The Shocking Mystery of what happened to Clarence Thomas’s First Wife Kathy: What Really Happened After Their Separation. Where is Kathy?
Few divorces are as mysterious and puzzling as that of Thomas Clarence and his wife Kathy. The couple seemed to have it all: a happy marriage, successful careers, and a loving family. But then, seemingly out of nowhere, they separated — and Kathy disappeared without a trace.
For years, people have been wondering what happened to her: Did she run away? Was foul play involved? Piecing some clues together, we share with you The fascinating story of what happened to Clarence Thomas’s wife, Kathy Ambush.
Kathy Ambush is the ex-wife of Clarence Thomas, one of the US’s most influential supreme court judges. She and Clarence Thomas first met in 1969 while in college, then dated for two years and married in 1971. The couple had their first child two years later and were married for 10 years before they separated in 1981 and finalized their divorce in 1984.
With her husband’s high profile, one would think Kathy will be a mainstream media, but she hasn’t been. In fact, most people have no idea that our supreme court judge had a history with any other woman besides his wife, second wife Virgina Lamps.
A Little Deeper Into Who Clarence Thomas’s Wife Is
Clarence Thomas’s wife, Kathy Ambush was born on June 7, 1950, in Worcester, Massachusetts, to Nelson William Ambush, a dental technician, and Shigalo Gladys Sato. She grew up in Massachusetts with four siblings – Stephen, Benjamin, Karen, and June – and attended Marian Central Catholic High School in Worcester. After graduation, Kathy pursued a degree in Business Administration at Lincoln University.
Sadly, Kathy’s mother passed away in 1984, and her father later remarried Mary Estelle in 1986. From this marriage, Kathy gained two step-siblings — Valerie Wilson and Sydney Schuyler — to add to her four biological siblings.
While Kathy’s occupation has been shrouded in mystery, we do know that she worked at the Immigration Learning Centre, Inc. and served as a director of the Massachusetts Advanced Studies Program at Milton Academy. She also once held the position of Community Relations Manager at BankBoston, though the exact length of her tenure there remains unknown.
Despite her professional accomplishments, Kathy’s true passions were her volunteer work as a Global Internet Entrepreneur and her dedication to her family. Everyone envisioned her in a long-lasting marriage but her first marriage with Thomas Clarence could only survive the first decade.
How Kathy and Clarence Met
Love at first sight? Perhaps not quite, but when Kathy Ambush met Clarence Thomas in 1969, sparks definitely flew. They were introduced by mutual friends — and within a week of meeting, they were already dating. At the time, Clarence was a college student at the College of Holy Cross, while Kathy had enrolled at a nearby women-only college. As they fell deeper in love, they spent two years dating while pursuing their studies.
On June 5, 1971, the young couple exchanged vows in a beautiful ceremony at the All Saints Episcopal Church in Worcester, Massachusetts. Kathy became Kathy Ambush Thomas, and together with her new husband, she embarked on a new chapter of her life. They moved to New Haven, Connecticut, where Clarence had enrolled in Law School at Yale, and where they started their married life together.
Not long after settling in their new home, Kathy and Clarence received the most precious gift of all: their first child, a baby boy named Jamal Adeen Thomas, who was born on February 15, 1973. With their new family, they forged ahead, determined to build a happy and successful life together.
But as the saying goes, all good things must come to an end. Sadly, Clarence Thomas’s marriage to Kathy Ambush came crashing down 10 years after.
Clarence Thomas’s Wife Kathy Ambush Files for Divorce
Clarence Thomas and his wife Kathy Ambush separated in 1981 and finalized their divorce in 1984. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Thomas struggled with his finances and emotions. As a result, he mostly spent his time alone or with friends, drinking, rather than with his family. His drinking problems mostly contributed to his marriage’s dissolution. However, there are rumors that the main reason for Thomas and Ambush’s divorce was that Thomas was having an affair with Lilian McEwena.
After their divorce, Clarence Thomas won full custody of their son Jamal Adeen Thomas. Clarence moved on and got married to Virginia Lamp, a lobbyist, in 1987. However, they didn’t have kids. Kathy on the other hand married Douglas Allen Smith.
What Happened to Clarence Thomas’s Wife, Kathy Ambush?
Although Clarence Thomas has frequently been in the news, Kathy Ambush has intentionally stayed out of the spotlight, keeping a low profile instead. However, we do know she currently resides in Richmond, Virginia with her husband, Allen. She is involved in volunteer work at Global Internet Entrepreneur.
It is still unclear if Ambush has any children in her second marriage. However, in an interview, her son, Jamal, revealed that he has a good relationship with her. He also shared that she and his father, Clarence Thomas, are on good terms to the best of his knowledge.
Another seemingly happy marriage that was short-lived and met a sticky end was that of Justin Hartley and Chrishell Stause. Though, unlike Thomas and Ambush, who didn’t talk much about their divorce, Hartley and Stause’s divorce was marked by some drama.