Steve Harvey has been married three times. Little is known of his first marriage and his second ended in a very messy divorce. He seems happiest now in his third marriage with the support of his seven children. And hopefully it will be his last marriage.
Divorce finalized in 2005
Harvey’s first marriage
We know very little about Steve Harvey’s first marriage or his first wife. With Marcia Harvey, that’s the name of his first wife, he has three children: twin daughters and a son. They were married between 1980 and 1994, making this Harvey’s longest marriage to date.
We don’t know if he still speaks to his first ex-wife, but he seems to have a good relationship to his three children from his first marriage, which likely means that the divorce was not overly messy and didn’t affect the relationship he has to his three oldest children negatively.
Being with Mary
We don’t know how Mary and Steve met, but they were married in 1996. Mary Lee Harvey (also known as Mary Vaughn Woolridge and Mary Lee Shackelford) claims to have built Steve up, being there for him when he was still a nobody. That’s interesting because it indicates that she was with him even before he landed his first big gigs in the early 90s, at a time when he was still married to Marcia.
Obviously, we have no idea how long Marcia and Steve may have been separated before they were divorced. He could have had an affair with Mary, but that would have negatively impacted the relationship he has with his oldest three children.
Mary’s claim, therefore, cannot be substantiated and as it turned out, she was rather unstable, at least after the divorce.
A messy divorce
Once more, how the relationship between Steve and Mary broke apart is not entirely clear. Steve has not exactly spoken candidly about the whole messy affair, probably preferring to leave it in the past. As it was, after the two divorced Mary made a bunch of accusations against Steve, none of which seem to ever have been corroborated. Their divorce took place in 2005. Officially ‘irreconcilable differences’ were given as the reason, though it is unclear who filed for divorce.
In the divorce settlement, Mary was given three of their homes as well as $40,000 per month until 2009 and a one-off payment of $1.5 million. Steve later received primary custody of their son Wynton, after Mary apparently put the boy on a plane and sent him to his father without his knowledge.
Mary later claimed that Steve had taken their son from her, but that does not appear to be true.
Interestingly a gag order was put on the divorce details and settlement, apparently to protect Steve’s interests. When Mary violated the order many years later, she was put in jail for contempt of court.
She had posted a number of YouTube videos in 2011 alleging infidelity, spousal abuse (physical and emotional) and that Steve had left her destitute.
Needless to say, that Steve took legal action and a judge harshly criticised Mary for her behaviour and for the false allegations she has made. It was also clarified that Marjorie, Steve’s 3rd wife, was not in the picture or in any way a party during his second divorce. Though it must be said that Steve and Marjorie had known each other for many years. The two, however, only married in 2007.
After Mary was properly reprimanded and ordered to cease and desist, she seems to have vanished for a while. Then she reappeared suing Harvey for $60 Million, claiming child endangerment, torture, conspiracy against rights, kidnapping, murder, breach of contract and intentional infliction of emotional distress. A few months ago, the case was thrown out by the judge. Not because of Steve’s denial that he’s done anything untoward, however, but because the case should be handled in Texas, where their divorce was finalized as well.
Wynton still lives with his father and his step-siblings from Steve’s third marriage.
Happy with Marjorie
Perhaps it helped that Steve and Marjorie had already known each other long before they were married. She would have to have been witness to his failing marriage to Mary and she would have known his children already as well. Knowing him as a two-time divorcee didn’t stop her from marrying him. She wanted to be with him and Steve seems to be happier with her than he has been with previous two wives.
Last year, for his birthday, Marjorie and their seven children (his four and her three) surprised Steve on his show, all paying tribute to him by sharing a special memory they had with him. One gets the impression that they genuinely care about Steve and he was certainly very touched by the surprise, though he did try to remain stoic. It would also appear that Marjorie loves him very much. There was no hint of a broken family, neglected children or Steve being a bad father.
Due to his various divorces and the fact that he has become a big and famous name, he may not always have been there as a father, perhaps he was absent during a period of his children’s lives. But somehow, he made up for it, because his children’s tribute seemed genuine. If Steve has any brains on him, he knows that his third wife is definitely the one to keep.
We’ve heard of some strange and obviously unfounded rumours that Marjorie is about to file for divorce. But there is no real evidence for it and no reason either.
Additional sources: tmz.com