Coko and Mike Clemmons

SWV lead singer Cheryl "Coko" Clemmons, nee Gamble, has split from her husband of 15 years "Big Mike" Clemmons. Coko, 47, announced her divorce on her personal blog on Sunday.

"We always thought we'd be together forever!" She wrote in a post titled "After the Love Is Gone".

Big Mike Clemmons and Cheryl Coko Clemons split

"Through the good, the bad, the ugly, the ups and the downs...we'd still be married. But, things don't always work out the way we plan or hope. After 15 years of marriage, my husband and I have decided to call it quits. Our fairytale has come to an end. I'll definitely miss him! But life goes on and I have to make the best of it.
I wish him all the best in his future. I pray that he will lack nothing! For the sake of our son we will do our best to co-parent. We're not enemies, we're just two people that fell out of love."

Coko, who is the single mother of a teenage son, said she draws strength from the support of her network of family and friends "that hold me down. My Village!! I am blessed and highly favored!!"

Coko also has a grown son, Jazz Gamble, from a brief romantic interlude with Digable Planets rapper Ishmael "Butterfly" Butler (pictured below).


Photos by PNP/,

  • Yardgirl

    I like what she said. No hate just acceptance. That's that grown woman thing!

  • Pitty Patty

    Why did I always thought the rumor was that her first son was by the light skinned dude in the group Shai? All these years I've been spreading that lie. SMH.

  • ShelbyMoore

    After 15 years, I'm not rebuilding shat. We're gonna work this shat out. Especially after having kids...nah son. We gonna make this work.

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  • PinkGoon

    Oooh wee I use to have such a huge crush on Ish ? but.......never mind ?....anywho coko seem like a lot to deal with from watching her on that one show they had...I will never ever understand why folks make vows under God just to break them ..I think serial cheating or abuse is u understandable....and how do u fall out of love?? Better question rather it was love in the first place!!

  • PinkGoon

    I know that’s rt.....talking about falling out of love ?...mmmhmmmm got some more meat on the side sounds like to me...

  • You Could Never

    Someone on LSA ethered her last night. Said now she can stop meeting her side dick in hotel rooms while on the road. And that she has had that same side dick for many years now and now can stop living a lie.

    Blessings to her.

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  • Bossy704

    She don't sound upset at all.

  • Ni Ni

    I have made reading lipstick alley part of my daily blog read. Somebody over there always got some tea. If i want to know something about an artist, i just google 'so n so' lipstick alley and boom, they already got a thread or two ?.

  • You Could Never

    they already got a thread or two ?

    or 15 lmaoooo. I remma when I first found that site I went home with some wine every night for a WEEK just to read it

  • bashi

    Especially almost 50 in three years lol

  • Ni Ni

    Heffa blocked me on Twitter when they had they show. I gave her a compliment when everybody was going in on her long tiddays ?. Anywhoo, i liked her and the husband together.

  • Ni Ni


  • You Could Never

    I JUST HOLLERED very loudly about long tittays. Please log off. *wails*

  • Ni Ni

    I'm fin to, gotta eat my lunch...carrots, celery and cucumbers ?.

  • Coy little wink

    Damn Butterfly ?I had a crush on but I barely recognize him here ?

  • Anunnaki

    I had an apple. ?

  • Phillybruh

    I still wonder who Peppa's oldest son is by

  • Renee26

    I wish them both the best

  • Renee26

    Well did you call them looong tittays then??

  • Renee26 wonder she sounds relieved

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  • Renee26

    What if it's been 14 years of BS and you're in a better place in your life????

  • tintin

    i didnt know that digable planets dude was her baby daddy. i thought he was such a cutie back in the day. he still handsome now too

  • Kemi

    She sounds like the separation was amicable. Not sad at all. Wish they could’ve worked it out but not all marriages end for a . It’s understandable.

  • Browneyes

    oh no, but she all about the "church" and what they think. She was saying.....I can't do the song downtown anymore

  • ReadingIsFundamental4Real

    Blah. People grow apart. It's life. Some stay for comfort and others leave for peace. Who is checking for her that she had to make an announcement?

