Dave Chappelle and His Filipina Wife, Elaine, Have Been Together Since the ‘90s

Gabrielle Bernardini - Author

Jan. 16 2024, Updated 2:19 p.m. ET

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Controversial comedian Dave Chappelle is known for his unapologetic jokes and punchlines. In 2019, Dave received backlash for his Netflix comedy special, Sticks & Stones, which references Michael Jackson’s alleged sexual assault victims, Wade Robson and James Safechuck, and the HBO documentary Leaving Neverland. He later joked about the transgender community, which also left a bad taste in some people's mouths.

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While Dave's fan count may rise and fall regularly depending on the types of jokes he tells, the one person that has stuck by his side for decades is his wife Elaine. Find out more about the comedian's wife and how the two met.

Who is Dave Chappelle's wife Elaine?

Dave Chappell and his wife Elaine arrive at the Kennedy Center for the Mark Twain Award.
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Dave Chappell and his wife Elaine in 2019

Though she’s married to a public figure, the comedian’s wife seemingly likes to keep herself at a distance from the spotlight. The couple married in 2001 and have three kids together: a daughter, Sonal, and two sons, Ibrahim and Sulayman.

Though the couple does not share many details of their love life, multiple outlets have reported that Elaine was initially hesitant to date the high-profile star.

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She was reportedly uncomfortable with partners who have strong personalities, but later saw that Dave was a shy person and the two fell in love. Retaining a bit of anonymity, her Instagram is currently set to private. In her bio, she identifies herself as a "proud mom, proud wife," and "non-influencer."

The Chappelle family doesn't even live in a major city. Instead, Dave and his wife chose to raise their kids on a 65-acre farm in a small town in Ohio.

Dave Chappelle and his wife Elaine attend an event.
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Elaine Chappelle reportedly wanted to be a chef.

According to numerous outlets, the mother of three wanted to be a professional chef. However, after giving birth to her kids, she reportedly decided to step away from her craft and focus on her family.

However, living as a full-time housewife doesn’t mean she gave up cooking altogether. “She doesn’t work as a professional chef, [but they] regularly eat like kings at home, thanks to her excellent culinary skills,” Dave revealed about his wife.

Elaine and Dave Chappelle's kids must have thick skin!

Being married to a comedian may prove difficult for some… you know, because there are bound to be numerous jokes made about your private life. Well, Elaine has seemingly rolled with the punches and taken them in stride.

“My wife is Asian, and my kids have somehow turned out to be Puerto Rican,” Dave previously joked to audiences about his family.

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Dave Chappelle and his wife attend a 'GQ' event.
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In his 2017 Netflix special, Dave told audiences about finding out his oldest son smokes weed. “That s--t broke my heart,” he said, while met with laughter. Basically, it seems no topic of their life is off limits for Dave’s potential stand-up material.

Catch the comedian’s new Netflix special The Dreamer, available to stream now.

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