Who is Chris Henry ex-fiancée Loleini Tonga and where is she now?

Amber Peake September 3, 2021
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In the latest episode of podcast series Club Shay Shay, host Shannon Sharpe was joined by Adam Jones, a friend of the late NFL star Chris Henry. In the new episode, Jones admitted he adopted Chris Henry and Loleini Tonga’s two sons, with some now curious to know more about Chris Henry ex-fiancée and what she is up to now.

Who is Loleini Tonga?

Loleini Tonga is known to many as the ex-fiancée of the late NFL player Chris Henry, who she shares sons Chris Jr. and Demarcus with.

Tonga grew up Charlotte, North Carolina and is said to have shared Henry’s passion for sports as she played volleyball herself.

According to ESPN, Tonga had also previously received a scholarship to play volleyball at North Carolina A&T State University.

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Who was Chris Henry?

Chris Henry, born 17 May 1983, was a wide receiver best known for being a part of the Cincinnati Bengals having joined the team following the 2005 NFL Draft.

Henry went on to play as part of the Bengals on and off for five seasons until his death in 2009, at the age of 26.

At the time, the NFL player was reported to have died following a traffic incident which resulted in the football player being fatally injured.

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Where is Loleini Tonga now?

Following the death of her fiancée and NFL player Chris Henry, Loleini Tonga was seen to have kept away from the spotlight.

Although Tonga did open up on her sons Chris Jr. and Demarcus, also known as Man-Man and Bubba, in an interview with Bengals.com in 2019 marking 10 years since their father’s passing.

At the time, Tonga whose name was seen to have been changed to Leini, revealed her sons were both student-athletes with Chris Jr following in his father’s footsteps with football, while DeMarcus enjoyed playing basketball.

The 2019 interview also revealed, former Bengals cornerback Adam Jones who was a friend of Chris Henry’s, had also become the adopted uncle of both Chris Jr and Demarcus.

Jones recently opened up about the adoption while appearing on the latest episode of the Club Shay Shay podcast, which was released earlier this week (30 August).

He explained: “Everybody knows me and Chris was best friends in college. I’m still close with his whole entire family. I’m still close with Leini which is the boy’s mom.”

Jones later added: “We were just talking and I was like Leini I gotta get the boys so I can take what we’ve done so far and like maximise it.”

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Amber is an entertainment journalist with a love for anything showbiz, celeb or reality TV. After graduating with a degree in Journalism at Brunel University she became a Showbiz Reporter at Express.co.uk. Having previously ran the Instagram for Reality Titbit, Amber now writes for both HITC and The Focus as a freelance writer.