Khalilah Ali

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Khalilah Camacho Ali
Belinda Boyd

(1950-03-17) March 17, 1950 (age 70)
OccupationHumanitarian, author, actor
m. 1967; div. 1977)

Khalilah Camacho Ali (born Belinda Boyd; March 17, 1950) is an actress, also known for being the former wife of boxer Muhammad Ali.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Born Belinda Boyd on March 17, 1950, she was raised in Chicago where she attended Islamic schools.[2] Her parents were members of the Nation of Islam.[3] Her paternal great-grandfather was from Karachi, Pakistan.[4]

Boyd married Muhammad Ali on August 18, 1967, at the age of 17.[1] She claims the marriage was arranged by her Muslim parents.[5] After their marriage, she, like Ali, changed her name to Khalilah Ali, though she was still called Belinda by old friends and family. When Ali's evasion of the draft cost him his boxing title in 1967 (a decision later overturned by the Supreme Court), Khalilah supported him emotionally and financially.[6]

They had a tumultuous marriage with Ali's infidelities and she accused him of being an absentee father.[2] In 1974, Ali began an affair with his future wife Veronica Porsche which resulted in a confrontation between Khalilah and Veronica in Manila.[5] In January 1977, Khalilah divorced Ali.[7] After their bitter divorce she said, "I left him because he wasn’t what he said he was, because of his lack of morals and disrespect to the family. I don't think he deserves the name Muhammad Ali, and I'm going to call him Cassius Clay from now on."[2]

The couple had four children, Maryum "May May" (born 1968), twins Jamillah and Rasheda (born 1970), and Muhammad Ali Jr. (born 1972). During their marriage, Ali had multiple children from extramarital affairs including Miya in 1972, Khaliah in 1974,[8] and Hana in 1976. Rasheda married Robert Walsh and has two sons, Biaggio Ali Walsh (born in 1998) and Nico Ali Walsh (born 2001).[9]

Khalilah remarried in the 1980s and divorced twice more.[10]


She studied karate, and by 1977, earned a third degree black belt.[7] Khalilah studied under Jim Kelly and Steve Saunders.[7] She eventually earned her ninth degree black belt.[11]

She appeared on the cover of Ebony Magazine seven times.[11] She appeared in the Jane Fonda film The China Syndrome.[12]


  1. ^ a b "Bitter About Ali ('i Call Him Cassius Clay'), Ex-Wife Khalilah Forges a Life of Her Own".
  2. ^ a b c "Bitter About Ali ('i Call Him Cassius Clay'), Ex-Wife Khalilah Forges a Life of Her Own". Retrieved 2018-01-02.
  3. ^ "Remembering Muhammad Ali as a husband and father". New York Post. 2016-06-05. Retrieved 2018-01-02.
  4. ^ "Muhammad Ali's ex-wife lauds Pakistani hospitality". The Nation (Pakistan). Retrieved 2020-04-10.
  5. ^ a b "After Their Chilla in Manila, Belinda Ali Launches a New Career—Alone". Retrieved 2018-01-02.
  6. ^ "Muhammed Ali's Ex-Wife, Khalilah Camacho Ali, Opens Up About Their Marriage". Huffington Post. 2014-01-22. Retrieved 2018-01-02.
  7. ^ a b c Kisner, Ron (September 1977). "Ebony". Johnson Publishing Company: 82. ISSN 0012-9011. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  8. ^ Foster, Peter; Allen, Nick (2016-06-04). "Muhammad Ali's tangled love life leaves troubled legacy". The Telegraph. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 2018-01-02.
  9. ^ "Chatting with Biaggio Ali-Walsh, Cal recruit and grandson of Muhammad Ali". Retrieved 2018-01-02.
  10. ^ Francisco Alvarado. "Khalilah Camacho-Ali Stood by Muhammad Ali Through Exile and Triumph". New Times Broward-Palm Beach.
  11. ^ a b Francisco Alvarado. "Khalilah Camacho-Ali was in the Champ's corner through some of boxing's greatest moments". Miami New Times.
  12. ^ Internet Movie Database

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