By Joanne Rosa
Before Jeremy Meeks rose to fame, he was no one but a convicted blue eyed felon, a member of the crips, a husband, and a father. This all changed when his 2014 mug shot went viral while he was incarcerated. The public quickly fell in love with the “Hot Felon,” and they fell out of love with him just as fast. Once a bad boy, always a bad boy.
We’ll breakdown this bad boy’s love story for you one affair at a time.
June 2014: Jeremy Meeks Dubbed “Hot Felon”
The Stockton Police Department had no idea how many people would admire the mugshot of Jeremy Meeks. On June 20th, Meeks was pulled over after he left a house that was about to undergo a search with a warrant. “A search of the passenger compartment yielded a 9mm round of ammunition and a small amount of what is believed to be marijuana. A search of the trunk located an unregistered and loaded Springfield Armory .45 caliber XD(M) semi-automatic handgun along with two extended magazines for the firearm.” Meeks was arrested and charged with possession of firearm and “other firearm and gang related charges.” Overnight, Jeremy Meeks’ mugshot made its rounds online and was nicknamed “Hot Felon.”
March 2015: Modeling Contract Confirmed
While Jeremy served his 27 month sentence he signed a modeling contract. White Cross Management confirmed to People that Meeks signed a modeling contract with them. At the time, Meeks wore a 40R suit, 15.5″ collar, 32″ waist, and size 11 shoes. A week prior to news of Meeks’ modeling contract, he told told ABC that he’s “not some kingpin,” and he “never thought that everyone in the world would recognize [him] for [his] looks.” He feels “extremely blessed and very thankful.”
Despite being a criminal, the public clearly saw bad boy Jeremy’s good side.
May 2015: Wife Melissa Supports Her Man
Melissa married Jeremy Meeks in 2008, and there relationship was anything but easy. Being married to a gang member didn’t stop Melissa from supporting her man while he was incarcerated. She shared a photo of her visit with him and she brought their children with her. You know what’s hot? When a man is good to his woman.
March 2016: “Hot Felon” is a Free Man
After serving over a year in federal prison, Jeremy Meeks was released from his two year sentence. He shared a photo on Instagram with his new management saying, “I want to thank my family and everybody for all your love, support and prayers. I’m overwhelmed and grateful for what lies ahead. I’m ready @jimjordanphotography and @whitecrossmanagement.”
February 2017: “Hot Felon” Runway Debut
Following a year of modeling, Philipp Plein gave Jeremy Meeks his first runway gig. He served face on stage, and even took a moment to FaceTime his wife Melissa.
It was clear to everyone that Jeremy and Melissa were deeply in love. If their relationship could survive Melissa being a single parent and Jeremy being incarcerated, it could survive anything, right? They gave everyone’s relationship hope!
May 2017: Jeremy Meeks Feelin’ Himself at Cannes Film Festival
Jeremy might not have been comfortable with his newfound fame in 2015, but he was adjusted by spring 2017. By the time he attended the Cannes Film Festival for Philipp Plein’s Cruise Show, Jeremy was walking the runway like he owned it, and he even snagged a picture with Paris Hilton! Was this the moment Jeremy was convinced his “Hot Felon” nickname had become a big name, making him believe he was invincible? This is reportedly where Jeremy meets billionaire Topshop heiress Chloe Green.
June 2017: Jeremy Cheats & Files for Divorce
It’s confirmed that Jeremy would do whatever he wanted to do when he was spotted kissing Topshop heiress Chloe Green. The two were aboard a 180ft super yacht that cruised the Mediterranean off of Turkey. An insider told Us Weekly that Jeremy and Chloe had “instant chemistry.” Shortly after being caught cheating on his wife Melissa, Jeremy filed for divorce. Melissa claimed she was going to divorce him, but Jeremy beat her to the punch. The date on Jeremy’s divorce papers is June 24th, which was four days prior to his cheatation.
July 2017: Melissa Dishes on Heartbreaking Husband Jeremy Meeks
Melissa Meeks told Daily Mail that she learned of the cheatation when someone on Instagram messaged her the photo of Jeremy kissing Chloe on a yacht. “It was like a bomb had gone off and my whole world had been blown apart… I’d never heard of Chloe Green. I thought Jeremy was working.” For Melissa, the worst part of all was that her children looked up to their father, including her daughter Ellie who considers him a father figure. If seeing Jeremy cheating on his wife of nearly 10 years with a young and wealthy woman didn’t sway the public against him before, Melissa opening up about what she went through did the trick.
Winter 2018: Jeremy & Melissa’s Divorce Gets Nasty
After a few months trying to work towards an agreement, Jeremy and Melissa’s divorce gets nasty. In addition to sorting out spousal and child support, they also have to agree on custody of their son. Melissa is reportedly concerned that Jeremy isn’t a good influence on their children, but Jeremy reportedly claims Melissa isn’t a good example either because of her interviews and plastic surgery. Luckily for Melissa, she has Lisa Bloom on the case!
March 2018: Jeremy Strikes Divorce Deal & Gets Chloe Pregnant
In early March, Jeremy and Melissa officially agreed to pay Melissa $1,000 a month that is retroactive to November 2017. According to Lisa Bloom, this is 25% above legal guidelines. She continued that the estranged couple also agreed on “a reasonable child custody and visitation schedule.”
Later that month, news broke that Chloe Green was pregnant with Jeremy’s child, melding him into her life forever. Melissa claims to have found out about the pregnancy through her son. Right when we thought Jeremy might have redeemed himself, this happens. Chloe Green gave birth on May 29, 2018.