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Who is Vanessa Williams married to? Inside her Fourth of July Egypt-themed wedding

As Vanessa Williams takes the stage to sing the Black National Anthem on July 4, her and her third husband's wedding anniversary comes to mind
Vanessa Williams poses backstage for the Christian Siriano fashion show during New York Fashion Week (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
Vanessa Williams poses backstage for the Christian Siriano fashion show during New York Fashion Week (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

Nobody plays the shrewd vamp better than Vanessa Williams. Be it Wilhelmina Slater from 'Ugly Betty', or her unmatchable cameo as the gold-digging Rhonda from that one 'Modern Family' episode — Williams' television appearances are always twisted and iconic. Pretty much how she met her real-life husband Jim Skrip. Skrip is someone completely unrelated from the showbiz network if it weren't for his wife of six years, Williams. The twist in the tale lies in the way the couple met — almost ironically miles away vacationing in Egypt, despite both having lived in New York for a significant period of time. 

Twist in the tale seems a common narrative for Williams as the actress and singer is about to take the stage for A Capitol Fourth televised celebration event this July 4 — which also marks her and Skrip's wedding anniversary. Incidentally, Williams won't be flaunting her range with the American national anthem. Williams is set to blow her audience's minds with the Black National Anthem 'Lift Every Voice and Sing', in honor of both the American independence day and Juneteenth that became a national holiday this year and marks the emancipation of the last set of slaves from Southern counties. Williams will be the first person to sing the Black national anthem on a televised event marking the fourth. 


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Who is Vanessa Williams' husband?

Jim Skrip is the third husband of Vanessa Williams, whom she has been married to since 2015. Williams had previously been married to music producer Ramon Hervey II from 1987 to 1997, and together they had three children — Melanie, Jillian, and Devin. Williams married her second husband Canadian basketballer Rick Fox in 1999 and had a daughter, Sasha, with him. The couple split in 2005 and Williams remained unmarried for the next decade or so, until, all the way in a vacation she met real estate mogul Skrip.

Skrip, who is an American businessman and a real estate agent from Buffalo, New York, reportedly is of Mexican roots. He first met Williams in 2012 while the actress was vacationing in Egypt with her daughter Sasha. Williams and Sasha were on a cruise to the country, when Williams spotted Skrip wearing a t-shirt with the name of her mother's hometown (Buffalo) written across. After sparking a conversation on their common roots, Williams invited Skrip to dinner and following that, the businessman was smitten with the former Miss America’s beauty. The feeling was mutual as their first date conversation lasted three hours and ended with both developing feelings for each other. They continued seeing each other and soon began their super-private relationship. two years later, Williams announced their engagement on the 'The Queen Latifah Show' in 2014.


Williams and Skrip's anniversary is on the Fourth of July

The Skrip and Williams wedding was a lavish affair too, with them saying their "I do"s on 4th of July 2015 at St Stanislaus Church in Buffalo, a Polish church. In front of guests that only saw close friends and family, Williams walked down the aisle to ‘Ave Maria’, wearing a Carmen Marc Valvo wedding gown. The wedding was also themed on the Egyptian culture as a tribute to the country that brought them together. New York-based wedding designer Carla Measer-Costamagna was in charge of orchestrating the entire event, with Shutter Dream Studio taking care of capturing their day and also making a custom video for the couple as part of their wedding invitation card. The reception later at The Statler City banquet hall saw decorations in gold and ivory tents, the Moroccan lanterns and orchids completing the Egyptian theme.

On May 30, 2016, the couple got married again as Skrip's annulment hadn't been done in the previous ceremony. This time it was a proper Catholic event in Williams' hometown Chappaqua, New York. The actress rocked a Pamella Roland V-neck gown with a pink sash tied around her waist. Her dashing husband followed the black tuxedo signature but completed the ensemble with a light pink tie. The two currently live in their Buffalo home with her daughter Sasha. Skrip's net worth, stemming from the booming real estate business he frontiers, is an estimated whopping $12.5 million.