Kayti Edwards, Julie Andrews’ granddaughter, says she had an affair with Dax Shepard, while he was dating Kristen Bell, his now-wife. The allegations, which have been denied by Shepard, first appeared in an interview published by the Daily Mail on December 13.
Shepard began dating Bell in 2007, and they became engaged in December 2010. The couple were married in October 2013. They have two daughters together, Lincoln, born in March 2013, and Delta, born in December 2014. Kayti is the step-granddaughter of Julie Andrews. She was the granddaughter of Andrews’ director husband, Blake Edwards. Andrews and Edwards were married in 1969 and remained together until his death in 2010. Kayti is the granddaughter of Edwards and his first wife, Patricia Walker. Kayti’s mother is their daughter, Jennifer Edwards.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Edwards Said the Affair Occurred in December 2009; Shepard Says the Photo of the Pair in the Daily Mail Article Is From 2005
Edwards told the British tabloid that her alleged affair with Shepard began in December 2009 after they reconnected at a party in Hollywood. The couple had dated a few years previously, prior to his relationship with Bell. Edwards told the Mail, “I saw him and we hadn’t seen each other in a few years. So it was like, a very friendly, ‘Oh, my gosh, I haven’t seen you in forever. Nice to see you.” Edwards said the pair were flirty before going to a friend’s home to have sex. She says, “We went back and made love. We had sex twice and he stayed until the next morning. I didn’t know he had a girlfriend at the time. He didn’t seem to care.” Edwards said that the last time she saw Shepard was when they went for coffee in 2010.
Edwards added, “I don’t want anything to do with Dax. I wish him well. I wish them to be happy. I hope they’re happily married. I mean, they have children. So my wish is that they’re happy and stable for the kids.”
Dax Shepard took to his Instagram page to deny the Daily Mail’s story. The Employee of the Month star said, “Hey Daily Mail, that photo is 13 years old, not 9. Also, Kayti has sold stories to tabloids about Matthew Perry, Jack Osbourne, Kid Rock, and now me. I look forward to her next one. Fingers crossed it’s about my #1, Brad Pitt :).” Shepard was not dating Bell in 2005 when he says the photo was taken.
2. Edwards Has Been Linked to Kid Rock, Jack Osborne & Matthew Perry Thanks to a Series of 2018 Exposes in InTouch Weekly
InTouch Weekly reported in February 2018, that Edwards had conducted a decade-long affair with rocker Kid Rock. In May 2018, it was reported that Jack Osborne’s wife, Lisa Stelly, had filed for divorce from him because of an alleged affair he had with Kayti. Osborne had been seen with Kayti in Beverly Hills together in April 2018.
In August 2018, Kayti also spoke about her relationship with “Friends” star Matthew Perry. Kayti told InTouch Weekly, “It got to the point where Matthew was using drugs every day. It was about three months of heavy partying. He was definitely on a roll for about three months.” Kayti had a relationship with Perry around 2001.
A 2001 article on Kayti describes her as being raised by her grandparents but also of having a difficult adolescence. Kayti is reported to have regularly run away from home and stolen cars. The piece says that when Kayti was 19, she “took up with a drug dealer” and had a daughter, Shaely. On her Instagram bio, Kayti says she was “Raised in Malibu” and is a “Mother of 3.” Kayti adds, “Gypsy soul, daydreamer, Rock n Roll junkie, Music is attached to everything I do.”
The New Statesman reported in 2002 that Kayti had a problem with crack cocaine in her youth.
3. Kayti’s Mother Is the Reason NFL Games on NBC Are Played in Their Entirety Regardless of Anything Else
Kayti’s mother is actress Jennifer Edwards. In November 1968, Edwards appeared in NBC’s made-for-TV movie, “Heidi.” The movie was due to air following the New York Jets’ game with the Oakland Raiders. As the game ran over, NBC began to air the movie just as the Jets, and Joe Namath, had taken the lead. The Raiders would go on to win the game in the last few moments with fans informed of the score with a scrolling ticker running across “Heidi.” The NBC switchboard was so overloaded with complaining phone calls, their system crashed. When those calls wouldn’t go through, fans began to call the police. After the incident, which became referred to as The Heidi Bowl, Edwards would refer to herself as “the most hated little girl in America.” As a result of the incident, NBC changed their policy and decreed that all football games would be played in their entirety.
Edwards told NPR in 2012 that she met Joe Namath on a plane five years previous, she says, “At one point, I leaned over and I said, ‘Do you remember “The Heidi Game”?’ And he looked at me, like, ‘Well, duh!’ and I said, ‘Well, I want to formally introduce myself. I’m Heidi.'”
4. Kayti Described Julie Andrews as ‘Very Strict’ When She Was Growing Up
In September 2016, Kayti posted a photo of her famous grandmother to Facebook. The photo showed Julie Andrews under a caption that read, “Is it too late to make Julie Andrews the Queen of the United States?” Kayti wrote in the caption, “Yeah right.”
On that page, Kayti says she is a resident of Lake Arrowhead and Malibu, both in California. Kayti lived for a time in Haleiwa, Hawaii, moving there in 2000. Earlier in 2018, Kayti told Closer Weekly that she grew up within walking distance of Andrews’ Malibu home. Kayti said of Andrews, “[My grandmother] was very strict. We had a set schedule. We had tea time. She guarded us.” Kayti went on to say her grandmother is “actually a real person. She gets angry. She has feelings. She is not the character you see in the movies.” Kayti added that she had been influenced by Andrews’ humanitarian side and as a result “started [her] own community outreach. I help the homeless.”
5. In 2001, Kayti Edwards Posed Nude for Hustler as Mary Poppins
In 2001, Kayti posed nude, as Mary Poppins, in an issue of Hustler magazine. Kayti said she did so because her grandmother would not help her out of her debts. She said that she was paid $10,000 for the shoot. Kayti was quoted at the time as saying, “I’m a single mother. I’m studying to be a trauma nurse and I needed the money to finish university. If Julie and my grandfather had wanted to pay off my student loan, I wouldn’t have done it. If Julie had forbidden me to do the pictures, I’d have replied, ‘Give me $10,000 and I won’t do them.'”
While Kayti said of Andrews’ possible opinion of the photo shoot, “I think the photoshoot will affect her a little bit, but she won’t stop talking to me. She won’t stop loving me either. I am sure that Julie will always love me. If she can’t, then that’s pretty shallow.” The New Statesman reported in 2002 that Andrews was angry about the photoshoot “almost to the point of litigation.”