Morgan Freeman’s divorce finalized, he’s now free to marry step-granddaughter


**The above photo is (left to right): E’Dena Hines, Myrna Colley-Lee, and Morgan.

After a very trying 26 years of marriage, Morgan Freeman has finalized his divorce from his second wife, Myrna Colley-Lee. According to previous reporting from The National Enquirer, Myrna and Morgan had been separated for the better part of three years, if not longer. The reasons for the divorce are officially unknown, meaning that no one is confirming anything at this point, but it’s widely believed that Morgan cheated on Myrna with several women, including one young woman that I’ll get to in one moment. First, the statement from Morgan’s lawyer:

After a quarter century of marriage, Morgan Freeman has officially divorced wife Myrna Colley-Lee. The former couple finalized their divorce in Mississippi on Wednesday, Freeman’s attorney William R. Wright confirmed to the Associated Press.

“It was done without a trial,” Wright said. “Everybody is glad it’s over.” Terms of the split are sealed.

The Oscar-winning actor, 73, wed costume designer Colley-Lee in July 1984. They separated back in December 2007, and filed for divorce the following year.

The couple have no children together; Freeman has two sons from previous relationships, and two children (including an adopted daughter) from his first marriage to Jeanette Bradshaw.

Freeman settled a lawsuit back in November 2009 involving a 2008 car accident with a woman named Damaris Meyer; Meyer claimed she was unfairly branded as “the other woman” following the crash and “accused of having caused the breakup of Mr. Freeman’s marriage.”

[From Us Weekly]

The hush-hush nature of the divorce agreement is very interesting, isn’t it? It could totally be that Morgan is a private guy. Sure. But it could also be so hush-hush because Myrna knows all about Morgan’s alleged, decade-long sexual relationship with his step-granddaughter, E’Dina Hines. The National Enquirer ran a series of high-profile pieces about Morgan and E’Dina’s relationship, making it seem like the whole affair began when E’Dena was still just a teenager, and that it’s continued to this day, with Morgan promising to marry the now 27-year-old E’Dena, and to have children with her. The Enquirer also claimed last year that Myrna was using Morgan’s relationship with E’Dena in the divorce negotiations – some thought that it was Myrna’s camp who was leaking the details of the affair. Very interesting.


BEVERLY HILLS, CA - SEPTEMBER 25:  Actor Morgan Freeman (L) and his wife Myrna Colley-Lee arrive at the premiere of MGM's 'Feast of Love' at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on September 25, 2007 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Morgan & E’Dena in 2008. Morgan with E’Dena and Myrna in 2005. Credit: WENN

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  1. mel says:

    omg – how sickening.

  2. filthycute says:

    This is so gross.

  3. Lisa St. says:

    Ewwwwww. That’s so gross. I hate to think that is a true story. I love Morgan Freeman as an actor but damn, that is just nasty.

  4. The Truth Fairy says:

    Is it just me or do these women look exactly alike (notwithstanding the age difference) ???

  5. Diane says:


  6. PsychicEyes says:

    This is just so disturbing on so many levels. It’s one thing to be a cheater but not with a young girl who may have viewed him as father/grandfater, regardless if there is no biological factor. E’Dena is a young girl who needs to experience life and have relationship with men her own age — it’s not right to take that innocence away from her. Hopefully, Karma Police will be knocking at his doorstep, and hopefully soon. And yes, E’Dena looks like a younger version of Myrna.

  7. malachais says:

    E’dena looks a bit like a crackhead. Although they are not blood- related, yes it is pretty gross. how old is she? If its a decade-long affair, I would think she’s in her late 20’s early 30’s. Sick family drama.

  8. Super Sleuth says:

    I hope that’s not her granddaughter.

  9. danielle says:

    Lalalalala I can’t hear you!!!! Why, oh why did I read this post! Horrible stuff, and I wish I didn’t know. Darn my gossip addiction!

  10. jen says:

    Maybe Woody Allen can perform the ceremony!

  11. The Hamm is My Dream Man says:

    Ew. That’s all that needs to be said. Ew.

