Victoria Avila-Cornelius, late Don Cornelius Wife: Where is she now?

By Rhyss | Published on: March 10, 2024 | Updated on: March 10, 2024
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Victoria Avila-Cornelius is a former Russian model. She became incredibly famous after her marriage to the late TV host, Don Cornelius. Her now late ex-hubby is known for hosting the syndicated dance and music show, Soul Train.

The legendary TV personality, unfortunately, died in 2012, so what is his ex-wife Victoria doing now? Given that she was still pretty young at the time of her husband’s death, has she exchanged vows with someone?

In addition to this, who is Victoria Avila-Cornelius in the first place? Where is she from? What is she doing now? Let’s find out the answers to these questions as well!

Who is ? Her Wiki

She was born in Russia. Victoria is someone who has rarely ever spoken about her family so that’s why there is not much information regarding her early life.

Besides, Victoria belongs to the Russian ethnicity and has Russian-American nationality. She got American nationality after her marriage to Don Cornelius.

Moving towards her education, she must have finished her formal education in Russia.

Marriage with Don Cornelius

The former couple exchanged vows on December 3rd, 2001. They wed in an intimate ceremony with their friends and family in attendance.

Unfortunately, Don rarely ever spoke of his wedding because of which there is not a single photograph from their wedding. That being said we can safely say they had a big wedding.

Victoria with her husband in a function
Victoria with her late ex-spouse Don.

As for how they came across each other, well, it’s a matter of mystery. Well, considering that Victoria was a model, maybe the pair must have met during one of these events.

This was Don’t second marriage; he was previously married to Delores Harrison from 1956 to 1976.

Does the former pair share any children between them?

No, they didn’t had any biological children between them. Nevertheless, Don reportedly had adopted Victoria’s daughter Viktoria from her previous relationship. Currently what is their daughter doing is behind closed doors.

On the other hand, Don shares two children from his previous relationship, both of them sons, Anthony and Raymond.

and her tumultuous relationship with ex-husband Don

Although at first glance it seemed like Victoria and Don enjoyed a beautiful relationship. However, it was an entirely different story from the inside.

It has been reported by Victoria herself that throughout their marriage, Don was physically abusive toward her. In 2008, authorities even arrested Cornelius over spousal abuse charges. On November 14, 2008, he appeared in court where he pleaded not guilty over the abuse charges, but he ultimately changed it to no contest in 2009 for which he was put on 36 months probation.

All this happened after Victoria separated from Don, following her filing for divorce in 2007. Around the same time, Victoria Chapman aka Victoria Avila also filed for two separate restraining orders against her husband.

Don’s Last Marriage with Victoria Changed Him a Lot

After the divorce filing, the divorce was finalized in 2009. As for why their marriage failed, well, one of Don’s friends said it was because both of them were from different sides of the world.

At the time of Don’s death, one of his close pals over 30 years old, said at the time of his death,

“He was swayed by a few people to invest in projects that didn’t pan out and the last marriage in many ways destroyed his mind, heart and his soul. He was never the same after that marriage.’’

From the above statement alone it is imperative that Victoria and Don really weren’t a great match. What’s more, Don was so frustrated with his marriage to his second wife that in his declaration of ending his marriage to Viktoria, he said,

“I am 72-years-old. I have significant health issues. I want to finalize this divorce before I die.”

When their divorce was finalized, Don was ordered to pay $10,000 a month in spousal support, buy her a house for under $1,095,000, and also pay tuition fees for his adopted daughter Viktoria.

Apart from this, Victoria also received both of her late ex-husband’s insurance policies worth $300,000 after his death.

How did Victoria’s husband die?

On February 1st, 2012, Don tragically passed away due to a self-inflicting gunshot wound. At around 4 am, his son called the police department to check on his dad after reports of a shooting from his home in LA.

The late TV host was rushed to Cedars Sinai Hospital where he was unfortunately pronounced dead. According to reports, he was suffering from seizures for the past 15 years that arose from complications after his brain operation in 1982.

What happened to ? Where is she today?

Currently, Victoria is staying behind closed doors. It is more than probable that she is living a rather lavish life due to all the money she gained after her husband’s death.

Victoria in a red carpet event
Victoria is a former model.

We are sure many of you might be wondering if she has married once again or not, well, the answer to this query is still behind closed doors.

Victoria was a model and an actor

As we mentioned above, Victoria was a model. When she first met her future husband Don she was working in the field. If we talk about her current profession, it is unknown.

She also appeared in the American TV show, The Bold and the Beautiful. Victoria was featured in the 2004 episode of Spectra Model.

Her Net Worth

As of now, her net worth is reported to be around $2 million. A chunk of her income comes straight from her divorce alimony and the rest she earned from her career as a model.