Who Is Courtenay Chatman? Interesting Facts About Michael Jai White’s Ex-Wife

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Who Is Courtenay Chatman? Interesting Facts About Michael Jai White’s Ex-Wife
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Courtenay Chatman is the ex-wife of Michael Jai White. Chatman’s former husband, White is an actor, director, and martial artist. He was the first African American to play a major comic book superhero on a big screen, having starred as Al Simmons, the protagonist in the 1997 film Spawn.

Chatman’s ex is also famous for his roles in films like The Dark Knight, Never Back Down, Blood And Bone, Undisputed 2, among others. White also starred in Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married? alongside, Denise Boutte.

For a while, Courtenay and White’s relationship looked like the couple’s goals; even their engagement was no less than a Hollywood trope. Everything seemed fine for the duo with their children and all. They, however, couldn’t protect their union and now have become a talk of the past. That is especially true in the case of Courtenay Chatman who has all but disappeared from the media.

But is she really? Turns out Chatman is living a family life one could ever wish for and enjoying the success one could dream of. So, know where is she in the present; starting from her career prior to marrying White, her relationship with him, and life post the divorce in the article below.

Courtenay Chatman Is An OB-GYN 

Chatman was born on the 20th of April, 1975. She is an OBGYN trained in Los Angeles and Philadelphia. The gynecologist is believed to have grown up in California. She is a former student of San Juan High School. Earlier Reports state, by the year, 2009, she had already delivered more than 1000 babies. Other than that, there’s hardly a piece of information regarding the obstetrician Courtenay Chatman; be it her early life or her lineage details.

Courtenay Chatman is a cosmetic gyenocologist at
Courtenay Chatman is a cosmetic gynecologist at the Aesthetic Center of Santa Clarita. Source: LinkedIn/Facebook

The physician studied neuro/physio/behavior at the University Of California (1994 to 1996), Davis graduating in Biological and Biomedical Sciences. She later did her MD from the Drexel University College Of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (1997 to 2001).

Chatman then did her OB/GYN intern at UCLA Health System in Greater Los Angeles Area; starting from 2001 to 2002. Her educational background also includes studying medicine at MCP Hahnemann University School Of Medicine, graduating in 2001.

Her residency commenced in July 2002 at Harbor UCLA Medical Center, Torrance, California. Three years later, she started to work as an OB/GYN at Southern California Physician Medical Group. The former wife of Jai White would remain at the hospital until December 2011.

Next, Chatman became a cosmetic gynecologist at the Aesthetic Center of Santa Clarita, California. She’s been working in the hospital ever since.  The Drexel University graduate also worked as a physician surgeon at Kaiser Permanente.

Chatman, a specialist in Aesthetic Vaginal Surgeries, is a Patriots fan.

Courtenay Is Among The Few Women Who Proposed To Her Man

It’s not every day that a woman gets on her knees and goes bold for what she wants. Luckily for White, there was Chatman. She became a woman who had to stake her claim, and that’s exactly what she did when she proposed to hunky actor Michael Jai White nearly in around 2005.

Courtenay Chatman and Michael J White during their wedding
Courtenay Chatman and Michael J White during their wedding. Source: Essence

Chatman did have the idea why traditionalists then viewed her actions as unorthodox, though, she never had any hang-ups about popping the question.

“I decided I loved him and he loved me, so why wait? “Of course there was a possibility that he could say ‘no,’ but I was willing to take that chance,”

said the OB-GYN.

Courtenay Chatman Didn’t Know She Was Dating An Actor

Chatman had been dating White since 2004. Michael and Courtenay first encountered each other at a 24-hour gym. Initially, the Mortal Kombat star tried to suppress his feelings for her.

With Essence, he described the moment when he fell in love with her. White recalled the time when he was in New York and he trashed the room he was in because he was so angry for thinking of Chatman all the time. He never wanted to feel that way about a woman, but eventually knew he couldn’t deny it any longer.

Interestingly enough, in the beginning, the physician didn’t know she was dating an actor. Her ex-husband, himself revealed when Courtenay and he started dating she had no idea that he was an actor until a friend of hers told her who he was. Few sources then stated it was Chatman who had financed White’s career.

Courtenay Chatman’s Proposal Was Innovative And Special

The Gyenocologist was aware of how unbelievably romantic her then-boyfriend, White was. So she wanted to make sure her proposal would be equally as innovative and special. She, therefore, convinced her actor bae to go to their favorite Los Angeles eatery, The Cheesecake Factory.

Chatman then borrowed a plate from the manager, took it to the mall, found a similar plate, and added a red inscription: “Will You Marry Me” at the top and “Michael Jai White” at the bottom. After everything was set, Chatman invited her man to dinner.

Recalling the moment, Courtenay said Michael, normally used to eat quickly, but that night he was taking his time and for her, it was nerve-wracking to watch flickers of red begin to appear on his plate. She then started to tell him how much she cared about him and how much he meant to her.

Eventually, the former medical student became nervous and jumped up, sat next to him, and brushed his food off the plate. Chatman said she then got on bended knee and opened the ring box.

The doctor the timing was right and that White was so genuine and romantic. She added,

“I knew I wanted to spend the rest of my life with him.”

White with surprise smiled and responded positively.

“I was pleasantly shocked and didn’t feel emasculated at all. I immediately said ‘yes’ because I knew that I was going to spend the rest of my life with her whether we got married or not,”

said the Blood and Bone star.

