Megalyn Ann Echikunwoke is an American actress best known her appearances in numerous film and television productions. More so, ever since she started her acting career in 1998, Echikunwoke has gone on to build quite an impressive name for herself in Hollywood. Some of her notable film and television feature include 24, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, That ‘70s Show, The 4400, CSI: Miami, Like Family, Law & Order, Supernatural, House of Lies, American Dad, Ghosted, A Good Day to Die Hard and Night School.
Asides her outstanding career as an actress, Megalyn’s continued stay in the limelight was also influenced by her relationship with award-winning American comedian, Chris Rock. In what started out as a rumour, their relationship was later confirmed by both parties and became the subject of many entertainment gist and gossip.
Megalyn Echikunwoke’s European and African Heritage Influenced Her Upbringing
Despite being born in Spokane, Washington D.C, the beautiful actress’ origin can still be traced to Europe and Africa. Her father, Onigwe Echikunwoke, emigrated to the United States of America from Nigeria. Echikunwoke simply means ‘leader of men’. The actress’s paternal grandfather is believed to have been a tribal leader in Nigeria. So, technically, Megalyn has royal blood flowing through her veins.
Her father is also notable as a survivor of the Nigerian Civil War that broke out in 1967. Onigwe was severely wounded in the war and as a result of the gunshot wound he suffered, he contracted hepatitis B. He died in 1987 from complications of liver cancer just before he could round off his law degree. Megalyn was only 4 years old as at the time of her father’s death.
Megalyn’s mother, Anita Laurie, is an American of European origin. Laurie is believed to be of English, Scottish and Irish ethnicities. Following the death of her husband, she singlehandedly raised Megalyn and her siblings. The actress has two siblings – Miki and Misty Echikunwoke. She was raised alongside her siblings in the Navajo Indian reservation located in Chinle, Arizona.
Not much is known about the whereabouts of her siblings and mother. Possibly because they are not as popular as Megalyn. However, from what we were able to gather regarding the health status and well-being of Megalyn’s mother, we can authoritatively say that she is hale and hearty and doing quite well for herself. In fact, she has been spotted a couple of times with her daughter gracing red carpets at various occasions.
How Megalyn Echikunwoke and Chris Rock Met
The award-winning comedian was still reeling from the pains of his devastating divorce from his ex-wife- Malaak Compton-Rock when he met Megalyn. The actor admitted openly to have been unfaithful to Malaak during their marriage. He also indicated clearly about his struggles with pornography.
Rock and Megalyn officially began dating sometime in 2016 but were seen together for the first time in public the following day after Rock’s divorce was finalized. Sources close to the lovebirds revealed that the couple opted to live out of Rock’s New Jersey home shortly after they started dating.
The couple occasionally spoke about the blissfulness of their relationship when questioned by the press. What struck the actor most was Megalyn’s independence and large heart, and he never shies away from making that known to the public.
They Allegedly Called It Quits When They Could Not Agree On The Marriage Issue
The lovebirds began having some trouble when the issue of marriage started coming up in their relationship. Rock had maintained an indifferent stance regarding the subject of marriage ever since his divorce from his ex-wife was finalized in 2016 which, according to hearsay, caused a rift between Megalyn and him.
Following a series of misunderstanding that trailed the relationship, the duo decided to call it quits after four years of being together. From all indications, the comedian turned television star took the decision to end the relationship. This has been confirmed by sources close to the couple who are of the opinion that the talk of marriage and pressure that accompanied it was the main reason why they split. It seems Rock has not gotten over his messy divorce from his ex-wife.
However, the comedian is not the only one who has suffered from a broken relationship as Megalyn has had her fair share of pain in love too prior to dating Rock. It was gathered that Echikunwoke was in a relationship with Patrick Fugit. Sadly, the relationship which began in 2012 ended abruptly in 2014. The reason for Megalyn and Patrick’s split was not made public. Before the emergence of Fugit, not much is known about the other guys the talented actress has been romantically involved with in the past.
Megalyn Had A Different Stance On The Comedian’s Unwillingness To Remarry
The only reason we got as the likely cause of the break-up between Megalyn and Chris had to do with the actor’s unwillingness to remarry. This didn’t sound right to avid followers of Echikunwoke who are aware of the actress’ stance regarding the subject of marriage.
Sometime in September 2016, the actress appeared on the red carpet during Showtime’s Emmy Eve Party in L.A, wearing what looked like an engagement ring. In an interview with the People magazine held that night, Megalyn stated clearly that she didn’t believe in the concept of marriage. She further added that the supposed engagement ring was just a pearl and not a diamond ring.
So what changed after 4 years? Guess we would find out soon enough. Other than that, there were not many controversies that trailed the relationship. In fact, both Chris and Megalyn kept the intrinsic details of their love life to themselves. The only thing the media caught was pictures of them going out to fun places and attending award nights.
Is Megalyn Echikunwoke Dating Anyone Now?
Echikunwoke remains single and unmarried at the moment. It is expected though – seeing that she just came out of a relationship. Furthermore, in a bid to clear the air surrounding her love life, Megalyn has never been married in the past.
Similarly, she doesn’t have any children from her past relationships as far as we can tell. As of now, the American actress is focused on pursuing her acting career and achieving more feats.