Although some might know Mekhi Phifer as Dr. Greg Pratt from NBC’s medical drama ER, his career really took off with Spike Lee‘s Clockers. The actor is now well-known and has amassed a number of acting credentials over the years. Just like his lengthy acting career, Mekhi Phifer’s dating history is lengthy as well.
The actor has had a lot of relationships in the past, showing us that we can try and try before we discover our ideal one. So let’s discuss Phifer’s past relationships and how he eventually met the right person.
Better Friends Than Lovers
Phifer was coined a lady’s man even though he had always kept his love life private. When he first got married, he was 24 years old. And being young, oftentimes you get this feeling of you knowing it all, but it’s never the case.
In 1999, Phifer married his High School High co-star Malinda Williams, but the couple ended up divorcing in 2003. Their divorce was quite messy, considering the fact that Malinda accused Mekhi of infidelity in an interview with Honey.
Mekhi Phifer’s son, Omikaye Phifer, was born in 1999 while the couple was still together. They got divorced due to their irreconcilable differences, and years later, Phifer revealed that Malinda and Mekhi only stayed married for only about a year.
After a year, Phifer and Williams were technically married and living in the same house, but the distance between them got bigger and bigger until they had no choice but to call it quits and go their separate ways. Phifer considers the divorce relieving.
The ex-couple co-parented their son and are better friends now than they were lovers. Mekhi says he is happily divorced. And that’s quite an attitude to look at in your failed relationship. Sometimes it does more damage to hold on than to let it go. They both are in a better and happier place now.
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After his divorce from Malinda, Phifer started dating Oni Souratha. The couple stayed in a romantic relationship for over three years before getting engaged in 2007. Unfortunately, while the news of their marriage was on the rise, the couple announced the end of their relationship in 2008. The reason behind their break up still remains a mystery.
During the time when Oni and Mekhi were together, she gave birth to Mekhi’s son, Mekhi Thira Phifer Jr. Mekhi shares legal custody of his son with Oni and is a present father. Also, learn about other celebrity children Alabama Barker.
Better Late Than Never
Mekhi met his now wife, Reshelet Barnes, around the time of his separation from Malinda. At that time, Reshelet was an executive at Universal, and he met her at the premiere party. The now-married couple dated on and off for quite some time.
Mekhi and Reshelet started their serious relationship only after Mekhi broke up with his ex-fiance Oni Souratha. In March 2013, the actor married Reshelet Barnes at the Montage Hotel in Beverley Hills.
The couple are happily married for almost a decade now. However, the couple has not welcomed any children together. It took some time for Phifer to find Barnes, but now they are seen living a happy and love-filled life together. We wish the couple lifetime of togetherness.