Early life, family, educational background

Rebecca King-Crews was born on 24 December 1965, in Benton Harbor, Michigan USA. She is very private about her personal life, but it’s known that she grew up with two siblings, a sister, Elizabeth Jane and a brother, Samuel Taylor, to both of whom she is very close. They were raised by parents of different races, and followed the Christian religion. She often credits her mixed ethnicity as a solid foundation for tolerance towards others and inspiring her motivational speaking.

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She grew up in Gary, Indiana, and enjoyed the neighborhood she grew up in because it was a peaceful and small town, but she knew she wanted to move to a bigger city to achieve her dreams. She attended both elementary and high schools, and after matriculating top of her class at Lew Wallace High School in 1985, she enrolled to study musical theatre at the Western Michigan University.

Rebecca grew up in a musical family and began singing from a young age. Her family encouraged her to pursue singing professionally, but she felt her real passion was in gospel music. Her childhood was not always full of love and support, though. Her father, Jack Winston Lund, was abusive and her mother, Anna Mae Parks, was very depressed due to his addiction and anger. After her father’s passing, Rebecca opened up about him in an Instagram post and expressed that although Jack was a good father, alcohol brought out the worst in him.

She has considered growing up in the United States beneficial as it increases one’s chances of running into someone in the industry and signing a contract to start up your career

Career

On Stage

In her college years, Rebecca took part in several plays, musicals and productions. The most famous theatre productions were “The Wiz,” “Pippin,” “The Music Man,” and “Oklahoma.” She was also part of the Black Civic Theatre due to her African-American heritage, and under that group, she performed in a “Dreamgirls” production. Around that time, she created her gospel group called, “The Chosen Ones,” for which she served as a songwriter, producer and singer, for which she is well-known. As she gained more experience in the industry, she also became an executive producer and consultant on numerous productions.

Rebecca’s most famous single is “Can I Stay?” She has said that although she enjoys acting and it interests her, singing is her first love and the only thing she wants to spend her time doing.

Rebecca King-Crews

TV Appearances

Rebeca is best known for her appearances in television shows such as “E! True Hollywood Story” (1996), “The Mo’Nique Show” (2009) and “The Family Crews” (2010). “The Family Crews” was a reality television show which followed Rebecca and her family’s daily lives, it is widely praised for having been one of the only unproblematic family reality shows. Outside of appearing on television series, she has also acted in

Rebecca has been featured in various magazines such as “Today’s Black Woman,” “Jet” and “Heart and Soul.” She is seen as an inspiration for black and inter-racial women due to her stable life and strong Christian faith. She is also famous for public speaking at events such as the Heart and Soul Awards in Baltimore, Maryland, the Uniquely YOU Summit in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and the Tom Joyner Family Reunion in Orlando, Florida. In 2018, she appeared in “The Bachelor” with Terry. Rebecca and Terry are very interested in anything to do with fitness and will be training contestants for “Bachelor’s Strongest Woman.”

Rebecca often shares fitness and workout inspired post on her Instagram page.

Music

In late 2018, she announced that for several years, she has been releasing music under her alias, Regina Madre, meaning “Queen Mother” in Latin, partially due to her maiden surname being “King”. Rebecca felt it was necessary to do this so her music could find success on its own and not because she is Terry’s wife, she wanted people to listen to her music without bias or prejudice. It used to bother her that she is mainly known for being the wife of Terry Crews, but she has since come to terms with it and learnt to accept it through the knowledge that her success came from her hard work. After her announcement, she went on to release songs under her real name. Her first song released under her true identity in 2018 was “Breathless,” which she wrote herself and has said is very personal.

An equally personal music video followed, with Terry starring as the main character. “Destiny” became a very popular single and was widely played on music stations across America. With the new music, Rebecca also has a new logo, a flower with five petals, each representing her children. This gives an indication that she is thoughtful with her art and likes to make things symbolic and meaningful.  2018 was a particularly busy year for Rebecca because she also appeared in the film, “Blueberry,” playing the role of Grace.

Personal life

At the age of nine, she began writing songs. She said that the song-writing process was freeing and an excellent way for her to relieve any negative emotions. Some of Rebecca’s happiest memories are of when her mother would take her to watch productions in the theatre. Her mother held music particularly close to her heart, and made all her children learn at least one musical instrument, Rebecca the guitar and piano, and her brother the drums.

Her father and her stepfather were also both musicians. Her stepfather took her to jazz clubs, where she learnt about and fell in love with jazz music. She also learnt the importance of embracing all musical genres. While still in high school, Rebecca began participating in beauty pageants, and in 1984 she was crowned Miss Gary, Indiana, at the young age of 19.

