Archive for the 'Celebrity Divorce' Category

September 25th, 2014

Kris and Bruce Jenner Divorce

Kris Jenner has officially filed for divorce from Olympic gold medalist Bruce Jenner, ending their 23-year marriage.

The documents were filed Monday, September 22 in the L.A. Superior Courthouse, citing irreconcilable differences. The filing came 11 months after the pair announced their separation exclusively to US Weekly.

The couple’s relationship and recent troubles have been documented on popular reality show “Keeping Up With the Kardashians.” The program focuses on Kris’ daughters from a previous marriage, Kim, Kourtney and Khloe Kardashian.

Kris and Bruce, 64, were married in 1991 and are parents to daughters Kendall, 18, and Kylie, 17. According to the L.A. courthouse, Kylie was the only child listed on the documents.

As reported by People Magazine, Kris has requested physical and legal custody of Kylie. Additionally, she has asked to keep all her jewelry and any assets obtained after their separation. Kris requested all other assets be divided at a future time.

While the couple had officially announced their separation last October, court papers list their separation date as June 2013.

“We will always be the best of friends, because that’s the dynamic of our relationship,” Kris told People, October 2013. “We definitely get along as a family and with the kids; we’re so connected in that way. We love each other.”

Months after revealing their split, Bruce and Kris were still seen at events together. Throughout the separation, Bruce still made appearances on “Keeping Up With the Kardashians.”

Kris couldn’t specify what lead to the eventual divorce.

“I don’t think it was the pace of life. We’ve always gone 150 miles per hour, and Bruce has more energy than anybody,” she said. “I just think it has evolved. I really can’t put my finger on it. We’re just happier now.”

Kris filed the documents “in propria persona,” meaning without legal representation.

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August 27th, 2014

Neil and Pegi Young Divorce

After 36 years of marriage, Canadian rock legend Neil Young has filed for divorce from his wife Pegi.

Young, 68, filed a petition for dissolution of marriage in his hometown of San Mateo, California, on July 29th.

The couple met in 1974 at a northern California diner where Pegi waitressed. “Unknown Legend,” on Young’s 1992 album “Harvest Moon,” details their earliest years when Young frequented the diner just for an opportunity to speak with Pegi.

“I used to order just to watch her float across the floor,” he sang.

The couple has two adult children, daughter Amber and son Ben, who has cerebral palsy. Ben’s illness motivated Pegi to establish the Bridge School, located in Hillsborough, California.

The school is a non-profit organization to educate children born with serious physical impairments. The couple raises funds for the school every year with a prestigious concert in Mountain View, California.

Young was previously married to the late actress Carrie Snodgress; the couple had one son, who has a less severe form of cerebral palsy, according to the Toronto Star.

Pegi Young has sung backup on Neil’s records since the 90s and has released three solo records since 2007, on which he occasionally plays guitar. Pegi has also been touring considerably this past decade. She is also known to be Young’s muse for many of his most touching love songs.

Neil Young’s career began in the mid-1960s when he co-founded the band Buffalo Springfield. He joined Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young in 1969 and eventually left to begin a highly acclaimed solo career. Over the past 45 years Young has released over 30 albums.

Early this year, Young released this 34th studio album, “A Letter Home.” He recently concluded a European Crazy Horse tour and will embark on an acoustic American tour in the fall, according to Rolling Stone. Pegi just finished a short American tour.

The couple was slated to play Farm Aid on September 13th, but Pegi’s name was recently taken off the show’s lineup.

A hearing has been scheduled for December 12th, according to Rolling Stone Magazine.

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August 12th, 2014

Duchovny and Leoni Divorce

After a marriage spanning seventeen years, actor David Duchovny and actress Tea Leoni are officially divorcing.

Duchovny, most recently noted for his work on Showtime’s “Californication, “filed documents with New York in June, citing an “irretrievable breakdown of the relationship.” The couple settled their estate themselves, according to TMZ.

Both Duchovny and Leoni reside on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. They have reportedly agreed to joint custody. Leoni will maintain primary custody over their children, Kyd Miller, 12, and Madelaine West, 15, according to the LA Times.

Duchovny, 54, will reportedly pay Leoni $40,000 in spousal support, in addition to $8,333 in child support. It is stated he will be responsible for the majority of other expenses, including summer camp, private schools and college tuition, reported People Magazine.

