15 Things You Didn’t Know About Ric Flair’s Four Marriages And Current Engagement
Ric Flair is one of the best-known professional wrestlers in the world. He is a record-setting 16-time World Heavyweight Champion and one of the faces of both WWE and WCW.
Ric is considered by many of the WWE Universe be the best wrestlers of all time and is also the only person in WWE history to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame twice. Ric also holds the record for the fastest WWE Championship win following his debut.
Aside from all this, Ric also has one of the most controversial personal lives in WWE history, having been married four times and then divorced four times as well. He is currently engaged to be married for the fifth time.
This is a record that Flair wouldn’t actually want to hold, but given that his personal life is such a hectic one, there is a lot that many of the WWE Universe either don’t know or don’t understand about one of the biggest wrestling stars of all time. Here are 15 facts about Flair to help you decide on whether or not his personal life is controversial or just a by-product of his successful wrestling career.
- Flair Married Leslie Goodman In 1971
Ric Flair met his first wife while still relatively new and on the rise in the professional wrestling industry. He was known as a playboy and a stylin’ and profilin’ character, but this didn’t come across into his personal life until many years later.
Leslie and Ric married in 1971 and went on to have two children. The couple were married for more than a decade when they announced that they had filed for divorce in 1983. The marriage is one of the only ones that didn’t end in a media circus of court proceedings and it seems that it was ended amicably between the two former partners. Of course, this marriage and divorce would take place during a time when the media was not what we know today.
- Flair Almost Went To Prison For Not Paying Spousal Support
One of Flair’s messiest splits came to his fourth wife Jackie Beams. Their marriage ended in the Summer of 2012 and it was then decided that Flair would pay $4,000 a month to his ex-wife.
In July 2013, more than a year after this was agreed an arrest warrant was issued for Ric Flair after he had failed to pay more than $32,000 in spousal support to his ex-wife. Ric had agreed to pay things such as her healthcare and car and legal fees but had failed to pay a penny of it. Flair explained that he had been in the hospital and that his son had died earlier in the year as well, so these were the reasons why he had failed to pay up.
- Flair Married Elizabeth Harrell In 1983
Flair married his second wife merely months after his divorce was finalized from Leslie. Flair and Elizabeth Harrell tied the knot in August 1983, with wrestling promoter Jim Crockett acting as the best man for Ric for the ceremony. Flair had ‘settled down’ once again but it would not last.
Beth and Ric had two children together, Reid and Ashley. Reid sadly passed away in 2013 while Ashley went on to become a WWE Superstar much like her father. Elizabeth was the only wife of Flair’s that went on to make appearances for WCW up until 2000. The couple filed for divorce in 2006 after more than 23 years of marriage. Many different reasons were given for the split (these will be explained later in the article).
- Charlotte Is The Daughter Of Flair’s Second Wife
Raw Women’s Champion Charlotte was the daughter of Elizabeth Harrell and is actually the second youngest of all of Flair’s four children. Reid was the youngest child and he was a professional wrestler as well. He didn’t gain as much fame as his sister and sadly passed away in March 2013 after what was ruled as an accidental overdose.
Charlotte later agreed to WWE using Reid in a storyline between her and Paige which was then condemned by the WWE Universe as being in bad taste. Flair has two older children from his first wife, Megan and David who are obviously the half brother and sister of Charlotte. David is also a former WCW wrestler who found some minor success while competing for the promotion.
- Flair Married Tiffany VanDemark In 2006
Once again, just months after his divorce from his wife of 23 years was finalized, Ric was prepared to marry another woman. Ric married Tiffany VanDemark, who is a fitness instructor, in May 2006. Merely two years later the couple was filing for divorce. Tiffany, much like Ric’s previous wives was much younger than Flair and it seemed as though the couple had rushed into a marriage.
Tiffany was the first wife of Ric’s that didn’t have any children with the leader of The Four Horsemen and when the couple finally filed for divorce, which was finalized in 2009, there were a lot of personal things added to the proceedings. When it came to Flair and his wife and what had been going on between them over the past few years, things, the situations seemed rocky at best.
- Flair Then Married Jackie Beems In 2009
After what was a messy divorce from his third wife, Ric failed to learn his lesson and was once again walking down the aisle with wife number four. Jackie Beams and Flair married in November 2009, just months after his divorce from Tiffany was finalized (seems to be a pattern).
It didn’t take long for the couple to hit a rough patch after their marriage and by February 2010 the police were called to the couple’s home after a domestic violence complaint. Beems was charged with a misdemeanour and the charges were later dropped due to lack of evidence. It seems that their marriage was doomed from the beginning and it came as a surprise to no one when the couple finally announced their intention to part ways.