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Gary Owen’s ex-wife, Kenya Duke, in an interview with “Club Shay Shay” refutes the comedian’s “false narratives” about divorce and children

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Comedian Gary Owen has been called out for continuing to speak about his ex-wife, Kenya Duke, and their three children who’ve chosen to not contact him.

Last week on his YouTube show “Get Some,” he reported that he had recently seen Duke and warned her about his appearance on Shannon Sharpe’s “Club Shay Shay.”

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Gary Owen’s ex-wife Kenya Duke shuts down his ‘lies and false narratives’ after ‘Club Shay Shay’ interview. (Photo: Gary Gershoff/WireImage)

Duke hoped he would pass up the opportunity, but he didn’t. Owen revealed shocking details of their divorce, lack of relationship with their children and the fallout he has faced since their public split.

Now Duke speaks up.

Owen’s ex-wife posted on her Instagram and he wrote, “@garyowencomedy it has been 3 years. I’m at all times nice and cool to you. I purposely never make it awkward. I never disturb you.

Adding: “I actually have given you my suggestions about the situation, but you don’t respect their boundaries. That’s why you brought it up again on social media. I do not know what else I can do to enable you. I at all times wish you well.

She also posted a note that read: “In my development, I no longer feel the need to address untruths. The grace and kindness I have shown you is a space to tell lies and false narratives to gain sympathy and attention without correction. You are a great storyteller… sometimes I get sucked into your versions,” and she tagged her ex-husband.

Duke’s response was met with support and criticism. One person said: “I come from a black woman in Kenya. I’ve seen us do that to men one million times until you were honest about the role you played in it and talked bad about your child’s father. It won’t ever recover, you could have to come clean with your part in it.

In response, Duke replied, “Hey, where do you get this? I never spoke ill of their father. I encourage you to contact me. Their relationship with Gary is separate from my relationship with Gary. So what are you talking about?”

One of the stories he told Sharpe was about his father, Gary Owen Sr. Owen said his dad was so offended with him that he fed his ex-wife “filth” during their divorce and took her side. Duke took issue with such stories regarding her and her children.

Another story he told was how he filed for divorce from his ex-wife and that she demanded $44,000 in monthly alimony from him for a yr. Although he stated that he didn’t need to comply with this request, he stated that he would take over all the debt they owed as a family and pay her rent for the first yr after the divorce.

“After the divorce, I took on all the debt. I took it all and it was a lot. I didn’t like being dragged along, saying I was a crap dad,” Duke repeated many times. “And then it was like I left everyone hanging.”

“It wasn’t an accident,” he continued. “I got a text message. I just literally said, “Hey, send me the bills.” I understand,’ and she said, ‘No, that is not how we do it.’

However, based on Owen, Duke didn’t need to move out of their marital home, regardless that it could pose tax problems.

“I made sure that when it was all said and done, after we went to mediation, I believed I might assume the debt. I’ll be sure that you could have enough alimony to be good. By the way, you are really good.

Owen said he also agreed to pay Duke the first yr’s rent once she got her recent apartment, and they agreed on a set amount.

“I just want to stay calm and I want everyone to feel comfortable. I’m not vindictive, I’m not angry, I understand,” he told Sharpe. “It’s love and war. But I think I was very generous in the divorce.”

This is not the first time Duke has spoken out about the comedian. Although she is never lively on social media, she wrote on Instagram in 2023 that she was attempting to get her children to speak with him, but he had broken off relations with them.

“You hit the Internet with a video of the result, but not the cause. I just don’t understand the way it helped anything. At this point I do not know what to imagine or how one can deal with you,” she said.

According to Duke, the “Think Like a Man” actor had an affair and allegedly had relationships with prostitutes, which ultimately led to a divorce. Once she spoke, she also mentioned why they weren’t together. She said Owen neglected his parental responsibilities and took a vacation with nurse Brianna Johnson.

Owen hasn’t responded to her post, but he continues to advertise his “Club Shay Shay” interview on his social media pages.


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Jodie Turner-Smith shares shocking reaction to Lupita Nyong’o’s public date with Turner-Smith’s ex Joshua Jackson, a month after she filed for divorce

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Jodie Turner-Smith, who split from actor Joshua Jackson after 4 years of marriage, recently shared her thoughts on the “Dawson’s Creek” alum’s budding romance with Lupita Nyong’o.