  12. allison says:

    That is so unbelievably disturbing 🙁 i used to think morgan freeman was a very dignified, classy man. If this is true, he is a MAJOR sicko. If he was married to his wife for 26 years, and E’Dina is 27, that means she grew up with him in the family, as her GRANDFATHER FIGURE, since infancy!!! I don’t care if there is no blood relation, that is the same family relationship!!!

  13. Anti-icon says:

    Much as I appreciate Morgan Freeman’s fine work at the cinema, this scandal is a little more than I can bear. It sickens. How is this any different than what Roman Polanski did? Pedos are sickos, and most especially when it happens inside families–blood related or not it is still incest. Gross.

  14. 4Real says:

    Ew Daddy issues??

    P…ERV….PERV! doo doo doo doo

    GR…OSS…GROSS! doo doo doo doo

  15. Jess says:

    He must have the best PR person in Hollywood. No one is covering this!! Hello Billy Bush!
    In the end, he’s just a pervy old man. Shame since he has had such a successful movie career.

  16. Fluffy Kitten Tail says:

    Oh, that is wonderful news!

    (I am being sarcastic)

  17. Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

    Can anyone help me find my pleura? I just coughed it up and the hysterical blindness is causing me difficulty in locating it. Thanks in advance.

  18. Johnny'sGirl says:

    Hollywood needs a Overhaul!

  19. Ms_Fu says:

    Well, they’re both adults now. And I’m not one to bash people’s relationships purely on age differences, but their familial connection makes it weird.

  20. LindaR says:

    So gross. And because I boycott celebrities that lead disgusting lives, my list of favorites is getting shorter and shorter. I might need to rethink the criteria.

  21. anon1 says:

    I remember when this story first came out and then seemed to disappear pretty quickly with little being said about it. I wondered why he seemingly got a pass for being a dirty old man who would do the nasty with his step granddaughter. I really used to enjoy his work, now I can barely stand to see his picture. Just disgusting.

  22. RHONYC says:

    vile. i’m gonna stick him in my file along with chris brown & mel gibson.

    i’ll never watch his movies again.

    boo. 🙁

  23. Praise St. Angie! says:

    “How is this any different than what Roman Polanski did?”

    while I am in NO way condoning Freeman’s actions here, the difference is that he didn’t feed his step-granddaughter alcohol at age 13, then give her some quaaludes, and then forcibly sodomize her. (that we know of.)

    so, while what Freeman did is GROSS, it’s just not the same.

  24. Kiska says:

    I had always respected Morgan Freeman as an actor and somehow this piece of news taints things for me. I’ll never been able to watch a film and think of him as a decent person. It is one thing to cheat on someone but with your step-granddaughter? Isn’t all rather incestuous. Plus, she would have been underage when the affair began.

  25. L says:

    @Super Sleuth Yup, it’s her grandaughter from her first marriage. But the girl was raised thinking of Morgan Freeman as grandpa. EWWWW

  26. Kitten says:

    UNSEE. Boo 🙁
    If this is true, I am seriously bummed.

  27. Feebee says:

    They think his wife used his relationship with his step-granddaughter in the divorce proceedings…. YA THINK?!! I’m assuming his ex-wife is as creeped out as the rest of us are. I certainly hope she at least mentioned it in passing.

  28. guesty says:

    what in the woody allen sam hill hell could be more disgusting than this.

  29. Scarlet Vixen says:

    I don’t know about the Roman Polanski comparison (and believe me–I think Polanski is a sick f’in bastard who should rot in prison), but I definitely see a Woody Allen comparison. Woody wound up having an affair with longtime partner and baby mama Mia Farrow’s adopted daughter (who was 10 when Woody Allen became her ‘dad’) while he and Mia were still together, and who he later married and had kids with. I think this is equally gross! Like a previous poster pointed out, if he was married to E’Dena’s grandma since the girl was 1, he’s been her GRANDPA basically her entire life. And they’ve been having sex since she was 17?? And he was 63?? Maybe he’s even creepier than Woody Allen (and I didn’t even think that was possible).

  30. iKat says:

    Hmm.. last comment was removed; let me rephrase it maybe?

    I’m so glad that this is just an ‘alleged’ affair and that there are no real facts to it.
    If there were than that would be tragic – but there aren’t.

