Emma Sugiyama: ‘South Park’ Creator Trey Parker’s First Wife, a College Romance Followed by a Brief Two-Year Marriage

by Laura C. Jones

Emma Sugiyama, Trey Parker’s ex-wife, has captivated the curiosity of many – so let’s learn the story of how they met:

When Parker met Sugiyama, he was studying animation at the University of Colorado. They started dating right away, and it felt like a match made in heaven. Two years later, they tied the knot. Sounds like a fairy tale, right?

Fairytales are hardly part of reality, though, as their marriage only lasted two years. But why did Emma divorce Trey? And where is she now?

Today, I’ll tell you everything you need to know about Sugiyama—including her age, career, and personal life. Let’s dive in!

Emma Sugiyama’s Early Life

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Sugiyama was born on October 9, 1970, in Yokohama, Japan. That makes her 53 years old, as of December 2023.

Sugiyama prefers keeping her family away from the spotlight. All we know is that her mother was a lawyer, while her father was an engineer.

We also don’t know a lot about Emma’s early life, but we do know that she was a sports enthusiast! Can you believe that young Emma loved playing soccer and volleyball in school?

After high school, she moved to the U.S. with her family. At that point, she was only 19 years old, and she was eager to start a new life in the States.

Emma Sugiyama’s Career

Sugiyama keeps her career away from the public’s eyes. We know that she was studying animation with Trey, but we don’t know whether she proceeded in that career or not.

What we do know is: She writes scripts from time to time. In fact, she wrote her first script as a surprise for Trey.

She always loved voice acting, though. I personally loved her role as the voice of “Mei” in “How to Train Your Dragon.” 

She was also part of many successful animated shows, including the all-time hit Gravity Falls.

Trey Parker’s Biography and Career

Trey Parker’s Biography and Career

Parker is an American actor, screenwriter, animator, director, and producer. He was born on October 19, 1969, in Conifer, Colorado.

Trey is best known for his work on the animated comedy series South Park with his creative partner, Matt Stone.

The genius duo also worked on many projects together, including the following:

  • Team America: World Police
  • Sassy Justice
  • Book of Mormon
  • BASEketball

Trey Parker’s Relationship With Emma Sugiyama

Emma Sugiyama

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After moving to America, Emma was interested in studying animation. She attended the University of Colorado—and guess who was studying animation at the same time? 

None other than the legendary Trey Parker.

Sugiyama and Parker started dating in 2004. Shortly after, Cupid shot his arrow! Trey started taking her to various events, like the White House Correspondents’ Dinner at the Washington Hotel on April 30, 2005.

In 2006, Trey proposed at George Clooney’s Lake Como mansion in Laglio, Italy. And it was magical! Then, they exchanged marital vows in a heartwarming ceremony in Hawaii. This memorable wedding was officiated by the one and only Norman Milton Lear!

Fun fact: During the wedding, Parker surprised his wife and the guests with a special performance of Neil Diamond songs.

The Divorce

The Divorce

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Sadly, this lovely union didn’t last long. In 2006, the couple decided to end things.

Rumor has it that the reason behind the divorce was that Trey cheated on Emma with the dancer Boogie Tillmon. However, neither Emma nor Trey have confirmed this.

Here’s where it gets interesting:

In 2014, Trey married Boogie! They also had a daughter, named Betty, in 2013. This marriage also hit a dead end, as Parker filed for divorce in 2019.

As for Emma, she disappeared from the limelight after the divorce. She seems to be focusing on her career as a voice actor.

Emma Sugiyama’s Net Worth

Emma hasn’t publicly announced her net worth. It’s safe to assume that she received a huge sum of money after her alimony in 2008.

After all, Trey is a mega-millionaire! As of December 2023, Trey Parker has a net worth of around $600 million. Impressive, right?

Wrapping Up

Emma Sugiyama is the first wife of the renowned screenwriter, actor, animator, and producer, Trey Parker.

The couple dated for two years in college before Parker proposed at a magical moment. Their marriage hit a dead end after two years.

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