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 and 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?

Johnny Gill, Rub you the Right Way hitmaker, has faced this question since his rise to fame. 

He has been in many relationships in the past. And here is the list of his partners.

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  • Stacy Lattisaw

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 Stacy’s family denied.

  • Reporter Girlfriend

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 Isiah Gill and the hardships of co-parenting. In the interview, he also said that he was on good terms with Isiah's mother. 

  • Carissa Rosario

After the reporter, Johnny Gill dated American model Carissa Rosario in 2008.

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Johnny Gill with his then-girlfriend Carissa (photo: theybf.com)

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

  • Sherri Shepherd

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: dailymail.co.uk)

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

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)

Since then, we haven't heard from the couple. 

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Despite Johnny being linked with plenty of women in his life, he has never been married to any one of them. 

Johnny's Experience On Fatherhood

Johnny has many children in his life, 12 godchildren to be exact. His nieces and nephew affectionately call him 'Uncle Johnny.'

So, he already had a lot of practice before he officially experienced parenthood. His son Isiah Gill, who is around 15 years old, was born on 2006.

Johnny is someone who takes fatherhood seriously and believes that having children is a gift & blessing. And he thinks the same about his son. He understands it as an opportunity to help and shape their lives through our truths. 

That might be the reason why he feels co-parenting is not the optimal way of raising children. There had been times when he dropped him off at the airport, and his son would reach out his arms and cry 'Daddy,' and it made him feel horrible. 

After a couple of those scenarios, he said to himself that he would never have a co-parenting situation again. However, he is lucky to have been on good terms with Isiah's mother. 

Is Johnny Gill Gay?

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

And because of the special friendship he shares with legendary actor Johnny's sexuality has been questioned a number of times. 

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 Eddie, 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 to 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?'

Answering his question, she said no but I just hear everybody just keeps saying. To that, he responded, 

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 living with him to be in persistent doubts about his sexuality.   

New Edition Drama & Aretha Franklin Tribute Amidst Persistent Gay Rumors

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-'80s. Since then, the group has been involved in numerous controversies.

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The most recent development sees four of its members excluding Jhonny and Ralph, a 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 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 tribute to the late Queen of Soul at a concert. The event was organized just hours before Aretha's memorial service.

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