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Nigel Lythgoe back in the Dating game after Divorcing first Wife? Meet his new Girlfriend here

Updated On 23 May, 2023 Published On 25 Aug, 2017
Nigel Lythgoe back in the Dating game after Divorcing first Wife? Meet his new Girlfriend here

An American Tv producer plus director, Nigel Lythgoe is dating Cheryl Shuman after the tragic ending of his first marriage.

An English TV and film producer and director, Nigel Lythgoe is very successful and has earned massive amount from his upgrading career, however, is a bit unlucky when it comes to his personal life.

He faced a tragic ending of his married life with his first wife, Bonita Shawe who was the judge of an American Idol after having children and grandchildren as well.

But as of now, he is again in the game of dating after divorcing his first wife. Currently, he is dating the founder of Beverly Hills Cannible Club named, Cheryl Shuman. So, is the couple already getting married? 

Today let's know more about his personal life and children.

Nigel Lythgoe is not planning to get married again but is dating 

Nigel is currently dating Cheryl Shuman, the founder of the Beverly Hills Cannabis Club. At first, the couple denied about their relationship but after appearing together in an event of OK magazine, it was confirmed that the couple was dating each other.

The pair was spotted at many places together, however, has not yet confirmed about their planning to get married. 

 Nigel and Cheryl

Nigel and Cheryl in an event, Source: E! Online

Before dating Cheryl there was a buzz about him linking up with Priscilla Presley, an American actress soon after his divorce with his wife.

However, the buzz lasted only for few months and the two never admitted their relationship as mentioned each other as just friends.

Nigel and Priscilla

Nigel and Priscilla in an event, Source: Mirror

Divorced with his first wife, Bonita Shawe

Nigel met Bonita Shawe for the first time on the set of the BBC's Young Generation dance group. Soon after that, they started dating. Bonita also became one of the judges on the show, So You Think You Can Dance.

Dating after several months, the couple married in 1974. They were having a blissful life together until Bonita decided to split with her husband most probably in 2010. Their long time marriage ended in seconds.

Nigel and Bonita

Nigel and Bonita during their wedding, Source: Daily Mail

As per Nigel,

'' I had No idea she wanted the marriage to end.''

His statement shows that Bonita herself wanted to end the relationship and the reason behind their divorce is still a matter of curiosity for the audiences.

Whereas, when his ex-wife was in the camp of I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here, she told everyone that her ex-loves him till the date and is still waiting for her.

Bonita and Nigel

Bonita and Nigel in the 6th Annual BAFTA Tea Party, Source: Zimbio

She said,

''He wasn't going to give up, he wants me back.''

The statements made the audiences confuse as Nigel never expressed such feelings to the media but his ex-wife accused him. 

The pair is blessed with two children and grandchildren as well

Some years after their marriage, the couple welcomed their first child named, Simon Lythgoe who is today one of the producers of American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance.

He was previously married to his first-wife, Fiona Lazaredes on 3rd January 1999 and are blessed with three children named, Kyan David Anthony Lynthagoe, Tighe Jamie George Lythgoe, and Dominie Antonia Lythgoe.

The complete family picture, Source: Getty Images

After years of their marriage, they separated in 2004. In 2008, he again got married to a makeup artist on American Idol named, Tifanie White and again separated in 2012.

Moreover, Nigel and his ex-wife became parents for the second time on 10th May 1979 and named him Kris Lythgoe who is an English plus American television producer plus a theatre writer.

Kris and Becky

Kris and Becky with their son, Source: Getty Images

He married Becky Baeling, an American singer plus actress in 2013 and has a child named, George Alexander Lythgoe. So, in total, the ex-pair, Nigel, and Bonita have two sons and four grandchildren.

Quick Facts about Nigel Lythgoe


Source: Billboard
  • Born on 9th July 1949 in Wallasey, Cheshire, England.
  • Son of George Lythgoe and Gertrude Emily Lythgoe.
  • From the early of 10, e started dancing.
  • Attended Hylton-Bromley School of Dance and Drama and the Perry Cowell School of Dance.
  • Professionally began to dance from the National tour of ''The Merry Widow''.
  • Performed with the BBC's The Young Generation dance group.
  • Since 1971, became a choreographer and did over 500 television show as a choreographer.
  • Performed along with Gene Kelly and Cyd Charisse.
  • Became a dance choreographer for Shirley Bassey, Ben Vereen, and others.
  • Became judge of So You Think You Can Dance on the Fox TV Network with Mary Murphy.
  • Became the producer of American Idol.
  • In 2015, was appointed as an Officer of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth.
  • Nominated for various prestigious awards including Emmy awards for different categories and Tony Award as well.
  • Suffered from a heart attack and was nearly died due from a burst appendix.
  • Has an estimated net worth of $110 million.

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