Celebrity Spouse

Carl Payne Wife Melika Payne and Children

Carl walked the red carpet with a dapper suit and brown hat at the Trumpet Awards 2020
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Carl Payne wife Melika Payne is a media personality. Melika met Carl on the sets of BET's Martin.

Many know the actor Carl in his 50s for acting in sitcoms like Martin, The Cosby Show, and George Lopez.

The Howard University graduate got his breakthrough when he starred as Reynaldo St. James on the BET series The Game while trying to make it big as a standup comic.

2023 is off to a great start for Payne, with Atlanta's annual philanthropic event, Pink Awards announcing him and Malik Yoba as their hosts.

It unites breast cancer with entertainers, as the profits go into aiding breast cancer warriors and survivors who cannot pay their monthly household and medical bills. 

The honorable event also prides itself on celebrating global business and community trailblazers and African American excellence that uplifts others. Patrons can arrive at the Riverside EpiCenter on February 25.

Melika Payne Is A Media Personality

Carl Payne met Melika Payne on the sets of Martin. The couple dated for some time before getting married in 1992. 

Born as Melika Michem on April 10, Carl is not her first public affair. Between 1984 and 1987, she got entangled with Bobby Brown, a rapper, and singer. After a year of their rendevous, she gave birth to her son, Landon Brown

Carl's son Landon is an emerging singer
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At 17, he was introduced into fatherhood while his career was taking off. He could not handle the commitment as their relationship dwindled. 

According to BET, she met her future husband in 1992 when Payne starred in the sitcom Martin as sparks flew.

They had said their vows by November and had a long-lasting married life. Carl was gracious enough to welcome Landon as his own, raising the six-year-old as his eldest-born son.

Indeed, Carl has been vocal about his long yet content married life, going on the FOX 5 show Good Day D.C to dish some secrets to making it work.

He told the hosts that the reasoning behind his blissful nuptials is his knowing how to argue. As couples often forget to convey the correct message in the heat of the moment, it is crucial to remember that communication is the key.

One must never forget that they are in the same boat as you got to pick your battles. 

Carl And Melika Are Still Together After Two Decades

Even twenty years are not enough to overcome differences as a blissful couple, Carl and Melika parted ways in 2014.

The news was supposed to be hushed, but TMZ obtained a report about an alleged document filed to the LA County Superior Court by the unhappy spouse.

Melika stated her reason for separation as having irreconcilable differences, asking for sole physical and joint legal custody of their shared children. 

Melika Payne posted a selfie on Feb 2017
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But a twist came when they never acted on the documents, deciding to stay together. She withdrew the petitions as they remained happily together.

Carl And Melika Have Four Kids

Carl and Melika are still in love after two decades and have four kids. 

In October 2019, he took to Instagram to wish his baby mama her birthday, saying she was a blessing to his life and a shining orb for their four children.

The pair was on a lovely dinner as Melika could not hold her emotions and embraced her husband in the middle of the restaurant.

Carl with his wife in a romantic dinner in 2019
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Carl Is Not The Biological Father Of Their Eldest Landon

35-year-old Landon Brown was only six years old when Carl adopted him after his marriage with Melika. 

His true father, Bobby Brown, and then-girlfriend Melika separated as they were still kids when he was born. She raised him as a single mom until she met the love of her life.

Landon talking about the benefits of a smile in 2016
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Brown junior has grown into a muscled singer-songwriter with a song ready to stream. He also has a daughter who he adored to the moon and back. He has a son whom he lost to a drug overdose in 2020.

Melika and Carl Have Three Sons

Melika and Carl are proud parents to two sons, Malek and Carl Anthony Payne III. They have a third son named Shey.

Carl with his son Malek on the set of Misguided Behavior in 2016
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The second youngest son Malek began showing an interest in showbiz when he cultivated his physique. He got a chance to showcase his talents when he co-starred in the 2017 film, Misguided Behavior.

The exploration of the real-life horror of bullying in American high schools was a compelling narrative with its detrimental effects on teens. 

Carl Was Raised In South Carolina

The American actor Carl has safeguarded his parents and siblings since he entered the industry.

Growing up in Clinton, South Carolina, he had a knack for performing art. His family enrolled him at the First All Children's Theater, an off-Broadway theatre company that had built a prestige for honing budding talent.

Carl as a young lad living in the city
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His path got set from his high school days as he graduated from Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts.

Nothing was standing in the way of his dreams as he struggled to get his first role as the kid in a pizza shop at the 1985 flick The Last Dragon. 

After tasting fame, there was no going back as he is still acting after 35 years in the industry.