Who is Draya Michele?
An actress with over 15 acting credits to her name, a model, designer and businesswoman, Draya Michele can easily also be called a social media star with nearly 9.5 million followers on her Instagram account. She rose to prominence acting in movies such as “The Perfect Match”, “We Belong Together”, and “The Sound of Christmas”, while she is also known for dating famous athletes.
To learn all about her career, her seemingly interesting love life, and what she is up to, let us tell you the naked truth about this celebrity.
Early life, family, and education
Born Andraya Michele Howard under the zodiac sign of Aquarius on 23 January 1985, she hails from Reading, Pennsylvania USA, thus Draya holds American nationality, and comes from a family of African-American and Italian descent. Nothing is known about her parents, except that her father died in May 2021, and her mother, Valeria, has Italian heritage. Draya hasn’t spoken about any siblings, thus many believe that she’s an only child.
When it comes to her educational background, Draya attended a local high school, and upon matriculating in 2003, she didn’t go to college but focused on her work as a fashion designer. In 2011, she launched her swimsuit line, called Mint Swim.
Draya first gained fame by making an appearance in an episode of the reality TV show “Real Husbands of Hollywood” in 2013. Two years later, she made her television movie debut portraying Candice Koleto in the romantic drama “Will to Love”, in which she starred opposite Marques Houston and Keshia Knight Pulliam.
Draya made her big-screen debut playing Holly in the 2016 romantic comedy “The Perfect Match”, followed later that year by her role as Dody Monroe in the TV movie “Bring Out the Lady”,.
Her first notable role was her portrayal of Cherelle in the 2017 crime thriller “True to the Game”, also starring Vivica A. Fox and Columbus Short, which followed the story of a drug lord who wants to start a new life after he falls for a beautiful, young woman; the movie had no nominations but was well-accepted by the audience. Later that year, Draya was cast to play Amanda in “Til Death Do Us Part”, a thriller directed by Chris Stokes.
In the following year, Draya landed her first lead role as Tracy in another movie directed by Chris Stokes, entitled “We Belong Together”, a romantic thriller-drama about a recovering alcoholic college professor who’s seduced by a new student until he realizes she may be insane.
Also in 2018, she followed with her guest role as Chloe David in three episodes of the series “Star”, and was next seen as Gina in the movie “All In”.
Draya guest starred as Viveca in an episode of the series “Tales” in 2019, before her role as Charlotte Hume in two episodes of the series “L. A.’s Finest” in 2020.
Most recently, she was seen as Beverly Williams in the 2021 TV movie “The Fight That Never Ends”, followed by her role as Chloe in the 2022 musical drama “The Sound of Christmas”, starring Blake James, Michael Anthony, and Sarah Cool, which although had no nominations, the audience rated it 7.5/10, saying that it had a nice storyline with a meaning behind it.
Draya’s fans will be happy to hear that she has three upcoming projects; she will be seen in two movies entitled “Alaska” and “The Wrong One”, which are currently in development, while television series lovers will enjoy her role as Mia in the crime drama “Be Someone”, which should be released early in 2023.
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Love life and relationships
We come to the seemingly most interesting part of Draya’s life – she first came to the attention of the public in 2010, when it was revealed that she is dating Chris Brown, a famous American singer-songwriter and actor. She came into the limelight, so people wanted to know all about her. That is when it was discovered that she’s the mother of a boy named Kniko, who was born in 2002 – she hasn’t revealed who the father is of her first child). Also, tabloids wrote about her previous relationships, saying that she was the girlfriend of celebrities such as DeShawn Stevenson, a former basketball player, and Javaris Crittenton, also a basketball player.
Draya had encounters with famous rappers such as Jay-Z, Lil’ Wayne, and Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs before she met Chris Brown, then broke up with Chris, during 2012 and 2013 Draya was in a relationship with rapper Jayceon Terrell Taylor, better known by his stage name Game.
In late 2014, Draya began dating Orlando Scandrick, a former American Football cornerback; in May 2015 the two became engaged, and on 8 April 2016, Draya gave birth to their son Jru Sandrick. The two had a tumultuous relationship, and once Orlando asked for a restraining order after Draya allegedly pepper-sprayed him and threw candles at him. The two called it quits in December 2019.
In May 2020, Draya began dating her now-boyfriend, Tyrod Taylor, an American Football quarterback who plays for the New York Giants of the National Football League (NFL).
Age, height, and net worth
Draya recently celebrated her 38th birthday. She has long black hair and the color of her eyes is dark brown. If you have wondered about her height, she’s 5ft 5ins (1.65m) tall, and weighs around 120lbs (55kgs), with vital statistics of 36-24-36.
Through her acting and modeling career Draya gained fame and has earned decent wealth for herself. As mentioned, she’s a businesswoman and designer of her own swimsuit line, which also brought her earnings. As of March 2023, her net worth has been estimated at over $1 million.
Briefly about her new boyfriend, Tyrod Taylor
Tyrod Diallo Taylor is a native of Hampton, Virginia USA, and was born under the zodiac sign of Leo on 3 August 1989, which makes him 33 years old as of March 2023. He began playing American Football while he was in high school, and upon matriculating in 2007, enrolled at Virginia Tech, where he played college football.
In 2011, Tayrod was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the NFL draft, where he played for four seasons. In 2015, he signed with the Buffalo Bills, then three years later, he was traded to the Cleveland Browns. In 2019, he signed a two-year contract with Los Angeles Chargers, followed in 2021 by signing a one-year contract with the Houston Texas. On 17 March 2022, Tayrod signed a two-year $11 million contract with the New York Giants.
Speaking of his personal life, it’s known that before he began his relationship with Draya, he was in a long-term relationship with Kayla Phillips, an American model and social media star.