VH1 has officially announced that their popular reality series Hollywood Exes will be returning for a second season in July with 13 brand new episodes! Hollywood Exes Season 2 will feature all five of its original cast members and will be adding a sixth: Shamicka Lawrence, the recently divorced ex of actor/comedian Martin Lawrence.
“Shamicka Lawrence [above], recently divorced from comedian/actor Martin Lawrence, joins the group, becoming the newest member of this unique sisterhood,” reads the press release issued by VH1. “Shamicka’s wounds from her divorce are still fresh – her divorce from Martin Lawrence was just recently finalized. Every day brings new challenges that only a Hollywood Ex can understand, but thankfully the others are there to help her find her way.”
Shamika and Martin married in July of 2010, but dated for 15 years prior to that, and have two children together: Iyanna Faith (born November 9, 2000) and Amara Trinity (born August 20, 2002). Martin also has another daughter, Jasmin Page (born January 15, 1996), from his previous marriage to former Miss Virginia USA Patricia Southall. Here is a photo of Martin Lawrence, Shamicka Lawrence, and all three daughters (with another girl) together at the Premiere of Big Mommas: Like Father Like Son in February of 2011:
Martin filed for divorce from Shamicka (maiden name Shamicka Gibbs) on April 25, 2012, citing irreconcilable differences. Here is a joint statement about the filing from the couple’s rep:
Martin and Shamicka Lawrence have decided to divorce. The couple has made the joint decision to part ways. Out of love and respect for one another we will continue to remain friends and raise our two beautiful daughters together.
As you may know, Martin has quite the history of erratic behavior, and has the reputation of being a heavy drinker. It should be interesting to get Shamicka’s take on what really happened that led to their split after more than 16 years together.
Here is all that VH1 had to say about Hollywood Exes in their press release:
“Hollywood Exes” – Premieres July 2013
VH1’s hit “Hollywood Exes” returns for a second season with more laughter, tears, drama and a new Hollywood ex joining the real First Wives club. Back for another season are Nicole Murphy, ex-wife of Eddie Murphy, Jessica Conseco, ex-wife of Jose Canseco, Mayte Garcia, ex-wife of Prince, Sheree Fletcher, ex-wife of Will Smith, and Andrea (Drea) Kelly, ex-wife of R. Kelly. Shamicka Lawrence, recently divorced from comedian/actor Martin Lawrence, joins the group, becoming the newest member of this unique sisterhood. However, all is not golden with the exes when we pick up with the girls.
Drea, who has been spending her time between Chicago and Los Angeles, is not happy with Jessica for some choice words she shared with Drea on Twitter. After returning to L.A., she and Jessica will finally have it out, resulting in one of the most explosive – and honest – confrontations in the show’s history. Meanwhile, Jessica struggles with being the single mom of a rebellious teenager – Josie has been acting out and her grades are slipping. Mayte, who has been desperate to have a child, makes plans to adopt a one-year-old baby. The others worry that everything is happening too fast – what if something goes wrong and Mayte loses another child? Finally, Shamicka’s wounds from her divorce are still fresh – her divorce from Martin Lawrence was just recently finalized. Every day brings new challenges that only a Hollywood Ex can understand, but thankfully the others are there to help her find her way. “Hollywood Exes” premieres in July 2013 with 13 1-hour episodes.