The untold truth of Mike Tyson's children

If you thought Mike Tyson's career was ear-bitingly chaotic, just look at his love life. The father of seven has been married three times and had a number of children with a series of flings, girlfriends, and (temporary) life partners. According to The Sun, he first wed Robin Givens in 1988, a marriage that was rushed because Givens announced she was pregnant. She later suffered a miscarriage, according to The Washington Post. That marriage ended in 1989, and somewhere along the way Tyson allegedly walked in on Givens when she was in bed with Brad Pitt. That sounds fake, but considering this is the same guy that reportedly owned thousands of pigeons and somehow managed to squander a $400 million fortune, who knows?

After Givens, Tyson started expanding his family, which would eventually include seven children — Mikey Lorna, Miguel Leon, Exodus, Rayna, Amir, Milan, and Morocco. According to the Daily Mail, daughter Mikey Lorna came first, somewhere between 1990 and 1991. Her mother was Tyson's then-girlfriend Kimberly Scarborough. Next came Rayna and Amir, who were born to the boxer's second wife Monica Turner. After that came Miguel Leon and Exodus, who Mike had with then-girlfriend Sol Xochitl before tragedy struck. Milan and Morocco are his two youngest with his third wife Lakiha Spicer.

Tyson's brood is sprawling in age, and though each sibling is doing their own thing, it seems like they're supporting each other from the sidelines. Mostly, they're enjoying time away from the spotlight — at least for now.

Mike Tyson blames himself for this odd claim about his kids

In January 2020, Mike Tyson made headlines when he hopped in on rapper/actor T.I.'s ExpediTIously podcast, where he revealed that he's bothered by his children's dating preferences. In fact, the star candidly admitted that he blames himself for the reason his children "don't date Black kids." He continued, "Sometimes if I look at my daughter, and I see she's attracted to white guys, and I say to myself, 'I didn't set a good example as a Black man then. ... They must have seen sometimes when I was vulnerable and said, 'Hey, I don't wanna be with no one like that. ... He's scary.'"

For some possible perspective on those "vulnerable" times, we should note that Tyson's life in the spotlight has been marred with violence and drug abuse. According to The New York Times, his ex-wife Robin Givens accused the athlete of domestic abuse in the late 1980s. In 1992, he was sentenced to six years in prison for rape. There was also that time he bit off opponent Evander Holyfield's ear, which became an assault so infamous that it was even parodied in Scary Movie 4, which came out nearly a decade after Tyson lost his boxing license over the incident.

The tragic death of Exodus Tyson

In 2009, tragedy hit Mike Tyson's family when his four-year-old daughter with girlfriend Sol Xochitl passed away after a tragic accident while she was playing on the family treadmill. According to The Guardian, Exodus Tyson somehow got tangled in a cord before her seven-year-old brother found her "with her neck caught in a cable hanging under the machine's console." Both her mother and emergency services unsuccessfully tried to revive her before she was rushed to the hospital and put on life support. She died the following day.

Mike's loss was so traumatic that he didn't even want to know exactly what happened. In an interview on The Oprah Winfrey Show, the boxer admitted, "If I know, somebody's going to be to blame for it, and if somebody's to blame for it, there will be a problem."

To this day, Exodus is still fondly remembered by her family, especially her older brother Miguel, who posted a sweet message for his "eternal angel" on Instagram on what would've been her 13th birthday. "There's not a day that goes by that I don't miss you. Yo siempre te amaré. Descansa en paz," he wrote. 

Miguel Leon Tyson is an artist and activist

After enduring family tragedy at a young age, Mike Tyson's son Miguel Leon Tyson (above center) seems to have dedicated his life, in part, to activism. The 18-year-old even shared an Instagram Story highlight dedicated to climate change and ecological preservation. He attended a climate strike in 2019 and has done done charity work in Ghana, where he helped the nonprofit IwilGO build water catchers to provide clean drinking water to a small village.

Beyond his activism, Miguel is a budding musician who recorded at Blackwood Studios in Hollywood — the same place the Chainsmokers recorded their multi-platinum record Don't Let Me Down. He's also at least partly following in his father's footsteps. In 2018, the boxer's son posted a video of himself training with his father during a morning workout. By the looks of it, he's got a mean punch, but according to Mike, Miguel doesn't plan to pursue the sport. The father of seven also shared the vid and mentioned in the caption that his son "just started" and is "just trying to stay fit."

