Anna Nicole, an actress, model, and TV personality. When Anna was a teenager, she got married to Billy Wayne Smith.
This article will explore her connection with the man she married before becoming famous and what happened between them before she passed away.
Billy Wayne Smith Quick Facts
|Wiki and Bio
|Billy Wayne Smith
|Ex-husband of Anna Nicole Smith
|56 years old
|Date of Birth
|Mexia, Texas, USA
|Sun Sign (Zodiac Sign)
|Height (in feet)
|5 feet 7 inches
|Height (in centimeters)
|Weight (in pounds)
|Weight (in kilograms)
|Body Measurements (in inches)
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|Shoe Size in US
|Anna Nicole Smith (Ex-Wife)
|Hobbies & Favorites
|Salary & Earnings
Billy Wayne Smith Early Life, Age, Bio
Billy Wayne was born in 1968 in Mexia, Texas, USA, making him 56 years old in 2024. Unfortunately, he hasn’t shared his exact birthdate.
He is American and belongs to White ethnicity.
He started high school but had to leave due to financial difficulties at an early age.
Billy began his career as a fry cook at Jim’s Krispy Fried Chicken in Mexia, Texas, to meet his basic needs.
It was at this job where he crossed paths with Anna Nicole Smith, the woman he later married. Both were working at the same restaurant, with Nicole as a waitress.
How Billy Wayne Smith and Anna Nicole Smith Met?
The two came together when they were quite young, facing financial challenges and striving to make ends meet.
In contrast to Anna, who was determined to pursue Billy despite his initial disinterest, Billy was focused on working and building a better future for himself.
In one of her interviews, Anna mentioned,
“He drove me crazy. I chased him the way young girls do until I finally got him and married him. By then, of course, I wasn’t interested.”
Anna Nicole’s mom added,
“He was a sweet young man, very timid and shy. It made her mad because he didn’t pay attention to her.”
In subsequent interviews, Anna emphasized that her sole motivation for pursuing Billy was her strong infatuation for him.
Billy Wayne Smith Marriage and Family
They started dating in May 1984 and were together for 11 months before tying the knot on April 4, 1985, when Anna was 17 and Billy was 16.
Following their marriage, they relocated to a small residence behind the poultry store.
Two years later, on January 22, 1986, Daniel Wayne Smith, the couple’s first and only child, was born.
However, their marriage began to face difficulties. Juggling busy schedules, burgeoning careers, and the responsibilities of being young, first-time parents made everything more challenging.
Troubles in Marriage
After just a few years of marriage, signs of tension and significant differences between the couple emerged.
Later, Anna revealed that Billy had been controlling and possessive throughout their marriage.
‘I wasn’t allowed to go outside or to the store. He was incredibly envious.”
She also mentioned that her pursuit of him led to a loss of interest or any spark after they got married.
Although the legal divorce happened in 1993, their marriage was already in trouble when they decided to separate in 1987.
Billy Wayne Smith Life After Divorce
After her divorce, Anna faced challenges. She turned to stripping to support herself and her infant, navigating the complexities of motherhood and career as a young, single mom.
In contrast, Billy opted for a more private life, taking up work as a truck driver.
Several years later, Billy remarried, giving love another chance. The couple welcomed two children, but details about him and his current family are unavailable.
Despite establishing a new family, Billy’s love for his son Daniel remained steadfast.
He worked tirelessly to maintain a positive relationship with both Daniel and his ex-wife, Anna. However, she wasn’t satisfied with his efforts and desired nothing from him.
Daniel, at the age of 20, passed away on September 10, 2006, while visiting his mother in Nassau, Bahamas.
It was determined that he had accidentally overdosed on antidepressants and methadone.
Investigations revealed that Daniel had taken his mother’s methadone, consumed the drugs with her, and had undergone significant weight loss before his passing.
Daniel’s death deeply affected both his parents, Billy and Anna, to the extent that it became necessary to sedate Anna for her discharge from the hospital where her son was.
In 2007, Billy attended his son’s funeral and expressed that Daniel was “the best thing that ever happened to him.”
Relationship with Anna Nicole Smith’s Daughter
Anna Nicole also married J. Howard Marshall II, an American billionaire businessman, academic, and government official, in 1994.
Anna met J. Howard while working as a stripper. She welcomed a daughter named Dannielynn Birkhead in 2006.
Tragically, in 2007, Anna passed away from combined drug intoxication in a hotel room, leaving behind her infant daughter.
After her death, concerns arose about her daughter’s biological father.
Anna was in a paternity lawsuit with her ex-boyfriend Larry Birkhead for their daughter Dannielynn, as she insisted that Howard K. Stern was the father.
While Billy Wayne stayed out of the paternity lawsuit, he expressed a desire to be involved in Dannielynn’s life as the father of her late half-brother, hoping to meet her in the future.
Following a paternity test, it was determined that Dannielynn was indeed the daughter of Larry Birkhead, the photographer and real estate agent whom Anna briefly dated.
Larry Birkhead was subsequently granted custody of Dannielynn.
After Anna’s Death
Billy never held any resentment toward his ex-wife, Anna, possibly because they had shared life experiences from a very young age.
While their son was still alive, he made every effort to maintain a friendly relationship with her.
However, after their son, Daniel, passed away, Billy had limited contact with Anna.
Sources claimed Anna’s death, just six months after their son Daniel’s death, gravely shocked Billy.
Even though Billy chose not to attend, he sent flowers and a card for her.
Billy Wayne Smith Today
Some sources suggest he passed away in 2014 due to a heart attack, while others maintain that he is leading a quiet life in Texas.
After the deaths of his ex-wife and son, Billy opted for a more reclusive lifestyle, steering clear of the spotlight associated with being the former spouse of Anna..