Divorce is tough, emotionally and financially. When you're going through a divorce, you may feel like you're alone in the world, but the truth is that you're in very good company. Roughly half of marriages in the U.S. today end in divorce, and even the rich and famous aren't exempt. In fact, sometimes it seems that their marriages crumble harder and faster than anyone's. Here are just a few...
Cynthia Rodriguez, wife of New York Yankees baseball star Alex Rodriguez, last week filed for divorce in a Miami-Dade Family court, accusing Rodriguez of "extramarital affairs" during their marriage and emotional abandonment. Meanwhile, the tabloids are producing strippers who claim and/or deny they were with Rodriguez during his marriage. Rumors are also flying that Rodriguez once told a friend that pop star Madonna is his "soulmate." Madonna is battling tabloid divorce rumors about her own marriage to Guy Ritchie. Cynthia and Alex Rodriguez were married in 2002, with a pre-nuptial agreement. They have two children together. Rodriguez is reportedly worth an estimated $300 million.
Just one week into a nasty divorce trial, model Christie Brinkley and estranged husband Peter Cook have reportedly reached a settlement agreement and hope to present it to a judge soon, according to PEOPLE magazine. The gossip website TMZ also reported that Cook's willingness to settle increased as reports that a private detective who tailed him was about to testify in court. A judge will need to approve the settlement, if it was indeed reached. The couple split two years ago and have two children together.
Former Brady Bunch mom Florence Henderson, who has claimed to be a "therapist" but is really a hypnotherapist which requires very little schooling, has told reporters that she counseled former Brady Bunch child star Christopher Knight, who was Peter Brady on the Brady Bunch, not to marry his current wife Adrianne Curry. Henderson claimed that Knight is "like a son" to her and that when she appeared on his "My Fair Brady" television show, she told Knight not to marry Curry. "They didn't take my advice. Maybe I will counsel the divorce," she reportedly said. Curry and Knight have been married since 2006 and have not filed for divorce. Adrianne Curry has been curt when commenting about Henderson in the past, both on the "My Fair Brady" show and in her blog.
Linda Hogan claimed recently that estranged husband Hulk Hogan was stalking her, yet when he was supposed to sign papers to close on a Las Vegas condo for her, the Hulk was nowhere to be found. Linda Hogan has filed a motion in a Clearwater, Florida courtroom asking to hold the Hulk in contempt of court for failing to close on the$4 million condo, on which he reportedly placed an $800,000 deposit. Linda has said that Hulk had agreed to close on the condo and has no right to withhold the cash. Hulk's attorneys claim that closing on the condo would be financially irresponsible because of a lawsuit against the family by John Graziano, who was injured in a car driven by Nick Hogan, the Hogans' son. This divorce will not be dull.
You can't ever believe what the tabloids write, but this one is about as unbelievable as it gets. "Now" magazine, a British tabloid, has claimed that Heather Mills has told friends that if she ever gets married again, she'll have a pre-nup. For sure, for sure! The pre-nup would of course protect the millions Mills earned from her divorce from Sir Paul McCartney, who did not sign up a pre-nup before his four-year marriage to Mills, whose divorce settlement earned her more than $10 million per year for being married to the former Beatle. A friend reportedly said, "Heather.realizes she could attract a man who isn't with her because he loves her but because he loves the lifestyle." Hmmmmm....
In case you missed it this week, pop guru Madonna and filmmaker Guy Ritchie are absolutely, positively, NOT divorcing. Just to prove it, the couple affectionately stepped out together to have dinner at New York City restaurant Cesca, where they held hands and snuggled. Madonna's spokesperson Liz Rosenberg has said the couple has "no plans" to divorce. Rumors have linked Madonna to another man, and prior reports have surfaced that Madonna met with Paul McCartney's divorce attorney, Fiona Shackleton about a month ago. One report suggested that Madonna will divorce Ritchie in November, when her current tour ends. Rosenberg, for the record, has in the past initially denied reports that have turned out to be factual. Stay tuned.