Turner-Smith, who filed for divorce from Jackson in September 2023, citing irreconcilable differences, says Cut that the couple split up as a results of them going “different paths,” but Jackson didn’t stay single for long. On October 18, Jackson was seen chilling with Lupita Nyong’o on the Janelle Monáe concert in Inglewood, California. The next day, Nyong’o announced on Instagram that she and her boyfriend, former ESPN commentator Selema Masekela, had broken up. Since then, Nyong’o and the “Queen & Slim” star’s estranged husband have been seen in public quite a few times.

After announcing their split, Nyong’o received an outpouring of support from fans and celebrities. Among the thoughtful messages was a comment by Marlon Wayans that read: “Trust God. He wants better for you. All lessons are a blessing, especially the painful ones. This too shall pass. The warmest of hugs. Be kind to yourself as you heal.”

He continued: “Every time I break up, I say, ‘I’m lucky, I CAN love again. I missed you. Make love, woman.

Jodie Turner Smith reacts to Lupita Nyong'o dating her ex-husband Joshua Jackson
Jodie Turner-Smith (right) recently had a surprising reaction to Lupita Nyong’o and Turner-Smith’s former partner Joshua Jackson emerging as a couple (left) a month after Turner-Smith filed for divorce last September. (Photos: @lupitanyongo/Instagram, @vancityjax/Instagram)

However, while stars like Wayans, Gabrielle Union, Ava DuVernay and Niecy Nash rallied behind Nyong’o, Turner-Smith remained relatively quiet about her personal life for essentially the most part. During a recent sit-down with The Cut, the actress was asked if she found it “weird” that her estranged husband was so quick to go public on a date.

“They were fine,” she said of her ex-husband dating Nyong’o. “We need happiness to co-parent peacefully. I’m trying to get us to the level of Gwyneth and Chris Martin. I really hope they are happy and that it benefits us as a family.”

As the primary couple navigates motherhood to their 4-year-old daughter, Juno, Turner-Smith said she’s willing to take steps forward to ensure her baby’s comfort.

“I just have to do everything I can to make sure Juno wins,” she emphasized, “and can peacefully co-parent with someone I once loved very, very much.”

This is not the primary time Turner-Smith has spoken out about her divorce. As she said in February 2024 interview with The Sunday Times Style magazine: “Sometimes the things we really want to work on just don’t work, and that’s okay.”

“The most important thing is that you choose what is healthiest for you and your family, and certainly for your children,” she continued.

The actress added: “The bravest thing in the world is to recognize when something isn’t working and take action. I always want to set this example for my daughter. The most important takeaway is that it’s about as much love and joy as ever. It’s just about taking a step forward towards a better life for everyone involved.”

As for Nyong’o, it looks like her recent relationship with Jackson continues to be going strong. They were each seen PDA packing in March in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, celebrating his birthday.

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Sean “Diddy” Combs returns the key to New York

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NEW YORK (AP) – Sean “Diddy” Combs turned in his key to New York City at the request of Mayor Eric Adams in response to the release of a video showing the music mogul attacking R&B singer Cassie, officials said Saturday.

The mayor’s office said Combs returned the key after Adams sent letters to the musician’s offices in New York and California on June 4, canceling the key and asking for it to be sent back to City Hall. The city received the key on June 10.

In his letter, Adams said he was “deeply concerned” by the attack, adding: “I strongly condemn these actions and stand in solidarity with all victims of domestic and gender-based violence.”

Combs’ profession was interrupted by multiple sexual abuse allegations, in addition to a federal sex trafficking investigation that led to raids on Combs’ residences in Los Angeles and Miami.

In May, CNN aired surveillance video showing Combs attacking Cassie in a Los Angeles hotel hallway in 2016. Combs said he was “truly sorry” for the attack on Cassie and called his actions “inexcusable.” Cassie, whose legal name is Cassandra Ventura, sued Combs last yr, setting off a wave of increased scrutiny of Combs. The case was settled the day after it was filed.

