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‘Coming to America’ Star, Eddie Murphy’s Relationship Timelineꟷ from Whitney Houston to Paige Butcher

Actor and comedian, Eddie Murphy lived through several relationships before finding love with his current fiancé Paige Butcher.

Famous for his role as Prince Akeem in the ‘90s comedy film, “Coming To America,” actor Eddie Murphy has, over the years, become a Hollywood prince in his own rights.  

His numerous affairs with Hollywood A-listers like Witney Houston, Tracey Edmonds, and Nicole Murphy made Eddie Murphy’s love life a tabloid-worthy topic. Remarkably, these escapades earned the comedian quite the reputation, in addition to making him a father-of-ten.

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Eager to know who the actor has dated in the course of his stardom? Here is a glimpse into Eddie Murphy’s relationship timeline.


One of Eddie Murphy’s earliest Hollywood escapades was with singer Witney Houston. The pair kicked off their romance in the mid-’80s and lived out their love story in the public gaze for years.


Following his split from Houston, Eddie met his would-be wife, Nicole Mitchell, in 1988. Before their relationship progressed, however, the star hooked up with Paulette McNeely. Eddie and McNeely welcomed his oldest son, Eric Murphy, in 1989.


Eddie Murphy and Nicole Murphy | Image: YouTube/The Skeleton
Eddie Murphy and Nicole Murphy | Image: YouTube/The Skeleton

That same year, the “Dr. Dolittle” actor and Nicole Murphy, nee Mitchell, welcomed their first child together, a daughter named Bria. The two tied the knot in January 1993 in a glamorous New York ceremony.

Nicole and Eddie Murphy went on to have four other kids, Myles, Shayne, Zola, and Bella. The duo eventually divorced in 2006, citing irreconcilable differences.


In 1990, after igniting his relationship with Nicole, Eddie had a brief fling with Tamara Hood. Eddie Murphy and Tamara Hood’s romance yielded a son, Christian Murphy, born in 1990.


Melanie Brown and Eddie Murphy | Image: YouTube/The Skeleton
Melanie Brown and Eddie Murphy | Image: YouTube/The Skeleton

Eddie Murphy’s next relationship was with former Spice Girl, Melanie Brown. Their love affair resulted in Brown’s pregnancy shortly after and the birth of Angel Iris in 2007.

Although the comedian publicly disputed the child’s paternity, DNA tests conducted after her birth confirmed him as the biological father.


Eddie Murphy and Tracey Edmonds | Image: YouTube/The Skeleton
Eddie Murphy and Tracey Edmonds | Image: YouTube/The Skeleton

Film producer Tracey Edmonds became part of Eddie Murphy’s relationship history in 2008. Their whirlwind romance progressed at the speed of light, eventually leading to an off-the-record marriage.

The duo exchanged vows in a non-legally binding private ceremony on a French Polynesian Island. Edmonds and Eddie, who described the union as “symbolic,” split barely fourteen days later. 

Several sources affirmed that the relationship was tumultuous, with the couple engaging in constant fights and disagreements, eventually leading them to part ways.


Eddie Murphy and actress Maya Gilbert raised brows when they were spotted together in 2010 in what appeared as a romantic outing. 


Eddie Murphy and Toni Braxton | Image: YouTube/Himpressive
Eddie Murphy and Toni Braxton | Image: YouTube/Himpressive

Around that time, rumors of Eddie’s relationship with singer Toni Braxton flooded the tabloids, but the actor debunked the claims. He clarified that he and Braxton were “just friends.”


Paige Butcher and Eddie Murphy | Image: YouTube/MaximoTV
Paige Butcher and Eddie Murphy | Image: YouTube/MaximoTV

In 2012, Eddie hit it off with Australian model Paige Butcher. Despite their 19-years age gap, the lovebirds sustained a romance that was to last several years. They welcomed their first child, Izzy Oona Murphy, in May 2016.

Two years later, the couple’s second child together, Max Murphy, arrived, making Eddie Murphy the proud father of ten kids. 

Paige Butcher became Eddie Murphy’s fiancé in September 2018, months before the baby’s birth. Their relationship has blossomed to date.


Eddie Murphy was admittedly no expert at changing diapers, but he has perfected his relationship with all his ten children over the years. Despite his large family, the icon has strived to sustain love and unity among the Murphys, putting his kids above all else.

He has also maintained successful co-parenting relationships with his exes irrespective of the circumstances surrounding their split. 

Eddie’s approach has, over time, facilitated the shared bond between his children despite having different mothers.

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