m giving to you, you should start packing.’ Neither Martin nor Shamicka have commented on this matter, even seven years later.
Diagnosed with Lupus
In the late 2000s, Shamicka was diagnosed with lupus – this malady is perilous even today, as it is an auto-immune disease. As your body’s immune system can’t discern between friend or foe, white blood cells attack the entire body, and can cause debilitating effects and even death, if not treated correctly. From the moment her condition was public, Gibbs made it known that she was going to fight it and prevail.
As a result, she completely changed her diet and removed any gluten-containing ingredients. In an unexpected turn of events, this ended up defining her future. Her health improved and she is far from being in a critical condition.
Cooking, Motivation, Massage Parlors, Clothing: Shamicka’s Career
This versatile and resourceful lady turned tragedy into passion. Instead of feeling bad about her condition, she had a brilliant idea. In changing her diet, she started seeing how beneficial it is to remove gluten from your meals, and subsequently decided to share what she learned online with the world. As her advice, recipes and tutorials gained more traction, Shamicka started developing a business. By launching Micka’s Pantry, she devoted herself to selling the best gluten-free, organic spices available.
In addition to her online cooking business and meal service, she is also a motivational speaker and hosts Cooking and Conversing, a series of events where she both cooks and talks to people. She has her own shoe collection and is the owner of several Massage Envy Spa franchises. It’s amazing to see how successful she is, even without being married to one of the most famous men on the planet.
Relationship Status: Does Shamicka Gibbs Have a Boyfriend?
Due to the available information or lack thereof, it’s safe to say that Shamicka Gibbs is currently single and devoted to her career. While she hasn’t been the subject of many headlines in recent years, some fans have speculated that she might get back together with her ex-husband. What gave them that idea, you ask? Well, they thought it was peculiar that she still had Lawrence in her Instagram handle. Of course, this ended up being a bunch of baseless rumors.
Net Worth: How Rich is Shamicka Gibbs?
Have you ever wondered how affluent this versatile entrepreneur really is? According to several reputable sources, Shamicka Gibbs has a net worth of approximately $5 million, as of October 2019, accumulated by becoming a successful entrepreneur and spreading her “tentacles” into various industries. Given the fact that Massage Envy Spa and Micka’s Pantry are both immensely successful brands, it’s safe to say that an increase in her net worth wouldn’t be unexpected at all.
As most of her businesses require online promotion, Shamicka is more than open to using social media to further her influence as an entrepreneur. She is most active on Instagram and Twitter, with 170,000 and 23,000 followers, respectively. In addition to announcing her latest projects, she also posts personal photos and motivational content. As for other social media accounts, we were only able to find a Facebook page that has been inactive for some time now.