D.L. Hughley Wife LaDonna Hughley: Their Married Life and Children

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Not everyone is born with a silver spoon, many have to work really hard to reach where they are today. The same can be said about comedian D.L. Hughley. When he married his wife LaDonna Hughley, he was barely able to make ends meet.

Everyone has to start somewhere and so did D.L. He is now worth millions of dollars and all thanks to his partner. She was the one who motivated him to make things right as otherwise, his whole family will suffer.

Today, let’s find out all the intricate details regarding the comedian’s personal life including who is D.L. Hughley wife? Does he have children? Let’s get right into it!

Who is D.L. Hughley wife? Who is he married to?

Since 1986, Darryl Lynn Hughley is leading an extraordinary marital life with his spouse, LaDonna Hughley. The pair exchanged vows in a relatively low profile wedding on February 22nd, 1986.

Hughley’s wife is the only person who has stood by him through thick and thin. It was she who motivated him to do something great with his life.

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D.L. Hughley wife LaDonna during their wedding. Source: Facebook

Back when they meet for the first time, D.L. wasn’t a big comedian as we know him today. He was doing odd jobs in order to survive, however, when his wife got pregnant, things got worse. The doctor bills piled up like crazy, his rent check bounced and there was a power outage due to nonpayment.

Their life sounds terrible just by reading, one can only wonder how much they actually suffered. After LaDonna became pregnant with the second child, life turned even worse for the family. This is when D.L.’s wife gave him an ultimatum to amend his life or his kids will suffer just like the pair did.

She even told him to quit calling himself a comedian unless he took the stage. In 2001, he told Hartford Courant, “It was an epiphany.” DL subsequently took a chance at stand-up comedy and he has not looked back ever since.

The real truth behind how D.L. Hughley met his future wife

It was around the 1980s, when the Hughley’s star first came across LaDonna. Back then, he’d just started working at the Los Angeles Times as a telemarketer.

Some times after he started working at LA Times, he came across this beautiful African-American girl named LaDonna Yvonne. The two soon hit it off and by 1983, they were dating.

LaDonna was D.L.’s lucky charm. The same year he married her, he was promoted to a middle management position. Moreover, it was LaDonna who told him to try stand-up and look at how it worked out. In addition, Hughley also left his 9 to 5 job at LA Times in 1991, after a few successful gigs.

D.L. Hughley is a father of three wonderful children

From their blissful marriage, D.L. and LaDonna share three children one son and two daughters, Ryan Nicole Hughley, Kyle Aaris Hughley, and Tyler Whitney aka Lucci Hughley.

Their eldest child Ryan came into this world in 1987. She is married to Dr. Alejandro Shepard since September 2019. Her husband is an Atlanta native. Ryan’s whole family was present at her wedding.

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D.L. with his family. (From Left-Right) Tyler, LaDonna, Alejandro Shepard, Ryna, D.L., and Kyle. Source: Facebook

Movin on, D.L.’s middle child, Kyle was born in 1988, a year after his big sister Ryan came into this world. Unfortunately, he was born with Autism. To be more specific, the 32-year-old young man suffers from Asperger Syndrome. In this disease, a person has difficulty communicating.

The comedian has, on more than one occasion, talked about how his son’s autism. In every interview, he mentions how proud he is as a father. In an interview on TV One TV, he said, “My Son With Autism Is A Fine Example of a Man.” In a sitdown at the Oprah Winfrey Network, D.L. chokes up when he talks about his son’s autism.

D.L and LaDonna’s youngest daughter Tyler is gay

Aside from their two kids, the couple’s youngest child Tyler was born in 1991. Talking about the 29-year-old, she is a lesbian. At the moment, she is in a relationship with a woman named Alex  Phillips.

The lovebird started dating back in September of 2020. This year marked their third anniversary as a couple. On the occasion of three years of togetherness, Tyler shared a beautiful photo with her partner on Instagram.

Tyler has even introduced her girlfriend Alex to the family as well. Both LaDonna and D.L. posted a lot of pictures alongside Alex. Goes on to show how supportive the Hughley’s are of Tyler’s sexuality.

On the matter of sexuality, D.L. never knew his daughter was gay until she said so. He revealed in an interview with DJ Vlad that his daughter was fearsome of her father’s reaction upon finding out about her sexuality.

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D.L.’s daughter is gay and has one girlfriend. Source: Instagram

When asked if the revelation was a total shock, he said, “It wasn’t a total shock but it just wasn’t something I thought about.”

D.L. had a son from an extra-marital affair: Son died due to brain damage

In the entertainment business, a lot of times marriages end due to infidelity. Similarly, D.L. once had an extra-marital affair with someone, which had almost broken his marriage, almost!

During his appearance at Angela Yee’s Lip Service podcast, the comedian revealed the shocking news.

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D.L. and his wife in a party. Source: Facebook

He divulged about cheating on his wife of three decades right when he was just starting out his comedy career back in the 90s. In addition, he even conceived a son with his mistress. But sadly, his 9-month-old infant son died after his mistress’s boyfriend shook him to death. D.L stated, “I had knocked this chick up and had the baby, and the baby got killed by her boyfriend.”

While further explaining the whole incident, he added, “I get a call from my boy and he says, ‘Your son is in the hospital.’ So, I go to the hospital and this boy was laying on the bed. Apparently, her boyfriend had shaken him and damaged his brain.”

The Brothers star mentioned how his life turned upside down after he realized his infant son was dead and on top of that he’d cheated on his wife. Even if he wanted to tell his wife, he lacked courage, fearing she’d leave him for good. However, his wife’s reaction was something he didn’t even comprehend in his wildest dream. He said in the podcast,

“Finally, one day I tell my wife and you know what she said to me? ‘I wish you would have told me this and we could’ve went through this together.”

Check out the excerpt below!

LaDonna financially supported D.L.’s mistress: A true example of a wonderful human being

The story of D.L. and his mistress was literally straight out of the fiction world. Not only did his wife forgave him for his heinous deeds, she even supported the poor woman with whom he’d slept with.

What happened was, years after the tragic incident unfolded, his late son’s baby momma started asking for money. So D.L. told her that his wife will have to take care of it because he cannot.

And to everyone’s surprise, LaDonna decided to help this woman. D.L. stated, “So, she and my wife started talking and my wife started giving her money.”

Moreover, being an awesome human being, LaDonna even consoled her husband’s mistress and said, “Sorry for your loss,” implying to the death of her son.


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