Episode three of ‘Being Mike Tyson’ aired a few days ago, and it was all about family. Kiki and Mike gave viewers insight into their lives, telling fans a bit about their marriage, which has changed Mike for the better, and children.
“When Mike and I got married on June 6th, 2009, it changed everything,” writes Kiki in a blog post after the show. “We already had Milan, who shared the same birthday of Mike’s mother, on December 25th. She was six months when we decided to get married in a small chapel at the Las Vegas Hilton. It was just the two of us. We told no one. We made the decision to get married in a matter of minutes. So after googling, a wedding chapel that would take us after 8pm that night, we settled on the first one that said, ‘yes.’ A couple of hours later, there I stood, very unglamorous with wet hair pulled back in a pony tail, no make up and Mike in a brown wrinkled suit. We looked horrendous, opting not to take photos. Yet our better senses prevailed, so we took a couple just to capture the moment.”
Although many couples do not decide to marry suddenly, Kiki explains that she and Mike had one big reason for sporadically wedding. “After the passing of his four-year-old daughter, Exodus, from an unimaginable freak accident a few days earlier, we realized life was too short. Instead of waiting for the right moment, we created it. That’s what we do as human beings. We can always conjure up excuses as to why we need to wait to get married or wait to have a baby or lose weight. But in essence, we are blocking our blessings the longer we wait.”
While marriage has its ups and downs, Kiki says that the children help her and Mike get through the rough spots. “Because of the intensity of some of our arguments and because we both can be hot heads at times, I don’t know if we would have made it through some of our silly spats if we didn’t have something greater then ourselves tying us together. I am so grateful for that because I would be miserable today if I had allowed pride to get in the way of this amazing love this man gives me. But the thing that binds us the most is our friendship. We genuinely like each other. We like being around one another, and we have a lot of laughter. Laughter has been the ice breaker for many of our ridiculous arguments.”
Mike and Kiki wed in 2009 after several years of courtship. They have two children, Milan and Morocco, together. Mike has eight children in all.
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