By: Chris Kramer
They were married for 17 years and kept their lives private for the most part. But George and Ann Serrano Lopez are now officially parting ways. Their divorce was finalized just before Independence Day of this year after Ms. Lopez initiated the proceedings last fall.
The reason for their split isnâ€™t clear. Yet there have been numerous rumors that the late night talk show host wasnâ€™t faithful. According to tabloid reports, Mr. Lopez had hired professional escorts and engaged in various extra-marital encounters.
None of these allegations, however, are reflected in the divorce petition filed by the former-Mrs. Lopez. She simply listed irreconcilable differences as the basis for the dissolution of their marriage.
In the divorce papers, Ms. Lopez requested primary custody of their daughter, Mayan, 15, and spousal support. She also asked that her former spouse pay all legal fees.
The court documents reveal that she wants to keep any jewelry and other personal effects as well.
It appears they want to stay on amicable terms. Through the comicâ€™s representative, they announced they will remain dedicated parents and partners in their philanthropic organization, The Lopez Foundation.
A History of Their Relationship
George Lopez met Ann Serrano in May of 1990 at a California comedy club called The Ice House. Lopez wrote in his autobiography, Why You Crying?, that there werenâ€™t any fireworks when he first got to know Serrano. But it seems they bonded over humanitarian causes in addition to a mutual interest in getting more Latino stories on TV and in the movies.
After a period of dating, Serrano was the one who proposed marriage. In an October 2002 article published in People magazine, Serrano admitted that she had to buy her own ring.
Then on September 18, 1993, the couple wed in San Fernando, California. They spent the majority of their marriage in a four-bedroom home located just north of Los Angeles.
The couple had a daughter in 1996, who they named Mayan. She is their only child.
In 2005, Ms. Lopez saved her husband from near total kidney failure due to a genetic disorder heâ€™d suffered with all of his life. She donated one of her own kidneys to him.
The stand-up comic turned sitcom star has spoken quite openly over the years about how much his wife has helped him grow as a human being. In his autobiography, he writes about his gratitude to Ms. Lopez for preventing him from destroying himself. According to him, she also gave him unconditional love over many difficult years.
Despite the closeness the couple apparently shared in their relationship, Ms. Lopez filed for divorce in November of 2010.