Garcelle Beauvais is a mother of three sons. She had her first son, Oliver Saunders, with her first husband named Daniel Saunders and her two other sons, twins Jaid Thomas Nilon and Jax Joseph Nilon, with her second husband, Michael Nilon.
Garcelle Beauvais is not just one of the most beautiful faces in Hollywood, she is also one of the most ageless. The 55-year-old Haitian-American Real Housewives of Beverly Hills cast member has a forever young look that many would not believe she is already a grandmother following the birth of her grandson, Oliver Junior, in 2020. What is more, she is a mother to three wonderful kids; Oliver Saunders, Jaid Thomas Nilon, and Jax Joseph Nilon.
The actress began her career in 1984. She got to build an enviable path close to four decades later as a former model, actress, TV personality, and author, amongst other things. While her professional life has been a testament to many successes and attainment of height not many can boast of, her personal life hasn’t been that successful. She has been through two failed marriages and several high-profile relationships in the past.
Garcelle Beauvais Has Made More Than One Attempt At Starting A Family
Born on November 24, 1966, in Haiti, Garcelle Beauvais came to the US with her mother when she was only 7 years old after the marriage between her parents came to an end. She began a modeling career when she was 16 before she delved into acting and other things. Having set the ball rolling for a successful career, she first attempted starting a family in 1991 when she got married to Daniel Saunders after meeting him for only two months.
The actress was born and brought up in a large family, so she was also happy having kids around. In the same year that she married Saunders, they were blessed with a son, Oliver Sanders. For a while, everything seemed to be going great for her and her family until her marriage ended in 2000 when Gracelle and the producer opted for a divorce.
A year later, the actress, who revealed that as a young girl, she had always had a dream of having a son as her first child and then a daughter, got married a second time to yet another producer, Mike Nilon. Beauvais later took in, and instead of having a daughter that she had always longed for, she gave birth to twin sons, Jaid Thomas Nilon and Jax Joseph Nilon, in 2007. Unfortunately, her second marriage came to an end in 2011.
Despite Her Failed Marriages, Garcelle Beauvais Has 3 Children
The Coming to America actress noted that she had no regrets about her failed marriages because it was through them that she was blessed with her sons. Despite all that she has achieved, she made it known that her greatest achievement is being a mother to her three kids.
Her First Child Oliver Saunders is Currently 31 Years Old
- Full name: Oliver Saunders
- Nickname: BAM
- Gender: Male
- Date of birth: February 22, 1991
- Oliver’s Age: 31 Years Old
- Ethnicity: Haitian-American
- Nationality: American
- Zodiac Sign: Pisces
- Sexual Orientation: Straight
- Religion: Christianity
- Marital Status: Married
- Oliver Saunders’s Wife: Sam Saunders
- Saunders’s Children: Oliver Saunders Jr.
- Oliver’s Parents: Garcelle Beauvais and Daniel Saunders
- Siblings: Jaid Thomas Nilon and Jax Joseph Nilon
- Famous for: Being the son of Garcelle Beauvais and a rapper
- Oliver’s Instagram: @iamoliversaunders
- Twitter: @BamEverythin
Oliver Saunders was born on February 22, 1991. Although from a broken home, he still had both his parents in his life while growing up. He was born in New York but had his childhood in Los Angeles after his parents moved there so that his mum could pursue her acting career. He was 4 when his parents’ marriage ended, and he had to live mostly with his mother.
Because of her career, raising him as a single mum was not easy. She had to go with him everywhere she went, including on location and photoshoots. Unsurprisingly, he chose a career path in entertainment, following in the footsteps of both his parents, even though as a musician. It was reported that he had launched his career as a rapper who has released a mixtape and many songs.
As a child, he got drawn to the entertainment business because of the influence of his mother. Hence, he appeared in some productions together with her, including The Jamie Foxx Show. By the time he was 10, he had begun freestyle because of his love for rap music. At age 13, he rapped to Jamie Foxx, who appreciated him for what he did, and the following year, he performed at the Disney Hall.
Garcelle’s son, under the name of Jayson Rose, released his first mixtape, Blunts, and Starbucks. He also once made it known that he was getting set to release his EP following in West Coast Hip Hop tradition. Of half Haitian and Half Jamaican ethnic background, he has now left his former name Jayson Rose and has adopted a new name, BAM! which is an acronym for By All Means!.
It was recently revealed that he had secured a job with British restaurateur, designer, television personality, author, and humanitarian Lisa Vanderpump. He shared a photo of him posing with her at her Las Vegas cocktail lounge on Instagram, captioning it “Work Work Work Work @lisavanderpump!!”
Saunders Was A Troubled Kid While Growing Up
Oliver was a talented kid who was full of energy, although he was very troublesome. He was always getting into one form of trouble or the other. At the height of all his problems, the aspiring rapper was kicked out of five different high schools. Tired but still not willing to give up on him, Garcelle sent her son to the Valley Wilderness Camp in Colorado in 2008, where he stayed for five months looking back at his life.
This marked the beginning of a new life for him. Instead of putting more strength into getting into trouble, he now devoted his time to writing songs and being productive in every way possible. While recounting her son’s difficult childhood and early life, Garcelle Beauvais revealed that Oliver once struggled with drug addiction in the past. She claimed that he got back to his life after all his struggles.
