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Marlon Wayans Reveals Mother’s ‘Jealous’ Influence on Decision Not to Marry

Marlon Wayans and his mother Elvira - Instagram
Marlon Wayans and his late mother, Elvira Wayans – Instagram

*For any man, a good woman is hard to find. For Marlon Wayans, a good woman can’t compare to his mother, Elvira Wayans.

With that in mind, the “Wayans Bros.” star opted to stay away from jumping the broom, under the belief that the matriarch would be jealous of his wife, according to Sandra Rose.

“I never got married, because I never wanted my mother to be jealous of a woman. I never wanted my mother to feel second to any woman,” Wayans told The New York Times, adding his mother was “one of five reasons” he never tied the knot. The funnyman currently shares two sons, Kai and Shawn, with his former longtime partner Angelica Zackery.

Elvira was a fixture in Wayan’s life until her death at the age of 81 in 2020, a moment he admits hit him hard.

“My mother’s death broke me,” the 51-year-old actor/comedian confessed. “It shattered me into a million pieces, because that was my girl.”

Marlon Wayans
Marlon Wayans

Prior to Elvira’s passing, Wayans recalled her being “very needy.” In their final moments together, the pair discussed his unmarried status before he imparted his last words to his mother.

“I told my mother on her deathbed, ‘I never got married because I always wanted you to be my No. 1 girl.’ Those were my last words. I said, ‘Take that to heaven with you,’” he shared.

Elvira Wayans’ death came three years before Wayans lost his father, Howell Wayans, in March 2023 as well as 58 other loved ones in recent years. Describing the loss of his parents as “biblical,” the funnyman mentioned how the tragedies served as inspirations for his latest comedy special, “Good Grief.” The Amazon Prime event is set to premier on June 6.

“I think as a comedian, I’m getting to the good stuff,” Wayans told The Times. “When you talk about real-life pain, like parents passing, and you can get through that set and you can still be irreverent, edgy, crazy, silly, thought-provoking and vulnerable, I think that’s growth.

“I miss my parents dearly, but I’m a different human with my parents gone than I was when they were here,” he continued. “Now I’m a man. I don’t have parents anymore, so I live differently. I understand the quality of life.”

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