Who is Chris Rock?
Chris Rock is an American stand-up comedian, actor, producer, screenwriter and director. Rock is often cited as one of America’s greatest stand-up comedians. Chris Rock also ran a talk show called “The Chris Rock Show” from 1997 to 2000 on HBO. In 2023, Rock will become the first comedian to perform live on Netflix.
Chris Rock’s full name is Christopher Julius Rock. He was born on February 7, 1965, in Andrews, South Carolina, USA, to his parents – Julius Rock (father) and Rosalie Rock (mother). As of November 2022, Chris Rock is 57 years old.
About Chris Rock’s parents
Chris Rock’s mother, Rosalie Rock (née Tingman) was a teacher and a social worker for the mentally challenged. She was born on February 15, 1945, and is currently 77 years old. Rosalie Rock founded the “Rock This 619” organization and also hosts a weekly radio show called, “The Mom Show.” Rosalie Rock is the author of the book, “Mama Rock’s Rules: Ten Lessons for Raising a Household of Successful Children.”
Speaking about Will Smith slapping her son, Chris Rock at the 2022 Academy Awards, Rosalie Rock said:
“When he slapped Chris, he slapped all of us. He really slapped me.”
Will Smith has since apologized for his actions.
Chris Rock’s father, Julius Rock was a truck driver and newspaper deliveryman. Sadly, he died in 1988 from complications of an ulcer surgery.
About Chris Rock’s siblings
Chris Rock is the eldest of his parents’ six children. He currently has four living brothers and a sister. He had an older stepbrother named Charles who died in 2006.
List of Chris Rock’s siblings
- Andre Rock (brother)
- Tony Rock (brother)
- Kenny Rock (brother)
- Jordan Rock (brother)
- Brian Rock (brother)
- Charles Rock (brother – late)
- Andi Rock (sister)
a. Andre Rock
Chris Rock’s brother, Andre Rock is an American businessman. He is popularly known for being the brother of Chris and Tony Rock. Andre Rock was born on April 16, 1967, in Brooklyn, New York, United States and is currently 55 years old. Andre Rock leads a private life and not much information is currently available about him.
b. Tony Rock
Chris Rock’s brother, Tony Rock (born Anthony Rock) is an American actor and stand-up comedian. He was born on June 30, 1974, in Brooklyn, New York, United States and is currently 48 years old. Tony Rock is best known for his work in the 2012 movie “Think Like A Man.”
c. Kenny Rock
Chris Rock’s brother, Kenny Rock is an American actor who is well known for his work in movies like, “Vesuvius” and “Coincidental Killer.” He was born on April 16, 1979, in Brooklyn, New York, United States and is currently 43 years old. Kenny Rock is signed with “Celebrity Boxing” and has stated that he is willing to challenge Will Smith in a fight. However, Will Smith did not accept the challenge.
d. Brian Rock
Chris Rock’s brother, Brian Rock was born in the late 80s. Not much is known about him.
e. Jordan Rock
Chris Rock’s brother, Jordan Rock is an American actor. He is popularly known for his work in movies like “Big Time Adolescence” and “Doors.” Jordan Rock was born on February 10, 1991, and is currently 31 years old. He is the youngest of Chris Rock’s brothers.
f. Charles Rock
Charles Rock was Chris Rock’s paternal half-brother. His full name was Charles Ledell Rock. He was born in 1963. However, he passed away in February 2006 from complications of alcohol addiction. At the time of his death, Charles Rock was 45 years old.
About Chris Rock’s marriage and wedding
As of the time of publishing this article (November 2022), Chris Rock is divorced and does not have a wife. The comedian was previously married to Malaak Compton-Rock from 1996 to 2016. Prior to his marriage to Malaak Compton-Rock, Chris Rock was in a relationship with Nia Long.
List of Chris Rock’s girlfriends
- Chris Rock dated Nia Long in 1991.
- Chris Rock dated Malaak Compton-Rock in 1994. They got married in 1996 and divorced 20 years after.
- Chris Rock had an encounter with Monika Zsibrita in 1999.
- Chris Rock had an encounter with Karrine Steffans in 2005.
- Chris Rock dated Megalyn Echikunwoke in 2015. The couple split a year after because Chris Rock said that he wasn’t ready for a serious relationship so soon after his separation from his ex-wife.
- Chris Rock is currently in a relationship with screenwriter, Lake Bell.
About Chris Rock’s marriage to Malaak Compton-Rock
Malaak Compton-Rock is an American novelist and humanitarian. She is popularly known for being Chris Rock’s ex-wife. Malaak Compton-Rock was born on June 13, 1969, in Oakland, California, the United States and is currently 52 years old. Malaak Compton-Rock has appeared on several reality and talk shows like “The Big Give”, “Entertainment Tonight” and “The Oprah Winfrey Show.”
Chris Rock and Malaak Compton-Rock met at the 1994 Essence Awards. Rock and some of his friends had decided to attend the award show despite not being formally invited to the event.
About his first meeting with Malaak Compton-Rock, Chris Rock said:
“She was working in publicity, so she actually came up to me and said, ‘Can you take pictures with so and so?’ And I was like, ‘I’ll do whatever you want.'”
After their meeting, Chris Rock and Malaak Compton-Rock maintained a long-distance relationship due to working on opposite sides of the country. Chris Rock and Malaak Compton-Rock got married in November 1996 after dating for two years.