It was after picking up from his addiction that he got to later launch his career under which he has now evolved to the aforementioned name, BAM!. Under his stage name, Oliver Saunders has successfully released an EP, Might As Well, in 2020 and an album, Born, Loved, Unconditionally (BLU), in the same year. He also has several singles, including Nobody’s Safe (2020) and 100 (2021).
Garcelle Beauvais Twins: Jaid Thomas Nilon and Jax Joseph Nilon are Currently 14 Years Old
- Full names: Jaid Thomas Nilon and Jax Joseph Nilon
- Gender: Male
- Date of birth: October 18, 2007
- Oliver’s Age: 14 Years Old
- Ethnicity: Mixed-race, Haitian-American
- Nationality: American
- Zodiac Sign: Libra
- Religion: Christianity
- Marital Status: Single
- Oliver’s Parents: Garcelle Beauvais and Mike Nilon
- Siblings: Oliver Saunders
- Famous for: Being the sons of Garcelle Beauvais
The first time the NYPD Blue actress got married, she was a very young woman, and after the divorce, she believed that she might never get to have any more kids because she might not get to marry again. Contrary to her belief, she met Mike Nilon not long after her divorce and fell in love. The actress and talent manager got married in 2001.
Garcelle Beauvais wanted to have more children, and since she had already had a child, she convinced herself that having more would be easy. She could never be more wrong; she found out that because she was now older, it was much harder for her to have kids. This started a lengthy battle for her and fertility treatment that would span over five years before she finally took in. She described getting pregnant again as a miracle.
All she wanted after her pregnancy was to have a healthy baby, but she was in for a greater surprise, finding out what she was having as twins and not just a baby. The only little disappointment for her was that even though she prayed for a girl, the ultrasound indicated she was having two more boys. Garcelle was always nervous all through her pregnancy because the process of conception was difficult for her.
The long wait finally came on October 18, 2007, when she went in for labor. She had her two sons via a C-section. The actress revealed that she couldn’t contain herself, seeing the cute boys she had, and tears ran from her eyes. The fraternal twins came out differently; while Jaid wondered what was happening, his brother came screaming.
She Had Joint Custody Of Her Kids Following Her Divorce From Mike Nilon
Not too long after the birth of her sons, Garcelle’s marriage to Mike hit the rocks when she found out that her husband had been cheating on her. Nilon reportedly confessed that he had been having an affair while still married to her for five years. In a rage, she sent mass emails to his colleagues at the time at the Creative Artists Agency, where he was a talent agent.
In the email titled “Tiger Woods/Jesse James/Mike Nilon,” she indicated that she had just found out that her husband of 9 years was cheating on her with another woman in Chicago for the past five years, stating that she was duped. The furious and devastated actress made it known that she felt her sons did not deserve what their father did to her.
In a statement regarding the matter, she said she had no further comment as she was all about trying to heal from what had happened and focusing on her kids. By May of the same year, she filed for divorce, stating that there was an irreconcilable difference between them. She went on to add that she was angry when she sent emails to her then-husband’s colleagues, but she had no regrets over what happened.
Garcelle Beauvais requested that she and her ex-husband be given joint custody of their children, which was granted. Many years after the divorce, she revealed that they had done a great job co-parenting their kids. For the sake of Jax and Jaid, the actress and her former husband have a very cordial relationship.
Garcelle Beauvais’ Kids Have Inspired Her To Become A Writer
For someone who has always loved children, Garcelle revealed that her three kids had changed her life in more ways than she could ever imagine. She has been inspired by the lessons her kids have taught her about life to become an author of a children’s book series. The work captures the life of her twin sons who have to live between two homes due to the divorce of their parents and a look at their mixed races.
Under her I Am series, she has published many books, including I Am Mix, which was published in 2013, I AM Living in 2 Homes, which she published in 2014, and I AM Awesome in 2015. She published her latest book, Love Me as I Am, a memoir, in 2022. Her latest work looks at her personal life since childhood and her accomplishments, including her career as an actress, a model, and more.
For the path of her twin sons, who are now 14 years old, even though they are a big inspiration to their mother, it is still unclear what career path Jaid and Jax would want to take. However, the actress revealed that while Jax loves music like his big brother BAM and has a passion for rock, Jax is different. He is more passionate about looking at fish and snuggling.
Garcelle Beauvais Is Now A Grandmother
One thing that seems to give Garcelle more joy than being the mother of three great kids is that she is also a grandmother. She has a grandson, Oliver Saunders Junior, who was birthed from the union of the older Saunders and his wife, Samantha Saunders, in 2020.
Befoe they had their child, Oliver and Sam dated for a very long time, and then in 2020, during the Covid-19 lockdown, the couple got married at a safe drive-thru ceremony on May 26 at the Little White Wedding Chapel. Sharing the good news on her Instagram, Sam revealed that they would have a wedding reception after the Cocid 19 restrictions.
Their marriage came a few months after the birth of their son, who was born in February 2020. Even though the marriage between his parents ended in divorce, and a single mother mostly raised him, Oliver Snr. has shown great fathering potential in the way he tries to bring up his son. Sam has praised him numerous times on social media for his effort as a father. It has been erroneously reported that the pair has a daughter, Saniya, born with cerebral palsy. Saniya is always seen with the couple, but how she came by was never revealed.
Since the birth of her grandson, the RHOBH mom of three has shown similar dedication in being there for him as she has been for her children. Garcelle, who was born the last child in a family of 7 kids and made it known that her mum has at least 25 grandchildren, has continuously shared videos and pictures of her grandson on social media, showing the love she has for him.