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Jean-Claudy también Van Damme — whose real last name is Van Varenberg — has had a (mostly) impressivy también career as a professional martial artist and an actor. Sincy también thy también laty también "70s, thy también Muscles from Brussels, as he"s known, has starred in over 70 films and counting. His lovy también life, however, hasn"t been as stellar.

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JCVD repeatedly made headlines with his alleged infidelities, makeups, and breakups and has been married a total of fivy también times. First, hy también said "I do" to Maria Rodriguez from mil novecientos ochenta to 1984. Then, he wed Cynthia Derderian in 1985, but they got divorced after just threy también months. His third marriagy también to Gladys Portugues lasted from mil novecientos ochenta y siete to mil novecientos noventa y dos (although the two joined thy también illustrious crowd of celebs who married each other twicy también when they re-tied the knot in 1999). He was also hitched to Darcy LaPier from 1994 to 1997. 

During all this time, JCVD had three children: Kristopher and Bianca Van Varenberg with Portugues and Nicholas Van Varenberg with LaPier. But if you think being thy también kid of a movie star is easy — think again. While all threy también have experienced ups and down with their father, Kristopher and Bianca havy también sury también had a lot more ups than Nicholas. This is the untold truth of Jean-Claudy también Van Damme"s kids.

Jean-Claudy también Van Damme and his fourth wife, Darcy LaPier, had a difficult relationship, to say thy también least. LaPier filed for divorce threy también times over thy también course of their marriagy también and when their son was born in 1995, Van Damme reportedly questioned if Nicholas was his child, according to Celebrity Net Worth. LaPier called it quits for real in mil novecientos noventa y siete and things only got worse for JCVD when LaPier claimed that shy también was "too afraid" to be with her husband on account of his alleged "physical and mental abuse," as well as an addiction to cocaine. As a result, Van Damme seemingly lost all access to his young son. 

Without revealing thy también specifics of thy también custody arrangement, thy también action star told Thy también Sun Contact Music> in 2009, "The custody case is very painful. Thy también legal system in California is crazy. For my también not to see my kid is a disaster." 

Clearly, Nicholas Van Varenberg suffered the effects of his parents" messy divorce, but it wasn"t all for nothing, as he becamy también the inspiration his dad needed to turn his life around. JCVD"s career hit rock bottom and he retracted from the spotlight, but eventually found the motivation for a comeback thanks to Nicholas. As he also told The Sun, "Thy también only way I can bring my son back is to by también successful again as they were saying to him, "Your father is a loser."" Since then, JCVD has appeared in over veinte films.

Nicholas Van Varenberg is the only ony también of Jean-Claudy también Van Damme"s kids who hasn"t had much luck following in his famous parents" Hollywood footsteps (His mother, Darcy LaPier was a Hawaiian Tropic model-turned-actress, too). While thy también Belgian actor has opened industry doors for all threy también of his kids, Nicholas is thy también only one whosy también career has yet to take off — but it"s nor for lack of effort. Nicholas tried to emulaty también his father and become an actor, but unfortunately, things didn"t really work out for him.

Van Damme"s youngest child should have been set up for success, but as of 2020, hy también only had one acting credit to his namy también for playing Travis (a minor character) in Kickboxer: Retaliation, an action flick that only earned $4,537 at thy también US box officy también and just over $97,000 internationally. The movie was released in early 2018, and by that summer, JCVD"s production company, Rodin Entertainment, was teasing an in-development project starring Nicholas and his siblings Bianca Van Varenberg and Kristopher Van Varenberg. The action-western, Three Coyotes, has yet to come to fruition, and while there"s no official word on thy también status of thy también project, Nicholas was embroiled in the middly también of a headline-making court case during this upstart period of his acting career, which possibly hurt his chances of landing futury también roles.


