Eddie Murphy is an actor and comedian who has really has been in pretty much everything. From 1980 until 1984, he made people laugh until their sides hurt on the much-loved comedy show, Saturday Night Live.
Meanwhile, many Millennials have fond memories of Murphy voicing Mushu, the snarky dragon from the Disney movie, Mulan, and playing the befuddled Dr. Doolittle, who realizes that he can talk to animals.
He has also appeared in other hit films, such as the Shrek series, The Nutty Professor and Dreamgirls.
While most people know Murphy because he’s such a great comedian, some may not know that his romantic relationships have been on the interesting side.
He’s had several girlfriends and several children with them, but he’s currently engaged to model Paige Butcher. Read on to find out more about these lovebirds!
15. Both Of Them Work In The Same Industry
Via: The Sun
Unlike some actors, Eddie Murphy has no problem dating people that are also in the entertainment industry - after all, one of his previous ex-girlfriends was Spice Girl, Mel B. His current girlfriend, Paige Butcher, has appeared in several movies. He definitely has a type!
14. Murphy Has Two Children With Butcher
Eddie Murphy has a whopping 10 kids in total with several of his ex-girlfriends. He only has two children with his current girlfriend and fiancée, Paige Butcher.
Their daughter, Izzy Oona Murphy, was born back in 2016 while their youngest child together, Max Charles Murphy, was born back in 2018.
13. The Couple Has Been Dating Since 2012
Via: Today Show
Murphy and Butcher are very much a low-key couple and they don’t feel the need to have a spotlight on their romantic relationship 24/7.
Most people wouldn’t even guess that the couple officially started dating back in 2012, because Murphy and Butcher didn’t make a huge deal out of their relationship status.
12. Butcher Deleted All Of Her Social Media Accounts
There are some non-famous significant others of Hollywood celebrities that could care less about privacy. Those types keep their social media unlocked for all the world to see.
Butcher is not one of those types; she actually took down all of her social media accounts once she made it official with Murphy because she wanted her privacy.
11. They Met On Set Of A Movie
Via: US Weekly
The lovebirds didn’t meet the typical way, through mutual friends or at an event. Instead, they have a pretty cute origin story.
Butcher landed a role in the flick, Big Momma’s House 2, and wound up meeting Murphy when he visited the set to hang out with his buddy, Martin Lawrence, who starred in that film.
10. Butcher Has Dated Actors Before
Many of Murphy’s ex-girlfriends have spent time in the entertainment industry, and Butcher also has a soft spot for showbiz types.
Before entering into a romantic relationship with Murphy, she allegedly dated an actor named Tyson Beckford. She was also linked to a 'hot shot' in the business industry, whose name you might know: we're talking about Russell Simmons.
9. She Thinks That Her Life Is Too Boring For Social Media
Via: US Weekly
In an interview with Vanity Fair, Butcher confirmed that most of the reason why she stays far, far away from social media is due to the fact that she’s dating a celebrity and values her privacy.
But she also thinks that posting about one’s everyday life is a bit odd and feels she’s too boring for social media.
8. Murphy's Daughter, Bria, Loves Her Half-Sister, Izzy, And Butcher
One would imagine it might be awkward being engaged to a guy with a lot of children from different mothers, but Butcher is actually on good terms with Murphy’s kids.
His eldest daughter, Bria, even shared a cute Murphy family photo with Butcher right next to her fiancé. Bria has mentioned on social media that she loves her half-sister, Izzy.
7. The Couple Might Appear In A Netflix Special One Day
According to MSN, one rumor that was floating around in the entertainment industry back in 2019 suggested that Murphy was in talks with Netflix to create a special about his life.
If this special ever gets made, it’ll be interesting to see if Butcher stays in the shadows or allows herself to be seen. She does prefer privacy but maybe she'd make an exception.
6. They Announced Their Relationship At A Red Carpet Event
Via: Access Online
Even though the couple first met on the set of a movie all the way back in 2006, it wasn’t until 2012 that they started dating
USA Today writes the couple let the world know they were dating when they showed up together on the red carpet for a tribute to Murphy titled, "One Night Only".
5. Murphy Was Worried He Would Flunk At Changing His Daughter Izzy's Diapers
Via: The Daily Mail
Even though Murphy has 10 children in total, he admitted in an interview with Extra TV that he was actually terrified of changing his daughter Izzy’s diapers.
“I’m not good, I don’t change diapers,” he explained. “I don’t change diapers because I’d be horrible at it and it’s not fair for the child.”
4. In Her Spare Time, Butcher Volunteers At Homeless Shelters
Via: Glamour Path
Butcher is a huge fan of giving back to folks who are less fortunate and regularly volunteers her time at different charities.
She particularly enjoys working with Habitat For Humanity because she says she has a very nurturing personality. She also volunteers at Los Angeles homeless shelters, where she babysits kids whose parents are in counseling.
3. The Couple Got Engaged Back In 2018
Murphy proposed to Butcher all the way back in September 2018, but they appear to be taking it slow and still haven’t set a date for their wedding.
Heck, given how notoriously private Butcher is regarding her personal life, the only reason people found out they were engaged is the paparazzi. Paparazzi snapped photos of her wearing an engagement ring.
2. Butcher Used To Be A Model
Via: Closer Weekly
Aside from appearing in a few feature films, Butcher also worked as a model. She got bitten by the showbiz bug at age 7 but didn’t take it seriously until she hit the age of 13.
After she graduated from college, she won a contest that led to a contract with the IMG modeling agency. She then moved to New York City.
1. Murphy's Fiancée Hails From Australia
Butcher is actually an Aussie—she was born in a suburb of Perth, Australia called Attadale on June 10th, 1979. She grew up there and eventually went to Santa Maria College.
Her dad Robert Butcher actually worked as a model himself while her mom was employed as a fashion designer.