Paula White Calls Her Second Divorce ‘A Weak Moment Decision’

Paula White’s marriage seems to have broken under the strain of several pressure points in her life, including addictions, IRS investigations and a growing disconnect from her husband. After her second divorce and further struggles, she found happiness once more and is married again.

Marrying Randy White

Paula White with ex husband  Randy White

Paula White with ex husband Randy White

Evangelist Paula is frank enough to confess that she was a “messed up Mississippi girl” when she was growing up. She married her first husband, Dean Knight, when she was just a teenager and they had a son together, Bradley, also while she was still in her teens. In 1984, she became drawn to the gospel and church and turned Christian. She divorced Dean not long thereafter.

In 1989, she met Randy White who was an evangelist of the Church of God. Randy, too, was recently divorced.  Paula and Randy first met in a church where he was volunteering as a janitor. A friendship developed between the two and after dating for some months, Paula accepted Randy’s proposal of marriage less than a year after they met. It is not entirely clear, however, when they were married.

While Randy and Paula didn’t have any kids together, she was a stepmother to Randy’s three kids from his previous marriage, Kristen Renee, Angie and Brandon. Her own son, Bradley, became part of the family as well, of course.

On top of the world

Initially, life was great for the Whites, their personal lives and vocational lives were going great. Indeed, they had found fame and fortune.

As late as 2002, everything went well for the Whites and Paula wrote in her journal: “I’m living heaven on earth. Life cannot get any better.”

Late she recalled: “”I’m above the struggle and beneath the radar. I love my husband and my husband loves me. And we do. The kids are doing good. And millions of dollars in the bank. Not sick.”

But those that rise high can fall very far indeed.

Crises struck

The first blow was struck in 2004 when the IRS launched an investigation into their ministry, probing their personal and organizational finances. The staff members of their church were divided in their support for the couple. Some withdrew their support and went to the media to talk. Others stood behind the couple, believing in them.

This turned out to be the tip of an iceberg of troubles as the media went to town about their jet-setting lifestyle. Paula went through a midlife crisis. A friend was falsely accused and sent to prison. Then she suffered a stroke and consequently became addicted to the prescription drugs that she had received to treat her symptoms. Even Randy went suffered through addiction to prescription drugs, though in his case it was Xanax and Valium.

Randy White with daughters Kristen and Angie and son Brandon and ex wife Debra Cross

Randy White with daughters Kristen and Angie and son Brandon and ex wife Debra Cross

Paula suffered further distress when she discovered that her son had become addicted to drugs and had been sexually abused by a male at one of their staff member’s homes. Around this time, the whole family was also busy supporting Randy’s eldest daughter, Kristen whilst she was undergoing treatment for brain cancer. Kristen lost the battle for her life and died in 2008, a year after Paula and Randy’s divorce. In 2007, the US Senate, this time, ordered an investigation, the Grassley investigation into their ministry and their finances, which ended in 2011 with no penalties levied on them. With so many crises happening around them, the couple struggled with their marriage.

Divorcing Randy

According to Randy, the main reason behind the cracks in their marriage was his belief that success and fame can’t coexist with love in the same house. The two were leading separate lives he felt disconnected from her. Paula couldn’t bridge the gap either, she felt him withdrawing and was left alone.

Randy discounted rumours of infidelity on the part of Paula as the reason for their split, when a tabloid published a sensational picture of Paula White and another pastor, Benny Hinn, walking out of a hotel holding hands, just after her split from Randy. According to Paula, the picture was a lie and the actual reason behind their breakup was mainly that Randy shut himself off from her and she could no longer get close to him, to her despair.

Paula calls it a ‘weak moment’ the time when, under fire and pressure from various quarters, she and her husband decided to call it quits in 2007. Calling their split amicable, the couple now continues to remain friends and have moved ahead in life, in different directions.

Getting married again

Indeed, so amicable was their split, that Randy publicly congratulated Paula when she married rock guitarist Jonathan Cain in April 2015.

Randy wrote on his Facebook: “I am so happy for Paula & Jonathan. I pray they have a great marriage and do great works for the kingdom! I said I would never marry again until I made sure Paula married someone else. Bless them both and support them! #‎RandyWhite‬.”

Cain was 65 at the time and famous for writing the song “Don’t Stop Believin’” as a member of the band Journey. He is the father of three adult children.

The couple appears to be genuinely happy and here’s hoping that it will be the last marriage for both of them.

As far as we know, Randy has not remarried yet.

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Paula and Randy at a stage show

Paula and Randy at a stage show

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