Does Derek Chauvin have children? George Floyd killer's ex-wife Kellie is a mom-of-two but he's not the dad
Derek and Kellie Chauvin were married for 10 years but she had filed for divorce after video of George Floyd's murder sparked outrage
Former Minnesota cop Derek Chauvin's personal life has been an open book for the public, ever since he garnered a slew of infamy for murdering George Floyd. The ex-policeman has been convicted of the murder and awaiting sentencing in prison, while reports come in about his losses elsewhere - specifically a recently approved divorce between him and ex-wife Kellie May Xiong Chauvin, 46.
The couple, who had met at a Minneapolis hospital where Kellie worked and Derek was dropping off a suspect for a health checkup, split soon after the video of Derek kneeling on Floyd's neck for nine minutes came to light. Derek has now been found guilty on all three counts of a second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter in the death of Floyd. As social media explodes asking what happens next to the disgraced cop, speculating the years in prison he would get as part of his sentencing, here's a look at his immediate family.
Does Derek Chauvin have children?
Long story short, no. Derek and Kellie were married for 10 years, but the couple never had children. Kellie, however, is a mother-of-two and shared her two children with her ex-husband Kujay Xiong. Kellie was working as a radiologist at the Minneapolis hospital when she locked eyes with Derek the first time and the couple soon fell in love. She filed for divorce against her Derek after the bystander video of Floyd's murder where Derek could be seen kneeling on his neck for over nine minutes shocked the world.
Kellie was born in Laos in 1974. Her family fled to Thailand in 1977 after the war and the US later. The former radiologist was also a beauty queen, winning the title of Mrs Minnesota in 2018, a pageant she had entered at the urging of her friend. Enthusiastic about representing the Hmong community she comes from, after years of bullying for her heritage and refugee status, Kellie supports several Hmong nonprofits, businesses and volunteers as a translator at local hospitals.
Kellie Chauvin's past
Kellie's home is also allegedly a 'safe haven' for women in the community undergoing troubles. She said, "I help them find housing and jobs and provide resources they need to succeed. It really just takes one person to make a difference.” Kellie recently started work as a real estate agent, having left Derek immediately after he was fired by the Minneapolis police department.
Kellie's relationship with her ex-husband, Xiong, an engineer from Wisconsin, Eau Claire, was allegedly abusive. Speaking of Derek, she had said: "Under that uniform, he's just a softie. He's such a gentleman. He still opens the door for me, still puts my coat on for me. After my [previous] divorce, I had a list of must-haves if I were ever to be in a relationship, and he fit all of them."
Kellie and Derek Chauvin's divorce 'fraud'
Kellie separated from Derek on May 28, 2020, just three days after Floyd was killed on 25 May. However, Derek missed the deadline to counter-petition to challenge any of her proposals. Later, she filed for divorce on May 30, 2020, in Washington County District Court in Stillwater, Minnesota.
A Minnesota judge approved the request for the couple to divorce on 2 February, 2021 – months after the judge rejected their request to transfer most of their assets to Kellie. The judge wrote at the time that the transfer of most assets to one party could be a "badge of fraud." At the time, the couple was brought under investigation for tax evasion and fraud, with high chances of Kellie charged with tax fraud too, citing that not only did she benefit from this fraud, but it's likely she knew what was happening too.