After acting a donkey for the first couple years of his daughter Angel’s life, Eddie Murphy has finally come around. Ironically enough, it was while doing press for his recurring role as Donkey in the Shrek franchise’s latest installment Shrek Forever After for the Tribeca Film Festival that Eddie came around. Pop the hood for details.
Once upon a time you couldn’t even get Eddie Murphy to admit he fathered a child with Mel B. Then when a paternity test made it hard to deny, he still wanted nothing to do with the baby because he claimed Scary Spice tried to trap him with her fertile snapper… But it seems the actor has finally come around to welcoming little Angel into his life.
“While promoting ‘Shrek Forever After,’ Eddie talked a lot about his kids,” says a source. “Ever since, he’s been making efforts with Mel to get to know their daughter.”
Our source says he hosted a bash at his L.A. compound last week, and Brown, her husband, Stephen Belafonte, and Angel, her 3-year-old daughter with Murphy, were in attendance.
“They’ve both said some really nasty things about each other to the press,” says our source. “So needless to say, some guests were shocked.”
We hear the “Dreamgirls” actor had an additional push to make nice.
“Eddie’s ex-wife Nicole helped them reconcile their issues, too,” the insider said of Murphy’s ex-wife, with whom he has six kids. “Angel is Eddie’s youngest child, and Nicole wanted her children to know her. That helped Eddie to come around and get past all the animosity he had toward Mel.
“All of the children were there for the party, and it appeared that they’re one big happy, blended family,” the source added.
Mel B wasn’t Eddie’s only ex in attendance at the bash. The actor also seemed to be making an effort to get reacquainted with former girlfriend Shaun Robinson, the “Access Hollywood” host he dated before Brown.
Says the source: “At one point, they were in the kitchen together and seemed pretty friendly. There were whispers at the party that maybe they’d get back together someday.”
Since this whole Eddie Murphy family reunion seems to be a group effort, can somebody please get a comb and brush and stage an intervention with Mel B. about that poor child’s head???