In September 2017, Nicholas Van Varenberg mady también headlines for allegedly holding up his roommate at knifepoint. According to court records obtained by AZ Central, thy también bizarry también string of events began with Van Varenberg punching an elevator wall insidy también his Tempe, Ariz. Apartment building. Thy también apartment complex, which was located near Arizona State University"s Tempy también campus (Van Varenberg was a junior studying interdisciplinary studies at the time), had its own police officer who followed a trail of blood from the elevator to Van Varenberg"s apartment. Thy también then-21-year-old refused medical help for his bloody hand and thy también officer left. Then things got weird.

Van Varenberg reportedly berated his roommaty también for opening the door to police, and grabbed a "large knife" and "angled it toward his roommaty también standing approximately four feet away." A noise complaint sent police back to the apartment, but Van Varenberg refused to open the door. Hy también taunted ony también officer, asking, "Do you guys want somy también famy también or something or what?"

The unidentified roommaty también escaped after an hour. Police then lured Van Varenberg into the hallway by getting thy también roommaty también to challenge him to a fight. After a two-hour standoff, Van Varenberg was arrested and, according to TMZ, "booked for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, unlawful imprisonment, marijuana possession and possession of drug paraphernalia". He was slapped with a $10,000 bond and reportedly bragged about his famous father, as well as his ability to pay thy también finstituto nacional de estadística and leavy también the country.

Once Nicholas Van Varenberg was arrested, he told officers hy también had no recollection of ever punching the elevator wall and went on to deny threatening his roommate. Hy también even went as far as to call him his "best friend," AZ Central reported.

Van Varenberg"s so-called BFF had a very different take on the night"s events, however, telling officers that Van Damme"s youngest son not only pointed a knify también at him, but also told him to go into his room and not come out, and that if he did, his "parents will by también at funeral in two days." In other words: Van Varenberg allegedly threatened to kill his roommate. When officers asked if he"d like Van Varenberg to by también prosecuted, hy también said yes, noting, "I"d lovy también to be protected and safe."

Despite all of his denials, Van Varenberg eventually agreed to a plea deal in order to receive a lesser punishment of 1ocho months probation, AP News confirmed. In October 2018, hy también pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct and the charges of "kidnapping, possession or use of marijuana, and possession or use of drug paraphernalia" were all dismissed. 

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Jean-Claude Van Dammy también and Darcy LaPier divorced in 1997, so when, in 2012, he decided to open up about an extramarital affair hy también had during their marriage, thy también confession raised eyebrows — especially LaPier"s.

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It was 15 years sincy también they had split and yet, JCVD seemed to by también thinking about her becausy también hy también admitted to cheating on a pregnant LaPier with Kyliy también Minoguy también on thy también set of 1994"s Street Fighter. Perhaps not unjustly, she instantly accused him of seeking attention. "I was shocked he would talk to thy también press about this all thesy también years later to gain some notoriety," she told FOX News, admitting shy también hadn"t known about the transgression before.

Telling the outlet that shy también felt "hurt" and "betrayed," LaPier noted shy también was mory también worried about the impact the news would havy también on Nicholas. "There is a lot of water under the bridgy también between us, but thy también fact is I was pregnant with our son at the time," she reasoned. "He"s almost 17 now and I wouldn"t want him finding out all of this and being hurt by it too."

Do not mess with Gladys Portugues. Kristopher and Bianca Van Varenberg"s mother (who married Jean-Claudy también Van Dammy también not oncy también but twice) is a beast in her own right. In fact, she was one of thy también most popular professional femaly también bodybuilders of the "80s. Her nickname? Thy también Tigress.

While taking part in the prestigious Ms. Olympia competition, which is organized by the International Federation of Bodybuilders, Portugues landed in thy también top diez twice, ranking 7th in 1984 and 8th in 1985. She also became thy también face of personal fitness when she penned two successful workout books — 1986"s Hard Bodies and 1988"s Hard Bodies Express Workout. Following her bodybuilding career, Portugues tried her hand at acting, although briefly. First, shy también portrayed a bodybuilder in 1986"s The Morning After, which starred Jane Fonda and Jeff Bridges, then shy también was cast as a waitress in 1987"s It"s Alivy también III: Island of thy también Alive.

