For Emilio Owen, it was having been raised by Gary Owen, the American comedian that brought him into the limelight. Take away the fame of his father, we may never know who he is.
Maybe his thick dreadlocks may set social media alight but that will be all that would happen, nothing else.
In this article, we try to explore the life of Emilio Owen and find out if Gary Owen is his real father. You may have doubts because of the differences in the physiological features of both. You will get clarity to these questions and more as you read through.
Quick Facts About Emilio Owen
Who is Emilio Owen?
There have been several stories making the round in the media about who the real father of Emilio is. Most of these stories aren’t true, so it is important that we set them right.
Anyways, Emilio Owen was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, to Kenya Duke and Emilio Toliver Sr. It was Kenya Duke’s first relationship. Not much is known about his early life but we know he was raised in Oakland, California.
The relationship between his parents ended for reasons best known to them. We cannot confirm if the duo was married before they broke up.
Emilio Owen’s Early Life
Emilio Owen had his high school education at Lakota West High School in Ohio. Growing up, he developed a solid interest in the arts. After his graduation, he found his way to The Art Institute of Ohio-Cincinnati. What he is doing today isn’t known.
Who is Gary Owen?
Gary Owen is an American comedian and actor born on July 26, 1974, in Cincinnati, Ohio. His childhood wasn’t like the regular ones we are used to as he grew up with six other siblings in a trailer park. There aren’t so many details about his personal life and background.
Before he decided to venture into comedy, Owen served in the U.S Navy for six years as a Master-at-Arms. He was also included in the Presidential Honor Guard. Owen was so good with his comedy and finally decided to pursue the passion of making other people laugh.
His first year as a stand-up comedian, he was named the Funniest Serviceman in America. A testament to his acceptance by all and sundry. He made great strides and even became the only white man to have ever hosted Comic View.
Gary Owen Is Also An Actor
If you have seen the movie adaptation of Steve Harvey’s book Think Like a Man, Gary co-starred alongside Hollywood heavyweights like Kevin Hart and Gabrielle Union.
He has also made appearances in movies like College, Daddy Day Care, Rebound, and Hillbilly Highway. Gary was a cast member on TV shows like House of Payne, Meet the Blacks. Alongside acting, he has a TV show on BET called The Gary Owen Show.
As a comedian, he has released comedy specials like Gary Owen: I Agree With Myself, Gary Owen: True Story amongst others.
Is Gary Owen Emilio Owen’s Father?
Well, technically he is. But not biologically. The first relationship Emilio Owen’s mother, Kenya Duke had was with one Emilio Toliver Sr. The relationship was short-lived and didn’t last for long.
After the couple broke up, Kenya Duke moved on. This was when Gary Owen met her. They met outside The Comedy Club in Sunset Boulevard, after Gary had just finished doing a comedy skit in the late 1990s.
Meeting each other at first was awkward as they didn’t exchange words. As fate would have it, they would meet again at the same place. But this time around, they had to exchange words and contacts as they just couldn’t take their eyes off each other.
After the contact exchange, it wasn’t immediately they started dating. It was not until after a year that Owen summoned the courage to ask Duke out.
Unfortunately, the first time didn’t work out as she walked out on him on their first date. But later, Kenya Duke called him up, apologized, and asked him out on a date. After years of their first date, they finally decided to tie the knot on July 29, 2003, in the presence of friends and family.
What happened at Emilio Owen’s Mother Wedding Ceremony?
A lot happened that if the couple had decided to cancel the wedding it would have been justified. Do you know how events happen in wedding ceremonies in a Hollywood movie? This was exactly what happened.
First, the pastor walked out because the couple turned up late for the matrimony. Then, after apologies here and there, they were wedded. Shortly after exchanging their vows, a fight broke out. As if that was not enough, the couple’s five-tier cake was messed up. It was a disaster.
Is Emilio Owen Mother Still Married?
Technically she is. However, Kenya Duke filed for divorce in March 2021 for reasons best known to her. The papers have not been finalized but right now, they are separated. After 18 years of marriage, the couple is getting a divorce.
Does Emilio Owen have Siblings?
Yes. Emilio is the only child of his mother’s relationship with Emilio Toliver. He however has half-siblings. Kenya and Gary Owen have two kids; Austin Owen born on November 27, 2006, and Kennedy Owen born on July 3, 2002.
Is Emilio Owen in a Relationship?
We do not know how many years Emilio Owen has been in a relationship, but he is in love with a girl named Taylor Patton. Patton currently works at Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shields as an Operations Expert. But in one of his Instagram posts, he said he has been with Latin since 2016.
Emilio Owen, who is popularly referred to as a star kid is not yet married, but hopefully, he is planning on that. He is also quite private about his personal life save for his regular pictures about his girlfriend on his Instagram page.