  31. Embee says:

    @LindaR: you crack me up! “And because I boycott celebrities that lead disgusting lives…” excellent policy!

  32. Kim says:

    This is BS just because its in NE doesn’t mean its true

  33. Anti-icon says:

    #31 Ikat: so because the divorce documents are sealed, that means that it isn’t true?

    This women who was in a car accident with MF was blamed for the divorce. She was a regular person who was essentially set up to camoflage his inappropriate “relationship–alledged” with his Own Grandaughter.

    This is BIGGER than Woody Allen, and I remember how that got played out on CNN…this has been QUIET. The playbook was already written by Allen, so incest tends to be wiped out of any public record to protect everyone’s shame.

    I’m glad to comment, because Woody Allen’s “tragedy” of incest was a huge media topic when it occurred in the ’90s. Today, no one raises an eyebrow? I find that intolerable.

  34. dorothy says:

    I love him, but gotta tell ya….that’s just gross.

  35. walker says:

    I remember when I first heard this story. When he got into a car accident last year and he was with a mystery woman. Then it was followed by this story of his step grand-daughter.

    The Enquirer is usually right on with their stories so I totally believe this.

  36. walker says:

    HIs PR people can only do so much! GOOD JOB ENQUIRER! 🙂

  37. GreenGinger says:

    I was really shocked when I first heard about this last year. Since then, he’s been deadtome.

  38. Lisa says:

    This makes me so sad.

  39. Super Sleuth says:

    Thanks, L. That’s even creepier and more gross.

  40. iKat says:

    #34 anti-icon: So, Morgan Freeman wanting some privacy in concern to the details of his divorce means that whatever insanities the press print are true? This proves that he is having an AFFAIR with his granddaughter??

    I would think that it’s pretty normal for a celebrity (or anyone in fact) to not want something as personal as divorce to be made public to everyone.

    But hey, like I said; if straight-up facts prove this is true then it really will be tragic and horrific. But atm, it’s all just speculation.

  41. snappyfish says:

    icky poo

  42. Richie says:

    I really liked morgan freeman!! never knew he was a perv!!! what world are we living in? honestly? this is really disgusting. actually making me sick to my stomach!!!

  43. Madison says:

    Disgusting old pervert. I will never watch any movie his in ever again.

  44. Truthzbetta says:

    I am so sad. I loved him. The man played God. Convincingly.

    Then he showed up on Charlie Rose saying his religion is that he’s basically God. And he admitted that wasn’t even a metaphor.

    This is the nastiest thing I’ve ever heard and totally unexpected, wonder if Woody Allen is a god too? When you make up your own religion I guess you think you’re above human decency. Sad loss of a role model, imo.

  45. jzhz says:

    @The Truth Fairy

    They look NOTHING alike. One is taller. One is darker skinned. One has longer hair. One is heavier.

  46. original kate says:

    this is disturbing on many levels, so i will just close my eyes and think of how awesome morgan was in “the shawshank redemption.”

    *la la la la la….*

  47. Mistral says:

    …And he is such a great actor…Always playing honourable roles…Bleh if this is true

  48. k says:

    morgans a freeman; hide you grandkids yall

  49. Lushus L. says:

    @k Hahaha ! Fo real!

  50. bleau skye says:

    I hope this is not true. If it is then Morgan Freeman has been spending too much time with Woody Allen.

  51. Sally says:

    So if they’ve been in a (sexual) relationship since she was 17 it’s technically illegal right? And he could be accused of sexually grooming an underage girl, too?

  52. Chris says:

    It doesn’t matter that he’s a million years old and that she grew up thinking he was her Grandad because he’s a movie star, people!!! Isn’t that all that matters?

  53. haribo says:

    This has been known in Europe for a long time now.

  54. Crash2GO2 says:

    @Jo ‘Mama’ Besser: LOL!!

  55. skibunny says:

    Holy Lick!!!! I love Morgan Freeman as an actor but this almost caused me to make a floorpizza just thinking about the sex part!!!!! Yuck!

