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Does Chris Rock Think His Wife Was Nothing But a Babysitter?

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By Nomalanga Mhlauli-Moses

This morning, on Facebook, I  came across a post by author and reality star Demetria Lucas D’Oyley. She was referring to how people are discussing Chris Rocks’s divorce from his wife of 19 years, Malaak Compton-Rock.  She said:

“I have an issue with how some of these stories about divorce settlements are worded.

The Rocks are calling it quits. The story reports that Chris Rock is worth $70mil and his soon-to-be-ex wants a large chunk.

They’re married. And they’ve been been married for 19 years. That’s THEIR money. “

One of the comments I made on the topic, on my own Facebook page, was:

If she has, for the past 20 years, not really focused on her career and instead supported his and put their family first, then she is not in the same position career-wise as she would have been if she had not interrupted her career that way. He got to give his career everything because she chose to suspend hers. Going forward, it can be business as usual for him but what about her? Even if she is “capable of working” she is at a very distinct disadvantage. Divorce is stupid, especially for men like Chris Rock. This is not some woman who stumbled across a “rich man” and now wants to cash in. She was there with him during the building of those riches for almost 20 years!

Naturally, there were those who did not agree with what I said. The comments ranged from bordering on calling her a gold digger to even suggesting she was a glorified nanny.

In the video below, I discuss why Mrs. Rock deserves half of all marital assets and will probably get them!


Nomalanga is a Life Balance Expert. Her speaking and coaching programs help busy women who struggle to balance Marriage, Motherhood and Money-Making™.  She is an avid blogger and a highly sought after instructor and speaker.

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