Real Housewives Of Atlanta star Eva Marcille has always been vocal about her journey with parenthood while applauding her husband Michael Sterling for stepping up to the plate with her 5-year-old daughter Marley Rae. She’s also been transparent about her distant relationship with Marley’s father, singer Kevin McCall. For these reasons, Marcille decided to take a huge step by changing her daughter’s last name from McCall to Sterling.

During a segment on the Rickey Smiley Morning Show, Marcille explained her decision to change her daughter’s last name. “Marley was born in 2014 and I gave her her biological father’s name,” she says. “After two months, we became estranged and I raised her as a single mom. And then, the good Lord saw fit for me to meet an amazing man, Michael Sterling, who has become my husband and the father of my later children. Long story short, we all have the name Sterling, and Marley is the only one with her biological father’s name and I saw it necessary and Mike saw it necessary to change her name,”

She continues: “We’ve been going through the process—I must say, it is not an easy process and it is not for the faint of heart—but we’ve been working through it and [as of] yesterday I can say thanks to the honorable Judge Manning here in Fulton County court granted me a name change for Marley. She is now officially and legally Marley Rae Sterling.”

Marcille has previously gone on record about her strained relationship with Kevin McCall, whom she has accused of being verbally and physically abusive towards her while they were dating. In a previous Ricky Smiley show, Eva reveals how scary things got before she decided to leave. “It didn’t start for me until I was pregnant with Marley,” she claims. “I was pregnant with my child, so. Then, about a month after having Marley, it didn’t stop…The final straw was when Marley was actually in my arms once and I was like, ‘I can’t do this no more.’”

Marcille has revealed during the filming of RHOA that she currently has a restraining order against McCall, and has had to move in fear of her family’s safety. McCall has denied the allegations.

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