Duchovny and Leoni first married in 1997 and supposedly parted in 2008. In August 2008, Duchovny sought treatment for sex addiction. Two months later, representatives for both Duchovny and Leoni stated the couple had separated months previous.

At the end of October 2008, Duchovny’s lawyer announced plans to sue British tabloid, The Daily Mail, for running a story that Duchovny allegedly engaged in an affair with Hungarian tennis instructor, Edit Pakay, during his marriage to Leoni, according to TV Guide.

The couple soon reunited until June 2011, when they separated again. In a 2012 interview, Duchovny confirmed he was still married to Leoni, yet they were separated, reported the Inquirer.

Duchovny has an expansive film and television career; he is arguable best known for his work on the 90′s Sci-Fi television show, X-Files. During the show’s nine year run, Duchovny was nominated for dozens of awards and won six, including a Golden Globe in 1997.

Leoni acted in numerous movies including Deep Impact and Spanglish. She is starring in a TV series entitled Madam Secretary that will run on CBS this fall.

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March 7th, 2014

Amanda Sheppard Divorces Bryan Ferry


After being married for a bit over 2 years, Amanda Sheppard, 31, filed divorce paperwork on the grounds that Bryan Ferry, 68, has continuously unreasonable behavior.

District Judge Gibson solidified the couples’ first legal step to ending their marriage by granting them a decree nisi. Now they must wait 6 weeks and a day for the decree absolute, which is binding.

The initial divorce petition was signed on January 16th. To the question “Is the respondent’s behaviour as set out in your petition continuing?”, Sheppard marked “Yes.” It also indicated they are no longer living together.

The couple met while Sheppard was dating one of Ferry’s sons. They were married in 2011 at a resort in Turks and Caicos.

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January 24th, 2014

Divorce Finalized for Jane Lynch


Jane Lynch and her now ex-wife, Dr. Lara Embry, have finalized the divorce they filed for in July (2013).

The reason for divorce was cited as “irreconcilable differences” but the two remain amicable.

Embry’s request for spousal support in the sum of $93,000 a month was denied and the exact number has not been made public.

Lynch purchased the house and is keeping it.

Lynch and Embry were married in 2010.

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November 22nd, 2013

Rupert and Wendi Murdoch Finalize Their Historic Divorce Settlement


In a surprisingly friendly court appearance this week, media mogul Rupert Murdoch and his longtime wife, Wendi, finalized their mutual divorce settlement, according to a report from the Los Angeles Times.

In a joint statement released shortly after their court hearing, Rupert Murdoch and Wendi Deng Murdoch, who was the billionaire’s third wife, said they were “pleased to announce that we have reached an amicable settlement of all matters relating to our divorce.”

“We move forward with mutual respect and a shared interest in the health and happiness of our two daughters. We will not comment on this any further,” concluded the former couple’s statement.

The couple finalized their divorce during a hearing this week in Manhattan in a New York state court. During the hearing, the couple told the judge a trial would not be necessary and that they wanted the judge to simply confirm a settlement they reached together.

Celebrities often prefer to settle a divorce case out of court, because private settlements do not become publicly available, whereas the details of a divorce trial would have likely created a publicity frenzy.

The divorce settlement, however, is not expected to damage Rupert Murdoch’s remarkable media empire. Sources say the 82-year-old mogul will continue to hold his biggest media holdings, News Corp. and 21st Century Fox.

Wendi Murdoch, though, will reportedly receive the couple’s pricey Manhattan apartment, as well as an undisclosed amount of cash.

The couple’s relatively amicable divorce hearing took place while the couple was reportedly sitting together at a small table in the Manhattan courtroom. And the hearing only took about 15 minutes, according to reports.

During the hearing, which progressed like most other cases, the judge read off a series of simple questions, asked the parties if they had reached a settlement, and then gave the deal her stamp of approval.

The judge also praised the couple for behaving so “amicably” during the process, and the hearing reportedly ended with the 44-year-old wife kissing her former husband on the cheek.

The hearing ends a fourteen-year marriage for the power couple. The Murdochs were reportedly married in New York Harbor on Rupert Murdoch’s yacht, which is reportedly up for sale.

