Mike Holmes, Previously Married to Alexandra, Referred Anna As Wife: Starting a Family?
When a tragedy befalls in someone's life, they might feel that they will never be able to bounce back from the trauma. But as the time passes gradually, the wounds start to heal, and everything starts getting normal.
Canadian Television personality/ business contractor Mike Holmes once faced a heavy loss in business, and at the same time, he also suffered a tragic divorce with his children's mother. But now, he enjoys a successful life with his longtime girlfriend.
Prefers Girlfriend Calling Wife; Is He Starting a Family?
A heterosexual man, Mike Holmes has been involved in a committed relationship with his longtime girlfriend, Anna Zapia since 2000.
However, Mike believes that the romance isn’t limited to an affair between the two unmarried individuals. Further, Mike claims that Anna is not just his girlfriend but a perfect companion. Even though the pair is not married, Mike loves to refer Anna as his wife.
Mike Holmes with longtime girlfriend Anna at Baeumler Family Foundation Celebrity Gala on May 22, 2014 (Photo: bpblogspot.com)
With Mike describing Anna as his wife, fans assume that the couple is set to get married and start a family. However, as nothing has been confirmed by the pair, it may be too soon to make an assumption.
Married With College Sweetheart; Shares Two Children With Former Wife
The happy and prosperous Mike we see nowadays was not the same a few decades ago. He has faced some tragic moments in his life. The hard moments probably shaped him to become a better person that he is today.
Mike Holmes married his childhood sweetheart Alexandra Lorex in 1982 when he was just 19 years old. After four years of marriage, Alexandra gave birth to the couple's first child and Mike became the father to a baby daughter named Amanda. Later, the former beaus conceived two more children: daughter Sherry and son Mike Jr.
The teenage lovebirds share a beautiful conjugal relationship until they remained together as husband and wife.
Mike with then-wife Alexandra being referred to as perfect Canada’s pregnant family (Photo: Wordpress.com)
As all good things must come to an end, Mike's professional and personal life both got hit hard in the 1990s as the recession occurred all around the world and his entire business crumbled. Mike's company went bankrupt, and he became compelled to sell the business and cut the employees number.
Besides that, his decade-long marriage with Alexandra ended up in divorce when he was 30, and he got separated from the children as well. The children, who are now grown up, often appear and work on their father's television show, Holmes Makes It Right.
Mike, along with daughter, Sherry, and son, Mike Jr. mourn for the injured or dead workers on job site (Photo: Mike Holmes' Instagram)
As of 2018, Mike is busy maintaining a healthy balance between his lover Anna and his professional life. Further, he has also established a charity organization called The Holmes Foundation, from which he provides scholarships equally to men and women interested in learning some skills. The foundation is jointly run by Anna and Mike.
Handing Over Company To Son; Daughters Equally Important
Mike, who got sued by his former CEO for an astounding amount of $3.1 million in 2014, has been making plans to retire from TV.
Lately, he has been thinking of handing over his company to his son, Mike "MJ" Holmes Jr., who has repeatedly featured on his father's show. Mike Jr. said with Ottawa Citizen while claiming the rights to his father's inheritance,
"We share the same blood, the same passion. Who better to carry on the legacy?"
However, handling the company is not going to be a walk in the park for Junior as Mike claims not everyone is made to handle a career in the television and that too building homes. But, Mike Jr. has his two adorable sisters: Lisa and Sherry to help him in his upcoming days.
Mike's daughters have previously helped their father with his work. Lisa has always been a magician behind the camera whereas Sherry; who was previously not interested in her father's business, has now become an active contributor to her dad's show after she joined him to build shelters for the Hurricane Katrina's victims.
Together the three siblings may take their father's innovation to a higher level. Although Mike's absence will create a deep hole in fans' hearts, his legacy will be carried forward by his children. Also, he has not made any immediate plans to retire, so he may very well be available on TV for a few years more.
Mike Holmes's Short Bio:
Born on August 3, 1963, Michael James Holmes (known as Mike Holmes) is a Canadian residential home improvement contractor and television show host. He is also the writer of bestselling books titled "Home Renovation with Canada’s Most Trusted Contractor" and "Holmes Inspection: Everything You Need to Know Before You Buy or Sell Your Home."
The 55-year-old TV personality was also selected as the second most widely trusted person in Canada behind David Suzuki in a Reader’s Digest survey held in 2010.
Mike, who stands at the height of 1.85 m (6'1"), made his television debut with his show Holmes On Homes in 2001. After which he featured in Holmes in Orleans, Holmes Inspection, Holmes Make It Right, Handyman Challenge franchise and Home free.
From his career as a contractor and television personality, Mike has accumulated a net worth of $30 million.
Mike, who is a supporter of eco-friendly homes, recently gave his approval to the Smartcool ECOHomes, which are developed by Smartcool Systems Inc. After his approval the houses are added to the Making it Right Holmes approved product list which implies that Mike has full trust in the housing development project and the technology used by the manufacturers.
The housing project uses an efficient air conditioning system which reduces the electricity consumption eventually causing a reduction in the bills. The technology consists of a cooling system controller, a microprocessor and a software which manages the cooling system.