Alice Kim is a sushi waitress who gained both media and public attention following her marriage to Nicolas Cage, one of the greatest actors and filmmakers of all time. Although the former flames had a twenty-year age gap, their marriage sustained for more than a decade and it ended amicably in 2016. But, what was the reason behind their unanticipated divorce?
After their separation, Leaving Las Vegas star has been married twice first to Erika Koike and then to Riko Shibata. But, on the other hand, what about Alice’s current relationship status?
She is also the mother of a son with her ex-husband Cage. The exes seem they are the best parents ever to their teen son even after their divorce.
Besides, what is Nicolas Cage’s ex-wife Alice Kim up to these days? Also, know about her Korean family background and more interesting facts!
Born and Brought into a Korean Middle-Class Family: Know about Her Korean Name
Kim was born Alice Yung Kim in Los Angeles, California on 27th December 1983. Her family emigrated from South Korea to the United States long before her birth.
She grew up in a Korean-middle-class household. As for her ethnicity, Kim has a South Korean ethnicity and belongs to the American nationality. Besides, her Korean name is Yong-Gyong.
As for her parents, sadly there’s not much info about them. Likewise, her early life remains a secret as well. She reportedly attended Granada Hills Charter High School, in Los Angles.
Alice Kim is the ex-wife of Nicolas Cage: Met Husband while working as a waitress
Sources say, Alice wanted to pursue a career in law or hotel management, but she wasn’t able to. She eventually started working as a sushi waitress at a restaurant located in Los Angeles. It was there that the then 20-year-old waitress came across her future husband Nicolas, in Feb 2004.
Soon after their encounter, the duo began dating and it didn’t them long to get engaged. Nicolas proposed to his Korean girlfriend two months after they were in a relationship.
Their Ultra-Secret Wedding: Received an Enthusiastic Welcome From South Korea and Taiwan
Alice Kim and Nicolas Cage exchanged their wedding vows on 30 July 2004. Tabloids suggest that the pair eloped and tied the knot secretly at a private ceremony on a ranch in Northern California without any family or relatives present. Cage’s older brother Marc Coppola, an NYC deejay, told People Magazine,
“She’s educated and a great girl.”
Soon after their wedding, Alice jetted off to South Korea, where the newly-minted couple appeared in a traditional Korean dress and received a warm welcome from people. Nicolas told Hello Magazine at the time,
“Korea is very meaningful for me because I have family here. That is really the most important aspect of my trip because it’s about people I will know for the rest of my life.”
Cage also praised their great way to keep their traditions alive,
“But I am most impressed with the respect for the ancestors, the family, and traditions.”
He further maintained that the United States should learn something from Korea regarding how to respect one another.
“I think there is a lot we can learn in the United States from the great and magnificent way you respect one another and your family.”
After their Korea trip, the duo made their move to Taiwan where they also received the same positive reception as in South Korea.
Alice’s Mother Believed that Her Daughter Was too Young to Marry Cage
Kim was only 20-year-old while her husband was twice her age at the time of their nuptials. Despite the fact, the two never seemed to have any issue regarding their huge age difference.
Nevertheless, Alice’s mom believed that her daughter was too young to marry The National Treasure actor. Back in a 2013 interview with The Guardian, Cage opened up about how Alice’s mother reacted over their marriage,
“When my mother-in-law came to the house for the first time, before even hello or nice to meet you, all I got was, ‘she too young!’ And so I knew this was going to be an uphill battle.”
Alice Kim is a Mother of one Son with Nicolas Cage
Nicolas Cage’s ex-wife Kim gave birth to their son named Kal-El Coppola Cage, on October 3, 2005, in New York City. Nic’s publicist, Annett Wolf said, at the time, “They are healthy and happy and it’s quite lovely.”
Their’s son name Kal-El is inspired by the comic book hero Superman, whose real name is Kal-El.
Their pregnancy news first came out in Feb 2005. The family of three used to live in a gated community near Summerlin, Nevada.
Their son has also followed in his dad’s footsteps and became an actor. Back in 2018, he voiced the Young Bruce Wayne in the animated film Teen Titans Go! To the Movies.
Alice Kim Was Nicolas Cage’s Long-Term Wife Among Four Wives
The duo was married for eleven years before they separated in mid of 2016. A close source at the time of their separation told People Magazine told the duo had been separated since January of the year. Tabloids say they split on a mutual understanding.
In the meantime, some other sources reported Alice cheated on her husband Cage with Carl Foglietti. An insider said RadarOnline,
“Nick was blindsided when he was confronted with allegations that Alice had been cheating on him — all while he was at the Cannes film festival.”
Furthermore, Kim was reportedly seen boldly smooching Foglietti when her spouse Cage was at the Cannes Film Festival in France. Therefore, some online sites claimed that the duo broke their long-time marriage after her cheating behaviors.
Despite all that, they are still on good terms.
Alice Kim Maintains a Healthy Relationship With Her Ex-Husband
Even after their divorce, the former flames still remain amicable. Alice and Nicolas are also doing great for their now 15-year-old son. Back in June 2019, the exes were spotted with their child during their outing at the Magic Apple in Los Angeles.
Moreover, when the legend filmmaker wedded to Riko Shibata in Feb 2021 at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas, Nicolas’ ex-wife Kim also attended the small celebration. A representative for the actor told People,
“After the wedding, the happy couple was joined for a small celebration attended by Nicolas’ ex-wife, Alice (who he remains very good friends with) and their son Kal.”
Besides, Cage already went through two failed marriages before marrying Kim. He first married an actress Patricia Arquette in April 1995 and their divorce proceeding came to an end in 2001.
For the second time, Nicolas went on to marry a singer and songwriter Lisa Marie Presley. However, their marriage lasted for 107 days and they divorced on May 16, 2004.
Career: Alice Kim is a Former Actress
Back in 2007, Kim showed a little bit of interest in the acting field. She bagged the role of Lead Gong Girl in the B-movie double feature Grindhouse along with her former husband Cage. She also had small roles in two movies Next and Werewolf When of the S.S. in the same year.
In addition, Alice is a writer who won the annual Writing Award in 2016. She has, however, kept her life quite secret after her separation from Cage. Thus, the details regarding what the former celebrity spouse is doing at present remain secret.
What is Alice Kim Net Worth?
Her net worth is $1.5 million. She allegedly received a huge fortune from her divorce settlement from Nicolas. On the other hand, her ex-spouse has an estimated net worth of $25 million. He has racked the majority of his wealth from his extensive acting career.