Amir and Rayna Tyson had a quiet upbringing in Maryland

Rayna (second from right) and Amir Tyson (center), Mike Tyson's children with second wife Monica Turner (second from left), had a fairly quiet upbringing in Maryland with their doctor mother. According to a report in The Washington Post, Turner was "in her second year of pediatric residency" when she divorced Mike in 2002 after his reported infidelity. The children were four and five years old at the time, living in Bethesda in a "gated $2 million home" that had a view of the Congressional Country Club. Mike, on the other hand, had been staying at his massive Las Vegas estate for more than a year. That doesn't mean he wasn't a doting father, though.

Mike seemed to have a tight-knit bond with Rayna and Amir, even throughout his numerous legal problems. In 1999, when he served a one-year sentence for "assaulting two motorists," he posed for a snuggly photo with Amir at the Montgomery County Detention Center. It was published in Esquire's Father's Day issue. That same year, Turner revealed to The Washington Post that Mike was "very involved" with the kids, adding, "He's real protective of them. He always wants to make sure everything is right and that they're okay and they're happy."

Rayna is working her way up in the film industry

Mike Tyson has had a sprawling film career with cameos in Rocky Balboa, a couple of Whitney Houston music videos, an episode of Entourage, Scary Movie 5, and most notably The Hangover and The Hangover Part II, where his face tattoo served as a major plot point. Though it looks like Rayna Tyson is trying to break into the film industry, it doesn't seem like she's using her father's name for any help. 

Per a LinkedIn account that appears to be Rayna's, the Maryland native went to NYU after high school to study film and television production. And as of this writing, she's well on her way to becoming a filmmaker. According to her IMDb profile, Rayna served as a crew member for the 2017 documentary The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson, which detailed the 1992 death of the black gay rights activist. She also served as a crew member for 2019's Joker, which saw Joaquin Phoenix win an Oscar for Best Actor and Hildur Guðnadóttir win an Oscar for Best Original Score. If that isn't a big break, what is?

Amir Tyson had a little-known role in a regional Super Bowl commercial

Amir Tyson found his way onto the small screen with the millennial talk show I Wish You Knew, which airs on the local Washington, D.C. station, District Knowledge Network. The Maryland native appeared (above) in a string of five episodes, even hosting the episode on progress and politics, but that wasn't the first time he's been on TV.

According to The Washington Post, Amir appeared in an uncredited role alongside Mike Tyson in a regional 2016 Super Bowl commercial for a local plumbing company called Michael & Son. Amir played a young boxer who was losing in the ring. After proclaiming, "I can't do it," Mike — who's wearing a maintenance uniform — jumps in and lands a one-hit KO. "If you can't, we can," he says. This commercial was apparently a longtime coming. The company had tried to nab the boxer for a slot the year before, but it didn't work out. This time, he signed on last-minute after 100 extras had already been hired.

Beyond his 15-minutes of TV fame, it looks like Amir's main hustle is his fashion line Debonair Attire. It must be doing pretty well because he seems to be living the #luxurylifestyle — at least that's the hashtag he uses when he's posing in front of a private jet. Let us pray that he's learned from his father's money mistakes.

College was a little too fun for Amir Tyson

Amir Tyson seems to have star power just like pops, even posing for photos with P. Diddy and Nas, but it also seems like he may or may not have a little bit of Mike Tyson's wild side, too. According to a local report from WUSA9, Amir was one of 110 suspected underage drinkers who were busted at an off-campus American University frat party.

In 2015, Amir graduated from St. Andrew's Episcopal School in his hometown of Bethesda, Md. and was recruited to play on American University's baseball team. He started at the college later that year and was still a freshman when he was reprimanded at the frat party. Freshman mistake, right? Actually, the whole scene seemed kind of scary even if he wasn't involved in the worst parts.

Per the report, police were tipped off when two men carried a drunk girl into an Uber so she could be taken to the hospital for alcohol poisoning. The cops ended up calling an ambulance. A separate 21-year-old student allegedly punched an officer and was arrested. Apparently, the house that threw the party was "trashed" and there was "beer seeping through the floor into the basement." Tyson was given a citation and ordered to appear in court the following month.

Mike Tyson's paternity problems

In 1990, Mike Tyson had a son named D'Amato with his then-girlfriend Natalie Fears. According to the New York Post (via the Chicago Tribune), Tyson didn't plan to marry Fears, but he did want to "buy a house in Los Angeles and support the child," who he named after his boxing mentor Cus D'Amato. Unfortunately, that path to domestic bliss took a weird turn.

According to UPI, Fears entered a legal battle with the boxer, claiming he broke the terms of their support agreement. The New York Times reports that Tyson was giving the woman $5,000 per month, plus a car, jewelry, and clothing (UPI put the figure at a total of nearly $1.5 million). "I just been trying to do the right thing," Tyson told The New York Times

On his quest to do the right thing, he also took a paternity test. UPI claims he didn't question the fact that he was the father until Fears filed a lawsuit, but once he did take that test, he found out that D'Amato wasn't his.