Sources say Ruport Murdoch married his third wife just a few weeks after finalizing his divorce with his second wife, Anna Tory, who is the mother of his three adult children. Rupert and Wendi also had two young daughters together.

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November 1st, 2013

Estranged Wife of Actor Clint Eastwood Reportedly Files for Divorce


The estranged wife of famous actor Clint Eastwood is reportedly filing for divorce after 17 years of marriage, according to a report this week from CNN.

Sources say Eastwood’s wife, Dina Eastwood, is expected to ask for full child custody (the couple has one young daughter) in her divorce papers.

It’s too early to tell whether Dina will be able to gain full custody of the couple’s, but in many states, courts tend to err on the side of granting legal custody to both parents.

This, of course, might still allow for Dina to keep the child, but even if she does have physical custody, it’s likely that her husband will be able to have a say in all important decisions related to the child’s care.

According to reports, Clint Eastwood’s 48-year-old-wife, a former television news anchor, claimed in her divorce petition that the couple suffers from “irreconcilable differences.” The divorce petition was reportedly filed in Monterey County, California, where the couple resides.

Interestingly, Dina Eastwood filed separation papers in October, but withdrew them a few days later after deciding to change her legal strategy. In a recent interview with Us Weekly, Dina Eastwood said she and her husband remain close, but the two have been living apart “for some time.”

Clint Eastwood became famous at a relatively young age, and has continued to star in and direct major films. He gained even more fame in 2012 when he spoke at the Republican National Convention and memorably spoke to an empty chair.

The divorcing couple reportedly married in March of 1996, and their daughter, who is now 16, was born that December.

Dina Eastwood and her daughter, Morgan, were featured with the actor’s other daughter, Francesca, on a recent reality television show, “Mrs. Eastwood and Company.”

Sources also note that Clint Eastwood has one previous wife, Maggie Johnson, and has had eight children with six different women.

And while the couple certainly has a lot of money to divide between the two of them, the distribution of marital assets is likely covered by a prenuptial agreement, which is common in marriages between wealthy celebrities.

Of course, if they don’t have a prenuptial agreement, things could get messy. It’s more likely, however, that the two will argue over who is granted physical custody of their daughter, although Dina Eastwood has reportedly offered to share legal custody with her soon-to-be former husband.

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September 30th, 2013

Richard Gere and Estranged Wife Reportedly Headed Towards Divorce


After 11 years of marriage and 18 years together, Richard Gere and his wife, model-turned-actress Carey Lowell, are reportedly looking to hire divorce attorneys, according to a report this week from the Los Angeles Times.

In an interview last year with Yahoo Movies, Lowell claimed that she first had a crush on Gere when she saw his 1982 movie, “An Officer and a Gentleman.” She claims this caused a heated argument with her boyfriend at the time.

But sources say the couple’s marriage has grown rocky, thanks in part to their different personalities. Friends of Lowell say she enjoys socializing frequently, while Gere prefers to live a more private lifestyle.

According to one friend quote in the New York Post, the couple has a home in Bedford, New York, where Gere prefers to stay “because it’s quiet and he likes the solitude,” while Lowell would rather be in their home in “North Haven in the limelight.”

A source close to the celebrity couple claims the 64-year-old actor and his 52-year-old wife have been separated for several months, although a photograph of the couple together at the Golden Globes in Beverly Hills in January seems to dispute this notion.

Of course, if the couple simply cooperated for the cameras in an effort to keep their personal lives out of the tabloids, it certainly wouldn’t have been the first such instance of Hollywood restraint.

If the husband and wife do eventually decided to get a divorce, it will be the second such filing for Gere, who was famously married to supermodel Cindy Crawford during the prime of both their careers. In addition, this would be the third divorce for Lowell, sources say.

The speculation about their divorce, however, remains simply guesswork, as the couple has not made any official announcement about their intentions to divorce.

Since divorce records are made public if a couple disputes their case in court, many celebrity married couples prefer to settle their marital differences behind closed doors with a mediator or simply negotiate and reach a settlement with the other side’s attorneys.

These alternative forms of divorce are becoming more popular with non-celebrities, as well, since mediation or settlement talks are often less costly and emotionally charged than a prolonged court battle.

The couple, however, may have a bit of trouble settling their divorce among themselves because they have a 13-year-old son, Homer, who sources say was named after Gere’s father.

