Russell Peters and Monica Diaz married in Las Vegas, more or less eloping because she was pregnant, and later realized that it had been a mistake. The couple divorced amicably, and Russell has long since moved on whilst still co-parenting his daughter with Monica.
Divorce finalized in 2012
Pregnant, eloped, divorced
It’s not known how long Russell Peters and Monica Diaz had been a couple before getting married, but Russell later admitted that marrying her was at least in part due to the fact that he had knocked her up.
They essentially eloped after he proposed to her at an airport. The two headed for Las Vegas and were married there in August 2010. In December that same year, their daughter Crystianna was born.
In photos, the couple certainly looked happy enough, but Russell later admitted that the two hadn’t really thought their marriage through. All of a sudden, they were a family and neither of them had been prepared that well. They got to know each other a lot better and eventually realized that they probably didn’t love each other enough to be in it for the long haul.
Having a child together is not a compelling reason to get married, even if it seems a good idea at the time. If you’ve not really lived with your partner to know them as well as you can hope to get to know them, you might be in for a surprise when you get married too soon.
And thus, it was with Russell and Monica.
When he talked about the split it certainly sounded as if they arrived at the decision to divorce together. One of the reasons to get a divorce sooner rather than later was their daughter. Often couples decide to stick it out because they want their children to have both parents present in their lives. But often the couple ends up sacrificing their own happiness. And that certainly doesn’t make children happier or provides a more stable home for them.
So, Russell and Monica decided to get the divorce over and done with before their daughter would get too used to having both of them around as a couple. In June 2012, when the split became public knowledge, the girl was not even two years old and thus had no understanding of the situation.
Given how busy Russell is, especially when he is on world tour, he is mostly an absent father anyway, though he does say he misses his daughter when he’s away. Already at age four, she was used to the situation. Her parents were not a couple and her father was not there very much.
But when you look at recent pictures of the two together, you can see that Russell adores his little girl. He even made special mention on his social media accounts when she turned seven in December 2017.
It seems he is as much of a dedicated father as he can be, whilst also busily touring around and making appearances seemingly everywhere.
We hardly know how his relationship with his ex-wife is nowadays, but he assured us that there were no hard feelings when the couple divorced. And we can be pretty certain that the divorce deal included child support for their daughter.
Lobsters mate forever
A few years ago, Russell said that he was not likely to get married again; it’s just not for him. We thought that perhaps he would change his mind. Somebody might come along who he could imagine spending his life with. After all, never say never.
And so, it was that he announced his engagement to then-girlfriend Ruzanna in September 2016. Russell is not one to broadcast his private life very much, so we don’t even know how long the two have been dating before he popped the question (which he apparently did naked and on one knee, because the other one hurt).
He gave her a 4.25-carat diamond ring that was held by four lobster claws, explaining that the two were huge Friends fans and there was that thing about lobsters mating forever.
As far as anyone knows, Russell and Ruzanna have yet to get married but apparently, they’re also still together. Back then he said that there was no rush to take the plunge, he said he “still got a bunch of side chicks I got to get through”. Always the comedian!
Considering that he didn’t think he’d get married again, he would likely give it a lot of thought before going through with it eventually. Taking your time before saying “I do” is much preferable than heading for a second divorce.