While sitting down with Ebro in the Morning on Tuesday, Chris Rock discussed a wealth of topics, from Atlanta being the “best show on television” to his shock and surprise at the Migos’ new album being so “funky” and Charlie Murphy’s legacy. One very brief but insightful chat was about how Rock is adjusting to life after divorce. In case you forgot, Rock split from wife Malaak Compton-Rock in 2014 (they finalized their split in 2016) after about 20 years together and has seemingly moved on to actress Megalyn Echikunwoke.
He hasn’t really talked much about the end of their marriage publicly, aside from briefly bringing it up in his current standup tour Total Blackout. But he was finally asked directly about it by co-host Peter Rosenberg and said the biggest change has been a lot more free time, specifically at home by himself, than expected.
Peter Rosenberg: I don’t know whether you’re talking about this or not — I assume you are on your tour. Are you being open about your family situation?
Chris Rock: Uh, a little bit. A little bit. Don’t come if you think I’m going to be bashing my ex.
Rosenberg: I was just going to ask how’s single life? What’s it like?
Rock: What’s it like? I just bought some red sneakers [laughs]. You know, you’re newly single guy, you gotta buy red sneakers. That’s what the young girls like…No matter if they match anything, you just have to have red sneakers.
Rosenberg: You’ve always related to people. People have always identified with your relationship and now you’re out of that relationship.
Rock: Yeah. Uh, it’s weird. Once you’re a husband you’re kind of almost always that. It’s weird. It’s weird. But there’s a lot of us out there so I relate to a whole ‘nother crowd, and I relate to the old crowd.
Rosenberg: Has anything been particularly difficult about the process? Re-assimilating into the world?
Rock: Just sometimes you have free days [laughs]. It’s odd living in your own house.
Rosenberg: What are you struggling to do? Because I know there’s sh-t that like, no matter what, wives do just take care of a certain amount of sh-t.
Rock: No, no no no. A wife really, really, really takes care of you. Kid stuff, just day to day.
Rosenberg: You’re just out here on your own cleaning out refrigerators and sh-t. Like, “Yo, I never even thought of this.”
Rock: “There’s no food in here [laughs]. Yeah. Ramen four nights in a row.”
When it was brought up again later in the conversation while speaking on the work it is to maintain relationships, Rock clarified something. He made it clear that just because his marriage to Malaak ended doesn’t mean their relationship ended with it.
“I got a nice run out of that. You’re just in a new phase of your relationship,” he said. “You’ve got kids with someone, so you’re in a relationship. So it’s not that you’re not in a relationship. You’re just in a different relationship.”
Check out his very entertaining chat with Ebro in the Morning, specifically the relationship talk around the 10 and 28-minute marks:
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