'A Haunted House' actress, Essence Atkins was married to Jaime Mendez, a former Puerto Rican football player who was at the free safety position. The pair got married in 2009 and were married for over seven years and has a child together.
As for now, the former pair have called off their marriage saying “Even in deconstructing a family, you’re still figuring out a way to be a family”.
Let's see how was the pair relationship before ending their marriage.
Atkins and Mendez revealed in an interview that the former pair met each other via a dating site Match.com. She met Mendez at the age of 36, as before that she was just into relationships where some were great and some were not but weren't right to become her partner said, Atkins.
After meeting several boys she had the inventory that she won't settle for anyone at that point cause she doesn't want to waste any time if wanted child.
In 2011, after two years of their marriage, the couple welcomed a son named Varro Blair Mendez.
Atkins said her son was the best thing that happened to her and even after the separation of the pair, Varro lives with his mother.
Even at the age of 36, Atkins wasn't married to anyone but she didn't want to rush on it to find the perfect one. She wanted a life partner and to have that Atkins had to be realistic about her choices. The 'Dance Flick' actress wanted someone who doesn't smoke, doesn't want someone who is out all the drinking and was very serious about it.
Mendez somehow turns out to be that person what she wanted and the things he didn't have, the pair were working on it.
In an interview, Atkins said that in marriage you have to understand your husband to work the relationship. She also added divorce is not on the table nor is leaving your partner. The 'How High' actress mentioned when you live with someone there is always an option and the two people should work at it and face it.
As mentioned above about Atkins thought on divorce, seems like she could maintain it on her marriage. After being married for over seven years the ex-pair decided to get divorced in 2016.
The one who said about you should work things between each other filed divorce citing they decided to end things on mutual understanding and aren't right for each other.
While she was in the process of getting divorced, she got the exact role of her situation after three weeks of filing it. The role was about a newly divorced woman who is co-parenting her child with ex-husband. The character of the ex-husband was played by Marlon, who also supported her during her divorce phase.
After years of her divorce, Atkins thinks that she is ready to search for love again and even enter the dating world after nearly a decade. The actress has also realized that even in divorce there is love, humor, and loving relationship for the sake of the child.
However, she is still confused about whether she must date again and said “I feel like ‘Oh yeah, I’m ready!’ And then I’m like, ‘Oh no, I’m not!'”. Atkins still has a type where she likes the combination of fit man like The Rock and a funny man like Jim Carrey.
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