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Phillip Gilmore


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Full NamePhillip Gilmore
First NamePhillip
Last NameGilmore
ProfessionCelebrity Father
Gender IdentityMale
Sexual OrientationStraight
Relation WithWillicia Gones
No Of Children1

Phillip Gilmore is best known as the father of an American former rapper and actor, Mahershala Ali.

Phillip Gilmore's mother and son, Mahershala Ali.
Phillip Gilmore's mother and son, Mahershala Ali. Source: Instagram

He became a father when he was in high school.

Phillip Gilmore was dating Willicia Gones when he was in high school

He fell in love with her as both were into the same school. The couple was not married at that time. 

They both were in their teenage

When the pair embraced parenthood, they were not even graduated from high school.  

It was tough for them to handle their studies and child at the same time. 

They were only kids, figuring themselves at the beginning. 

However, they did not lose hope and kept on moving in their life. 

Separated from his partner 

It is not known that if they both got married or not. But the information suggests that they were in a loving relationship

However, there is no confirmation about it. 

Phillip Gilmore's Ex-girlfriend, Willicia Gones.
Phillip Gilmore's Ex-girlfriend, Willicia Gones. Source: Instagram

It has been said that the pair separated from each other when their child turned three

After separation, his son Mahershala Ali started living with his mom

Although his family got so much support from his uncle and grandmother. But there was a void left in his mother's life

It was one of the most tragic moments in his life when his father left his mother.

Interested in dancing

He was very interested in dancing since his early days. 

He even won $2500 on an American music-dance television program called Soul Train

But the place where they used to live was not appropriate career-wise. 

They used to live in the Bay Area. So, he decided to shift to New York for better career prospects. 

He joined the Dance Theatre of Harlem and after he started traveling to various places for shows.

Ex-girlfriend remarried 

His ex-girlfriend Willicia Gones remarried another man when his son was ten years old

However, Mahershala shares a healthy relationship with his stepdad

He was a very undisciplined child, and his stepdad helped him to become the right person

Even though they were not poor, but they had some challenging periods in their life. 

At that time, his stepdad provided him the courage to see the dream and also motivated him to fulfill that dream.

Used to live with him in summer breaks

His son always looked forward to meeting him in his every summer break or Christmas holiday

Whenever his school was off for longer days, he traveled to his dad to spend some lovely time together.  

He used to travel with him on his shows.

Phillip Gilmore with his son, Mahershala Ali.
Phillip Gilmore with his son, Mahershala Ali. Source: Rolling Stone

Changed his religion because of his wife

Mahershala Ali changed his religion after dating Amatus Sami-Karim

As she is Islamic by religion, he used to go to the mosque with her in their dating days. 

And he got influenced by those prayers after listening to it every day. 

It's been more than 18 years that he converted to Muslim. He was not married at that time. 

Later in the year 2013, the couple tied the knot with each other. The details of their wedding are not available. 

The couple has been blessed with an adorable daughter Bari Najma Ali born on the 22nd of February 2017.

Phillip Gilmore's son, Mahershala Ali, and granddaughter.
Phillip Gilmore's son, Mahershala Ali, and granddaughter. Source: Instagram

Net Worth 

Year Net Worth Annual income 
2020$8 MillionUnknown

His net worth is not available. However, his son Mahershala Ali is estimated to have a net worth of $8 Million

His Annual salary is under review.

Source of income 

His principal source of income comes from being a talented actor. He has won Oscar two times

He has appeared in so many successful Hollywood movies. The family would be living a luxurious lifestyle. 


  1. His son, Mahershala is 46 years old.

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Updated On Wed Feb 09 2022 Published On Fri Nov 06 2020 By shaumya

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