Who was Kellie Chauvin's first husband Kujay Xiong? Derek Chauvin's ex-wife was in an abusive relationship for years
Sadly, this is not the only broken marriage in her life. Here's all we know about Kellie Chauvin — previously known as Kellie May Thao and Kellie May Xiong — and first husband, Kujay Xiong
Walking out of a relationship is not easy. Kellie Chauvin — the former wife of Derek Chauvin, the cop at the center of George Floyd's death — was bold enough to walk out of not one but two failed marriages. Shattered to see her husband's horrific video being splashed all across the globe where he had his knee on George Floyd's neck for over nine minutes, Derek's 46-year-old wife was quick to put an end to the marriage with a powerful statement.
On May 25, 2020, in a statement via her Minneapolis lawyer, Sekula Law Offices, she said she was “devastated” by Mr Floyd’s death and sent her utmost sympathy for “his family, with his loved ones and with everyone who is grieving this tragedy...” Three days later, she filed for dissolution of her marriage to Chauvin. The statement continued: “While Ms Chauvin has no children from her current marriage, she respectfully requests that her children, her elder parents, and her extended family be given safety and privacy during this difficult time.”
Sadly, this is not the only broken marriage in her life. Here's all we know about Kellie Chauvin — previously known as Kellie May Thao and Kellie May Xiong — and first husband, Kujay Xiong.
Kellie Chauvin's first marriage
A bright and beautiful girl in her early years, Kellie moved to Eau Claire, Wisconsin with her family in 1980. At 17, she was married off to her first husband Kujay Xiong in an arranged set up by her family. The wedding took place on August 18, 1991, in Eau Claire, but she barely knew him. “As a Hmong woman, if you’re not married by 18 … then your parents think that nobody will marry you,” Kellie once said.
Sadly, the relationship didn't end well and the two divorced in August 2006 after reports of abuse. Kellie has two children from her first marriage. One is living in Minnesota in 2013, employed in the US Army as a combat engineer. The other was said to be deployed in Washington State and active in the US Army as a cavalry scout in 2013. Names have been hidden for privacy.
Who was Kellie Chauvin's first husband Kujay Xiong?
On April 3, 1971, Kujay Xiong was born in Phou Vieng, Laos, to father, Yongma Xiong and mother, Youa Moua. He was the youngest of five brothers and one sister: Chongpao, Sher, Ying, Koua and Khou. According to his obituary on Cassville Democrat, he graduated from Eau Clair Memorial High School with the Class of 1988.
He completed his education at the University of Wisconsin-Stout and completed his bachelor of science in industrial engineering in 1996. In 1997, he joined Hutchinson Technology Company as a processor specialist in Eau Claire, where he lived most of his life. A few years after his divorce, Xiong was reported to have tragically died on Thursday, January 10, 2013, in OPD Mittaphab Hospital in Vientiane, Laos. The cause of his death is not known. After splitting from her ex-husband, Kellie moved to Minnesota.
How did she marry Derek Chauvin?
After her divorce, the mom-of-two then decided to complete her education and earned her associate’s degree in radiology. She soon landed an internship in the emergency room of Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, which later blossomed into a full-time position, and she worked there for 13 years.
She met Derek Chauvin when he brought a patient at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis for a health check-up before an arrest, according to Pageant Planet. Sparks flew and the chance meeting blossomed into romance. The pair soon fell in love and in 2010, the two got hitched. In 2020, she filed for divorce with him and took another tough decision in her life. Kellie later worked as a realtor with RE/MAX Results.
Kellie Chauvin: Touching many hearts
Kellie has touched many hearts. Complimenting her, Kellie's successor — the 2020 Minnesota pageant winner — wrote in a Facebook post, “Starting the New year as the New Title Holder and being the 1st Mexican American to represent our beautiful state gives me so much. As your new Queen, I would like to take a moment to Thank our 2019 Mrs Minnesota Kellie Chauvin for all the work she did last year.”
Thanking Kellie, she also wrote, “Thank you for always being there when I needed a friend more like a sister. Thank you for always advocating for women and pets by going above and beyond to lend a hand. Thank you for welcoming me so warmly to this sisterhood and still taking this journey with me. It is greatly appreciated!! And last but most important in my humble opinion... THANK YOU FOR REMAINING TRUE TO YOUR CULTURAL ROOTS AND SHARING YOUR PASSIONS WITH ALL OF US DURING YOUR REIGN IN 2019 AS THE 1ST HMONG TITLE HOLDER TO REPRESENT MINNESOTA! I LOVE YOU MY FRIEND!!”
Where is Kellie Chauvin now?
After her divorce, Kellie didn't seek any kind of financial compensation for the divorce. “[The] respondent is fully capable of supporting herself,” her court filing stated. Both Kellie and her estranged husband waived their rights to “temporary or permanent spousal maintenance,” from each other, according to the court papers.
Kellie also mentioned that she just wants to move on with her life independently and is also getting her last name changed. The petition read: “She is seeking a name change solely because of this marriage dissolution.” The divorce papers also read: Even though Kellie Chauvin “is currently unemployed,” she is “self-supporting” and “is not in need of spousal maintenance.”
She has previously gotten much support on social media. Soccer player Addison Steiner wrote, “Kellie is a friend of mine. I knew her before she married Derek,” adding, “She is a kind, gentle and compassionate woman. Prayers for her.”