No one can survive the longest journey without having a partner. Similar is the case of the American musician Gladys Knight who often came to the controversy of being her on and off relationship status her husband.
Despite her consecutive failed relationship in the past, the lady’s managed to get back up, in the long run, holding the hands of true love in her life. Scroll down to know more about Gladys Knight married relationship, including her past relationship with her husband.
Before taking a look at her personal life, let’s take a glance at Gladys Knight quick facts!
Gladys Knight: Quick Facts
Who is Gladys Knight’s husband? Is she married or still dating her boyfriend
The American Music Personality Gladys Knight is a married woman for eighteen years. Gladys, 74, walked down the aisle with William McDowell in 2001.
Even though Gladys and William didn’t get the chance to be the proud parents of their baby because of their age, together they have seventeen grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren from both of their past relationship.
In an interview with SF Gate in 2001, Knight mentioned her love life after being divorced three times. There she noted,
“Love is what makes the world go around. I know it’s a big cliche to use, but it is the absolute truth. There is nothing else like it. I know that is what everybody is striving to feel, in relationships, in brother- and sisterhood and in all of the things that we aspire to have in our lives.”
No matter what the past is, the lady stands still in her life, motivating other’s as well. It’s the exact point where her husband William bags all the credit because without her, nothing could be possible in the lady’s broken life.
Gladys Stands Up Her Husband
In 2017, Gladys helped to raise $400,000 for the Children’s Learning Centers of Fairfield County with the help of her husband. Well, the event was held at the Palace Theatre, which was co-hosted by Carol Anne Riddell and Alan Kalter.
Be that as it may, there are no conflicts and misunderstandings between the pair’s late romance, and it has shown a true example of “love can happen at any age.” They’ve set a goal for their coming generation proving how everything is possible.
As of now, Knight and McDowell reside in North Carolina, where they own a community center that was formerly a school attended by McDowell.
Past Affairs and Relationship
As we’ve talked before, it’s not the second or third marriage for Gladys Knight but the fourth one with McDowell. Yes, the lady is married four times!
Initially, Knight married Atlanta musician James “Jimmy” Newman in 1960, after getting pregnant at the age of 16.
Eventually, she had a miscarriage, but the couple went on to have two children. Nonetheless, James got addicted to drugs and abandoned the family when Knight was 20.
Their son, James “Jimmy” Gaston Newman III was born on August 13, 1962, who managed Knight’s career through his Newman Management Inc. until his death from heart failure on July 10, 1999. His wife, Michelene survived Newman; daughters Nastasia and Gabrielle; and sons Rishawn, Stefan, and Sterling.
And for her part, Gladys retired from the road to raise their child while the Pips toured on their own. In 1963, with her only daughter, Kenya, Gladys returned to recording with the Pips to support her family.
After getting separated for seven years, Knight divorced Newman in 1973. Sadly he died a couple of years later.
In 1974, Knight tied the knot with Barry Hankerson in Detroit. Around 1977, they moved to Atlanta. Together, the lovebirds shared one son, Shanga Hankerson.
Yet, their marriage ended in 1979 with a prolonged custody battle over their son. Also, it is known that Gladys spent over a million dollars looking for her son after he was kidnapped.
Finally, in 1995, Gladys Knight married motivational speaker Les Brown, but they separated after getting divorced in 1997.
What is Gladys Knight’s net worth?
A remarkable career, which has featured several commercially successful songs and tours, has helped her sizeable net worth. As of 2019, Gladys Knight estimated net worth is $28 million.
Likewise, Knight also has a career in the film where she made a sweet income with her on-screen appearances. Needless to say, Gladys Knight is an icon, and she definitely put in the work to acquire her impressive net worth.
Gladys Knight Wiki-Bio
Gladys Knight was born on May 28, 1944, in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. She is the daughter of Merald Woodlow Knight Sr. and Sarah Elizabeth.
One of Gladys’ brother died, now she only has a sister, Brenda, and a brother, Merald Jr. Knight came to prominence by winning Ted Mack‘s The Original Amateur Hour TV show contest at the age of seven in 1952.
Likewise, Glady has a fair height of 5 feet and 3-and-half inches, with a bodyweight of 60kg. As an African-American, her hair is black, and her eyes too.