WWE superstar Edge, a.k.a. Adam Copeland, makes his WWE return on SmackDown Live tonight. Edge was forced to retire in 2011 for health reasons, although he has made some sporadic appearances since then. WWE Network subscribers get to enjoy his show The Edge and Christian Show That Totally Reeks of Awesomenes, but non-subscribers have not seen Edge since his appearance on Raw in September 2015.
Adam Copeland has been keeping himself busy both with acting and with his life as a family man. He was recently married and he has two children, a three-year-old and a five-month-old. He has been with his wife, who he met in the WWE, for five years now.
Here’s what you need to know about Edge’s wife and children.
1. He Is Married to Beth Phoenix
Edge just recently married Beth Phoenix, with their wedding taking place on October 30th, 2016.
Afterward the ceremony, Beth Phoenix changed her name to Beth Copeland on her social media profiles.
WWE superstar Natalya, who was in attendance for the wedding, also posted some pictures from the event on social media.
Although they were just recently married, Edge and Beth have been together since 2011. They met while both working in the WWE, but they didn’t actually start dating until after Edge was forced to retire from wrestling due to injuries, according to Wrestling Inc. The couple lives together in North Carolina.
Edge hosts The Edge & Christian Show That Totally Reeks of Awesomeness on the WWE Network, and he said in an interview with WWE.com that it’s because of Beth’s support that he’s able to make the time for this.
“Beth has been, somehow, chasing around a two-year-and-four-month-old, taking care of four dogs, maintaining the household and getting a master’s degree in forensic psychology, all at the same time, while I go and act like a moron with my lifelong best friend,” he said. “It’s a partnership — it has to be, in order to juggle everything. Fortunately, I’ve got a pillar, so I can go and do the show knowing that everything at home is A-OK. It’s been an interesting ride over the past few months.”
Although Edge says that he’s frequently busy making his show, Beth Copeland says that her husband is “the most devoted dad I’ve ever known.”
2. Edge Was Previously Married Twice
Beth is not Edge’s first wife, and he was married two times before he and Beth got together. Edge’s first wife was Alannah Morley, the sister of professional wrestler Sean Allen Morley. The couple divorced in 2004.
Seven months after his divorce from Alannah Morley, Edge married Lisa Ortiz. They divorced about one year later because Edge had an affair with Lita (Amy Christine Dumas), Matt Hardy’s girlfriend, according to What Culture. This affair became a huge deal in the wrestling fan community that year, especially because the off-camera drama was incorporated into on-camera storylines.
As noted by What Culture, Lisa Ortiz left a comment on a message board in 2005 calling Edge a coward over this whole debacle.
She wrote, “Amy and Adam have had many many opportunities to tell Matt and I both the truth. A chance to say hey…Sorry I hurt you but I fell in love with someone else. But they have both repeatedly continued to lie, lie, lie, lie!”
3. His First Daughter, Lyric, Was Born in 2013
Edge and Beth have two children together, the oldest being Lyric, who was born in 2013. At the time, Edge described having a baby as the most romantic thing he can imagine.
“As soon as you hold that baby and you go, ‘We created this,’ it’s a bond for life…” he said.
Edge also said that the name Lyric was his idea and that it has been in his head for about a year. The couple did not have a name decided when Beth went into labor, though, and they made the final decision while she was mid-contraction.
In an interview with Crave Online, Edge said that he loves hearing Lyric use words that she has just learned.
Edge explained, “The other day we were playing with Lego blocks and she said ‘This Lego is an enchilada of psychiatry.’ I just stopped and said ‘What?’ Where did you get psychiatry? Just putting those words together was awesome. We have daddy/daughter day and it’s a lot of fun.”
4. His Second Daughter, Ruby, Was Born in 2016
Edge and Beth’s second daughter, Ruby Ever Copeland, was born on May 31st, 2016. At the time, Edge tweeted, “Look out world, have a feelin she will move mountains.”
He told Crave Online back in September, when Ruby was 10 weeks old, that his daughter was starting to become more aware of the world around her and that she was getting along well with her sister, Lyric.
“Now Ruby, our youngest, she’s 10 weeks old and starting to smile and she’s really aware and watching things now and seeing how great Lyric is with her, that’s really fun to see,” Edge said.
Edge also said in that interview that being a dad is tiring and frustrating at times, but it’s still an amazing experience, especially when he comes home from a long trip and gets to greet them.
“I got to fly to Dublin to work but I’ll fly back and walk in the house and just to see the joy on their faces is just ‘oh my gosh,'” he said.
On Twitter, Edge also recalled a time when he felt heartbroken to be working away from home for so long, but he felt much better when he talked to Lyric on FaceTime and she told him, “You’re the best daddy that I ever have seen.”
5. Edge Reads to Lyric and Ruby Every Night
In an interview with ESPN, Edge said that he reads to Lyric and Ruby every single night no matter what. That’s what inspired him to be a guest star on the Amazon kids show Bookaboo, a series where celebrities read their favorite book to puppets.
“I read to my kids every night,” Edge said. “Not a missed night. If I’m in Ireland [filming Viking], and with the time difference, I will film myself reading a book for that night and send it to Dropbox so Beth can still play it for them. So even while I’m sleeping or working, they still get our nightly routine of dad reading them to bed.”
Edge is a big believer in parents reading to their children, saying that it should be done much more often. He was drawn to Bookaboo in part because the show promotes the idea of parents reading to kids, he told ESPN.