Praised by one of the comedy maestros, Kevin Hart as “The GOAT”, Dave Chappelle is no slouch. The three times Grammy award winner can make you feel good even if you are having a bad day. His life is filled with all sorts of laughters and one of the reason being his wife, “Elaine Chappelle.”
This beautiful couple that even defied the odds of interracial marriage have been together for almost 2 decades. And, after three kids together they look inseparable & even stronger than ever. So how did the love birds meet? And, what does Dave think about his gorgeous wife Elaine? Let’s get into it.
FAQ about Elaine Chappelle
- How did Dave and Elaine Chappelle Meet?
After graduating from high school, Dave moved to Brooklyn New York to follow his dream. And, this is where he met Elaine. In an interview he confirmed that. However, it wasn't love at first sight for Elaine as Dave's personality was too much to swallow for her.
- How old is Elaine?
- What does Elaine Chappelle do?
She is a housewife by choice.
- What race is Elaine Chappelle?
She was raised by a devout christian Filipino parents. And, although some may say Filipino are hispanic due to Spanish ties but they are certainly considered South Asian.
- How many children do Chappelle and Elaine have ?
3. Sulayman Chappelle, Ibrahim Chappelle, Sonal Chappelle.
Elaine Chappelle was born as Elaine Mendoza Erfe in Brooklyn, New York on 31 August 1974. A few months before her birth, her parents shifted to the USA from the Philippines. They took the decision with the hope to have a better life for them and the baby on the way.
Prior to marrying renowned comedian, information about her early life and her family is still under the bridge where no light can fall. What we know is she wanted to be a chef but she sacrificed her dream to focus on her family.
Now, she feels proud of calling herself a housewife and a homemaker. Dave feels blessed and proud to have Elaine as his wife. In an interview, he told:
“She doesn’t work as a professional chef, they regularly eat like Kings at home, thanks to her excellent culinary skills.”
Starting a New Chapter in Life after Marrying to Dave
Elaine Chappelle officially hired the name of Dave Chappelle when she walked down the aisle with him back in 2001. As per reports, it wasn’t love at first sight for the couple. According to a self confirmation in a Howard Stern Show, Dave revealed that he met Elaine in Brooklyn.
Elaine hesitated to date Mr. Chappelle because she personally didn’t like the person with loud personalities. Later when she recognized the real Dave disguising himself as the man with a loud personality to mask his shyness, she quickly fell for him.
Elaine then accepted his proposal and tied the knot after a quick courtship. The duo is extremely closed-mouth when it comes to talking about their private life. The story behind their first meeting is still a mystery that nobody knows.
Elaine made an appearance in Dave’s show ” The Age of Spin: Dave Chappelle Live at the Hollywood Palladium 2017″. That day, Dave dedicated the entire show to his lovely wife Elaine. Elaine’s been a backbone for Dave. She sticks to him through every thick and thin and loves him to the moon and back.
Elaine’s Three Beautiful Kids: Sulayman, Ibrahim, and Sonal
From their 18 years of courtship, they are blessed with three children. They have two adorable sons named Sulayman Chappelle and Ibrahim Chappelle and a lovely daughter named Sonal Chappelle. Dave follows Islam and Elaine’s religious belief is christian. Their three kids are being raised in a multicultural environment. In his signature humor, Dave explained his multicultural family and stated:
‘My wife is Asian, and my kids have somehow turned out to be Puerto Rican. My mother is half white. If I grew my hair out, you would think it was a Katt William concert.’
The family of five currently lives in Yellow Springs Ohio near Antioch College, where Dave’s dad, William David Chappelle III used to teach music.
Elaine is Dave’s Support System
Dave has always credited his wife Elaine for his success. She is definitely a treasure to Dave supporting him and protecting him from a media attack. Most notably was when Dave walked away from his career following his father’s death and shifted to South Africa in 1998.
The rumors began to spin in the media, blaming him for leaving his wife and changing his life to a drug addict and having on self-medication. Elaine Chappelle was all in anger and shock when she heard the news. She helped him to stay in South Africa as long as he needed to work things as she did not believe him to be strong enough to deal with the media’s allegations.
Nevertheless, Dave is back in normal life and doing more than a comedy. It’s all because of the continuous support of Elaine who was with him in his mental breakdown.
Elaine and Dave’s Comeback on the Screen
Dave Chappelle is an ace American comedian. He had introduced a new genre of comedy to the public. The viewers of his hit TV show ‘The Chappelle Show’ have witnessed controversial comedy acts like racism, human sexuality, morality, gender discrimination, politics, pop cultures, and many more and enjoyed a good laugh. Dave’s show lasted for three seasons, and he experienced fame from the show. He gained a massive fan following from all over the world.
Day by day, viewers waited to see what Dave would share with them next. His show even was transferred to the audiences in the form of DVDs. He was living his dream. But, unfortunately one day he made a decision to walk away from fame. As per some reports, the reason was that the show was controlling his life and he even couldn’t mourn at his father’s death.
After some gap, the world of comedy burnt bright again. The comedy king Dave Chappelle made a grand comeback. He made the comeback in the Netflix in stand-up specials in 2017. Dave’s shared the news of his stand-up on Instagram. The couple is climbing a new height in their success journey.
Dave couldn’t stay away from the comedy for long as he considers it as his love after Elaine. Once when Elaine asked him, what other than comedy he remained tongue-tied. He shared this in an interview and told;
‘This is the only job I have since I was 14. My wife asked me once if I weren’t a comedian what I would do. I couldn’t answer the question. I never imagined doing anything else.”
Living a beautiful life in their mansion in Ohio
While Dave hit the stage for earning, Elaine stayed at home taking care of the family and kids. She dropped her desire of becoming a chef after bumping into Dave’s life. So she isn’t making anything for earning.
However, being the wife of a star, she shares her fortune of her husband. Dave’s net worth is estimated to be between $60 million to $75 million which he shares with his wife. Most of their wealth is accumulated from The Chappelle Show and from the few movies in which Dave has acted.
Elaine with family resides in Yellow Springs mansion in Ohio which spread on a 65- acre farm. The assets’ estimated value is $2.5 million. The house has three bedrooms and three bathrooms perfect for their family.
Despite being the wife of a public figure, Elaine Chappelle keeps herself away from the spotlight and rarely make public appearances. Dave Chappelle’s wife is a perfect partner every man wants and she is the lady behind Dave’s success who acted like a rock in his difficult time.