Although many people know her as Bakari Sellers’ spouse, Ellen Rucker has an amazing story of her own. A co-owner of a haircare business, a doctor of chiropractic medicine, a star in a former TV reality series, and a mother of three beautiful children, Ellen Rucker, is a true perfectionist when it comes to balancing between work and personal life. She also has a knack for maintaining social media images and sharing her eventful life with her fans and followers.
Parents & Siblings
Ellen Rucker was born in Lancaster, South Carolina, USA. She is the second daughter to her dentist father, Dr. Douglas Rucker, and teacher mother, Ruby Rucker. Among her seven siblings, two are most known to the media. Her elder sister Ruby Rucker-Cooper and younger sister Lone Rucker-Jamison are also businesswomen like her, and share the co-ownership of their haircare company.
Early Life & Education
A private person who likes to keep detailed information away from the public eyes, Ellen does not share much about her childhood. However, it is known that she studied at Lancaster High School and later attended the University of North Carolina. Her university life was pretty much eventful as Ellen joined the cheerleading team, met the NBA player Vince Carter and successfully pursued her degree in Chiropractic medicine. She graduated in 2004 and started practicing as a professional Chiropractor in her hometown.
Marriage & Personal Life
Ellen Rucker was linked with her college sweetheart Vince Carter, who later became a professional basketball player. After a year of a whirl-wind romantic relationship, the couple tied the knot in 2004 in Palms Beach, Florida. However, they parted ways by 2007 in an amicable way. Although the primary reason was the lack of quality time with each other, they maintain an excellent co-parenting environment for Kai Michelle Carter, their daughter from the marriage.
The next serious relationship bloomed at a wedding ceremony in Mexico, where Ellen first met Bakari Sellers. After almost 7 years of remaining head over heels in love, the couple exchanged their vows in 2015. Bakari, being the celebrity as a political commentator, politician, and attorney, soon turned the newly married couple as a power duo all over the media.
Along with the custody of her daughter from a previous marriage, Ellen Rucker shares her twins, Stokley and Sadie, with her husband, Bakari Sellers. She keeps on updating her fans about her children, their progress in life, etc. The happy family can be spotted in adorable snapshots posted on both the parents’ social media accounts.
How She Became Famous
Following her relationship and marriage with the NBA star Vince Carter, Ellen Rucker first gained the attention of the media. However, her recognition grew fast as she starred in their reality TV show. And it reached its peak after Ellen tied the knot with her current husband, Bakari Seller. The duo has been fan-favorite till then and has made countless public appearances, especially during the holiday greetings. However, she has a media presence of her own and attends various events with her sisters.
Ellen Rucker’s professional career began as a Chiropractor, the profession she continued for 11 years. In 2015, the year of her marriage to her current husband, Rucker launched a haircare line with her two sisters. The brand, known as, ‘Rucker Roots,’ was featured in a TV series as well. The talented trio has attended the Premier Hair Show in Orlando and Bronner Brothers Hair Show in Atlanta. Till today, the brand continues to grow and produce exclusive high-end and budget-friendly products for the hair.
Apart from numerous TV appearances, the brand has further expanded and launched at Sally Beauty in 2020 and Target in 2019. They have also been chosen as an exclusive hair treatment range in the Chicago based blow-dry salon bar, &BLOWDRY. Ellen and her sisters maintain their business from the brand’s official website, where they offer different types of shampoo, conditioner, hair protectant, hair serum, hair cream, etc. Currently, fans can also avail of their products at Macy’s. One of their popular items is the 4-step natural smoothing system that suits all hair types.
In order to help the brand grow, Ellen plays an essential part in dealing with the chemists, lawyers, distributors, etc. During an interview, she stated, “My business is my everything” and added that “My sisters are a little more social, and I like to be in control of the business, partly because I know it’s done right.”
Ellen Rucker being in the haircare industry, seems quite evident considering that she has been passionate about haircare since her childhood. She has also invented some hair treatments for her loved ones while growing up. Her vision of her current endeavor is to become an innovator in the haircare market and produce hair treatments using natural ingredients.
Rucker became a media interest when she appeared in the reality TV series, ‘Love Thy Sister.’ Along with her two sisters, Ellen Rucker launched their natural haircare company on WEtv. The viewers could enjoy the gorgeous, sassy trio’s family drama while learning about their products and services in “Rucker Roots.” A former lawyer eldest sister, a successful philanthropist youngest sister and a renowned chiropractor, middle-child Ellen, made the show a combination of the Kardashians and the Braxtons. The first episode of the series was aired on January 8, 2015, with the sixth episode launching on February 12, 2015.
Since then, the brand has also been featured on The View and the Good Morning America. The media coverage earned the “Rucker Roots” significant positive recognition and inspired Ellen greatly on her future endeavors.
When it comes to her lifestyle, Ellen Rucker maintains a fine balance between her professional and personal events. Not much is known about her hobbies or favorite activities. However, based on her press conference appearances, blogs, and social media posts, she can be considered as a stylish, talented, innovative person who cherishes the moments spent with her family.
As of 2019, Ellen Rucker has an estimated net worth of $2 million. Apart from her lavish lifestyle with her spouse and children, she also has a generous income source from her hair products brand. Based on the fact that her company has impressive customer feedback, including popular influencers, it can be assumed that she has good control over her income.
Social Media Activities
Being an entrepreneur, raising twins and a teenager, fulfilling the responsibilities of a household, her life is as challenging as it can be. However, she accepts it as a reward and continues to make the best out of her time. Ellen Rucker is an active social media user. Her fans can find her on Instagram by @ellenruckersellers and on Twitter as @EllenRucker.
Ellen also has a website titled ‘Ellen Rucker Sellers’ where she posts blogs about her daily life and career updates. In one blog titled ‘My Birth Story’, Ellen has depicted an emotional journey throughout her pregnancy with her twins. Her faith in God and coincidences in her life can also be seen from this blog.