Everything We Know About Nick Cokas, Katharine McPhee’s Ex-Husband

Ever happy after is a myth; it only exists in fairy tales. We never imagined that American Idol alum, Katherine McPhee would ever think of calling it quits on her marriage. Of course, she looked perfect with her ex-husband which got us hoping for an ever happy after for the duo. However, it turned out that it was not to be. Nothing is made to last anyway. The singer cum actress was the one time wife of Nick Cokas, an American actor, celebrity manager, and businessman.

Cokas may not be popular as an actor but he gained wide popularity after getting married to the famous actress, singer, and songwriter. They were happily married until a cheating scandal ruined their beautiful love story. The duo announced their divorce out of the blues six years after their 2008 nuptials. Cokas found out that his then younger wife was cheating on him.

Enough of their marital woes and what would have been. Let’s get down to the topic of the day.

Background Details of Nick Cokas

Nick Cokas was born in San Francisco, California, on the 11th of April, 1965. As much as we would love to share details about his early life, there is a dearth of information on his childhood, where he grew up, his family, parents, and siblings. Even as he is yet to reveal his heritage, we know he is of white ethnicity and of American nationality.

He graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles and spent the early years of his career as a Broadway actor. Some of his on-stage credits include the 1993 musical, Blood Brothers and the 1996 revival of Once Upon a Mattress. He has also seen time in front of the camera. Cokas took up minor roles in movies and television series such as the 1989 film Wild Orchid and ABC’s Invasion (2005).

Nick Cokas’ Fact Card

He Married a Much Younger Katherine McPhee

Katherine McPhee is the daughter of Daniel McPhee and Patricia Burch McPhee (a singer, vocal coach and TV producer). She was born on the 25th of March, 1984. Her sister is Adrienne McPhee, a voice and performance coach. McPhee not only sings but is also an actress and a songwriter. She rose to Hollywood prominence as the runner-up to the eventual winner, Taylor Hicks of the fifth season of American Idol.

Katharine McPhee and Nick Cokas
Katharine McPhee and Nick Cokas on their wedding day

Cokas met the younger singer turned actress in 2005. While theirs was 16 years age gap, they got engaged in 2007 and exchanged their vows on 2nd February 2008, before 305 wedding guests in a grand ceremony in Beverly Hills. Interestingly, her present husband, Canadian musician, David Foster played the piano as she serenaded Cokas.

He Managed His Ex-wife’s Career

Besides appearing in movies and on TV, he Nick is perceived as a successful celebrity manager. He reportedly stepped down from Broadway after 15 years to manage the career of other artists including that of his ex-wife. He managed her career until 2014. The duo has known each other since 2005 when they performed together in the production of The Ghost and Mrs. Muir in Los Angeles.

Nick is also an Entrepreneur and Businessman

He founded Cokas Corp in 2006, a company that serves as a bridge between corporate companies and artists. His clientele includes GAP, Walmart, Proctor & Gamble, and Adidas as well as top artists such as Katty Perry, Nicki Minaj, and Miranda Kerr. Nick Cokas is also the co-founder and director of the McPhee Outreach, a charitable organization established in 2006 with his former wife. They were also involved in several social charities including creating the Rhythm of Hope music program.

He has also served as the Tech, Marketing, and Entertainment department of Straight Edge LLC, where he has worked for over a decade.

Nick Cokas’ Divorce Story

Photos of the couple looking inseparable were splashed all over the internet. While we eagerly anticipated a thousand years together for them, they quietly separated in March 2013.

However, it was privy only to them and didn’t really happen for us until months later, when a photo of McPhee kissing her also married Smash director, Michael Morris in October 2013 became a news flash. While Morris went ahead to reconcile with his wife, Mary McCormack, with whom he has three daughters, McPhee and Cokas’ marriage slowly disintegrated. She filed for a divorce in May 2014, stating that they had already split in 2013. Cokas, however, claimed that McPhee cheated on him while they were still together. They officially divorced in February 2016.

Here’s Why He Got Richer After His Divorce

Cokas was successful already and well to do in his own right prior to his marriage to the songster. However, we won’t deny the given that he got richer after his divorce. He got spousal support and walked away with a sizeable income.

As per reports, Nick Cokas was to receive $102,616 as settlement and spousal support of $400,000 for up to a year. While McPhee gets to keep all the furniture, artwork, a 2013 Mercedes M Class SUV, insurance policies, certain TV and music rights, Cokas got a percentage of some of his ex’s music royalties and his 2013 Jeep Wrangler. His net worth has been estimated to be $6 million.

Where is Nick Cokas Now?

Nick Cokas seems to be in a great place following his divorce. He still manages his branding company, Cokas Corp and has maintained an amicable relationship with his ex. It is yet to be seen whether Nick is dating someone else or not but Katherine has since moved on. She dated her Scorpion co-star Elyes Gabel from 2014 to 2016 and she later became the 5th wife of the much older David Foster in June 2019.

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Chidimma is a Mass Communications graduate with about 4 years experience. She has a flair for all things entertainment and when she's not writing, you would most likely find her either spending time with her family, binge-watching whatever television series that holds her interest at the time or silently editing other people’s grammar.


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