It was a rough start for Mikey Lorna Tyson

Mikey Lorna Tyson, who was named after her father, had a rough start. According to The Buffalo News, the boxer didn't even officially admit he was her father until she was already eight months old. Even before that, her mother Kimberly Scarborough almost didn't have her daughter at all.

In an interview with the Daily News, Scarborough claimed she initially went to an abortion clinic because "Mike told [her] to get rid of" the child — of course, they didn't follow through. Apparently, fatherhood wasn't inherent for the boxer and he "wasn't happy about" it. At the time, Scarborough was living in a modest Harlem apartment with Mikey and Mikey's nine-year-old half brother. Eventually, though, the boxer came around. "Now we both shudder to think of what we almost did that day," Scarborough said.

Despite whatever spats the pair had about money, Mike, who was incarcerated at the time of the Daily News interview, wanted to be "a proper dad" upon his release. Scarborough and Mikey reportedly visited him in prison every two weeks, and he apparently called them weekly. "He wants to know if she's saying her prayers and doing enough homework. He wanted her to attend this school because it is very strict," Scarborough told the outlet.

At the time of this writing, Mikey is all grown up. Judging by her Instagram account, she's living a relatively low-key life and loves posting photos of her cooking.

Mikey Lorna Tyson struggled with weight as a child

When Mikey Lorna Tyson was a child, she struggled with her weight. According to a report in the Daily News, she was about 50 pounds when she was around four years old and that terrified her father, who was afraid that she'd suffer from the same "genetic obesity" that reportedly killed his sister. As a result, the girl's parents "constantly" watched her weight.

"She's very big, and that concerns Mike," her mother Kimberly Scarborough said in the 1995 interview. "He makes sure I take her to doctors. He doesn't want Mikey following in his sister's tracks." Mikey wasn't the type of '90s kid who was freely allowed to eat Dunkaroos and Fruit-by-the-Foot. The child's mother limited her diet as best as she could and cut out as many fats as possible. "She's always diving in the fridge, so we put locks on the fridge door," Scarborough admitted.

Mike's fears for his daughter never ended up becoming true. She seems to be happy and healthy, regularly posting her tough workout routines on Instagram and eating her veggies.

Milan Tyson is on her way to becoming a tennis star

Don't be surprised if you see Milan Tyson (above right), Mike Tyson's daughter with third wife Lakiha Spicer (back center), at Wimbledon one day. The tween is on her way to becoming a genuine tennis star. According to Tennis World USA, the 12-year-old has been training with Patrick Mouratoglou. If that name doesn't sound familiar, it should. He's trained Serena Williams and the 15-year-old athlete Coco Gauff, who beat Venus Williams in the Grand Slams.

Mike and Serena Williams actually seem to have fostered some kind of friendship, if only because of Milan. In the very least, the pair deeply respect each other's sportsmanship. According to Tennis World USA, Serena even threw some punches with Mike during Mouratoglou's annual tennis camp, but Mike didn't want to get in the ring. Why? "She has some power," he said.

Mike may have taken himself out of the competition, but Serena still has to watch out for Milan, who's undoubtedly going to have her dad's fierce work ethic. "I always explain (to Milan), 'If you really want to do this, you talk about (Novak) Djokovic, Serena Williams, this is what you have to do," Mike said (via Tennis World USA). "You can't complain. You have to love it. That's what discipline is. You hate to do it, but do it like you love it. "

Morocco Tyson is a seven-year-old Instagram influencer

Mike Tyson may have not always been faithful to his wives in the past, but he did credit his third wife, Lakiha Spicer, for turning things around for him. "Without my wife I'm a savage animal," he told T.I. during an episode of his ExpediTIously podcast, adding, "I can't live without a wife. If I don't have a wife, I'll kill myself. I need somebody to listen to, I'm just that person — I'm a soldier. I can't think on my own." 

Since settling down, the pair have had two children, the youngest of which is a budding Instagram star. At just seven years old, Morocco Tyson (above center) has his own influencer-worthy Instagram — and before you start laughing at how funny it is thinking about Mike Tyson curating his kid's online persona, know that it is completely run by his parents. Could Tyson possibly be a dadager? Like a good influencer, Morocco posts from exotic places like Paris and at high profile events like the Kid's Choice Awards, where he even hit the red carpet with the full Tyson/Spicer crew.

Aside from his influencer lifestyle, it seems like Morocco looks up to his older siblings. He plays tennis like Milan and is also learning to play golf like his older brother Miguel.