When Aryn Drake-Lee and Jesse Williams first announced their split, fans were left with their mouths wide open. The duo had been together for over 13 years, 5 of which they spent as a married couple. While not much is known about Drake-Lee, Williams has enjoyed a diverse and fulfilling career as an actor. He is best known for his work as Dr. Jackson Avery on the ABC series Grey’s Anatomy. Unlike her ex-husband, Drake-Lee does not have a longing for Hollywood and has been living out her days as a real estate agent. In this article, we will take a look at the relationship between Drake-Lee and Williams.
Aryn Drake-Lee and Jesse Williams tied the knot in 2012. The marriage lasted five years before Jesse filed for divorce in April 2017. During the time of marriage, the pair gave birth to two children Maceo, and Sadie. Even though neither of the pair went on to address the reason for the split publicly the divorce was a messy one and dragged on for years before finalizing in 2020. The pair shares the joint legal and physical custody of both children.
Complications in Divorce:
Jesse Williams and Aryn Drake-Lee filed for divorce on April 11, 2017, after 5-years as a married couple. The pair had been together for 14 years prior to that and both Williams and Drake-Lee were assaulted by questions of divorce with the media picking up on anything to everything they could find on the pair’s custody battles, spousal support, and rumors that Williams cheated with Friday Night Lights alum Minka Kelly.
Following the messy divorce battle, Drake-Lee finally found the courage to speak her mind. Talking to people, Drake-Lee revealed,
“When the divorce process started I had two nursing babies, and I am the one that ran our household for the 14-and-a-half years that he and I were together in the same house. I didn’t have a lot of room to fall, even though I was falling.”
Sacrificing her career:
Prior to meeting Williams, Drake-Lee was working as a real estate agent for Webb and Booker in Harlem. She later moved to William B. May Company and worked as a broker for 2 years before climbing to the rank of Associate Real Estate Broker at Brown Harris Stevens. Since then, Drake-Lee has been working at Brown Harris but stepped back following her relationship with Williams. She moved to New York with Williams sacrificing everything she had built for herself. But despite the sacrifice, Drake-Lee has been clear that she never liked Hollywood and found it superficial.
“Hollywood and I bump heads. It was never my value system, and it was never something that I was striving for. It never felt comfortable for me because of how superficial it was. And then that all became abundantly clear when everybody left.”
A blessing in disguise:
Despite having the only person in her life leave her side, Drake-Lee has found the bright side of her divorce. The real-estate agent believes that the entire thing was a blessing in disguise and allowed her to find the people that were there for her.
“It was a blessing in disguise because it was a real slap in the face to see who was around us and why, and at that point it became very clear. I was able to really find people that were more in alignment with my values in how they are living their lives and how they want to raise their children,” she said. “I found community.”
And while there have been numerous rumors floating around about the pair’s relationship, Drake-Lee revealed that she doesn’t pay any heed to them as people often end up believing what they want to believe.
Aryn Drake-Lee wiki/bio facts:
Aryn Drake-Lee was born on the 12th of December, 1981, in Chicago, Illinois. Born and raised in Chicago, Drake-Lee was the only child in the family. Her family was conservative and protested her marriage to a white man. As for her education, Drake-Lee studied at French American International School in San Francisco, where she learned to speak both French and Spanish. After graduating high school in 1999, Drake-Lee enrolled at Columbia University’s Barnard College and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 2003.
Jesse Williams is an American actor, producer, and activist, born on August 5, 1981, in Chicago, Illinois. He is best known for his role as Dr. Jackson Avery in the television drama series “Grey’s Anatomy.”
Williams began his career as a high school teacher in Philadelphia before transitioning to acting. He made his acting debut in the film “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2” in 2008. He later appeared in several television shows, including “Law & Order,” “Greek,” and “Beyond the Break.”
In 2009, Williams landed a recurring role in “Grey’s Anatomy,” which would eventually become a main role in 2010. He has since become a fan favorite and has received critical acclaim for his portrayal of Dr. Jackson Avery.
Aside from his acting career, Williams is also known for his activism and advocacy work. He has been a vocal advocate for civil rights and social justice issues, particularly those affecting the Black community. He has spoken out against police brutality, racial profiling, and systemic racism.
In 2016, Williams received the BET Humanitarian Award for his activism and advocacy work, particularly for his work with the Black Lives Matter movement. He has also been involved in various charitable organizations, including the Advancement Project, which focuses on racial justice issues.