Randy Jackson, 58, former judge on American Idol and his ex ballerina wife Erika Riker Jackson,44, are divorcing after 19 years of marriage. Riker is the one that filed for divorce from Jackson siting the standard irreconcilable differences. The couple met each other on the set of a music video they were both involved with in 1995. After only dating for a few months the pair were married in a small understated ceremony.
It was the second marriage for Jackson and a first for Erika. She has requested alimony and child support and that her name be restored to Riker. Jackson’s first marriage to Elizabeth ended in 1990, he has a daughter named Taylor from that marriage. In 2004 Randy Jackson was the subject of some very unpleasant media attention, when his first wife Elizabeth sued him for more child support. She told the court she and her daughter Taylor were living in a run down apartment, while Taylor’s father was living in the lap of luxury. A judge ordered Jackson to starting paying up to the tune of $3,750 a month in child support. His second wife Erika stood by him during that time of public scrutiny. Erika and Randy have two children they youngest Jordan 17. Erika is requesting spousal support, child support and wants Randy to pay all of her legal fees.
Erika was seen with Randy at red carpet events in LA and New York and other places for the last almost two decades. She put her career on hold to be a full time wife and mother. Much of her identity is wrapped up in her marriage to her husband Randy. The two along with their children were living in a multi million dollar mansion in Encino which is in the heart of the San Fernando Valley. It was home to the Jackson clan for many years, Randy and the Jacksons as in Micheal are not related. Randy Jackson has been on the American Idol as an in house mentor to the aspiring singer contestants. No word on whether there is infidelity on either part. Jackson is reportedly worth more then 40 million in part to several different business ventures that developed over his 13 seasons on American Idol. He gathered a lot of attention on a world wide stage and was able to cultivate a lot of business ventures. Randy Jackson starting in the music industry in the 1980’s, working as a studio musician and producer. He started working the band Journey as a backup musician, he did some of musical tracks for the band’s 1986 album ‘Raised on Radio’. However because he was very much behind the scenes in the music business, he was relatively unknown when he first took center state with ‘American Idol’ in 2002. When the show first premiered Jackson was joined by pop star and choreographer Paula Abdul and music executive Simon Cowell. However after only one season on the show as a judge, it elevated his star power substantially, and he became most sought after for a variety of endeavors.