Wayne Brady has a great career as an actor, comedian, and game show host. His breakthrough performance on the popular improvisational comedy series Whose Line Is It Anyway? brought him worldwide fame. He won an Emmy Award for his work on the show and also received two more for his talk show The Wayne Brady Show.
Apart from his professional accomplishments, the TV host is doing a great job, co-parenting a daughter with his second wife. Fans are eagerly waiting to know who was Wayne Brady’s first wife? And what is his current relationship status?
Let’s find out all the details of his love life!
Wayne Brady and His wife Mandie Taketa Tied the Knot in 1999
The couple married on 5th April 1999, in a very low-key wedding ceremony. The two initially remained friends after they came across while performing together in a show held in Hawaii back in the late mid-1990s.
Their friendship slowly turned into romance and the duo dated for some time before exchanging their vows. They became parents for the first time after Mandie gave birth to their daughter, Maile Masako Brady, on 3rd Feb 2003.
Maile is a music lover. Her mother also uploaded a few singing videos on her self-titled YouTube channel.
Are They Still Married?
Their marital relationship couldn’t last long. The former flames amicably went on their separate ways in 2006. In the following year, Taketa filed for divorce, requesting joint legal and physical custody in her petition. Furthermore, she asked for spousal support, though both of them paid their own legal fees.
A representative for Brady told People magazine about their mutual separation,
“The split is very amicable and they continue to remain the best of friends and committed parents.”
Brady now shares a very close relationship with his ex-partner. He often expresses his gratitude towards her in every interview whenever the interviewer asks about his relationship with Mandie. In 2019. the comedian told US Weekly,
“She is the most amazing woman in the world and one of the most amazing moms, I think, that has ever walked the planet. Our daughter’s proof of that and the fact that she slaps me into shape. She’s the reason I think that I’ve had the success I have.”
The TV host stated they are “better friends than” married couples.
Share Joint Custody of Their Daughter Maile
There are many couples who are still in an amicable relationship even after their divorce just for the sake of their children’s benefits. One of the super examples is Wayne and Mandie.
They are highly committed to co-parenting their daughter to provide the closest experience of parenthood. The actor once stated,
“We said we want to give Maile the closest experience to living in the same house. We have always lived in different homes.”
Although they are quite busy on their career paths, the two never make any excuses when it comes to their daughter. The former lovebirds frequently share a loving photo of their girl on their social media handles.
Wayne Brady’s Wife Mandie Helped Him During His Time of Distress
The comedian previously battled with depression. He fought the illness alone for some time, before coming out with it in late 2014. The tragic suicide of legendary comedian and actor Robin Williams in August 2016 hit him hard. He then started looking at his own life. Apparently, he tweeted, “Depression is real. God bless him and his family.”
Wayne told Entertainment Tonight about having a “complete breakdown” on his 42nd birthday,
“I was there by myself, in my bedroom and I had a complete breakdown … Just go ahead and imagine for yourself a brother in his underwear, in his room, you got snot … and that birthday was the beginning of, ‘OK, I’ve got to make a change.'”
He also explained that his ex-wife, Mandie Taketa, helped him a lot during the chronic depression.
Wayne Relationship With His ex-wife Mandie’s Boyfriend, Jason
Interestingly, Whose Line Is It Anyway? star is quite close with his ex-wife Mandie’s photographer beau, Jason. The couple is dating for many years.
Wayne shared his unique co-quarantining experience with his daughter, ex-wife, and her boyfriend in an interview with Access Hollywood. Brady said,
“My ex-wife Mandy and I, we have a different and a very special situation than a lot of people that co-parent… For the entire duration of [Malie’s] life, we have co-parented as best friends.” He clarified they “live virtually next door to each other.”
“Our quarantining is a little different, we quarantine between both of our homes and I’ve got a big back yard and lots of land, so we both share this land and this space.”
His ex-spouse Mandie has posted a number TikToks they make together on her Instagram.
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They live like a new nuclear family in the same neighborhood.
A brief description of Wayne Brady’s ex-wife Mandie Taketa
Mandie was born on 3rd March 1976, in Honolulu, Hawaii, to American mother Marilyn Denise Burns and Japanese father, Ronald Taketa. Her mom, however, died early in her 40s. She has a younger sister.
Talking about her profession, Mandie is a dancer and also works as a yoga instructor, physical therapist, and personal trainer.
Besides, the lady has covered her back with a big tattoo.
Wayne Brady Previously Married Diana Lasso
He first married Diana Lasso on 31st December 1993. In spite of their early growing bond, their relationship didn’t last long and they divorced after two years of their marriage in 1995.
They both are quite confidential when it comes to their married life. Wayne stated to Closer Weekly,
“My first wife is a great person. But you should not be getting married when you’re 20 or 21 because you still don’t know yourself. I think the lesson was not to rush into things.”
After their divorce, Lasso has completely vanished from the spotlight.
As per Diana’s Linkedin bio, Wayne Brady’s ex-wife previously worked for Palmaz Vineyards. Furthermore, the divorcee also served as the director of hospitality for a well-known wine company, Beau Vigne.
Diana currently resides in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Is Wayne Brady Dating Anyone in 2021?
Since Wayne’s divorce from Mandie, the comedian kept most of his personal details behind the camera. After his prolonged reported single relationship status in the dating department, Wayne came out with his relationship with Rozonda Thomas, a singer in 2014. Their dating rumors emerged after the two were spotted together at his TLC concert held at the MGM in Las Vegas.
“They were so cute, stopping to take pictures with fans,” an insider said Us Weekly, “It has only been two weeks but they really like each other. They’ve been friends for years but there has always been this flirtation. They make a really great couple.”
The two kept their romance highly secret. There is no report on how long had they been in a relationship.
They again sparked their dating rumors when the two were seen in Las Vegas in mid-2021. The comedian was there to perform at Mirage. But, neither of them has confirmed the speculations.
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