"The Insider" has reported that it obtained court documents explaining why Jamie Spears, father of Britney Spears and conservator of her estate, has decided to sell Spears' current Beverly Hills home. Apparently the pop star and her pop are seeking a quieter residence that would be more suitable for her two children. Insider claims Spears is looking for "a larger backyard" with better access to parks for the kiddos. Britney Spears and Federline divorced last year, with Federline being granted full custody of their two boys after Spears displayed erratic behavior for several months. Britney Spears has recently been re-granted court-supervised visitation rights after they were removed from her last year. The next custody hearing is scheduled for July 15.
Linda Hogan has entered a plea with a Pinellas County circuit court to amend an order that bars husband Hulk Hogan from two of their homes because she claims he is stalking her. Last February, a circuit court judge approved an order barring Hulk Hogan, whose real last name is Bollea, from entering the couple's beach condo and one of their homes. According to Linda, however, the Hulk has been harassing her while remaining out of the area from which he's barred. Linda claims in a motion that Hulk has been telling police he's only "passing by" the area or "running errands" but is really antagonizing her by parking on the border of the property and making verbal assaults at her. A hearing is set for next week.
Perhaps Bill Murray and his wife Jennifer Butler Murray could teach Hollywood a thing or two about divorce. A judge in Charleston, South Carolina has already signed off the divorce settlement between Jennifer Murray and comedian Bill Murray. The couple filed for divorce last month and has been married for ten years. The Murrays were able to agree that Jennifer would be granted custody of the couple's four children and keep two of the couple's homes. Additionally, the pre-nuptial agreement Jennifer signed for a $7 million payout would remain valid. Bill Murray gets visitation rights and will pay child support.
Model Christie Brinkley, whose divorce trial from fourth husband Peter Cook is set to begin on July 2, may subpoena Diana Bianchi, the young woman with whom Cook supposedly had an affair, to testify at the trial. Bianchi was Cook's 18-year old assistant when the affair reportedly occurred. Brinkley filed for divorce after learning of the relationship. According to news reports on CBS, Cook reportedly paid Bianchi $300,000 to keep the affair a secret. Brinkley and Cook were married in 1996 and split in 2006.
The Associated Press and other news outlets have reported that Britney Spears and ex-husband Kevin Federline appeared in court this week for a child custody hearing that will reportedly allow Spears overnight visitation of her two sons. Federline currently has custody of their two children. Spears and her parenting coach were questioned behind closed doors by Commissioner Scott Gordon. In May, Spears was granted additional visitation privileges after visitation had been taken away from her in January. Spears' father, Jamie Spears, was granted conservatorship of Spears' affairs. A follow-up custody hearing is scheduled for July 15.
Maybe she left too soon? "Top Chef" host Padma Lakshmi won't be sharing her estranged husband's new British title. Salman Rushdie, currently in divorce proceedings with Lakshmi, has been knighted by the Queen of England and can now use the title "Sir" before his name. Lakshmi, as his wife, would have been able to use the title "Lady Rushdie" but will have to settle for "Top Chef Host" instead. Rushdie's knighthood was strongly protested by the Muslim community, because of the fatwa against him for writing "The Satanic Verses."
The tabloids are abuzz with rumors that pop singer Madonna plans to announce an end to her marriage in November, after her current tour ends. According to several sources, the singer consulted Paul McCartney's former divorce attorney, though Madonna's spokesperson Liz Rosenberg has denied the rumors. "They are happy," she reportedly said. Madonna and Guy Ritchie were married in 2000 and have two children together. Madonna also has another child with dancer Carlos Leon.
She kept her promise - or was it a threat? Either way, Heather Mills has purchased an apartment in the Big Apple and will reportedly be spending time there with daughter Beatrice. The apartment, which has a reported price tag of $5 million, is located in the West Village neighborhood of New York City. At least nobody can accuse her of being a penny-pincher.
