Roseville, CA –After 11 years of marriage which is like 50 years in Hollywood, Stevland Hardaway Judkins A.K.A Stevland Hardaway Morris or more popularly known by his showbiz name, Stevie Wonder has pulled the plug on his marriage from fashion designer Kai Millard Morris.
Stevie Wonder was on born on May 13, 1950 in Saginaw, Michigan. The third of 6 children, he was born 6 weeks premature and due to this he suffered from a condition called ROP or retinopathy of prematurity which caused his blindness shortly after birth.
He was a product of a broken home, his mother leaving his father when he was just 4 years old and taking him and his siblings to Detroit, Michigan. It is not clear if his mother formally filed for divorce or legal separation or if Stevie Wonder’s parents were legally married at all. But he did go through a name change when his mother changed his surname from Judkins to Morris based on the influence of his mother’s relatives. Morris became the legal surname of Stevie Wonder and up to this day has not modified or reverted it to his birth name.
He was discovered by Ronnie White of the The Miracles and was quickly signed by Motown mogul Berry Gordy under the company’s Tamla label and is still records and performs for the label to this day.
He’s been know for such hits as “I Wish”. “Sir Duke”, “I Just Called to Say I Love You” and “Superstition”. He has amassed 22 Grammy Awards, recorded 30 Top 10 hits in his lifetime, and according to Billboard Magazine he on 5th spot of the Hot 100 All-Time Top Artists.
He has had a prolific music career and it seems to have even spread through his personal life having several relationships and fathering several children despite his disability. He is quite the ladies’ man so to speak.
Stevie Wonder met Motown singer/songwriter Syreeta Wright in 1968 and collaborated with her on several projects, they married in 1970, the marriage lasted for 18 months and they divorced in 1972. Stevie Wonder then had a relationship with Yolanda Simmons who was his secretary in his publishing. They did not marry but she bore him a daughter in 1975 and named her Aisha Morris. His daughter was the inspiration for his song “Isn’t she lovely?” Yolanda Simmons bore him 2 more children before they separated ways. He then fathered 2 children with his ex-girlfriend Melody McCulley. In 2011, Stevie Wonder married fashion designer Kai Millard who is known in the fashion industry as Kai Milla.
It was Stevie Wonder was the one who filed for dissolution of marriage and he is being represented by celebrity disso-queen Laura Wasser who has represented clients like Kim Kardashian, Nick Lachey, Robyn Moore (Mel Gibson’s ex-wife), Mariah Carey, Angelina Jolie and Christina Aguilera to name a few. Stevie used his legal name in the petition which is Stevland Morris and instead of a signature, he validated the petition by annexing his fingerprints on the divorce documents.
Stevie and Kai have two minor children, two boys ages 10 and 7. It is not known if they had a prenuptial agreement that would safeguard Stevie’s assets. Stevie Wonder has amassed a bit of a fortune through the years owing to his continuos successful career. And in California, a marriage that lasts for more than 10 years is like getting a permanent pension plan but apparently some of their assets are separate. And Stevie Wonder seems to go through his divorce amicably by voluntary agreeing to pay child support and spousal support.
Another celebrity goes down the drain. Wonder how he broke the news to Kai did he use his popular song “I Just Called to Say I Love You”?
“I just called to say we’re over…
I just called to say that we’re through … yeah I do
I just called to say we’re over
And I mean it from the bottom of my heart.”