If you remember, actress and model Garcelle Beauvais starred in one of R&Bs most memorable music visual saga’s created: “Keep it on the Down Low” by R&B King: R. Kelly.
Beauvais played the wife of a well-to-do businessman who got caught up in a cheating scandal that left both she and her lover (Kelly-with whom she cheated with) bruised, battered and bedridden.
If life could have imitated art for Beauvais-it certainly would’ve—but with the shoe on the other foot: Her true to life, but untrue to love husband [Creative Artist’s Agency agent]: Mike Nilon on the receiving end of a beating.
Instead however, her knee-jerk reaction to the rage and emotion she felt after finding out that her husband of 9 years (with whom she bore 2 boys-twins), had been cheating for 5 of those nine years.
In an upcoming “Where Are They Now” segment with Oprah on OWN she explains while she was making her mark in Hollywood (during “The Jamie Foxx Show” as a character called “Fancy”), mid five seasons in, she divorced her first husband with whom she had one son.
Going forward (as she explains) as single mom, she was really careful about who she would chose to bring home to her young son.
When she met Nilon (2001) she thought she won the “Lotto in Husbands” until that fateful day in April 2010 when she found out her what her husband had been “keeping on the down low” for five years, after the words (via text) “I Love You” showed up on his phone—not so, fancy and far from a win she realized at that point.
That prompted Garcelle to send and cc emails to Nilon’s co-workers beginning with the subject header [reading]: “Tiger Woods/Jesse James/Mike Nilon” . Body [reading]:
“What do they have in common . . . I found out today that MY husband of almost 9 yrs has been having an affair for 5 yrs with some slut in Chicago. I am devastated!!!! And I have been duped!! Our boys don’t deserve this!”
Obviously gossip like such making its way to an agency [that agents entertainers], this wasn’t going to go away any quieter than her blast came in.
First to get the news was popular gossip column The New York Post, who, although could not reach Nilon or Garcelle at the time, in turn-leaked it to the public.
Beauvais said that in order to alleviate the pain and embarrassment, she went to therapy, got a life coach and equipped herself with everything emotionally necessary to the contrary as, she didn’t want her adult drama to effect her children by which she felt in order to successfully co-parent [with Nilon], the steps she took to heal was best in order for the both of them to co-exist and co-parent.