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Who is Emilio Owen? Untold Truths of Gary Owen’s Adopted Son

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Emilio Owen is the son of Kenya Duke, the ex-wife of famous comedian and actor Gary Owen. Emilio is better known as the step-son of Gary Owen who is also known as the “Funniest Serviceman in America.”

Emilio’s mother, Kenya was married to Gary Owen for nearly two decades before they parted ways in early 2020. After their marriage, the 47-year-old comedian adopted Emilio and gave him a proper upbringing. Despite being the son of one of the most famous comedians, Emilio doesn’t make his media appearance often. So, many of Gary and Kenya’s fans are curious to know what Emilio is doing at present.

So, in today’s episode, we are talking in detail about Emilio Owen’s life. Let’s dive in without any further ado.

Emilio Owen Birth Details and Early Life – Who is His Biological Father?

Emilio was born Emilio William Toliver on January 18, 1991, in the United States of America. He is the firstborn child of Kenya Duke. While Emilio’s mother’s identity is well documented on the internet, details about his biological father are rarely found. However, we have found it out.

Owen's father, Emilio Toliver Sr.
Emilio Owen’s biological father, Emilio Toliver Sr.

Emilio Owen’s biological father is Emilio Toliver Sr. His mother Kenya and Emilio Sr. were in a relationship for some years and had a son together before parting their ways. A few years after her break up from Emilio Sr., Kenya met her future husband Gary. Meanwhile, it’s not known if Emilio’s biological parents were ever married or not.

Emilio Owen Nationality and Ethnicity

Born and raised in the US, Emilio Owen holds an American nationality and as far as his ethnicity is concerned, he is an African-American. Owen spent the majority of his childhood in Oakland, California and as of now, he lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.

His Educational Background

Emilio Owen completed his primary education at his local school in Oakland. He enrolled at Lakota West High School, Ohio for his high school. After graduating high school, Owen joined The Art Institute of Ohio-Cincinnati.

Emilio Owen Parents were Together for Two Decades

Owen’s mother Kenya and adoptive father, Gary first met in the late 1990s. The former husband-and-wife reportedly met outside The Comedy Club in Sunset Boulevard. However, they didn’t talk to each other in their first meet. They met again in the same place after a while and this time around, the pair exchanged their numbers.

Even after exchanging their numbers, Gary and Kenya didn’t take things fast, rather they remained in touch for around a year before the comedian asked Kenya out. However, Kenya stood Gary up on their first date after which Gary was shattered and thought he had lost her. However, Kenya later called him up and apologized for her actions, and asked him for another date.

Years after they started dating, Gary Owen and Kenya walked down the aisle on July 19, 2003, in a private wedding. Their marriage was attended by their family members and some close friends.

Emilio Owen's mother and adoptive father Gary Owen
Gary Owen and Kenya Duke were married for nearly two decades before Kenya filed for divorce

Meanwhile, the couple’s big day was not the ideal one as they had to deal with a couple of challenges before they could finally say “I do.” First of all, both the bride and the bridegroom were late for the ceremony and the Pastor walked out.

They somehow managed to get a Pastor and exchanged vows. But after the wedding, the newly-married couple’s five-tier cake was destroyed as the baker accidentally dropped it on the floor. Despite all these flaws, Gary and Kenya’s wedding was worth remembering.

12 years after their wedding, in 2015, Kenya and Gary Owen renewed their vows. The husband-and-wife of years organized the ceremony on 20th December 2015. Nevertheless, the couple parted ways in late 2020.

Kenya Duke and Gary Owen’s Divorce

After nearly 18 years of marriage, Kenya Duke and her husband Gary Owen have officially called off their marriage. As per the records, she filed the case in the Los Angeles superior county in March 2021. In fact, Duke cited irreconcilable differences as the cause of their divorce.

As a matter of fact, Yahoo reported that Duke has requested $44,000 per month in spousal support. Meanwhile, when Gary Owen was asked what happened between him and Duke, he said he couldn’t disclose any details about his divorce. Owen 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.”

The former married couple is yet to finalize their divorce.

He Has Two Half Siblings

Emilio Owen is the only child between his biological parents; Kenya Duke and Emilio Owen Sr. However, Emilio has two half-siblings from his mother’s marriage with his adoptive father Gary Owen. He has one brother and one sister. Owen’s mother Kenya gave birth to her first child with Gary, a son Austin Owen on 27 November 2000.

Emilio Owen with his parents and siblings
Emilio Owen with his parents and siblings

Two years later, on July 3, 2002, Emilio’s parents welcomed their second child, a daughter, Kennedy Owen. His sister, Kennedy is a North Carolina Agriculture and Technical State University student. Her father, Gary had announced his daughter had joined the university through a joyful Instagram post.

Besides, Emilio’s brother, Austin appears to be following in his father’s footsteps. Austin has got comedy genes from his father and he has got some excellent comedy timings. Moreover, he has also performed stand-up at Tommy T’s Comedy Clubs.

Emilio Owen Relationship Status – Who is His Girlfriend?

Owen has been in a longtime relationship with his girlfriend, Taylor Patton. Owen. Besides, we have no info on when and how the pair met for the first time. Meanwhile, Emilio has mentioned September 8, 2016, as the day they started seeing each other.

Emilio Owen is in a longtime relationship with his girlfriend
Owen and his girlfriend Taylor

Both Owen and his girlfriend, Patton share a lot of their photos on their respective socials. We can see the couple are extremely happy with each other in their social media posts. Nothing much about Taylor is known by far, however, we have got the info that Taylor also lives in Cincinnati, Ohio just like her beau.

As a matter of fact, Taylor is from South Lebanon, Ohio who works as Operations Expert at Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shields.