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Terry Crews is an NFL star-turned-actor and television host
Terry has been married to Rebecca King-Crews since 1989 and shares five children with her
The pair have been open about their struggles, such as Terry’s porn addiction
Terry Crews, 54, had experienced the rags-to-riches story: He was a broke college student before making to the NFL, and then he more or less ran out of money after his NFL retirement before he made it big in Hollywood. Now, he’s hosting America’s Got Talent and developing a new sitcom, according to Entertainment Tonight. Terry’s wife, Rebecca King-Crews, 56, has been by his side through richer or poorer — but it wasn’t always easy.
The couple tied the knot in 1989, and 32 years later, they’re still together and are the proud parents of five beautiful children. Some of the rough points in their marriage were caused by Terry’s infidelity and porn addiction, and Rebecca’s bought with cancer. Still, Terry and Rebecca have managed to survive it all while continuing to being honest about the obstacles they’ve faced together. “He’s the hero of our story, in my opinion,” Rebecca told PEOPLE in March 2021. “He made the choice to take this battle on and really become a better person.” Below, learn everything you need to know about Rebecca King-Crews and her marriage to Terry.
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Terry Crews and Rebecca King-Crews support the Eva Longoria Foundation(Photo: MediaPunch/Shutterstock)
How Did Terry & Rebecca Meet?
Terry and Rebecca met in college during the ’80s. At the time, Terry was a football player at Western Michigan University, which Rebecca was a student pursuing her music and theater career, according to Heavy. And while the two ultimately ended up together, their initial interactions were far from romantic. “He almost got stuck in the friend zone. He was a little too nice,” Rebecca told E! News in 2018. Terry agreed, telling the publication, “I had to earn it.” Earned it he did, and the pair have been together ever since.
Terry and Rebecca said “I do” on July 29, 1989. Not much is known about the wedding ceremony, but their time as a family of two didn’t last long, as their daughter Azriel was born less than a year after the nuptials. A year after that, Terry was drafted into the NFL by the Los Angeles Rams. Talk about a wild first two years of marriage!
Rebecca Is A Designer
Terry Crews & wife Rebecca King-Crews pose at an event (Photo: MediaPunch/Shutterstock)
Thirty years into their marriage, Rebecca Crews was inspired to start her own clothing line after she had trouble finding an all-white pantsuit. “I scoured Los Angeles and even Beverly Hills, and had to piece together an outfit from three different designers (holding them closely to the light to make sure the whites were the same tone),” she recalled on her website. “I chose my shoes and accessories. I had my ‘white tux’ – but it was less than I had envisioned, and it would have to do.”
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“That day I was resolute …. I needed to start making my own apparel,” she remembered. “I commissioned my designer friend to create six suits to my specifications that could be worn formally or informally.” Her suits ended up being worn to some of Hollywood’s biggest events, including the Golden Globes, the Night Before The Emmy’s Party, and more. “Everywhere I went, I was asked by my various celebrity friends ‘WHERE did you get that SUIT?!’” Rebecca continued. “I coyly replied, ‘This is my collection.’ And a dream was born.”
Rebecca launched Rebecca Crews LLC and never looked back. Her brand now includes purses, shoes, accessories, and more.
Rebecca Prays For Her Followers and Shares Motivational Quotes
It would make sense for Rebecca to share her latest designs with her nearly 90,000 followers on Instagram, but instead, she tries to use her platform for the greater good. Her feed is full of motivational quotes and inspirational speeches. For instance, her May 24, 2023 photo reads, “Once you face your fear, nothing is ever as hard as you think.” She continued the positivity in her caption.
“Today, I challenge you to confront your fears head-on. Embrace your courage, step into the unknown, and watch your limitations crumble like dust,” she penned. “The journey may seem daunting, but remember that within every challenge lies the potential for growth and triumph. The path to greatness is paved with fearless determination and a refusal to let fear hold you back!”
She also has several videos in which she offers a prayer to her followers, as seen above.
Rebecca Always Wanted A Big Family
Terry Crews with wife Rebecca King-Crews and some of their kids (Photo: David Buchan/BEI/Shutterstock)
Terry and Rebecca are proud parents to five children: Naomi, Azriel, Tera, Wynfrey, and Isaiah. The entire family was featured on the BET reality series The Family Crews, which ran for two seasons from 2010 to 2011. The episodes featured hilarious moments between the seven-person Crews clan.
Terry has absolutely loved having a large family. In fact, the America’s Got Talent host even said in 2016 that he would love to welcome a sixth child via adoption. “I keep saying, ‘We’ve got to wait until we’re ready,’ but we weren’t ready for our own kids. It’s weird. You’re never ready … Literally, one day we’re just going to have to do it!” Terry told Us Weekly. Meanwhile, Rebecca said, “It’s something we discussed back when we were first married. It was something that I always felt kind of called to do. I would see ads in magazines, and I would just stare at them like, ‘I’m going to do that one day.’ ”
Terry & Rebecca Have Had A Few Rough Patches
Terry Crews with wife Rebecca King-Crews and their kids at the ‘Aladdin’ premiere (Photo: Broadimage/Shutterstock)
Three decades of marriage has not been easy for Terry and Rebecca. They’ve weathered many storms together, most notably Terry’s infidelity. In 2010, Terry called Rebecca from New York City and admitted he had cheated on her. He also confessed to having a porn addiction. In Terry’s 2021 audio memoir Stronger Together, Rebecca admitted she had a feeling Terry may be cheating. “These odd little sayings were coming to me, like, ‘You’re going to have a new marriage,’ ” she said, per PEOPLE.
The couple referred to that day as “D-Day,” and it nearly destroyed their marriage. Rebecca threatened to leave Terry, but he promised to attend therapy and rehab and repair his mistakes. Terry did just that, and against all odds, he and Rebecca stayed together. He later showed his full support for Rebecca when she was diagnosed with stage 1 breast cancer in 2020. She underwent a double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery, and Terry was there for her every step of the way. “I tease him all the time — I’m like, did I have to get cancer to be treated like this?!’” Rebecca told PEOPLE.
Through all the ups and downs, Terry and Rebecca have come out stronger than ever. The couple has been completely transparent about their struggles, but they’ve also acknowledged how they’re in probably a better place together than ever before. “I watched my husband transform — I have the softer, gentler, kinder Terry now,” Rebecca said to PEOPLE. “I’m thankful because our story could have gone another way, had he not decided that we were worth fighting for.”
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