In 1988, she gave birth to her first daughter, Naomi, who was fathered by Charles Burton. Rebecca and Terry met at Western Michigan University, and married on 29 July 1989. Terry became Naomi’s father figure and raised her as his daughter. The couple went on to have four children of their own, daughters, Azriel (1990), Tera (1999), Wynfrey (2004) and son, Isaiah (2007). In 2015, during an exclusive interview with “US Weekly,” Terry said that Rebecca and himself were considering adoption for their sixth child. They do not have a sixth child yet, but it is unknown if they still want to expand their family or are content with their five children.

Thirty years of marriage did not come easily, and the pair endured some hardships together and almost divorced at one point. One of these hardships was Terry’s addiction to pornography, and his subsequent infidelity. Ironically, they chose to take a three-month break from having sex, and claim that this period of abstinence strengthened their marriage. After rehab, therapy and some time apart, the couple was able to patch their relationship back together.

Terry further opened up about their struggles in June 2018 in “Watch What Happens Live” with host Andy Cohen. For their 30th wedding anniversary, celebrations were held at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills. The bash was enjoyed by guests who danced and sang along to “Ribbon in the Sky,” during a surprise performance by Stevie Wonder. According to “People,” the couple always had a replica of their original wedding cake and bridal bouquet. In a statement released by “People,” Terry shared the following: ‘Choosing to love each other year after year has proven to be the best decision we’ve ever made.

Time has always had a wonderful way of showing us what truly matters.’ The night of their anniversary, Rebecca released the music video for her new single, “Reachin’ for the Top.” As a mother, Rebecca has taken a page out of her mother’s book, and ensured that her children know the importance of classical music and musicals. She said that she never wanted to push them into joining the music industry, just expand their horizons, so they have more career choices. Naomi recently made Rebecca and Terry grandparents to her daughter, Miley.

Appearance

Rebecca’s ethnicity is mixed, but she identifies as African-American. She has brown eyes, and she usually has blonde hair, but it is most likely dyed. Her height is 5ft 8ins (173cm), she weighs 121lbs (55kgs), while her vital statistics are 36-26-37 – due to her healthy lifestyle and love for fitness, she has a fit and slim physique. Her dress size is US 2, and shoe size US 8.

Net worth and salary

Rebecca’s net worth is estimated at over $20 million, as of early 2020.

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Who Is Terry Crews?

Terry Alan Crews was born on 30 July 1986 in Flint, Michigan, USA. He is primarily known for appearing in comedic television series such as “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “Are We There Yet, “Everybody Hates Chris,” and “The Expendables.” Terry and Rebecca’s childhoods reflect each other. Terry also grew up in a strict, Christian household, and his father battled with alcohol addiction, so he was raised mainly by his mother, Patricia. Like Jack, Terry’s father was abusive when he was under the influence of alcohol. Patricia made Terry take flute lessons from his great aunt for eight years. He earned many scholarships, his first after matriculating from Flint Southwestern; an art scholarship sponsored by Chrysler to attend the then Interlochen Center for the Arts in Interlochen, Michigan. He later received a full athletic scholarship for football, and an Art Excellence Scholarship at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan, where he met Rebecca.

Terry Crews

Terry’s football career did not last very long. He has selected by the Los Angeles Rams in the 1991 National Football League (NFL) draft, but in a six year career, also played for the Washington Redskins, the San Diego Chargers and the Philadelphia Eagles, plus in 1995 for the Rhein Fire.

Terry was often cut from rosters so that he would make additional money through commissions from his teammates for drawing portraits. His portraiture skills later inspired a few scenes in an episode of “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”, when his character, Terry Jeffords, draws a portrait of Captain Raymond Holt and perpetrators as described by victims. After retiring from football, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue his real passion, acting. He always knew he wanted to join the film industry, so the transition felt natural to him. After some mishaps and unsuccessful roles, he finally found his breakthrough role in 2004’s “White Chicks.” Impressed by Terry’s performance, Adam Sandler rewrote a role in “The Longest Yard” (2005), to better fit Terry’s acting style.

His role as Julius Rock, the father in “Everybody Hates Chris” brought him fame, and lead him to main parts in “Are We There Yet?” and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” which was another role specifically written for him, the writers even named his character “Terry.” In 2017, he was named a “Silence Breaker” for speaking out about his sexual harassment experience at a party in 2016, groped by Adam Venit, a Hollywood executive. Still, Terry did not report the incident until 2017 due to his fear of retaliation, but was inspired by actresses speaking out in sexual harassment cases against Harvey Weinstein. The case was later dismissed after a witness came forward saying that Adam was drunk at the time and the grope was more ‘horseplay,’ but later apologized to Terry for rejecting his claim.

Terry’s net worth is estimated to be the same as his wife’s, at over $20 million as of early 2020.

Author

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