Gina Sasso (born 13th of March 1963; Age: 60) is an American sports agent who is famous as the ex-wife of Thomas Mikal Ford, the late American actor and comedian who passed away in 2016.
Sasso and Ford were married for 14 years during which they had to contend with issues such as infidelity on the part of the actor. They later went their separate ways but remained on amicable terms. As such, Sasso was by Ford’s side as he finally gave up the ghost following a health complication as a result of an aneurysm.
Gina Sasso is Originally from Kingston, Jamaica
Gina Marie Sasso Ford was born on the 13th day of March 1963. She is currently 60 years old. Though she has spent the better part of her life in America, Sasso is actually from Kingston, Jamaica. She was born there and spent some years there before relocating to the United States.
That migration may have taken place during her childhood or even her teenage years but it is not exactly clear. One thing that is sure is that Gina underwent her high school education at Miami Sunset High School which means that she was already living in America during her teenage years.
She and Thomas Ford Began Dating in 1996 and Wed in 1997
Gina Marie Sasso did not undergo a college education. She opted out of that route in favor of pursuing several legitimate businesses. She put in a lot of effort to make ends meet including embarking on trips. It was during a business trip to Los Angeles in 1996 that she ran into the man that would become her future husband named Thomas Mikal Ford.
At that time, Thomas was already a famous personality in Hollywood thanks to his recurring role as Tommy, the sidekick of the titular character on the hugely popular Fox sitcom, Martin. He and Gina ran into each other in Los Angeles and it was love at first sight for the both of them. They started dating without wasting time and their love progressed at a fast pace. They got engaged about a year into their relationship.
Gina Sasso and Thomas Mikal Ford got married on the 6th day of April 1997 at the Rio Hotel and Resort, Las Vegas. They wore white outfits and their loved ones were in attendance. Thomas’ co-stars including Martin himself aka Martin Lawrence were also there.
Thanks to the fact that they were both thriving individuals, Gina and Ford were able to throw a magnificent ceremony. They then embarked on an equally dreamy honeymoon to the Caribbean paradise country of Aruba which prides itself on its world-class beaches, always-perfect weather, and warm and welcoming culture.
She was Thomas Mikal Ford’s Wife for 17 Years Before They Called it Quits in 2014
Gina Sasso’s marriage to Thomas Mikal Ford lasted for a total of 17 years officially. During this period, they made their homes in various places such as Los Angeles and Florida. The couple lavished a lot of love for each other and also supported each other to go to great heights. For instance, Gina supported her husband as he worked on translating his Martin breakthrough into a solid career in Hollywood.
Thankfully, their efforts were not in vain and Thomas went on to land roles in several movies and TV series. As a result, they became richer and even more popular and lived accordingly. It wasn’t all smooth sailing for the couple though. Gina’s husband had a few well-documented affairs and all this contributed to wrecking their marriage alongside other factors.
The Erstwhile Couple Remained on Good Terms until Thomas’ Death
It is highly likely that Gina Sasso divorced Thomas Mikal Ford because he cheated on her. Though she has never expressly admitted this, the actor’s indiscretions are a bit in the open. For instance, in 2014, a lady named Vanessa Simmons sued Thomas asking for child support and other kinds of support. She revealed that she had a son for the actor born around 2002.
She also revealed that the actor had told her that he would divorce Gina and also leave his girlfriend named Viviane De Sosa Beattie for her. Ford denied Vanessa’s allegations of physical abuse but there was no denying the fact that he had fathered Vanessa ‘a son while still married to Gina or that he was dating Viviane. It was simply messy and all this contributed to the wreck of his marriage to Gina.
It was a painful way to end the union but Gina, who likely had an inkling of Thomas’ philandering over the years, did not take it too much to heart. She refused to blow their split out of proportion but kept things cordial. She also remained on speaking terms with her ex-husband.
As such, she was by his side when he passed away on the 12th of October 2016. Some news reports still referenced her as Thomas’ wife but this is erroneous. Even if there is the possibility that they never formally signed the papers, they were for all intents and purposes divorced. Thomas even moved to Brazil to live with Viviane and they remained together till his death.
Gina Sasso is Now a Sports Agent Based in Miami
Gina Sasso presently lives in Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Florida, and is now a sports agent. She runs her own company known as Prime Sports Marketing LLC. The company basically represents pro athletes and helps them negotiate deals, contracts, and the like. Gina, who currently goes by the name Gina Ford, has tasted some highs and lows in her career.
She has represented the fastest man alive, Jamaica’s Usain Bolt as his agent from 2008 to date. She has also repped other clients. Gina has lost some good deals though. She initially signed a contract with then-college basketball star, Zion Williamson, to be his agent for five years. He however jettisoned it once he went pro. Gina later sued him in 2021 but the courts ruled in his favor.
Gina Sasso’s Kids Are All Grown Up
Gina Sasso has two children to the best of public knowledge. They are the kids that she and Thomas Mikal Ford had together. The first is a son named Thomas Ford Jr who was born on the 9th of September 1997. The second is her lookalike daughter named Madison Ford who was born on the 15th of March 2000.
Gina and her late husband tried as much as possible to provide a loving home environment for their kids who are better off for it now. Thomas Jr. is college educated and is an aspiring musician. Madison is also likely to have toed the college path as well though this can’t be confirmed as her social media accounts are set to private. One thing that is sure is that both kids have never been involved in any scandal of any sort.