The presence of a child doesn’t mean the couple won’t be able to settle the matter out of court, but it certainly makes their divorce process that much more complicated.

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September 18th, 2013

Costly Divorce Forces Best Buy CEO to Sell Millions Worth of Stock


A pending divorce has forced Best Buy CEO Hubery Joly to sell more than $10 million worth of stock in his company to cover the cost of divorce, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal.

Typically, this sort of information wouldn’t be available to the public, as most public figures prefer to settle their divorces out of court in order to keep their personal information private.

This is why many famous celebrities turn to divorce mediation to settle their disputes behind closed doors, rather than in open court in front of the public eye.

But Joly is in a unique position because, thanks to the terms of his employment agreement, he had to report the sale of $10.4 million in Best Buy stock to the Security and Exchange Commission (SEC), which monitors the sale of stock by corporate officials.

This week, company spokesman Matt Furman took a page out of the public relations textbook and tried to get ahead of the news by formally announcing the sale of a significant amount of Joly’s stock in the company in a press conference.

“This sale reflects only one thing: Mr. Joly has recently gone through a divorce and needs to sell a portion of his holdings in order to cover the costs of that unfortunate event. He remains heavily invested in Best Buy,” said Joly.

Interestingly, Joly had to receive a special waiver from Best Buy’s board of directors to make the sale because his employment contract prevents him from making such a large sale of stock without the board’s permission.

And when the company filed its report with the SEC giving notice of the unique sale, it made a point to say that “all other terms” of the employment agreement “remain unchanged and in full force and effect.”

In recent years, companies have made stock options larger portions of executive salaries, in an effort to tie the performance of executives to their compensation. But Joly’s costly divorce threw a wrench into this practice, at least with respect to the Best Buy CEO.

Sources say Joly sold 100,686 shares of Best Buy worth nearly $4 million, and also exercised 350,467 stock options that were worth roughly $6.5 million.

According to reports, Joly, who filed for divorce in his native country of France, still owns enough shares of Best Buy to meet the company’s stock ownership guidelines for its corporate executives.

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September 13th, 2013

Wife of George Zimmerman Seeks Divorce After Six Years of Marriage


The wife of media legend George Zimmerman, who was acquitted of murder after the shooting death of young Trayvon Martin, is filing for divorce from her controversial husband, according to a report from the Washington Post.

Sources say 26-year-old Shellie Zimmerman and her husband separated on August 13, and she admitted in a recent television interview that her husband had not spent much time at home since he was acquitted in July.

During her interview with “Good Morning America” on ABC, Shellie Zimmerman said that her husband is “selfish” and that she thinks “George is all about George.” She also claimed that he was verbally abusive towards her and that the embarrassing trial had “ruined her life.”

Shellie Zimmerman also lamented her seemingly unrewarded tenure as her husband’s loyal partner during his prolonged legal drama. In her interview, she told ABC, “I have supported him for so long, and neglected myself for too long, and I feel like I’m finally starting to feel empowered again.”

In addition, Shellie Zimmerman said that her husband had been making “some reckless decisions” since a Florida jury acquitted him in the murder of Trayvon Martin, whom George Zimmerman purportedly killed while acting in self-defense.

Sources say George Zimmerman has been pulled over for speeding on two occasions since his arrest. During one of the stops, Zimmerman bragged to a police officer that he had a concealed weapon in his truck. Both times, he was let off with a warning, sources say.

In addition, George Zimmerman was reportedly involved in a domestic dispute involving a gun this week, but his wife apparently is not going to press criminal charges, sources report.

But a 911 call from the recent incident claims that George Zimmerman punched his wife’s father in the nose, and threatened to shoot him, and Zimmerman is reportedly being held in detention by police in Lake Mary, Florida.

Of course, these incidents might prove extra fodder for Shellie Zimmerman during the divorce process, which will likely be a very public affair, despite her wishes.

But the divorce could be a relatively simple affair, as the couple reportedly has no children. Shellie Zimmerman, however, is asking the court for sole possession of Oso and Leroy, their two dogs.

And while the absence of children could make the divorce process a bit simpler, couples in the past have engaged in heated fights over the custody of pets. So if George Zimmerman is intent on having access to their dogs, this could raise an issue in the divorce proceedings.

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