Father-of-six Murphy publicly dumped Mel on Dutch TV show RTL Boulevard in December 2006 when he announced: 'I don't know whose child that is, until it comes out and has a blood test.' Weeks after splitting from Mel, who was five months pregnant at the time, Murphy went public with new girlfriend Tracey Edmonds, who claimed they had been dating since October.
Their 1981 church wedding was in Crowley and "feted four hundred guests with a week's worth of parties." Following marriage, the couple moved to Washington, D.
C., where she practiced banking and savings and loan law and restructuring and bankruptcy law for Keck, Mahin & Cate.
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Mel and Eddie, who welcomed daughter Angel in April 2007 following a brief fling in 2006, had a famously fraught relationship.
His political career had suffered from a long period of womanizing, drinking, and adverse publicity, and she is credited with stabilizing his personal life and helping him resume a productive career in the Senate.