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Discover the Personal Life of Ali Wong: From Divorce Rumor to Stardom

Unveiling the truth about the Ali Wong divorce, her love for her children, and her journey to fame. Know the real-life comedy queen beyond rumors and on-screen performances.
by Robyn Kerkhof | Sep 11 2023
Credits: Mark Von Holden/Invision/AP

Comedian and actress Ali Wong and her personal life have attracted substantial attention. To settle the rumors, we have gathered factual insights into the life of Ali Wong, touching upon questions like her divorce, her children, and her relationship with Keanu Reeves

Ali Wong’s Divorce From Justin Hakuta

In 2010, Wong met Justin Hakuta, an entrepreneur and the son of famous inventor Ken Hakuta, at a wedding. Hakuta was a Harvard Business School student who had earned the Fulbright Scholarship. By 2014, the pair married, later having two daughters.

In April 2022, the couple announced their divorce, filed shortly after Wong’s February 2022 release of her Don Wong stand-up special. In the show, she articulated her regret and dissatisfaction with her marriage, likening it to imprisonment.

Hakuta remained a crucial part of her life as her tour manager, highlighting their enduring friendship post-divorce. The comedian told The Hollywood Reporter, “We’ve been through so much together.

It’s a very unconventional divorce.” Wong continued to shed light on their remaining amicable relationship, mentioning a recent game played together. Additionally, Hakuta would join her on the summer tour alongside their two daughters, Mari and Nikki, as she works on new comedic material concerning their divorce. 

In 2022, Wong dated actor Bill Hader temporarily, announcing a rekindling of the romance in April 2023. The announcement came amid the April debut of their respective shows, ‘Beef’ and ‘Barry.’

Ali Wong’s Relationship With Keanu Reeves: The Facts 

Wong and Reeves captivated audiences with their remarkable on-screen chemistry in the popular Netflix film ‘Always Be My Maybe.’ Their dynamic portrayal of a romantic connection between their characters left a lasting impression on viewers, leading to speculations about the nature of their relationship off-screen.

However, it’s important to clarify that the captivating on-screen chemistry they exhibited was a result of their talent as performers rather than a reflection of their real-life romantic involvement.

Ali Wong’s Prenuptual Agreement

In her 2018 comedy special, Hard Knock Wife, Ali Wong shed light on her real-life experience of signing a prenuptial agreement before marriage. She saw it as a disguised blessing as it unexpectedly motivated her to earn her own living and establish a successful career.

The essentiality of a prenuptial agreement is undeniable, particularly when one spouse possesses significant assets and income before the wedding. In the case of Ali Wong, it’s likely that the agreement specified the allocation of alimony in the case of a marital breakup, thereby safeguarding her husband’s earnings and assets.

Had it not been in place, California’s community property laws would have dominated, entitling both spouses to an equal share (50%) of the joint assets acquired during the marital period, irrespective of who earned them.

Proud Mother: Ali Wong’s Kids Mari and Nikki

Ali Wong, along with her ex-husband Justin Hakuta, is a proud parent of two daughters, Mari Hakuta, born in 2015, and Nikki Hakuta, born in 2017, who often feature in Wong’s comedy routines as part of her humor centered around motherhood and family life.

Ali Wong’s Impressive Comedy Career 

Alexandra Dawn Wong (41 years old) was born on April 19, 1982 in San Francisco, California. She was the youngest of four children, with a Vietnamese mother who worked as a social worker and a Chinese-American anesthesiologist father who worked for Kaiser Permanente for thirty years.

She attended UCLA, majoring in Asian-American studies and spending her junior year in Hanoi. She even ventured back to Vietnam after college through the Fulbright program.

Wong plunged into stand-up comedy at twenty-three and quickly relocated to New York City to cultivate her career, performing up to nine times a night. Named as one of “10 Comics to Watch” by Variety in 2011, Wong quickly made appearances on The Tonight Show, John Oliver’s New York Stand Up Show, and Dave Attell’s Comedy Underground Show.

She also served as a series regular on NBC’s comedy series “Are You There, Chelsea?” and made guest appearances on numerous other shows. In 2014, Wong landed a role in the ABC medical drama series “Black Box” and began writing the sitcom “Fresh Off the Boat.”

In 2016, Netflix released a stand-up special featuring Wong, called “Baby Cobra,” which was filmed during her seventh month of pregnancy. This marked a significant moment of stardom for Wong. That same year, she walked the runway and spoke at New York Fashion Week and began starring in the ABC sitcom, “American Housewife.”

She also released a book titled Dear Girls: Intimate Tales, Untold Secrets and Advice for Living Your Best Life, which won the 2019 Goodreads Choice Award for Humor. In 2022, Wong released her third Netflix special, Don Wong, and, the subsequent year, co-starred in the Netflix drama-comedy series Beef with Steven Yeun, where she also served as executive producer.

To delve deeper into her life and experiences, be sure to check out Ali Wong’s book “Dear Girls” available on the Blinkist app. Blinkist is an engaging platform offering bite-sized summaries of over 5,000 non-fiction books.

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