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Kenya Duke-All About Gary Owen’s Ex-Wife and Her Dating Life After Divorce

Kenya Duke is a famous American actress and television personality. Furthermore, Duke is also a house flipper and is the owner of Premier Sports and Cooperate Travel. But, Kenya is known as the ex-wife of American stand-up comedian Gary Owen. The former couple who married in 2003 were together for almost two decades before their separation.

Even after having such a great bonding among themselves, why did the two split? Besides, did you know that Gary Owen is the second husband of Kenya Duke? So, who is Kenya’s first husband?

Let’s find out all the facts about Gary Owen’s ex-wife Kenya Duke including her parents, dating life after her divorce from Gary, podcasting, and many more.

Who Are Kenya Duke’s Parents? Details on Her Family and Early Details

Duke is the only daughter of Barbara Jean (mother). Her father was a Navy Officer and more detail about her dad are yet to be revealed. Unfortunately, Kenya couldn’t spend much of her childhood with her father as her dad died at the age of 6.

In The Gary Owen Show when an interviewer asked her mother Barbara about her husband, the old woman refused to talk about him. So, it looks like Kenya’s parents didn’t have a healthy relationship.

But, Duke seems to have a good relationship with her late father. Kenya occasionally paid tribute to her dad by posting photos on several major occasions. Back in June 2021, the podcaster uploaded a throwback photo of her parents on the occasion of Father’s Day. She wrote, “I will always love and miss you dearly. Happy Happy Heavenly Father’s Day daddy aka Duke.”

Kenya Duke mother and father
Kenya Duke’s mom and dad.

As for her date of birth, Kenya was born on 9th May 1988, in the United States and her age is 54 as of 2022. Talking about her ethnicity, she belongs to an African-American (Black) ethnical background and her nationality is American.

What Does Kenya Duke Do For Living?

Kenya is the owner of Premier Sports and Corporate Travel. According to her Instagram bio, the businesswoman also flips houses. The term flipping house actually means to buy a revenue-generating asset and sell it for a profit.

Aside from Businesswomen, Duke is also a famous actress and producer. She started her acting career in the 2010s special documentary DeRay Davis: Power Play. Before, she worked in the production team for the 2008 movie, Gary Owen: Breaking’ Out the Park. 

Her other works include Aries Spears: HollywoodLook I’m Smiling (2011), The Gary Owen Show (2016), Steve Harvey (2016), and many more.

Kenya Duke’s Podcast

Besides her accomplishments in acting and business, Duke also started her own Youtube podcast channel named, Truly Kenya on Nov 7, 2021. In the podcast, she talks about relationships and affairs in a unique, sarcastic, and humorous way. 

As the matter of fact, she has been going through a divorce and she shares most of her lifestyle and is in search of a new way of navigating her life. 

When Did Kenya Duke Meet Her Former Husband Gary Owen?

The former couple first met each other in the late 1990s outside the Comedy Club, Sunset Boulevard. At the time, her future-husband Gary was a promising comedian and used to perform at the local club.

Most people might be unaware that their first meeting was possible because of NBA Legend, Shaquille O’Neil. In fact, Kenya was one of the staff at Shaquille’s clothing management and O’Neil later brought his staff Kenya to the club. And it was how and where the two crossed their paths.

Kenya duke with her former husband
Kenya Duke and her former husband Gray Owen

Although Kenya was hugely impressed by the funny comedian at the club, they didn’t have any conversations at the time of their first meeting. But, they met again in the same spot and they promptly began talking.

During their second meeting, Duke also told Gray that his second performance was much better than the first. They subsequently exchanged their numbers. Interestingly, the two didn’t make any move until a year but only kept talking on the phone for a year. And only a year after, they went on a date.

The Formal Couple Were Married For Almost Tw0-Decades: Their Wedding

Kenya Duke and Grey Owen married on 19th July 2003. During the time of their marriage, Grey wore a Blue suit and the Bride wore a white gown.

Kenya Duke wedding
Kenya Duke and Gray Owen’s wedding

Many might be shocked by knowing the funny incident that happened at the nuptials. Gary had ordered the five-tier wedding cake, sadly the baker lady slipped and ruined the whole cake.

Gary once stated in his show, The Gary Owen Show,

“Me and my wife have been together so long, and you know race doesn’t come up that much. It does — but it doesn’t come up that much. We have fun with it; we don’t take it so seriously.”

Even though the marriage was going smooth at first but over time, the duo had to face lots of problems in the relationship.

Kenya Duke is the Mother Of Three Children

The actress is the mother of 3 kids, Emilio Toliver, Kennedy Owen, and Austin Owen. Kenya’s eldest son, Emilio was born on January 18th, 1991. She shares Emilio with her first husband. Later her husband Gary Owen adopted him.

Kenya duke and her family
Kenya Duke and Gray Owen with their kids

Kenya’s daughter Kennedy Owen was born on 3rd July 2002. She shares Kennedy with Gray Owen. Kennedy currently studies at Technical State University.

Their second child, a son Austin Owen was born on November 27th, 2000.

Is Kenya Duke Still Married to Gary Owen?

No, the former couple ended up their marriage after being together for almost two decades. In March, Gary’s wife Kenya filed for divorce confirmed by TMZ.

The actual reason for their divorce is still unknown. But, according to Duke, Gary couldn’t give much time to their kids and also used her only to gain fame. Neither Kenya nor her spouse Gary shared much more details about their divorce but, the comedian said,

“My lawyer doesn’t want me to say anything. We got a lot of legal stuff we gotta go through. But I will say, there’s a big twist in my divorce that a lot of people don’t know about. It’s a doozy, but I can’t speak on it yet. But it’s big. It changed the whole dynamic of the divorce.”

After they got divorced, Owen shared an Instagram post of his own photo wearing a t-shirt that had ‘bread-win ner’ written on it. As the word means a person who earns to support the family, many people conclude that it was the taunt of Kenya.

Kenya Duke’s First Husband Emilio Toliver Sr.

Kenya has managed to keep her first husband’s information secret so far. But, we do know that her first partner’s name is Emilio Toliver Sr. As mentioned before Duke and her first hubby Emilio share a child together, Emilio Toliver.

Besides, Emilio has an Instagram account but hasn’t shared anything since 2019. As per his Instagram account, Toliver is a proud grandfather and currently resides in Rohnert Park, California.

Is Gray Owen’s Ex-Wife Kenya Duke Dating Someone?

Following her divorce, Kenya is not seen with anyone recently. Probably, Duke is currently single and spending most of her time with her children. Furthermore, her youtube channel, Truly Kenya also suggests that the celebrity spouse is not dating anyone but is more focused on her newly-started podcast.

Social Media Platforms

Duke is a Social media person who is active and opens up about her lifestyle through her Instagram post and stories. She also posts motivational quotes on her Insta. Similarly, the businesswoman is active on Twitter and Facebook too.

Kenya Duke’s Net worth

Her net worth is estimated to be around $1 million. Gary Owen’s ex-wife, Kenya has earned this fortune from her acting career and from her business.