Ten children to five different mothers: Eddie Murphy's complicated family life.

Last night, veteran comedian Eddie Murphy made a triumphant return to Saturday Night Live.

After a 35 year absence, one of the show’s most celebrated performers who was first appeared aged just 19, came back to the show that launched his career – and the audience welcomed him with open arms.

Eddie Murphy rose to fame in the 1980s playing the fast-talking Axel Foley in the Beverly Hills Cop franchise.

He went on to star in a bunch of Hollywood blockbusters and became one of the most commanding stand up comedians in the world.

Last year, The Nutty Professor lead actor welcomed his 10th child into the world with his 39-year-old long-term Australian partner, Paige Butcher.

The couple welcomed a baby boy named Max Charles Murphy.

The comedian, now 58, has ten children to five different mothers.

Murphy and Butcher are already parents to Izzy Oona who is three years old.

For Murphy, fatherhood began back in 1989, when he was a rising Hollywood star. He welcomed his first son, Eric, with his girlfriend at the time, Paulette McNeely.

As the New York Post reports not much is known about McNeely. She has never been photographed and her relationship with Murphy appears to be short-lived.

The following year his second son, Christian, was born. Murphy shares the now 27-year-old with his ex-partner Tamara Hood.

In 1988, while he was possibly still with McNeely, Murphy met Nicole Mitchell at the NAACP Image Awards. They later began dating and moved in together.

On March 18, 1993, the couple married in the Grand Ballroom of The Plaza Hotel in New York City.

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Murphy and Mitchell went on to have five children together – Bria, 28, Miles, 25, Shayne Audra, 23, Zola Ivy, 18, and Bella Zahra, 16.

At 4.45am on May 2, 1997, police pulled Murphy over on the Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood. The actor was driving in his Toyota Land Cruiser at the time and there was a sex worker named Atisone Seiuli (aka Shalimar), in the passenger seat.

Murphy was not arrested nor charged when he was stopped after Seiuli got into his car. The police officers questioned him and determined no illegal activity had occurred.

The incident made international headlines and was compared to Hugh Grant receiving oral sex in his car from a sex worker named Divine Brown in 1995.

In August 2005, eight years after the incident, Mitchell filed for divorce citing “irreconcilable differences” with her husband of 12 years.

“Eddie and I are friends; he’s my babies’ daddy, so we speak to each other and have a great relationship and I think that’s important when you have children involved,” Mitchell told Radar in 2012.

In 2006, Murphy met Mel B aka Scary Spice.

Not long after the actor began dating the former Spice Girl, Mel B discovered she was pregnant.

She publicly announced the news and claimed the baby was Murphy’s.

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Eddie Murphy with his blended family. Image: Getty.

In response, Murphy told a reporter, "I don't know whose child that is until it comes out and has a blood test. You shouldn't jump to conclusions, sir".

Mel B gave birth to a baby girl, Angel Iris Murphy Brown, on April 3, 2007, which also happened to be Murphy's 46th birthday.

DNA tests later confirmed that Murphy was the father of little Angel Iris.

In 2014, Mel B told The Guardian Weekend Murphy now has a relationship with his daughter.

“We go over there as a family, we have dinners together, everything is fine … now. He’s a great guy,” she said.

On January 1, 2008, Murphy married film producer Tracey Edmonds in a private ceremony on an island off Bora Bora. When they arrived back in the US, the couple released a statement, telling the public they had no plans to make their marriage official under US law.

Murphy then began dating Paige Butcher in 2012.

The couple met on the set of Big Momma's House 2. Butcher, a Perth-born model and actress, had a small role in the film.

As soon as the couple became official, Butcher deleted her entire social media presence.

"I'm in a relationship with a celebrity, so I felt like there’s already enough of me out there," she told Vanity Fair in 2013.

"I felt like I was giving out too much information. I was giving people too much access. I like to keep as much private as possible now."

In 2016, Murphy told Entertainment Tonight his kids were the "brightest part" of his life.

"My world revolves around them - even the old, grey bald ones."

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