On Grey’s Anatomy, Jesse Williams has played Dr. Jackson Avery, the son of renowned surgeon Dr. Catherine Fox, for 12 seasons. However, after many seasons as Dr. Avery, the actor is stepping down, though not without leaving his mark on the show. Jesse has not only appeared on the show, but he has also directed several episodes and expanded his resume throughout his time there.
On Grey’s Anatomy, Jackson’s love life is stormy, and based on his traumatic divorce, it looks that Jesse’s real-world romances are comparable.
Jesse isn’t single because he’s been dating his new girlfriend for three years. Jesse announced his relationship with Taylour Paige in May 2019 when he shared a snapshot of the two on the red carpet together, looking charmingly close.
About Jesse Williams’ girlfriend, Taylour Paige
Taylour is a professional dancer and actress who starred in the VH1 blockbuster show Hit the Floor as Ahsha Hayes. She also appeared in a Grey’s Anatomy episode in 2016 and danced in High School Musical 3 and Usher’s “She Came to Give It to You” music video. (She played the character Emma.) This is where she most likely met Jesse. Cute!
Taylour began dancing as a child in the Los Angeles suburb of Inglewood. She began her career as a professional ballet dancer before working with choreographer Debbie Allen. In 2010, Taylour joined the LA Laker Girls cheerleading squad for three months before heading off to college. She graduated from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles with a bachelor’s degree.
According to her IMDb biography, Taylour is poised to star in the highly anticipated film Zola, which is based on a now-famous Twitter thread about a stripper’s wild journey to Florida. In the A24 adaptation of the film, Riley Keough plays Taylour.
Taylour’s other acting credits include The Baxters, Boogie, and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.
About Jesse Williams’ Ex-Wife
In 2012, Jesse married Aryn Drake-Lee, and the couple had two daughters, Sadie and Maceo. The pair divorced in 2017. Aryn was a successful real estate broker, according to Oprah Magazine. Aryn now co-hosts the podcast BBSARETRASH (Babies Are Trash) with her best friend Trian Long-Smith.
“I had two breastfeeding babies when the divorce process began, and I was the one who ran our family for the 14-and-a-half years that he and I shared a house,” Aryn told People in May 2019. “I knew, as the one holding it all together, that I didn’t have much room to fall, even if I was falling,” she continued.
For the first time, Aryn discussed her relationship with Jesse. Jesse was accused of cheating on Aryn with Minka Kelly (whom he later dated for a brief time), and the two battled for custody for a long time.
After finalizing their divorce in late 2020 and agreeing on custody terms (in which Jesse was ordered to pay $40,000 per month in child support), they appear to be attempting co-parenting with some success.
According to Entertainment Tonight, as part of their settlement, the pair was required to attend a “high-conflict parenting class” in April 2021, which is designed to alleviate the stress that divorce can cause for children.“