Maria Rodriguez is the first wife of Belgian actor and martial artist Jean-Claude Van Damme. She reportedly is a pro-trainer.

Besides her marriage to the Street Fighter actor, there is no information about her. She lives a low-profile life.

The celebrity wife was probably born in the early 1960s and could be around 60 years old as of 2022. Here we have gathered information about her.

What’s her profession?

Though it’s still unclear what career Maria follows, we came to know that she is a professional trainer and might have met the Belgian martial artist while training.

On Twitter account in her name Maria Rodriguez with the handle @melita19922002, she has mentioned that she is the former wife of Jean-Claude van damme and is a pro personal trainer.

She was active as a trainer until 2012 but there is no any evidence that she is still working. In November 2012, she wrote:

I just got done teaching 3 classes I feel great

First wife of Van Damme

Maria Rodriguez came into the limelight after marrying Jean-Claude Van Damme.

They first met in 1978 in Belgium and started their relationship. After two years, they married on 25th Aug 1980.

Maria Rodriguez and her former husband Jean-Claude Van Damme

Their conjugal life must have been troubled as they could not continue for a long time.

Maria and Jean-Claude separated and got divorced only after three years of marriage in 1984.

Her Husband’s Other Marriages

After divorcing her, the Expendables 2 star married 4 times to 3 other women.

His second wife is Cynthia Derderian. They got married in 1985 but divorced after only three months.

Jean-Claude then married Gladys Portugues in 1987 with whom he shares two kids. They separated after 5 years in 1992.

Cynthian Derderian’s ex-husband Jean-Claude Van Damme with his current wife Gladys Portugues and their children

He then tied the knot with actress Darcy LaPier in 1994. The couple welcomed a child Nicholas van Varenberg in 1995 but split after two years in 1997.

Van Damme then reunited with his third wife Gladys and remarried her in 1999.

Who is Jean-Claude Van Damme?

He is a Belgian actor, filmmaker, and mixed martial artist, who has starred in several movies like Street Fighter, Kickboxer, Double Impact, Double Team, etc and also voiced for the movies Kung Fu Panda 2, Kung Fu Panda 3, Minions: The Rise of Gru, etc.

He was born on 18 October 1960 (age 61), in Sint-Agatha-Berchem, Brussels-Capital, Belgium.

His father Eugène Van Varenberg, who is from Brussels and bilingual, worked as an accountant and florist.

His mother Eliana is Flemish. He also has a biological sister named Veronique Van Varenberg.