Michelle Moyer may have had an unconventional marriage to the even more unconventional basketball star Dennis Rodman, but that relationship would leave a big stamp on her life.
The couple had two children together, Dennis Jr (aka D.J.) and Trinity, the two of whom are clearly a big part of Moyer’s life today judging by her Instagram. Moyer also has another daughter, Teyana Lima, who has made her a happy grandmother to two beautiful granddaughters Kya and Koas.
Read on to learn more about her whirlwind marriage to Rodman, the children they brought into the world together, and what life is like for Moyer today.
Michelle Moyer And Dennis Rodman Didn’t Live Together As A Married Couple
Moyer’s relationship with Dennis Rodman was far from sunny. She was Rodman’s third wife, and their marriage was just as ill-fated as his first two.
Moyer first met the NBA player at a bar in 1999. The couple had a four-year courtship before tying the knot in a private civil ceremony in Newport Beach, California. The date of their big day, May 13, 2003, coincided with Rodman’s 42nd birthday.
Both lived in Newport Beach, but their arrangement was unusual. After marrying, Rodman revealed that they had no intention of sharing a living space.
“We won’t live together,” Rodman told the paper. “I like it like that. She and the kids come over on weekends.”
The couple maintained separate residences two miles apart from one another—even after Moyer gave birth to two of his children. According to the New York Times, Rodman would fulfill daddy duties by going on diaper runs at late hours and dropping them off at Moyer’s home.
Moyer Filed For Divorce In 2004 But Stayed With Dennis Until 2012
Moyer initially filed for divorce in 2004, less than a year into their marriage. But on paper, the couple remained legally married for a total of nine years. She re-filed in 2012 after a failed attempt at patching things up—and the ensuing battle revealed some messy details.
According to TMZ, Moyer claimed that Rodman owed $808,935 in unpaid child support and $51,441 in unpaid spousal support. Moyer also had a temporary restraining order approved by a judge during this period.
Rodman’s lawyer insisted that the former NBA star couldn’t cough up the cash because he was flat broke.
“In all honesty, Dennis, although a very sweet person, is an alcoholic,” his financial advisor Peggy Williams told the Los Angeles Times. “His sickness impacts his ability to get work.”
Back in 2004, when Moyer first tried to split from Rodman, the b-baller’s assets included $3.4 million in property and $1.45 million in stocks and bonds. He also reported an annual salary of $570,000.
However, his hard-partying ways had drained him of his estimated $27 million fortune. According to Rodman, his lifestyle cost more than $31,000 a month. Rodman even withdrew his NBA pension “for pennies on the dollar” to pay back taxes.
Ultimately, the Orange County Family Court ordered Rodman to complete 104 hours of community service, serve three years of informal probation, and pay his overdue child and spousal support.
“It’s all about the kids,” he said after the hearing, according to the New York Daily News. “It does suck the fact that it had to come to this.”
Rodman And Moyer’s Kids Are Exceptionally Athletic
One silver lining to Rodman and Moyer’s rollercoaster marriage is their children. Their first son, D.J. Rodman, is a promising college basketball player who reps the Washington State Cougars of the Pac-12 Conference.
Their second child, Trinity Rodman, is also a rising star in professional sports. In 2021, she became the youngest player ever to be drafted into the National Women’s Soccer League. As the number two overall pick, she joined the Washington Spirit as a forward.
After her first season, she earned the titles of both NWSL Rookie of the Year and U.S. Soccer Young Female Player of the Year. In February 2022, the Washington Post reported that she signed a four-year contract with the Washington Spirit, making her the highest-paid player in the league.
While her marriage to their father may not have lasted, her relationships with her kids are extremely strong. As the Rodman children take the athletic world by storm, Moyer is right there, cheering them on every step of the way.
Michelle Moyer Is Focused On Family
As is more than understandable, Moyer keeps details of her personal life out of the public life. What we do know is that she is an incredibly dedicated mother and grandmother.
Using the handle Michelle Rodman online, Moyer’s Instagram page reads:” God…family??❤️ @dj_rodman @trinity_rodman @t3yanasworld. #iammamma. Her account is filled with happy family photos, especially celebrating her kid’s athletic achievements.
And we have to agree: a beautiful family indeed!