Armstead Edwards is the former husband of the famous singer and actress Patricia LaBelle. He is recognized for his roles in projects like “A Soldier’s Story” (1984), “The Patti LaBelle Show” (1985), and “Out All Night” (1992).

Armstead Edwards’s Early Life

Armstead Edwards was born in Pennsylvania, USA, around April 1942, but the exact date is not known. He will be 82 in April 2024. Moreover, the media star is Afro-American, and he is of Caucasian origin.

Similarly, he hasn’t shared details about his parents, siblings, or his education.

Armstead Edwards And Patti LaBelle Were Married For 32 Years!

The celebrity husband Edwards was married to Patti LaBelle, an American R&B singer, actress, and author. They got married on July 23, 1969, in a private ceremony.

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Armstead Edwards is the ex-husband of Patti.
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However, after more than three decades of being married, Patti and her beau Edwards eventually divorced in 2003.

Reason Behind Armstead Edwards And Patricia LaBelle’s Divorce

Miami Vice singer LaBelle and Armstead were married for a long time, but after more than thirty years, they decided they couldn’t live together anymore.

Meanwhile, Patti shared in 2018 that they separated on good terms, without fights or hatred. They realized it was time to move on when they started liking each other more from a distance.

Similarly, the gorgeous Patti on her divorce from her long-time spouse said,

“We got along even when we didn’t get along! But then we realized that we had to leave each other.”

Even after officially ending their marriage in 2003, the love birds stayed friends. They lived close to each other, celebrated holidays together, and remained close.

Although they weren’t romantically in love anymore, Patti stressed that they are best friends and value the strong connection they still have, even almost two decades after getting divorced.

Who Is Patricia LaBelle?

Patricia Louise Holt mainly known as Patti LaBelle is an American singer, born on May 24, 1944, known for her powerful voice and the title “Godmother of Soul.” She started in the 1960s with the group Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles and later had a successful solo career with hits like “If Only You Knew” and “On My Own.”

Further. the 79-year-old singer has also acted in movies and TV shows and is an author. She’s received many awards and is considered a legendary figure in the music industry.

Is Father Of Five

Four years after Patti and her hubby Armstead got married, they welcomed their first son, Zuri. Later, they decided to adopt two more children: Stanley Stocker-Edwards and Dodd Stocker-Edwards, who were kids of their late neighbor.

Also, the former duo adopted William and Stayce Holte, who were relatives of LaBelle’s own family. See another celebrity father, Cleive Ester Adams.

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Armstead Edwards’son Zuri with his mom.
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Likewise, Stanley, Armstead’s son, graduated from Harvard, and Dodd works as a commercial artist. Patti and Armstead adopted Stanley and Dodd when they were still kids because their biological mother, who was the couple’s neighbor, had passed away.

Do You Know Armstead Edwards’s Ex-Wife Proposed Him Before Marriage?

In an interview on Oprah’s Master Class, LaBelle shared that when she and Edwards fell in love, she proposed to him three times, but he turned her down. Eventually, Patti decided to be the one to ask Armstead to marry her. Also, get to know about Fivel Stewart‘s love life.

Even though she loved him, the Stir It Up singer hesitated to marry him and initially rejected his proposals.

Besides, Patti explained in the interview that her parents used to fight a lot during their marriage, and she was afraid the same might happen in her marriage to Armstead.

What Is Armstead Edwards’s Current Relationship Status? Is He Married?

The 81-year-old Edwards is not in a relationship at the moment, and he keeps his personal life private. In 2016, news came out that Patti LaBelle, after divorcing Edwards, was secretly dating Eric Seats, for more than a year.

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Patti LaBelle is currently single.
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Moreover, Seats, known for his work in music and collaborations with artists like Stevie Wonder and Mary J. Blige, is currently the Executive Producer of The Next Great Drummer.

However, the lady is flying solo right now When she came in the news where she made a statement that she is open to dating.

Is Former High School Vice-Principle

The media star Edwards started as a high school vice principal. Later on, he worked alongside his ex-wife, Patti, managing her career and running a boutique they owned in Philadelphia.

It’s not clear if they still work together in business. When Armstead managed Patti, he played a big role in making her “Look to the Rainbow” tour successful.

Career Highlights

In 1985, Edwards started as the boss behind the scenes for The Patti LaBelle Show on TV. He also took charge of making Out All Night, a TV series from 1992 to 1993.

You might have seen him on Journeys in Black and Biography in 2001. When he was married, he not only managed LaBelle’s career but also helped her in singing. He used to be a vice principal at a high school before.

How Much Net Worth Does Patti LaBelle Have?

Armstead is anticipated to have a net worth of $1.2 million in 2024. However, Armstead hasn’t shared details about his salary, yearly earnings, assets, or property.

On the other hand, his ex-wife, Beverly Hills Cop singer LaBelle, is estimated to be worth around $60 million.

Lives A Low-Key Life

The celebrity husband is not active on social media platforms including Instagram, Facebook or Twitter.

In contrast, his ex-spouse is active on Instagram with over 1.1 million followers with the username @mspattilabelle.

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