Singer Faith Evans and husband split
May 24th, 2011
03:54 PM ET

Singer Faith Evans and husband split

Singer Faith Evans is asking for privacy as she and her husband of 12 years dissolve their marriage.

Evans, who is the widow of slain rapper Chris "Notorious B.I.G" Wallace, issued the following statement along with her manager/husband Todd Russaw about their split.

“The dissolution of a marriage is a difficult time in anyone’s life. However, after a great deal of thought and careful consideration, we have come to the decision to end our marriage together."The pair are the parents of two children, Joshua, 10, and Ryder, 4. Evans also has a daughter, Chyna, from a previous relationship and a son with the late Wallace, Christopher Wallace, Jr.

Evans and Russaw released a joint statement after news reports began to circulate that they had broken up.

The pair reportedly started dating shortly before the shooting death of Evan's then estranged husband Wallace in March 1997.

Evans and Russaw had weathered a few hard times, including Evans being stopped for suspicion of drunk driving last year and the couple's arrest in 2004 for alleged drug possession.  They agreed to enroll in a drug rehabilitation program as part of a deal in the latter case.

The couple said in their statement that they "will both remain committed to parenting our children and will also continue to support each other’s professional endeavors."

"We consider this a private matter and we will not make any further statement regarding the matter," they said. " We would appreciate the press respecting the privacy of our family, particularly our children, as we attempt to handle our situation with respect and dignity.”

soundoff (29 Responses)
  1. Christopher Wallace Fan

    i luv u faith keep doing you

    May 21, 2012 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
  2. thandi

    Faith you are best thing that ever happend to music I love you keep doing you

    August 12, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  3. james

    Whoever she is, she looks all sweaty and dirty.

    June 22, 2011 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  4. james


    June 22, 2011 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  5. Felecia

    I LOVE YOU FAITH!!!!!!!!!!
    KEEP DOING YOU............

    June 21, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Felecia

    I totally agree with Ebony.....
    People will always have negative and down right ignorant things to say....
    But they can't touch that bank account or that talent so let them talk all day & night.
    Because that's part of what haters do anyway!!!

    June 21, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Ebony

    Faith, Iet them hate you are blessed! Unfortunately, you were never given the credit I feel you deserve. Your voice is amazing and most if not all of the negative commentators would be blown away if they had a clue as to the range and depth of your voice. Keep singing and doing what you do. You work hard and your fans know it! I've never heard your voice crack in person and you know how to have fun! Like I said keep singing and doing what you do best. As for your personal life keep putting Jesus first and you will never have anything to worry about. You commit to everything that you do and that is why you remain untouchable!

    June 16, 2011 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
  8. Anna

    Faith Evans is a Grammy winning artist. She deserves more respect than this!!!.T he reason why people believe that Faith Evans slept with Tupac was because the media released the picture of her and Tupac that was taken when The Notorious B.I.G and him were on good terms. And besides she was an established artist by the time she Biggie courted her and eventually asked him to marry him. The reason why Faith and him were seperated was because of alleged abuse, and infidelity, all on his part.

    May 29, 2011 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse |
  9. chana

    hmm.. can you say ghett0?

    May 26, 2011 at 4:52 am | Report abuse |
  10. yada

    Faith can rip u haters with yall broke a$$e$.

    May 26, 2011 at 12:17 am | Report abuse |
  11. Madison

    Estranged means separated! Clearly you people don't read before commenting!

    May 25, 2011 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  12. twisted

    You right Faith's, claim to fame was being married to that ugly mf

    May 25, 2011 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  13. ZlistedStars

    Who cares.. She isnt eevn that popular anymore if she ever really was.... Boring story

    May 25, 2011 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
  14. charlie crack

    Bye Faith...only Faith that is worth a dime is Faith Hill! =absolutely gorgeous!

    May 25, 2011 at 1:11 am | Report abuse |
  15. Snshine Girl *

    The article says those 2 started dating before BIG was even killed. So with that how did they expect the relationship to last? Celebrities make things public that should be kept private. Why? So they can keep their names in the news. Feel sorry for the kids.

    May 24, 2011 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • sandy

      That doesn't mean they were kicking it. He jut wasn't dead. I'm sure he didn't sit around and wait for her to come back. It was over.

      June 16, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  16. twisted

    Faith Evens, was rumored to had been sleeping with the late great, Tupac Shakur that was the reason of the separation. The inspiration for the son "Hit Em Up".

    May 24, 2011 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
  17. tickled

    'Singer?'...really. And,appears she packed on about 80lbs. N the last few years..u know,once the drug use subsided..*yawn*

    May 24, 2011 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • dezie

      Yes singer!! One of the few with talents and the weight gain joke really....she has had 4 kids and almost died with the last one so yea that was really funny jerk

      May 28, 2011 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  18. ThatGirl Jennifer

    Wow it didnt take her long 2 stop mourning over biggie she probably would have left him anyway if he didnt die. A guy that big cant b goodin the sack. Even if they call him "Big Poppa"

    May 24, 2011 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • mia

      She wasn't wit big when he died. They were in the proces of dissolveing their marrage and what you staid about was jus mean. People should respect the dead

      May 25, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Keep the faith

    May 24, 2011 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
  20. sugamama

    Was that Maria??????...why comment at all.

    May 24, 2011 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
  21. nice typo

    "The pair reportedly started dating shortly before the shooting death of Evan's then estranged husband Wallace in March 1997."

    LOL... Evan's...

    May 24, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  22. twisted

    This is worthy of attention why?

    May 24, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • lol

      Because it leads to people like you commenting. Good job adding to the traffic on this page.

      May 24, 2011 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Peace

    Wow! Another split? Glad I'm not in the "public eye"! Hi Lisa, Last week for AI blog, so sad. I know you'll still be posting articles for us to read, though! "C-ya" wednesday !

    May 24, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |

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