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 is officially saying 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's also directed multiple episodes and diversified his portfolio during his years on the show.
Jackson's love life on Grey's is a messy one, and it seems like Jesse's romances IRL are similar, judging by his contentious divorce.
But who is Jesse dating now?
Who is actor Jesse Williams' girlfriend?
We've been with his character Jackson since 2009, so it's not surprising that we're also thoroughly invested in the actor's real life. Unfortunately, Jesse is not single, and he's been with his current girlfriend for three years now. Jesse made his relationship with Taylor Paige official in May 2019 by posting a photo of them on the red carpet together, looking really cute and cozy.
So, who is Taylour Paige?
Taylour is a professional dancer and actress who you might have seen on VH1's series Hit the Floor, as Ahsha Hayes. She's also danced in High School Musical 3, appeared in Usher's music video, "She Came to Give It to You," and was in one episode of Grey's Anatomy in 2016 (she played a character called Emma). This is where she and Jesse most likely met. Cuuuute!
Taylour was born in Inglewood, Los Angeles, and started dancing as a toddler. She trained as a professional ballet dancer, and later worked with celebrity choreographer Debbie Allen. In 2010, Taylour became an LA Laker Girl, but only spent three months on the cheerleading team before going to college. She graduated from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.
Taylour is working on some exciting projects.
According to her IMDb page, Taylour is starring in the highly-anticipated film Zola, which is based on a now-infamous Twitter thread that follows a stripper's wild journey to Florida. Riley Keough stars in the movie across Taylour in the A24 adaptation.
Some of Taylour's other acting credits include The Baxters, Boogie, and Ma Rainey's Black Bottom.
Who is Jesse Williams' ex-wife?
Back in 2012, Jesse married Aryn Drake-Lee, and they had two kids: Sadie and Maceo. The couple divorced in 2017. Aryn was a super successful real estate broker, according to Oprah Magazine. These days, Aryn has a podcast, BBSARETRASH (Babies Are Trash), which she's hosting with her best friend, Trian Long-Smith.
In May 2019, 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.
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.
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.
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