Maureen McPhilmy is the ex-wife of journalist Bill O’Reilly and claims custody of the couple’s two children, as of 2015. Maureen McPhilmy was born in Brooklyn, New York, on May 11, 1966. During her childhood, her parents divorced and her mother remarried. She attended the local St. Peter’s School and worked as a waitress after graduating. McPhilmy claims she didn’t have many friends during her childhood, which caused her to be alone most of the time.
McPhilmy is known for her relationships with some famous celebrities. She reportedly dated rapper Flavor Flav for three years, until rumors surfaced about her being romantically involved with Senator Edward Kennedy. After her relationship with Flav ended, McPhilmy began dating Bill O’Reilly in 1992. In 1996, the couple got married and had two children, Madeline and Spencer. In 2010, the couple separated and officially divorced the following year.
During the court custody battle, Madeline claimed she witnessed O’Reilly drag her mother down a staircase by the neck, unaware that the daughter was watching. It’s reported that the incident happened before the couple separated in 2010, and the daughter made the revelation to a forensic examiner. O’Reilly denies the claims. McPhilmy later married a police detective and remains married, as of 2015.