Dave Chappelle has etched his name in the hearts of many with his fresh humor. Many people knew him from the infamous Chappelle’s Show on Comedy Central.
Chappelle is an open book on many fronts, but little is known about his wife.
Fame and fortune aside, Elaine Mendoza Erfe Chappelle has been working with Dave for over 20 years – for better or worse!
In an interview with Howard Stern, Dave revealed, “She was with me when I was poor.”
The funny man also noted that his wife was with him during the stormy side of celebrity, such as when he left Chappelle’s Show in 2006.
Despite all the hardships and problems they have endured, the couple still managed to present themselves unobtrusively.
Here’s everything you want to know about Dave Chappelle and his wife, Elaine.
Filipino Elaine Chappelle was born in 1974 and grew up in Brooklyn. Elaine is exactly one year younger than Dave, her husband.
Elaine wanted to become a chef but chose to stay home and raise the couple’s three children, Sulayman, Ibrahim and Sanaa.
How did Dave Chappelle meet his wife Elaine?
Dave Chappelle met Elaine in Brooklyn while still struggling to establish himself as a stand-up comedian.
The now 48-year-old had moved there after graduating from high school to pursue a career
Chappelle admitted to meeting his wife when he was struggling, but never went into more detail.
Their relationship progressed as the actor got more and more into comedy. His first appearance came in the early 1990s when he performed in the Russel Simmons-owned Def Comedy Jam.
His performance earned him praise and publicity to secure jobs, such as his first film role in 1993.
Dave went on to appear in other appearances, including Half Baked and The Nutty Professor.
As his career progressed, the stand-up comedian decided to take things to the next level with Elaine.
They married in a low-key ceremony in 2001 and have been in a happy marriage ever since.
The Chappelle Children
Since they tied the knot, they have had three children, sons Sulayman, Ibrahim and Sanna, born in 2009.
Chappelle’s kids keep themselves unobtrusively low on social media. However, Dave gave a glimpse of what it felt like to have a family and kids in Dave Chappelle: Equanimity & The Bird Generation, a Netflix stand-up special.
“I see my age in my children. I came home from the road not long ago – I was gone for weeks and weeks, and when I came back no one was home. No one in my family thought I might like them when I got back,” he recalled.
“That was a wake-up call. When my kids were little, and the tour bus stopped at the house, [they’d] to spill. “Daddy’s home, hooray!” With the passing of the years, they would become less interested. “Hello everyone, look, it’s Mr. Promises back from the road.’”
The Chappelle . family residence
After the drama with Chappelle’s Show on Comedy Central, Dave and Elaine moved permanently to Yellow Springs, Ohio, where they currently live.
This is where Chappelle grew up as a child and Chappelle appreciates the peace and quiet offered by his neighbors.
However, the comedian accepted that he may be open to returning to Africa, where he is respected.
Chappelle remembered Stevie Wonder’s thinking. “He said, ‘I’m moving to Ghana so I can be more appreciated and respected,'” Dave recalled Stevie’s words. Who among us is more valued and respected as a black American than Stevie Wonder? The idea that he would feel this way at this stage of his life and career… I thought: I’ll follow him there, or I’ll go myself. I will do it for him.”
Dave Chappelle and Azalea Banks Affair
As you suspected, this had to happen. At one point, Azalea Banks came out with controversial comments that she was having an affair with Dave Chappelle.
Azalea claimed she had some hot tea on industry veterans in an Instagram post, including Dave Chappelle.
The 212 singer threatened to ruin Chappelle’s marriage to Elaine and expose their affair to the gory details.
Dave Chappelle did not immediately respond to the claims. When he did, the Sticks & Stones artist did not deny or confirm the affair with Azalea.