America’s Got Talent host Terry Crews has been making headlines for his recent comments on Black Lives Matter. Terry has spoke out about several other issues in the past, as well as sharing details of his personal life.
Want to know more about this athlete turned actor turned talent show host? Read on for 10 things you might not have known about Terry Crews, from his family life to his hidden talents.
10 Facts About Terry Crews
He’s been married for over 30 years.
Terry married his wife Rebecca King-Crews in 1989. He has talked openly about the struggles the couple has faced in their marriage, and how they overcame them by admitting their own faults.
“We’ve made all the mistakes,” Terry told The View. “We have been through everything together. We grew up together. We’ve lost homes. We’ve lost children… We’ve broken up. We’ve gotten back together, and it’s one of those things when you start to realize what’s really important.”
Terry Crews is a grandfather.
Terry and Rebecca have five kids together. Their daughter Naomi was Rebecca’s child from a previous relationship. Terry ended up adopting her. She now has a daughter of her own, named Miley, making Terry a grandfather at age 51. Check out the cute flashback photo of Terry and his daughter Naomi above.
He grew up with an abusive father.
Terry grew up with an alcoholic father who beat his mother. In a speech, Terry spoke about wanting to protect his mother from a young age. He started working out at 13 years old to become stronger. As an adult, he ended up punching his father, but realized that it didn’t make him feel better to respond with violence.
He overcame a porn addiction.
Terry has been open about struggling with an addiction to pornography that threatened his marriage and “really, really messed up my life.” He told Andy Cohen that it led him to being unfaithful to his wife, and she walked out on him. He ended up going to rehab to end the habit.
“It changes the way you think about people,” Terry has said of his addiction. “People become objects. People become body parts; they become things to be used rather than people to be loved.”
He plays the flute.
Terry started playing the flute as a kid after receiving the instrument as a gift from his great-aunt. “For Christmas, there it was under the tree: A guitar for my brother and a flute for me,” he said. “And my mother made me play the flute for like seven or eight years. I play the flute. I’m a flutist!”
He even showed off his flute skills on AGT last year, as he performed a shirtless duet with a contestant auditioning as a flute-playing stripper. Check out the hilarious video above.
He’s a talented artist.
Did you know Terry Crews is an amazing painter? He was inspired to start drawing after seeing Star Wars in 1977, and ended up doing portraits of his football teammates. His first job was drawing courtroom sketches for a murder trial.
Above, check out a video of Terry painting a holiday-themed picture from beginning to end, Bob Ross-style. The clip was posted by NBC in 2018. The year before, he illustrated a cover for Ad Age magazine.
He played for the NFL.
Terry was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams in 1991. He ended up playing for several NFL teams over the years, including the San Diego Chargers and the Philadelphia Eagles. He retired from football in 1997. He has said his tryout for the San Francisco 49ers pushed him to quit, saying “they treated me so bad.”
He supports the #MeToo movement.
In 2017, Terry Crews added his voice to the Me Too movement against sexual assault. He shared his story of having his genitals groped by a male Hollywood executive. He later spoke about the incident in a Senate testimony.
“I wanted these survivors to know that I believed them, I supported them, and that this happened to me too,” he said. He was also one of the “Silence Breakers” to be named Time Person of the Year in 2017.
He has an intense fitness routine.
If you want to be as buff as Terry Crews, get ready to do a lot of work. Terry has said he likes to run four miles a day, and lifts weights four times a week. “I do not start my day until I have my workout on,” Terry told Men’s Health in the video above.
He’s published two books.
In 2014, Terry published a book titled Manhood: How to Be a Better Man-or Just Live With One. In it, he opens up about his marriage and porn addiction, and how he’s worked to be a better husband and father.
Then in 2018, Terry illustrated a children’s book called Come Find Me, written by his former Washington Redskins teammate Ken Harvey. He wrote the book for his two young sons, and it features them playing hide and seek and imagining themselves as pilots, race car drivers, and more.