Johnny Gill's Girlfriend Stories, Never Married But Has Son, Gay Rumors

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Johnny Gill's Girlfriend Stories, Never Married But Has Son, Gay Rumors

Johnny Gill, an American singer, has always courted attention because of countless rumors about his married life and sexuality.  

He is a father to a son, but the identity of the boy's mother has always been a mystery. As a result, people have equated Johnny not being married to him being a closeted gay.

We today dig into our archives and reveal the truths about the two most asked questions about Johnny Gill.

Is Johnny Gill Married? Or Is He Still Looking For A Girlfriend?

It is the question the internet has been asking a million of times.

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Johnny Gill, Rub you the Right Way hitmaker, has faced this question since his rise to fame. In the late 80s, Johnny was romantically linked to American R&B singer Stacy Lattisaw.

The duo worked on several collaborations including their sixth album, Perfect Combination, released in 1984. They even enjoyed no one hit on the charts with the song, “Where Do We Go from Here” in 1989.

Stacy and Johnny's relationship ended in acrimonious circumstances. Johnny accused Stacy’s parents of not considering him due to him being black, an allegation which was denied by Stacy’s family.

Later, he was dating a Washington DC reporter in 2005. They even had a 2006-born son named Isiah Gill before their breakup, but they never married. They remained together for a year.

In 2015, Gill, talking to ESSENCE, spoke about his ordeals he had to suffer being away from his son and the hardships of co-parenting. In the interview, he also said that he was on good terms with Isiah's mother.  After the reporter, Johnny Gill dated American model Carissa Rosario, in 2008.

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In 2011, the couple got engaged and were planning to get married, but the marriage was later delayed because of Johnny being busy preparing for the release of his new album Still Winning. Carissa and Rosario eventually broke up. 

Johnny Gill with his then-girlfriend Carissa (photo:

In 2014, he was quietly dating former The View co-host Sherri Shepherd. They even exchanged jovial tweets after a special date in Houston.

Johnny Gill and Sherri Shepherd's cozy twitter exchange in 2014 (photo:

Then, Dailymail quoted a source explaining that Sherri, just coming off her divorce, wanted to take things slowly with Johnny.

In 2017, Sherri, who has two children from her past relationships, went to Twitter to bash her ex-husband Lamar, who had requested courts for a child support raise from her.


Sherri Shepard bashes her ex-husband Lamar (Photo: Sally Shepherd Twitter)

It looks like Sally and Johnny are still evolving in their relationship at present, but it remains unclear if they are still dating or not.

Here's what she last posted about Johnny on her Instagram. 

Sherri Shepherd enjoys company with Johnny Gill in 2016 (Photo: Sherri Shepherd's Instagram)

Despite Johnny being linked with plenty of women in his life, he has never been married to any one of them.  He didn't marry in his life but kept the desire to have more children alive.

Gill, who has 12 godchildren, said in 2015 that he wanted more kids. He said, 

"it will be with a mother and father in one home, under one roof." 

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In the past, there had been rumors about Johnny Gill's sexuality because of the special friendship he shared with legendary actor Eddy Murphy.

Is Johnny Gill Gay?

Johnny Gill and Eddy Murphy are close to inseparable and have been pictured together during various events and share a very close bond with each other.

In 2005, Johnny Gill's ex-girlfriend was quoted by Atlanta Gossip saying he was acting straight because of Hollywood’s pressure. Asked further to explain the bond between Johnny and Eddy, she said,

“Johnny and Eddie have always been very close friends, but I could not compete with their relationship. It was strange...I can’t even explain it”

Finally, in an interview with Omg ! Insider, in 2013, he went lengths to explain that he was straight. 

Johnny said that during his relation with Carissa, she had asked him about his sexuality and he had to go through a lie detector test to clear her doubts. 

"I'm going to tell you guys something off the record that I know my girlfriend probably won't be happy with me for saying this, to talk about this. But I'm going to say it. When we first got together – we've been together for five years – there was so much stuff floating around why are you dating this guy, this guy, he's gay, blah, blah, blah, Eddie Murphy. All this stuff is going on and I'm like, 'Do you believe it?' She says, 'No, I just hear everybody just keeps saying,' and I said, 'Let me tell you something. Here's what we are going to do…' Woke up, we got the yellow pages, and you know, I mean, that was five years ago … So, we called this guy, he brought out his machine, strapped down to take a lie detector test. I wrote down questions, I made her write down questions … When the guy called back with the results and we both laying there in the bed. Tears came down … I would never want to lay next to someone that might even remotely have any doubt or question of who I am."

He further added he never wanted someone who was going to be living with him to be in persistent doubts about his sexuality.   

Johnny not only answered the persistent questions about him, but he also quashed the rumor mills forever after the interview.

New Edition Drama & Aretha Franklin Tribute Amidst Persistent Gay Rumors

Jhonny is all too familiar with coping with drama. What makes the most recent drama involving him shocking is the fact it features his former R&B group-mates.

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As a member of the R&B group New Edition, Jhonny and its members - Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins, Bobby Brown, Ronnie DeVoe, and Ralph Tresvant - became a staple in the R&B scene after making it big with the chart-topping singles Candy Girl and Cool It Now in the mid-80's. Since then, the group has been involved in numerous controversies.

The most recent development sees four of its members excluding Jhonny and Ralph tour under a brand new name RBRM. RBRM members have accused Jhonny and Ralph of shady business dealings - a claim Jhonny vehemently denies. In a statement, he expressed a disappointment and said:

"This is not our first irreconciliation, and it most certainly won’t be our last moment tackling issues, as there are certain members involved who seem to believe in taking their issues to social media, as opposed to dealing with things like grown men."

In August 2018, following Aretha Franklin's sudden passing, Jhonny and fellow musicians paid a tribute to the late Queen of Soul at a concert. The event was organized just hours before Aretha's memorial service.