Chris Rock’s 16-year marriage to Malaak Compton might be falling apart

Does anyone else remember when Chris Rock and his wife Malaak would appear on Oprah’s network show, or when they would let Oprah’s cameras inside their home? I remember. Oprah was (and is) a big fan of Chris Rock, but as for Malaak… I don’t know. I got the feeling that Oprah wasn’t entirely sold on Malaak. I wasn’t entirely sold on Malaak either. Malaak seemed to make a conscious effort to try to be like a mini-Oprah, and it often came across as overly familiar and awkward. Malaak is beautiful, though, and I always thought that she must keep Chris Rock on a tight leash, and they both seemed invested in their home life, their family and their daughters.

… And now that might be over. Star Magazine claims that Chris’s brother is telling people that Chris and Malaak are over, and an unnamed source claims Malaak is “very controlling and demanding”.

Chris Rock may be a comedian, but the current state of his 16-year-marriage is no laughing matter – because the actor and his wife, Malaak Compton-Rock, have called it quits!

The shocking news surfaced in late June when Chris’s brother Tony Rock made light of the situation during a performance at the Hollywood Improv Comedy Club.

“Tony poked fun at his brother’s divorce during one of his acts,” an audience member tells Star. “He said, ‘I’m not supposed to tell y’all this, but Chris is getting a divorce. I’m so happy because now we can get p*ssy together. I didn’t like her anyway.’”

Sources say Rock, 48, grew tired of having to answer to 44-year-old Malaak.

“There have been many arguments behind closed doors… Malaak is very controlling and demanding.”

[From Star Magazine, print edition]

God, I can’t believe Chris Rock is 48 years old. That makes me feel ancient! Anyway, there’s a good possibility this is all BS, or that Chris’s brother has it wrong, or that Chris and Malaak just had a rough patch and everything is fine now. But it seems weird, right? And Chris Rock is not any kind of tabloid fixture either, so it seems weird that Star Mag would just decide to make this up. Something’s fishy.

Some photos of Chris Rock going solo to the NYC premiere of Grown-Ups 2 a few nights ago. Huh.

Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. T.Fanty says:

    This might be a little unfair. Wasn’t it revealed that he cheated, a few years ago, when that private detective was prosecuted for trying to blackmail Tom Cruise or something?). I thought that I remember tapes being released of Rock on the phone talking about how to make a girl he slept with go away.

    • Badirene says:

      I remember that vaguely too, wasn’t there claims of a child he had with a sidepiece and getting a dna test done?

      Off to google!

      On the Hollywood Reporter Site its claim they settled confidentially but he then spoke about the case to Howard Stern so she sued him for breach of contract.It seems very messed up, worth a read though!

    • Cherry says:

      I hate it when a woman’s ‘being in control’ is used as an argument against her. I mean: “There have been many arguments behind closed doors… Malaak is very controlling and demanding.” So that’s the reason they split? I bet Chris is just as ‘controlling and demanding’ as his wife, but he’s a man, so it’s ok.
      And yes, thanks T.fanty, to make matters worse: I believe there’s also a good reason for her to be demanding. Such an unfair, biased story.

    • Collar says:

      I remember this but I am pretty sure he and his wife were separated at the time. The girl was alledging rape or something right? I’ll never forget the part of the tape transcript where he quips that its better to be caught with a heroine needle sticking out of your arm than to be accused of rape. I could hear him say it in my head.

      Just wanted to point out that he and the wife were split during the jump off thing and reconcilled later, so I dont know if it was cheating per se.

      • Betty says:

        Yes, I was going to say the same thing. They were separated then and later reconciled. Perhaps they’ll get over this hump as well.

  2. Mercy says:

    I see trouble in his eyes..He’s looking so ols these day..’growing grey hair in a short time’,like Obama in ‘trouble’.

  3. Bluesky says:

    I seem to recall a couple of years ago that he filed for divorce at least twice

  4. Maria says:

    there were reports of a divorce a couple of years ago and also a claim that he fathered another child, though the DNA test showed it wasnt him.

    star isnt reliable and i wouldnt take anything that a comic says onstage as the truth but yes it seems very random and it could be true.