This photo provided by the New York City Mayor’s Office shows Mayor Eric Adams (left) presenting the Key to the City to hip-hop artist Sean “Diddy” Combs in New York City’s Times Square, Friday, September 15, 2023. (New York City Mayor’s Office/Caroline Rubinstein-Willis via via AP)

Adams presented Combs with the key during last yr’s ceremony, which coincided with the release of the latest album.

This month, Howard University rescinded an honorary doctorate degree awarded to Combs and ended a scholarship program named after him after the release of a video featuring Cassie.

Combs, founding father of Bad Boy Records, is considered one of the most influential hip-hop producers and executives of the last thirty years, turning musical success right into a business empire.

An email sent to a Combs representative listed online was not immediately returned.

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Twice-divorced Martin Lawrence says he’s a better partner now After Will Smith questions his relationship advice, fans say Will has no one to talk to

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Martin Lawrence and Will Smith might want to limit their advice to how to ensure box office success.

As a part of a promotional campaign to fill seats within the “Bad Boys: Ride or Die” theater show, they participated in Complex’s “GOAT Talk” series, during which each actors asked questions about their favorite dances, karaoke songs and GOAT basketball players.

Will Smith’s attempt to clown about Martin Lawrence’s relationship advice backfires when a fan mentions Jada Pinkett Smith. (Photo: @martinlawrence/Instagram)

However, the conversation took a slightly serious turn after they were asked to discuss more personal matters, resembling GOAT relationship advice. The star of the show “Martin” appeared first. He said his golden rule is “treat a person as you would like to be treated.”

The Oscar winner for “King Richard” thoughtfully replied, “hmm,” before asking how that approach worked for his friend. “Well, I’ve been through two divorces,” Lawrence joked.

“So you thought, ‘Fuck this advice,'” Smith joked as they laughed. “I must have forgotten, but I’m feeling better,” Lawrence said.

When the query was directed to the movie superstar, Smith repeated a sentiment previously shared on “The Red Table Talk,” in his memoir, “The Red Table Talk,” and in interviews over the past 4 years.

“GOAT relationship advice for me is that you may’t make a person completely satisfied. Don’t even play this game and take a look at to make anyone completely satisfied,” he said, shaking his head.

The “Just The Two of Us” rapper further explained his viewpoint, stating, “You have to discover your happiness and cultivate it on your own and they have to cultivate theirs on their own and you come together by sharing your happiness, not trying to get happiness from them . That was important to me, like stepping back from trying to make people happy. And all my relationships improved.”

The exchange lasted no longer than two minutes but garnered a lot of responses since the query was faraway from the video to spark discussion on social media. “No shade, but Will Smith got upset when his wife married Tupac,” reads the digital hit directed at Will and Jada Pinkett Smith’s relationship.

Another person found it ironic that “the one who has given up twice is criticized by the one who doesn’t know when to put it off.” Third Attention read: “None of them should give relationship advice…respectfully.”

Lawrence was married to former Miss Virginia beauty Patricia Smith (formerly Southall) for 2 years after they divorced in 1997. They share a daughter, Jasmine Page, who gained attention two years ago when fans noticed she was dating with Eddie Murphy’s son, Eric Murphy.

The same yr that Lawrence’s divorce was finalized, he began dating Shamicka Hill, formerly Gibbs. They married in 2010, but after two years the wedding resulted in divorce. Together they’ve two daughters, Iyana and Amara.

Both of his former partners have since remarried, Patricia to retired NFL star Emmitt Smith and Shamicka to Antwaun Hill, owner of luxury concierge firm Ace Elite Services.. But no matter their soured romance, Patricia made sure to show her support for Lawrence on the 2020 premiere of Bad Boys for Life in Los Angeles.

The “Big Mom’s House” actor is currently in a relationship with his girlfriend Angie Gonzalez, who accompanied him on the red carpet. His co-star has been married to Jada for 26 years, though it was revealed last yr that they’d been quietly separated for seven years. She was also present on the premiere.

The “Hawthorne” actress admitted as much while promoting her memoir “Worthy.” Despite her claims that Will’s 2022 scandal through which he punched Chris Rock on the Oscars rekindled their relationship, fans still do not believe the pair are romantically involved.

At this point, many are hoping she won’t be goaded into clearing “her red table for more drama” amid the hype surrounding his recent relationship advice.

Will was previously married to his first wife, Sheree Zampino, with whom he has an older son, Trey Smith.


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