Successful real estate broker Aryn Drake-Lee didn’t become popular because of her success in the real estate market but as a celebutante – all thanks to her marriage to Jesse Williams, from whom she is now divorced. Jesse Williams is an American actor, director and political activist who is best recognized for his role as Dr. Jackson Avery in the hit medical drama Grey’s Anatomy. Get to know more about his ex-wife as well as facts about their divorce.
Aryn Drake-Lee Bio
Aryn Drake-Lee as her now ex-husband once pointed out is a woman of her own, an independent woman who believes in hard work, a virtue that has made her one of the most successful real estate agents at Brown Harris Stevens real estate firm. A visit to her profile on the company’s online platform reveals her impressive track record.
Known to confidently rock her trademark natural curly hair and most times without makeup, Aryn Drake-Lee is an excellent example of a woman with brains. She attended the French American International School in San Fransisco and as a result, is trilingual. She is fluent not only English but French and Spanish. Being multilingual has no doubt made Drake-Lee an effective and skilled communicator in the real estate business.
Following her high school graduation, Drake-Lee got accepted to Barnard College at Columbia University, an Ivy-League school. Barnard College is a private women’s liberal arts college in New York City which was established in 1889.
While in college, she began her real estate career working for Webb and Brooker in Harlem, New York City. At the age of 24, she bought her first of many properties. After leaving Webb and Brooker, Aryn Drake-Lee continued her career at William B. May before joining Brown Harris Stevens.
In 2017, she made a TV appearance on an episode of the TV program, Complex Conversations.
Married, Divorce, Ex-Husband
Aryn Drake-Lee and Jesse Williams had known each other long before their marriage in 2012. They met at a time when Jesse Williams was a teacher at public schools in Philadelphia and yet to begin his acting career. Soon after becoming friends, the pair started dating and in September 2012, they tied the knot in a private ceremony. Upon their marriage, Drake-Lee moved with Williams to Los Angeles.
About a year later, the couple welcomed their first child together, a daughter named Sadie Willimas. Later in 2015, they had a son Maceo Williams. At the peak of their union, Aryn Drake-Lee accompanied Jesse to many red carpet events. Together, the couple launched an app called the Ebroji app which is a curated GIF keyboard that is designed to enhance communication. The app contains emojis that people across all race, color and sexuality can relate to.
Unfortunately for the couple, their marriage hit the rocks in 2017 and in April 2017, reports surfaced that Williams had filed for a divorce. The couple remained largely private until the news of the divorce, thus, it was unclear what the reason was behind their separation. Many speculated cheating on Williams’ part but the actor firmly debunked the rumors.
What would follow Williams’ move for divorce was an ugly custody battle for their two children. Aryn Drake-Lee told the court that her ex-husband was unfit to care for kids due to his womanizing and constant drinking, thus, she wanted sole-custody. On the contrary, the court discovered otherwise and granted them joint-custody of the two kids.
In September 2017, Williams agreed to pay an initial $160,000 in child and spousal support. By January 2018, the court ruled Williams was to pay his ex-wife $50,695 per month in spousal support. The actor also agreed to share with the mother of his kids, half of all of his residual earnings from Sept. 1, 2012, and April 10, 2017. By June 2018, the court increased his divorce payout to $100,000 per month due to the pay rise he got for his role in Grey’s Anatomy. Williams reportedly earns $512,000 per episode of the hit medical drama.
Following his split from Aryn Drake-Lee, Jesse Williams began dating actress Minka Kelly. They broke up in January 2018 and in May 2018 and he began dating sports reporter Taylor Rooks.
Aryn Drake-Lee’s parents are aliens to the spotlight. Never ever has there been any mention of them anywhere in the media, thus, details about their lives and whereabouts are unknown.