Eudoxie Mbouguiengue is a fitness model and philanthropist, but probably best known for being the wife of the famous American rapper and actor Ludacris.
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Early life, family origin, educational background
Eudoxie Mbouguiengue, also known as Eudoxie Bridges, was born on 14 May 1986, in Gabon, Central Africa. She is of Gabonese nationality and of mixed ethnicity, since her father is American and her mother is Gabonese. She has a younger sister named Christella Nso. Other details revealing her family are not known to the media.
Growing up in the villages of Gabon, Mbouguiengue lived in impoverished circumstances, and went through various forms of verbal, mental and sexual abuse. Living in the French-speaking African country Gabon, she immigrated to the US with her famly during her childhood years, knowing very little of the English language. Upon settling in the States, she lived with her mother and uncle.
Speaking about her educational background, she attended the University of Miami, in Coral Gables, Florida US, where she reportedly obtained bachelor and masters degrees in the medical field.
Following her college graduation, Mbouguiengue pursued a modelling career. She worked for big names in the fashion industry such as Dior, and modelled for many top magazines including Ok, Essence, Musictory, and Time, among others. Although she did gain some recognition working as a model, true fame only came when she married Ludacris.
Mbouguiengue is also known for being involved in charitable work.
Being the victim of sexual and mental abuse as a child back in Gabon, she has dedicated herself to support, educate and empower women and children in the US and Africa, who are facing the same issues. She founded a non-profit organization called Unspoken Angels, with the aim of raising funds and awareness about sexual and mental maltreatment, helping verbally, mentally and sexually abused women to deal the problems arising from such experiences, encouraging positive perceptions of self-worth.
Personal life, marriage with Ludacris
Mbouguiengue met her husband in 2009 and the two started a relationship.
Five years later, Ludacris proposed to her while they were on a private jet flying from Costa Rica back home. Prior to the trip, Ludacris surprisingly had written ‘Eudoxie, will you marry me’ on a field of grass below them. Just two weeks after popping the question, the rapper announced on his Instagram account that they were officially married, and not long after that, Mbouguiengue announced her pregnancy on Instagram; their daughter named Cadence Gaelle Bridges, was born on 4 June 2015. Mbouguiengue is also the stepmom of two daughters from Ludacris’ previous relationships – Karma Bridges, from a relationship with an attorney from Atlanta in 2001, and Cai Bella Bridges, whom he shares with a long-time friend Tamika Fuller.
In 2018, Mbouguiengue wrote on her Instagram that she had suffered a miscarriage, and had to undergo surgery. In addition to her daughter, as well as the daughters of her husband, Mbouguiengue is also raising her sister Christella.
Who is Ludacris?
Born Christopher Brian Bridges in Champaign, Illinois USA, Ludacris is now a famous rapper and actor. Being the only child to parents Wayne Bridges and Roberta Shields, of African-American and English descent, he moved with his family to Chicago US, attending Emerson Middle School in Oak Park and Oak Park & River Forest High School. The family later moved to Centreville, Virginia US, where he attended Centreville High School. Once again, they relocated to Atlanta, Georgia US, where he attended Banneker High School, matriculating in 1995.
In 1998 he enrolled into Georgia State University, to study music management.
His interest in music started during his teenage years, joining an amateur rap group. During the time he studied music at Georgia State University, he became an intern and DJ at Atlanta’s Hot 97.5, named “Chris Lova Lova”. Following his collaboration with the famous rapper Timbaland on the song “Phat Rabbit”, Ludacris founded an independent label called Disturbing tha Peace under which he released his debut album entitled “Incognegro”, in 1999. This led him to sign with Def Jam South, the Southern based division of Def Jam Recordings.
He started to collaborate with big names in rap music, such as Pharrell Williams and Nate Dogg, establishing recognition and paving his way to stardom. The following year his album “Back for the First Time” came out, becoming an instant hit.
In 2001, his next album, “Word of Mouf” was released, followed by a number of singles. The song “Stand Up” from his fourth album, the 2003 “Chicken-n-Beer”, achieved great success, as well as his next two albums, “Splash Waterfalls” and “The Red Light Disctrict”, released in 2004. The same year he earned his first Grammy Award for his collaboration on Usher’s hit song “Yeah”.
His sixth album, the 2006 Grammy-winning “Release Therapy”, produced the hit songs “Money Maker” and “Runaway Love”. Following the 2008 album “Theater of the Mind” and the 2010 gold certified “Battle of Sexes”, Ludacris took a break from recording. Returning to the scene in 2014, his ninth album “Ludaversal, was released in 2015. He is currently working on a new album to be released in 2020.
Aside from his career in music, Ludacris has also achieved success in the film industry. He established significant recognition as an actor by appearing in the popular “Fast and Furious” franchise, playing the character of Tej Parker.
He first appeared in the second sequel “2 Fast 2 Furious” in 2003, and went on to appear in other films, including the 2005 “Hustle & Flow” and “Crash”. He also appeared in the 2007 comedy film “Fred Claus”, and the 2008 thriller “Max Payne”, before taking the main role of Julius in the 2008 film “Ball Don’t Lie”. He then reprised his role of Tej in the fifth “Fast & Furious” sequel entitled “Fast Five”, and appeared in the films “No Strings Attached” and “New Year’s Eve” in 2011. In the period from 2013 to 2017 he played Tej in three further “Fast & Furious” sequels.
Ludacris has also appeared in a number of television series, such as “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”, “Being Mary Jane” and “Empire”. In 2017, he hosted a YouTube show called “Best.Cover.Ever”. As of 2017, he has been hosting the stunt/dare game show on MTV, entitled “Fear Factor”.
Speaking about his business ventures, Ludacris is the owner of the record label Disturbing tha Peace, and a co-owner of Conjure Cognac liquor. He also owns several real estate holdings, and a restaurant in Atlanta, and has his own line of headphones called “Soul By Ludacris”.
Mbouguiengue has brown eyes and dark brown hair. When it comes to her body measurements, the only fact known to public is that she is 6ft 1ins (1.85m) tall.
Mbouguiengue’s net worth has been estimated at close to $1 million, while her husband has a net worth of approximately $25 million as of early 2020, which has clearly enabled her to live a relatively comfortable lifestyle.