Jesse Williams's Girlfriend Is a Fashion Icon and a Total Girl Boss

Gina Vaynshteyn - Author

Jan. 15 2024, Updated 11:12 a.m. ET

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Actor Jesse Williams has been on Grey's Anatomy for 12 seasons playing Dr. Jackson Avery, the son of well-known surgeon Dr. Catherine Fox. But after so many seasons on the show, the actor officially said goodbye to his role as Dr. Avery, though not without leaving many marks on the series. Jesse has not only acted in the long-running series but he has also directed multiple episodes and diversified his portfolio during his years on the show.

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Dr. Avery's love life on Grey's is a messy one, and it seems like Jesse's romances in real life are similar, judging by his contentious divorce from Aryn Drake-Lee.

Speaking of romances, who is Jesse Williams dating now? Here's what we know about his last known girlfriend.

Jesse Williams at the Kenzo Menswear Fall/Winter fashion show in 2017 in Paris, France.
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Who is actor Jesse Williams's girlfriend? 

We've been with his character Dr. Avery since 2009, so it isn't surprising that we're also thoroughly invested in the actor's real life. Unfortunately, Jesse may not be single, though we don't know exactly how long he has been with his girlfriend. In June 2023, he and Ciarra Pardo were seen on a date night in Los Angeles.

In the court documents of his divorce, Ciarra is even referred to as his "longtime girlfriend."

While there has been no word of the two breaking up, it's unclear if they are still together as Jesse and Ciarra's respective Instagram accounts have no recent photos of the two together. Prior to Ciarra, Jesse briefly dated Taylor Rooks in 2018, and Taylour Paige between 2019 and 2021.

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So, who is Ciarra Pardo?

Ciarra Pardo and Jesse Williams in the front row.
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According to her Instagram, Ciarra is the co-founder of N4XT Experiences. The company specializes in live events for a variety of industries including fashion, beauty, and gaming. The company also acquired Los Angeles Fashion Week and runs Beauty Days, a beauty-centric immersive experience.

Prior to creating the company, Ciarra served as the Chief Creative Officer of the fashion company Fenty between 2014 and 2019.

She's also listed as a producer on a variety of music videos for Drake, Nicki Minaj, and Rihanna.

In her free time, Ciarra is a self-proclaimed "equestrian, chef, dog lover, brand builder, [and] culture shifter."

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Who is Jesse Williams's wife? He was married from 2012 to 2017.

In 2012, Jesse married Aryn Drake-Lee, and they had two kids: Sadie and Maceo. However, the couple divorced in 2017.

After finalizing their divorce in late 2020 and coming to an agreement on custody terms (in which Jesse was ordered to pay $40,000 a month in child support), they seem to be attempting the co-parenting route to some success.

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In April 2021, the pair were ordered to attend a "high-conflict parents program" as part of their agreement, which is meant to diminish the stress a separation can cause on children, according to Entertainment Tonight.

Jesse Williams and his ex-wife, Aryn Drake-Lee, attending an art event together.
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What does Aryn Drake-Lee do?

Aryn was a successful real estate broker, according to Oprah Magazine. In 2019, she hosted the podcast Bbs Are Trash (Babies Are Trash), with her best friend, Trian Long-Smith.

That same year in May, Aryn told People, "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."

"As for our children, and for the creation of the businesses that we built together when I left my career in New York for us to move to California to pursue his, and then as a result built it ... I knew, as the one that was really holding it all together, that I didn't have a lot of room to fall, even though I was falling," she continued.

It was the first time that Aryn opened up about her relationship with Jesse. There were rumors about Jesse cheating on Aryn with Minka Kelly (who he later dated for a brief period), and the two had a lengthy custody battle.

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