Iconic American comedian Eddie Murphy has had some well-publicised romantic relationships (think Spice Girl Mel B), but one thing about his current fiancée Paige Butcher isn’t as well-known: she’s an Aussie, from Perth.
Butcher, 40, has been with the 58-year-old Coming to America star since 2012. They have two children together; Max, who was born in November last year, and three-year-old daughter Izzy.
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Here’s what else we know about the Australian woman who would become a successful model, and the mum of Murphy’s ninth and 10th children.
Butcher’s Australian background.
We only know some basic things about Butcher’s childhood in Australia: she was born in Attadale, a suburb of the city of Perth, she attended Santa Maria College, and her father is former Aussie model, Robert Butcher.
Butcher’s career after Perth.
When she was just 14, Butcher won the Cover Girl Cosmetics Supermodel Search, which secured her an IMG modelling contract, and took her to New York.
Butcher’s father Robert told The West Australian in 2012 that her modelling career became so successful that she only managed to come home to Perth once a year after that.
“She’s done a lot of work in New York with disabled children, taking aged people shopping, working in pet refuges and helping build houses for the needy,” he added.
Butcher modelled for Maxim, and was contracted with the big agencies such as LA Models and the Ford Modelling Agency.
In 2006, she played a small part in Big Momma’s House 2, where she met Murphy.
Butcher’s relationship with Murphy.
Before she met Murphy, Butcher was linked to actor Tyson Beckford, and business magnate Russell Simmons.
Murphy – who currently has an episode on Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, streaming on Netflix – and Butcher, became engaged in September 2018.
The couple has been notoriously private about their relationship.
Butcher explained to Vanity Fair, that Murphy is one reason she shuns social media.
“I’m in a relationship with a celebrity, so I felt like there’s already enough of me out there,” she said.
“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.”