While speaking about the impact his wife has had on him, Chris Rock said:
“She’s changed me. She’s really calmed me down and centred my life.”
By 1999, Chris Rock and Malaak Compton-Rock were temporarily separated. During this period, Chris Rock dated Hungarian model, Monika Zsibrita. Zsibrita alleged that Chris Rock raped her and through this encounter, fathered a daughter with her. Rock denied the allegations, claiming that everything that happened between him and Monika Zsibrita was consensual. It was later discovered that the child was not Chris Rock’s.
In 2004, Rock spoke about the incident, saying:
“You go to a Los Angeles hotel which I’m not going to name, and a woman comes over and says how funny and how great you are and she’s hot. I mean hot. You end up having sex with her and then she calls and says she’s having your baby.”
In 2007, Chris Rock was once again accused of having a child out of wedlock. At the time, a woman named Kali Bowyer claimed that her 13-year-old child was Rock’s. However, after a DNA test, it was discovered that Chris is not the father.
During his marriage to Malaak Compton-Rock, Chris Rock suffered from an addiction to pornography. He said he was so addicted that watching porn became a priority in his life.
“If you have a phone, basically you’re walking around with a porn machine. It’s actually more important than the fact that I can talk to individuals around the world. Porn is just as important.”
Chris Rock and Malaak Compton-Rock first sparked divorce rumours in 2007. However, the couple remained together for seven more years. In 2014, Chris Rock filed for divorce. At the time, Compton-Rock said:
“After much contemplation and 19 years of marriage, Chris and I have decided to go our separate ways. While recognizing that this is a significant change, my children remain at the centre of my life and their wellbeing is my priority.”
The divorce was very messy as Rock claimed Compton-Rock was refusing to let him see their children. The two have shared custody of their children. Their divorce was finalized in 2016 but details of the monetary settlement were not revealed. Both parties have since moved on with their lives.
About Chris Rock and Lake Bell’s relationship
Lake Bell (born Lake Siegel Bell) is an American actress, director and screenwriter. She is popularly known for her work in movies like, “Boston Legal” and “Home Again.” She was born on March 24, 1979, and is currently 43 years old.
Chris Rock and Lake Bell first sparked dating rumours in June 2022 when they were seen watching a Cardinals game together in the VIP section. They were later seen at the restaurant, Giorgio Baldi. According to eyewitnesses, Bell and Rock held hands as they exited the restaurant but quickly let go of one another as soon as they saw the paparazzi.
In July 2022, Lake Bell and Chris Rock went on a vacation in Croatia, further confirming reports that they are dating. They were seen looking cozy on a romantic boat ride. Lake Bell was later spotted with Chris Rock’s daughters (Zahra and Lola). As of the time of writing, Chris Rock and Lake Bell are still together and going strong in their young relationship.
About Chris Rock and Kerry Washington cheating rumours
There have been rumours in the media that Chris Rock cheated on his now ex-wife, Malaak Compton, with “Scandal” actress Kerry Washington. According to reports, the alleged affair between Rock and Kerry Washington occurred in 2007, while Rock was stilled married to his ex-wife Malaak Compton and Washington was engaged to actor David Moscow. It was said that the affair lasted for six months.
The rumours were made worse in 2018 when Rock admitted during his Netflix special “Chris Rock: Tamborine” that he cheated on Malaak Compton with “three different women”, describing one of them as “famous”.
However, the alleged affair between Chris Rock and Kerry Washington was never confirmed and none of the two has ever addressed the reports.
About Chris Rock’s children
As of the time of writing, Chris Rock has two children (daughters) from his marriage to Malaak Compton-Rock.
List of Chris Rock children
- Lola Simone Rock
- Zahra Savannah Rock
a. Lola Simone Rock
Lola Simone Rock was born on June 28, 2002, in New York, the United States to Chris Rock and his ex-wife Malaak Compton-Rock. She is currently 20 years old.
b. Zahra Savannah Rock
Zahra Savannah Rock was born on May 22, 2004, in New York, the United States to Chris Rock and Malaak Compton-Rock. She is currently 18 years old.
Chris Rock and South African kid Ntombi
A South African child named Ntombi started living with Chris Rock and his family around 2008 when she was only 6 months old. While it is not known precisely how the girl landed in the care of Rock and his family, it is known that Ntombi was born to a poor South African man named Crispen Khanyile and his then-girlfriend Precious Ndebele who was living in the slum at the time of Ntombi’s birth.
According to reports, Ntombi originally travelled to the States with Rock’s ex-wife, Malaak Compton-Rock, on a visitor visa. In 2015, reports emerged that Chris Rock and his ex-wife Compton-Rock were being investigated by the South African police over reports of illegally housing a child.
Rock and Malaak Compton were going through their divorce that same period and Chris Rock’s rep later clarified that bringing Ntombi to the U.S was all his ex-wife’s doing, adding that the comedian has not seen the girl since his separation from Malaak Compton.
Malaak Compton-Rock later released a statement announcing she has started a process to adopt Ntombi legally. She also denied being investigated by South African authorities.
Compton-Rock’s lawyer said:
While the adoption by Malaak is not yet finalized, it is actively in process under the rigorous guidelines and safeguards of international adoption policy.