Murphy's youngest kid was just 10 months old when his son Miles and his girlfriend became parents to their first child.
Hollywood is an industry where relationships seem to change like seasons. With so many different partners, celebrities tend to become parents to a lot of kids as well. Legendary actor Clint Eastwood is a father to seven children, Duane "Dog" Chapman famously fathered 13 kids. Another member of this list is actor and comedian, Eddie Murphy, who's a father to 10 kids.
Murphy became a household name in the 1980s when he joined Saturday Night Live as its youngest cast member at the age of 19. Comedy blockbusters like Beverly Hills Cop and Coming to America made him one of the best entertainers in the industry. By the 2000s, Murphy changed his genre from raunchy comedies to family films with movies like Shrek and Dr. Dolittle.
The actor took a break from the industry to focus on his family, a family he created with the five women he fell in love with. The Tower Heist actor became a father for the first time in July 1989 to his oldest son Eric, 31, when he dated Paulette McNeely, reported Amomama.
The relationship was very short and Murphy met his future wife Nicole Mitchell who gave birth to his second child, daughter Bria, 31, in November 1989. But they weren't married yet. In 1990, the actor moved on from Mitchell and got in a relationship with Tamara Hood who gave birth to his third child, son Christian, 29, in 1990.
Finally, Murphy found his way back to Michell and the comedian tied the knot with the beautiful woman in 1993. In November of the same year, they welcomed their fourth child Miles, who is 27 years old.
Just a year later in October, Michell gave birth to daughter Shayne Audra, 26. The couple experienced a little bump in their marriage in 1997 when the actor got into trouble and was stopped by police after he picked up a transvestite prostitute. Although there was no illegal activity found by the investigators, it did stir up a little change in his and Michell's relationship dynamics, reported People.
They remained married till 2005 until their divorce was finalized in 2006. Between this time, Murphy became a father to two more kids, Zola Ivy, 20, and Bella Zahra, 18. After their 12-year marriage came to an end, Murphy, in a statement issued by his rep, Paul Bloc said, “The welfare of our children is our main concern and their best interest is our first priority."
After the couple split, the Beverly Hills Cop actor started dating former Spice Girl, Melaine Brown a.k.a Mel B. What's interesting here is that when Brown gave birth to their daughter Angel Iris, 13, in 2007, it was after the couple had split. This led him to question his daughter's paternity. It was only after a DNA test that he accepted her.
After his breakup from Brown, he dated Tracey Edmonds who was famously married to him just for two weeks. In 2012 he was rumored to be dating an Australian model, Paige Butcher who was 19 years younger than him, as reported by Amomama. The rumors turned out to be true as in the May of 2016, Butcher gave birth to the couple's first and Murphy's ninth child, Izzy Oona. The two got engaged in 2018 and welcomed Murphy's tenth child, son Max Charles, who is a year old.
While talking to Ellen on her show, he spoke about how his blended family receives different reactions from the people he meets. He said that while men thought he was crazy to raise 10 kids, women had an opposite reaction. He jokingly disclosed that with "women, it's kind of like, something sexy about it, I think. Eddie Murphy must be doing this thing. Eddie Murphy be getting it in."
The actor who was once the poster boy of blockbuster comedies went missing from the spotlight for a long time. During a recent interview with Vanity Fair, he gave a simple reason for his disappearance, his family. "I want to stay the person that I am and spend as much time as I can with my family, and the people that I love," he said. He added, "My career, or what I am as an artist, that’s not at the center of my life. At the center of my life is my family and my kids."
“That’s the principal relationship, and everything comes after that. I have 10 kids, and I’m present, and I’m part of their lives. You got to have some kind of balance with career and personal life,” he further added.
In 2019, Murphy became a grandfather to his son, Miles' daughter Evie.
According to People, the fact that his youngest son and his granddaughter are so close in age doesn't bother them at all. “My oldest son is 30, and my youngest child was 10 months old, and I got a new grandchild," he said and continued, "There’s no sweeter blessing than seeing your grandchild."