It's likely to be considered Hollywood's mildest and least controversial divorce: actress Reese Witherspoon and actor Ryan Phillippe are now officially divorced with all custody and financial issues wrapped up, according to documents filed this week in a Los Angeles Superior Court. Though details of the document are sealed, the couple is now officially divorced and share joint custody of their two children. Witherspoon and Phillippe were married in 1999 and split amidst rumors of Phillippe's affair with actress and former co-star Abbie Cornish. They have two children together and have managed to divorce in a relatively drama-free and un-Hollywood-like manner.
Perhaps actor Charlie Sheen needs to read Alec Baldwin's new book about the frustrations of divorce. Sheen's abusive voicemails to ex-wife Denise Richards in 2005 have been recently published on the Internet, prompting Sheen to publicly apologize. Baldwin's abusive voicemails last year to his daughter, Ireland, in which he called his daughter a "thoughtless pig," prompted Baldwin to write a book about the frustrations of divorce. In Sheen's voicemails to ex-wife Denis Richards, the f-word was used repeatedly, as was the C-word and the N-word. Sheen issued a statement after the voicemails became public, saying, "I deeply apologize by my choice of words to all I have obviously offended; especially to Tony Todd, an African American, who was my best man at my first two weddings." Sheen, on his third marriage now, also added, "For the record, my children did not show up today for a custodial visit without explanation. So three and one half years later, the reasons that caused the anger and frustration displayed on that voicemail continue to be manifested on a daily basis." Sheen and Richards have two children together. Nice.
Billy Bob Thornton's spokesperson has denied that the actor made reported derogatory comments about ex-wife Angelina Jolie and her current love interest, Brad Pitt. Several Internet websites were rumored to have published comments made by Thornton that Brad Pitt was merely "a high school phase" for Jolie and that Jolie and Pitt have "nothing in common." Thornton's rep denied reports that he said, "You know, dating the quarterback of the football team.she'll be waking up from that dream in no time." Thornton and Jolie were married in 2000 and their romance, in which they wore vials of each others blood around their necks, made headlines for three years until their divorce in 2003.
Liza Minnelli's ex-husband David Gest is rumored to have admitted that lyrics in the Attic Lights song "Bring You Down" is about Gest's ex-wife Liza Minnelli. Gest and Minnelli divorced bitterly in 2003 after just 18 months of marriage. Attic Lights singer Kevin Sherry reportedly told a British tabloid that during the recording of the song, on which Gest makes a guest singing appearance, Gest said, "This is about Liza!" However, when asked directly who the song was about, Gest demurred by saying only, "It's about a woman with a heart as cold as ice who only thinks of herself. Where could I have got that idea from?"
Actress Yeardley Smith, who is best known as the voice of Lisa Simpson on the cult television show "The Simpsons," has filed for divorce in a Los Angeles Superior Court from husband Daniel Erickson, citing irreconcilable differences. The couple was married in 2002 and has no children together.
Those warring McGreeveys can't seem to help themselves when it comes to making headlines. In a divorce that is arguably more bitter than McCartney and Mills, Jim McGreevey, the "I'm a Gay American" former Governor of New Jersey, and his estranged wife Dina Matos McGreevey are still duking it out in the media and the courtroom over-well, nearly everything. In closing arguments for their financial hearings, Dina Matos McGreevey's divorce attorney asked for more than $1 million in support. McGreevey's attorney, on the other hand, argued that Dina should get zero. Everything from custody of their child, their parenting abilities, whether Matos McGreevey "knew" her husband was gay, Dina's appearance on the Oprah Winfrey show, Jim McGreevey's enrollment into a seminary (for heaven's sake!) and even the objects contained within artwork has been in dispute during the couple's four-year divorce extravaganza. In an even more bizarre McGreevey divorce moment, Union County divorce court judge Karen Cassidy commented publicly that, "This case, in the scheme of things, is probably not the worst case on my docket," Cassidy said
Madonna is absolutely, positively not divorcing Guy Ritchie, according to her spokeswoman Liz Rosenberg. Rumors have been flying for months, however they heated up after several media outlets reported that Madonna had consulted with Paul McCartney's divorce attorney and had waited for the adoption of her son, David Banda, to be finalized before splitting with Ritchie. "All's good. They're very happy," said Rosenberg. Rosenberg has a history, however, of denying rumors that were later found to be true.