  56. Guest says:

    I’m guessing that at least part of the reason Morgan Freeman’s scandal isn’t receiving as much publicity as Woody Allen’s is because of the Mia Farrow factor.

    Mia Farrow is a big star in her own right, one or both of her parents were also stars in Hollywood, and they were plugged into that community and had some clout. Mia wrote a (very good) book that she promoted, and was on iirc Oprah, among other shows.

    Like others, my visceral response to the Morgan Freeman scandal is Ewwwwwwww!

  57. cantbelievethis says:

    This is so, so gross if true. I wonder why it hasn’t gotten more press? This is way worse than what Tiger Woods or Jesse James did (they are d-bags, but at least they weren’t sleeping with family members).

  58. mildred says:

    Once upon a time you were one of my\
    favorite actors! No more!


  59. calypso says:

    If this is a true story, its downright disgusting.What a dirty old man.

  60. madison says:

    that’s insane. where are we heading to?

  61. Chris says:

    Any comments on the woman’s part in this?

  62. Cherry says:

    Being a woman, who was therefore once a teenage girl, I have to ask…Would the comments be as vitriolic if it was a 17 year old step-grandSON and a 63 year old actress? I think teen girls are often painted as victims of sexual manipulation when it’s unwarranted. Based on the pictures she wasn’t forced into anything. Same thing with Woody Allen and Soon-Yi. A teen girl can decide she wants to bone a gross old man without it being that he was mind controlling her or whatever. I rarely see it written that a boy was manipulated into a sexual relationship.

    That said…He looks like he has worms.

  63. Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

    I think there would be, yes. There’s a difference between ‘Cougartown’ and ‘The Archipelago of Statutory Rape’. Kids that age are easy marks and biologically sexually mature, that, sadly is a great combination for an ephebolphiliac. Remember the Palau-Letourneau debacle–yes, he only twelve which makes it that much worse, but she is branded for life (fine by me). The two of them are married with children but my face automatically crumples when I think of them, I doubt I’m alone in that. There was a time when being the daughter of Lyndon Larouche was the weirdest part of her life story.

  64. P.M. says:

    So, if true, she found out her husband was screwing around on her with her daughter? Oh my God that poor woman betrayed by her daughter and her husband.

  65. Confuzzle says:

    😡 vileness

  66. Jag says:

    I think this hasn’t gotten more press because of Freeman’s influence into everything. He does movies, voiceovers, etc., and if the general paying public turned on him, many, many in the “industry” would be hurt by the loss of revenue.

    This has disgusted me from the first time y’all wrote about it. I haven’t told my dad about it because it would taint his perception forever.

    If Freeman thinks he’s God, too, then there definitely could be some mental illness at play here. That still doesn’t excuse anything, and he should be prosecuted for having sex with a minor.

  67. Claire L K says:


  68. Kim says:

    Gimme abreak the National Enquirer is almost never right with their stories,To my Knowledge they were only right about John Edwards and Tiger(3-4 years after he started cheating)They have claimed Oprah, Dr Phil, Rachael Ray etc… have broken up with their spouses multilple times.

  69. amazed says:

    I am amazed that the lawyers glossed over the woman who it is clear actually broke up their marriage, Mary Joyce, and concentrated on Demaris. And that your rag is settling on the child, who if any of this is true, has been damaged. While the homewrecker MJ, has gotten off scott free! And then you have the nerve to say that it was the wife who leaked to the press? Think again. Several women! It was one that everyone was talking about for the longest and had pictures of, and who they thought was going to marry him. Where is she in all of this? Leave these people alone.

  70. fluff ass says:

    how do we know there is any truth to this? the national enquirer used to also give regular updates on “bat boy.”

  71. jenny says:

    edena is morgan freemans adopted daughters child

  72. Brian says:

    She’s an adult. He’s an adult. Sure, it’s icky, but they aren’t blood related. So, good luck to them.

  73. wtf says:

    “edena is morgan freemans adopted daughters child”

    he took advantage of someone in his care, it’s abuse and exploitation because he did that when she was a minor.

  74. Fintan says:

    Just as I still enjoy Michael Jackson’s music, I’m still going to enjoy the s**t out of everything Freeman’s in. Calm the hell down everybody.