The other diners cheered and applauded for the lovebirds. Chatman described the moment as magical where she and her boyfriend turned fiance — were crying and laughing and crying together while he held her in his arms.

White commented his girlfriend did “really well” in pulling the proposal off.

Courtenay Chatman And Michael Jai White Married Immediately

To Courtenay’s surprise, her fiance insisted that they marry immediately. So they eloped two days later at the Four Seasons Hotel in Santa Barbara, California in August 2005.

Present were each of their best friends serving as best man and maid of honor. The bride did her own hair and wore a white halter BCBG dress and Payless shoes. She revealed how they spent all day booking the hotel and had no time to really shop. Chatman, though, admitted that her dress was perfect.

“At the end of the day, [the wedding] was about us and not a price tag on any clothing,”

declared the former Ms. White.

Courtenay and White married two days after their engagement
Courtenay and White married two days after their engagement. Source: Essence

Not long after, they planned to renew their vows so that their family and the remaining friends could bear witness to their union. They were content with their family of six including their daughter, Morgan, her brothers, and sisters. Before Courtenay, White had two daughters and a son from a previous relationship.

Chatman And White’s Children 

Four years into the marriage, Courtenay and her Hollywood husband welcomed their daughter, Morgan Michelle on Christmas Eve, 2008 weighing in at 5 pounds and 5 ounces at 8:34 p.m in Los Angeles.

Courtenay Chatman and Michael J White welcoming the birth of their daughter, Michelle
Courtenay Chatman and Michael J White welcoming the birth of their daughter, Michelle. Source: Julie West Photography

“I’m in love like you would never believe,” said Chatman’s husband about his first baby girl. The martial artist cum actor was then the father of two sons. White also said there wasn’t any noise he would not welcome of his baby girl.

Morgan took Hip Hop dance class at Elite Dance Studio in Valencia, California.

So Why Did Courtenay Chatman And Michael Jai White Divorce?

All seemed to be going well for the White couple.

Then in 2011, reports started to surface saying Jai has allegedly dumped his wife of over five years for TV host/model Claudia Jordan. Rumor had it, Courtenay’s now-former husband was having an affair with former “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star Claudia Jordan for about three years. Ironically, the Spawn star, himself in January 2016 talked about the cheating scandal of many A-listers including Hugh Grant, Donald Trump, Bill Cosby, MLK, Jessie Jackson, and so on.

The hearsay about White’s infidelity, however, never met viable credence. Courtenay and White nonetheless parted ways in 2011. Some, however, state they were still married to each other for most of 2012 and possibly even beyond.

Courtenay Chatman announcing the news of her former husband, Michael Jai White's appearance on Tyler Perry's For Better Or Worse
Courtenay Chatman announcing the news of her former husband, Michael Jai White’s appearance on Tyler Perry’s For Better Or Worse. Source: Facebook

This is based on the fact that the California resident, herself, was still addressing White as her husband when she shared the news about his appearance on Tyler Perry’s show, For Better Or Worse, in July 2012 through her Facebook.

After Courtenay, White married actress and athlete, Gillian Iliana Waters in 2015. The couple tied the knot in 2015 in an intimate wedding ceremony in Thailand.

In August 2021, Chatman’s former spouse lost his oldest son to covid-19.

Courtenay Chatman Is Currently Married To A Construction Businessman

After splitting up with White, Chatman went on to marry Garret Poucher, who is an owner of a construction company. His business Garrett Construction provides general contracting, HVAC, Plumbing, and others.

Caourtenay Chatman is married to a businessman, Garret Poucher
Caourtenay Chatman is married to a businessman, Garret Poucher. Source: Instagram

Chatman’s husband is also the CEO of Garret Off-Road Racing LLC. He previously worked as the president of Donray Company and as an installer at AMS America Inc. dba: Tri-Pacific Heating and Air Conditioning, LP. The Californian surgeon and her businessman husband share two daughters, Mia Mor (b.April 2014) and Lola Kay (June 2016). Garret also has a son and a daughter from his previous relationships.

As far as their socials go, Chatman and Poucher likely started dating in late 2012 or early 2013. By the latter date, the dirt bike lover husband of Courtenay had already made his debut on the surgeon’s Facebook. They once wished each other a “happy anniversary” in September. The couple, however, hasn’t revealed when exactly they began their romance or even has talked about their wedding details. The Poucher family resides in Valencia, a neighborhood in Santa Clarita, California.

Chatman’s Net Worth

Chatman’s financial achievement is nothing less than a matter of arduous legwork yet at the same time a mug’s game. While she has a cult following with her reputation around her followers as one of the best surgeons in the town, the state of secrecy with respect to her financial achievement is yet to be assessed.

In light of the scarce information on that spectrum, the career earnings of Jai White’s ex-partner is somewhat of a myth. At the very least, there’s an assurance, she might be doing financially good on her own. Not to mention, she is an OB-GYN as well as a cosmetic surgeon with years of experience under her belt and equally impressive reviews.


Narayan Shankar, who goes by the name David, is a seasoned writer and editor, who has a passion for covering the entertainment industry. He has years of experience writing content, especially in the entertainment niche. He is currently an editor and writer for celebsuburb.com along with other websites under our organization named Pandora Group of Companies.