  5. Jackie Jormp Jomp (formerly Zelda) says:

    Who the hell styled her in that first photo?! From the clown makeup to the barbie purse…un-matching earrings…so many colours…oy… the next pic is miles better…

  6. DreamyK says:

    His brother’s remarks during a comedy show(WTF?) were completely inappropriate. There are three little girls involved and I don’t care how you slice and dice it, there is nothing even remotely amusing about the effect of divorce on children.

    • Judy says:

      I know. I was going to say the same thing. Imagine hearing your uncle say that he never really liked your mom anyway. And that he can’t wait to involve your father in a bunch of p*ssy shenanigans. Terrible. Poor, poor children. If I were Chris Rock, I’d punch him in the junk. Today’s world and it’s sleazy morals. It makes me sad.

  7. fabgrrl says:

    All I’ve learned from this is that Chris Rock’s brother is an assh*le.

    • Diana says:

      Cosign. What a douche!

    • Emily C. says:


      Of course he’d take his brother’s side in a divorce, and to act like what he says is completely factual is really naive. That he said this stuff publicly is gross.

    • I Choose Me says:

      Yes! Cripes, talking sh*t about your sister in law in under the guise of a ‘joke’ is so unbelievably crass.

  8. Kiddo says:

    I think Chris Rock once said, in one of his shows, that a man is only as faithful as his options, or something like that. What is said in jest is often the truth.

  9. Jennifer12 says:

    Of course, it’s all the wife’s fault for being controlling. Of course.

  10. truthful says:

    I’m just gonna say this, Chris has side pieces and has continued to be unfaithful..

    his wife has been through alot w/him, ALOT!

  11. Dee says:

    She looks a little like a darker Mowry sister. Also, those poor beautiful girls inherited their daddy’s lips. The middle child looks just like him. I have nothing against interracial relationships but it’s good to see a black couple surviving in Hollywood. Is that weird?

    I hope what ever is wrong that they can work through. A lot marriages go through rough spots and man it must be harder with media there to speculate and feed you more ideas on how it went wrong. Sometime you need a really support system to remind why it worth trying to fix.

    • Dee says:

      Wow, I banged that out a little to quickly. Please excuse the mistakes and missing words.

  12. Alarmjaguar says:

    This is why I shouldn’t read gossip — I really like Chris Rock as an entertainer, but now I’m starting to question him as a person. Yuck. Also, I’m totally with all of you who are calling out this article for blaming the wife…maybe, but seems like there is a lot more to the story. And those poor girls.

  13. serena says:

    OMG 48 years old, I can’t believe it. Anywya Chris’s brother is an ass, so disrespectful to his family, so shameful.

  14. Side-Eye says:

    Guys seriously? Is it really so hard to believe that some women really are controlling? How come everyone a story that a woman mighte a Bitch it’s because of sexism? It’s not always the fault of the man and trust me controlling men aren’t nearly as protected as you’d like us to believe-chris would be bashe’s immedistally if this was the other way around.

    • Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

      Okay, I’m glad someone else thinks this. I don’t know these people from Adam so how could I possibly know the nature of their relationship? Maybe he’s all of the bad things said about him, maybe he’s not. Maybe she isn’t controlling, maybe she is, but I’m not going to let my sense of outrage triumph over the fact that I have no information at all.

      • Side-Eye says:

        Exactly. I like this site and all, but sometimes people on here get way to assured in their own personal theories with little actual information.(See: the rampant theory that Henry Cavill is gay that people get really passionate about for whatever reason, despite knowing him from a box of Cheerios.)

    • ViktoryGin says:

      Exactly. Calling her controlling doesn’t immediately render the writer or the admission chauvanisistic. I’ve known a couple of women who were downright tyrants in their relationships. They had no concept of a healthy relatio ship and were only able to relate to their mates by dominating them.

      • Side-Eye says:

        One of my friends had to stop being friends with one of her close friends because of his controlling and domineering girlfriend–she hated seeing him talk to other girls even if he’d known them for years! Men don’t have a monopoly on douchebaggery, that’s for sure.

  15. DTX says:


    I just want to squeeze that adorable kiddo! With her cute little rainbow afro-wig!

  16. onegirlup says:

    don’t care… meh

  17. Dirty Martini says:

    All I can say is this:

    He’s d@m! funny and makes me laugh like no other comedian I wish nothing but the best for the kids……but if the rest of it provides fodder for a new comedy routine, I’m down to listen to it.