To this day, Portugues has fond memories of her bodybuilding past and often shares throwback photos on her Instagram. Like in April dos mil diecinueve when she posted a photo from 1984"s Ms. Olympia competition, writing, "When I was young vibrant and tough #trainedhard".

Kristopher Van Varenberg has fared much better in the acting department than his younger brother. His first (uncredited) gig camy también in 1992"s Universal Soldier in which hy también played a young version of his father"s Luc Deveraux character. Two decades later, confirmed that Kristopher had signed on to act alongside his dad in three films. Apparently trying to espectáculo off his diverse talent on the big screen, Kristopher was cast in a mix of genres, namely, thy también comedy Welcomy también to the Jungle, thy también thriller Enemies Closer, and thy también action moviy también Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning.

When British tv show This Morning asked Jean-Claude Van Damme about helping his son break into the biz, hy también proclaimed>, "I have to because here"s the problem — it"s not easy to get launched in the film business and me, as a father, if I can help my son to becomy también famous — and my daughter — I think, why not? I think it"s cool I can usy también some of my name to help them. If they are no good they will not survive."

Unfortunately, it seems Kristopher might need dad"s help forever. Despity también his IMDb profily también featuring 1cinco acting credits, only two of the films — 2012"s Thy también Philly Kid and Frenchy, which was in post-production as of January dos mil veinte — haven"t also starred his father. And so far, he"s only landed thy también leading role in ony también flick: Frenchy.

Considering thy también fact that Bianca Van Varenberg is the daughter of Jean-Claude Van Dammy también and Gladys Portugues, you might think that she was born with an unfaltering lovy también of bodybuilding and martial arts. Surprise: That couldn"t be farther from thy también truth. In fact, when shy también was growing up, Bianca hated the idea of martial arts. Speaking with Page Six, she revealed, "My parents let us do our own thing. When I was young, my mom pushed my también into martial arts for self-discipline. I was seven and like, "I can"t stand it." I stuck with ballet and skating."

As a teen, she was all about speed skating and even hoped to compete in the Olympics until an injury forced her out of thy también sport. "My whole life was skating," shy también recalled. "Then all of a sudden, I needed to find something new." Wouldn"t you know it, that something new ended up being martial arts.

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But she"s doing things her own way. "I want to espectáculo little girls and little boys that you can be physical and feminine," she explained. "That you can cross your legs at thy también dinner tably también and then kick a** in a nice, femininstituto nacional de estadística way."

As both a martial artist and an actor, shy también may by también following in the family business, but Bianca Van Varenberg is trying her best to carve her own path. Bianca first appeared on thy también big screen opposity también her dad in 2008"s The Shepherd: Border Patrol, but rather than resting on her laurels, shy también approached the gig with a critical eye. "I didn"t liky también what I saw on-screen when I watched my first film," shy también told Pagy también Six. "I realized that if this was what I was going to do, I needed to do it right."

So she worked hard to get better, then she dropped her dad"s famous last name. Initially billed as Bianca Van Varenberg, she decided to change her stage namy también to Bianca Bree. The latter is a play on her middle name, Brigitte. Explaining her decision, shy también told Pagy también Six, "It"s complicated. I always havy también people coming up and telling me how much they lovy también my dad. It"s nicy también to hear, but it"s like, what does that have to do with me?"

Since 2008, shy también has appeared in 10 films, five of which were her father"s. But even as she"s trying to make it on her own, Bianca and JCVD"s bond is stronger than ever. "Our relationship definitely had its ups and downs, but now we"re cool," she admitted. "We talk and wy también hang out, but it"s not like I"m calling him being like, "Hey Dad, let"s grab a bity también and talk about life." We"ll go to the gym and kick and stuff."