Varro Blair Mendez is not the infant that we remember. Essence Atkins and estranged husband Jamie Mendez recently shared pictures and video clips of their 4-year-old son and Varro is definitely getting on with life.

The youngster tells his father that he has found “the one” in a hilarious segment. “I’m engaged,” Varro says through giggles. “She’s the one.” Jamie is left speechless in the clip as he wonders where his son gets such rhetoric.


The celebrity father also shared a picture that showed his son making the most of his resources while decorating the house for Christmas. “When you don’t have a ladder just use the stairs to help you hang ornaments higher on the tree. This kid cracks me up. Love him more than life.”

In addition to hanging with dad, Varro has been hob-knobbing with the stars while spending time with his mom. “When you bump into familiar faces and introduce your Real son to your TV daughter for the 1st time,” Essence shared along with a picture of her son hanging with one of her co-stars for the upcoming comedy series, Marlon. Atkins will portray the ex-wife of comedian Marlon Wayans, which is a role that closely resembles her life as a soon-to-be divorcee.

“I’m in the process of getting a divorce, sadly,” Essence said of her personal life during a recent appearance on Hollywood Today. “It’s weird because literally, three weeks after filing, I got this job where I’m playing a newly divorced woman who’s co-parenting with her ex that she still loves, but they’ve somehow realized that they’re not meant to partner together anymore. It was kind of this weird, amazing moment the universe was like, here’s art imitating life and we’re going to talk about this and you’re going to explore it in a really humorous way.”

Essence Atkins and Jaime Mendez were married for nearly ten years before opting for marriage dissolution earlier this year. Varro is the former couple’s only child together.



Sarie is a writer and editor for BCK's Los Angeles division. She also shares stories on Medium that are meant to encourage thought and discussion. You can catch her outside enjoying nature and classical literature. Pop culture is pretty fun, too!

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