Gladys Portugues

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Bodybuilder (1957)
Fri May 19 2023
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Jean-Claude Van Damme's talented spouse, Gladys Portugues is an American former professional bodybuilder, TV, and film actress, and author. She is widely known for placing two times in the top 10 in the Ms. Olympia contest as a bodybuilder.

In addition to that, she has made appearances in films such as The Morning After (1986), The Wil Shriner Show (1987), and It's Alive III: Island of the Alive (1987). Let's grab more data about her personal life in the following sections.

Married Life With Belgian actor, Jean-Claude Van Damme

The strong woman, Gladys Portugues has been married twice and almost divorced twice with the same person. Now, she shares a healthy and beautiful marital life with her husband, Jean-Claude Camille François van Varenberg, also known as Jean-Claude Van Damme and JCVD.

Photo: Gladys Portugues and Husband Jean-Claude Van Damme Are Married Twice
Source: Instagram@officialgp57

The pair first met in Mexico during the photoshoot in the 1990s. Then they tied the wedding knot on 3 January 1987 in a private ceremony. They were together until Portugues found Jean cheating on her with actress Darcy LaPier, whom he married in February 1994. 

So after being together for five years, they officially had divorced for the first time in 1999. Afterwards, the Muscles from Brussels actor weds his fourth wife Darcy whom she shares one son Nicholas Van Varenberg, born on 10 October 1995. 

Jean-Claude Van Damme and His Fourth Wife, Darcy LaPier
Snap: Jean-Claude Van Damme and His Fourth Wife, Darcy LaPier 
Source: Hello! Magazine

Both of them separated after a year when Darcy found Claude cheating on her with his co-star, Kylie Minogue. Before that, he was married to Cynthia Derderian (m. 1985–1986) and Maria Rodriguez (m. 1980–1984).

About Husband Jean-Claude Van Damme And His Marriages

Jean-Claude Van Damme, born on October 18, 1960, is a Belgian actor, martial artist, and filmmaker. Throughout his career, he has gained international recognition for his martial arts skills and action movie roles. In terms of his married life, he has been married multiple times.

His first marriage was to Maria Rodriguez in 1980, but they divorced shortly afterward in 1984. He then married Cynthia Derderian in 1985. However, their marriage ended in divorce in 1986.

Van Damme's third marriage was to Gladys Portugues in 1987. The couple faced some challenges in their relationship, including Van Damme's infidelity. He cheated on Portugues with Darcy LaPier in 1994. They even got married and had a son.

However, Van Damme and Portugues reconciled after he split up with Darcy in 1997.

Gladys and Jean Remarried in 1999

Growing deeper in love, the couple exchanged the vows once again on 25 June 1999 after five years of divorce. Since then, they have been living a happy life together until 2015.

Despite standing by each other's side for 15 years, their relationship again started having troubles. So the bodybuilder again filed a divorce petition for the second time from Van Damme saying irreconcilable differences" in March 2015.

Marriage Picture of Gladys Portugues and Jean-Claude Van Damme
Image: Marriage Picture of Gladys Portugues and Jean-Claude Van Damme
Source: Facebook@All about #JCVD

But a few days later, she cancelled the divorce after realizing that she and Jean still have a strong connection with each other despite their problems. 

How Many Children Does Gladys Have?

Altogether, Portugues has two beautiful adult children. She and her husband Jean, 66, are loving and proud parents of two kids, a son Kris Van Damme and a daughter Bianca Bree.

At age 29, she gave birth to her firstborn child Kris on May 20, 1987, along with Damme. He is now 33.  Four years later, they welcomed their youngest child Bianca on October 17, 1990. She is 30 years old. 

Photograph: Gladys Portugues With Her Kids On Family Vacation
Source: Instagram@officialgp57

Both of them are pursuing their career in the entertainment industry as an actor. Kris Van has worked in films such as Universal Soldier (1992), Derailed (2002), Universal Soldier: Regeneration (2009), and Soldiers (2014).

In 2007, Bree made her acting debut with the film The Shepherd playing the role of Kassie Robideaux. Also, she featured in her father Jean's directed film Soldiers, and Assassination Games (2011).

How Much Is Gladys Portugues' Net Worth?

The 5 feet 5 inches tall Gladys Portugues has a net worth of $1 Million. She has amassed her fortune throughout her multiple careers as a bodybuilder, fitness model, and actress. In the 1980s, she was regarded as one of the most notable stars in female fitness.

One of her notable appearances was in the 1986 film "The Morning After," alongside Jane Fonda, Jeff Bridges, and Raul Julia, which grossed $25 million at the box office. 

Additionally, she has graced the covers and pages of various bodybuilding magazines, including "Strength Training for Beauty," "Muscle Training," "Flex," and "Muscle & Fitness."

In addition, Portugues has authored three exercise books: "Hard Bodies," "Hard Bodies Express Workout," and "Hard Bodies: Express Workout: The Twice-a-Week Fitness Program that Really Works." Fitness Trainer Tamilee Webb has also written similarly themed books.

Meanwhile, her husband Jean-Claude has an impressive net value of $40 million. He has accumulated his total worth throughout his acting and marital gigs. From 1991 to 1995, he made around $40 million in base salaries. 

Bio and Early Life

Gladys was born on September 30, 1957, in Manhattan, New York City, New York United States. However, there is no information concerning her early days. 

As per her education, she studied at the Marymount Manhattan College where she started her bodybuilding and weight training career. 

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