  • ShadesofEMPRESS

    Marriage is such a joke.

  • Vonn

    What was the compliment...your tiddays look short to me?

  • Vonn

    I see Coco likes that dark meat. Me too girl, me too.

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  • Mischelle

    Isn't it Treach?


    This would be better left private, the letter to the" fans "is not necessary.

    Make peace with your man in private.-its not Instagrams business

  • Ni Ni

    Lmao, i only commented about her awesome voice.

  • Ni Ni

    Lol, i didn't even mention them. Guess her finger was just on the trigger.

  • Ni Ni

    I'm sure you're as hungry as i am ?.

  • ?Royalty?

    Unless somebody cheated or is abusive........otherwise it's for LIFE.

  • ?Royalty?

    Hail yeah. Unless you cheated on put hands on me, you're going no *bleepin* where.

  • Notatall

    This past Christmas, her and her family had a holiday commercial and it looks like her husband may have Tourette syndrome

  • ShelbyMoore
  • Owww76

    No Treach is her daughter Egypt's father.

  • Holler If Ya Hear Me

    Love comes and goes in a marriage. It may be here today, gone tomorrow and back again next week. Gone for 3 months and returns 6 months later.

    The difference between a marriage and everything else is that an oath is taken before God to weather the ups and downs (within reason of course) and to keep him first. Not yourself or your spouse, but HIM.

    *Stepping off the soapbox*
    Best wishes to both parties. Just like a marriage should be kept between them, so should the divorce. No public announcement needed.

  • Quitedeliteful

    I thought the same thing but it looks like she has over 1,000 folks following her. I wouldn't have thought it would have been that many,,.,..

  • Quitedeliteful

    Going there right now...

  • ReadingIsFundamental4Real

    Well shut my mouth cause this broad is not on my radar.

  • Anonymouse

    I’m not surprised. She seems unstable to me.

  • ???TheRider???

    Prince Markie D of the Fat Boys.

  • ???TheRider???

    I'm crine at my desk!

  • Monday

    Marriage does slow down sometimes. But they could stay married. Especially if none of them cheated. As long as ou have good conversation, take long walks etc....


  • blazewon22

    She has a false sense of her fame level. Like someone actually gave a damn. Social media making people stupid.

  • Dahl

    He hung in longer than I’d have thought. She seems to be a lot to deal with. And she ran into her baby daddy? That sounds funny to me...

  • Blak

    It's suspect to run into the father of your child in a public venue?!?!?

  • IamAllnatural

    Wow didn’t know she had a son.

  • jazzysmith12

    NEVA get married in Amerikkka!!!!! expectations are too high.

  • KcoolMuziq

    SWV has a big following all their albums were hits(except the recent one) just like Xscape.

  • Dahl

    Not necessarily...just that she announces her divorce and in short space of time posts about seeing her child’s father. Aren’t we to assume they have some measure of contact as coparents? No need to post a smiley pic of the two sans their seed unless she’s saying something....

  • MRiGOThim

    Damn, I hate to hear this about these two talented individuals...Coco is a legend w/ SWV & "Big Mike" bad on dem drums/percussions

  • Kris Love-Williams

    Who filed for divorce? I guess she liked the big mike better. He lost a lot of weight through these past years. And she recently disclosed to her followers she suffers from bipolar disorder.

  • We Can Do This

    Perfect sense!

  • Rayscoty

    I'm surprised this is news. Who really care

  • Marc Jacobe

    She has a nasty attitude when she dont get her way. She get it from her mom too....

  • TawnyDelux

    She had her oldest child by the fine one from Digable Planets. He was a wild one too...suck this union is ending tho

  • Trace da Ace

    ohhhh....I was going to say the same thing!!! When they had their short lived reality show...SWV...she had the most nasty attitude and she acted like she was the bomb and was better than the other 2....after watching that....surprised he lasted this long.

  • Marc Jacobe

    That's not just it. Her mom is why SWV broke up. She told Coko she she get paid more money than Taj and Lele. Lele started the group.

  • Christiana Campbell

    me...i'm still a huge swv fan