Nevada Governor Jim Gibbons and wife Dawn have announced that they will "suspend litigation activities" and resolve their divorce issues privately. Dawn Gibbons will reportedly move into a guest house on the grounds of the Governor's mansion and the Governor will get to move back into the Governor's mansion in Carson City, Nevada. The couple has said they will make no additional public statements about their split. The couple was married for 22 years.
Actor Ryan Phillippe, former husband of actress Reese Witherspoon, has been seen in public for the first time with Abbie Cornish, the actress who had been rumored to be the reason for the end of Witherspoon's and Phillippe's marriage. The couple was very clearly "Together" at a Beverly Hills hotel for the Australians in Film Breakthrough Awards. Cornish won an award at the show for her performance in "Stop-Loss," in which she co-starred with Phillippe.
A Los Angeles Superior Court judge has ruled that Anne Heche must pay ex-husband Coley Laffoon $3,700 in child support payments and a lump sum of $275,000 in addition to paying 75% of her son Homer's private school tuition. The decision comes after Heche filed papers with the court saying she had only $30,000 left in her account after her "Men in Trees" television series was canceled. The actress has been paying Laffoon significantly more than $3,700 before the court ruling. Heche and Laffoon married in 2001 and divorced last year.
It's unlikely we'll see this on Dina Lohan's new reality TV show, but Michael and Dina Lohan were in a Long Island, New York divorce court again, arguing over custody of their two underage children, 11 and 14. Michael Lohan has claimed that ex-wife Dina is not honoring the couple's agreed-upon visitation schedule and has not been able to visit his children. Both Lohans have stated publicly that they will no longer comment about their divorce to the media. The couple also has two adult children, Lindsay and Michael. Another hearing has been scheduled for July 14.
The Daily Express newspaper in London has said that TV Chef Keith Floyd has been voted one of the top 10 worst husbands in Britain and he's possibly living up to his reputation. In divorce proceedings from his fourth wife, Tess, Keith Floyd, 64, reportedly told a British divorce court that he expected Tess' mother to pay for the divorce. Floyd himself, despite his success, declared bankruptcy in 2000 and moved to France after leaving the marriage earlier this year. According to papers filed by Tess, 44, Floyd did have the time and money to vacation in Thailand after he left the marriage, but has left Tess to face eviction from their home. She claims her phone has been cut off and she has not had hot water for a month.
Even though his divorce from ex-wife Laura was bitter, drawn out, and expensive, golf pro Greg Norman is set to marry tennis pro Chris Evert on June 28. In the past, Laura Norman has blamed Evert for the breakup of the Normans' marriage. Norman reportedly paid Laura a $107 million settlement. Their divorce was final in September, 2007, though financial settlements were not final until earlier this year.
The National Enquirer and other tabloids have been repeatedly publishing rumors that television talk show host "Dr. Phil" McGraw is close to divorce from long-time wife Robin. According to the tabloid, McGraw has denied on his television show that rumors of an impending divorce are true. McGraw was reportedly married to another woman when he met current wife Robin more than 30 years ago. No papers have been filed.
Much-married model Christie Brinkley is set to go to trial in her two-year divorce case from estranged fourth husband architect Peter Cook next month. Brinkley, 54, and Cook, 49, will go to trial on July 2 because they have been unable to amicably settle their case. The couple was married for ten years when Brinkley filed for divorce in 2006, claiming infidelity on Cook's part. Cook and Brinkley need to decide upon custody arrangements for the daughter they had together, 10, and the 13-year old child Cook adopted from Brinkley's prior marriage to ex-husband Richard Taubman. Brinkley's child with ex-husband Billy Joel is an adult. Stay tuned.
The wrestling champion and former football player known as "the Rock" has finalized his divorce from Dany Garcia Johnson. According to papers filed in a Dade County courthouse, The Rock, whose real name is Dwayne Johnson, will pay $22,000 in child support plus $5,000 per month to a trust fund account for their 7-year old daughter's college expenses and private school tuition. He will not pay alimony to Garcia. The couple married in 1997 and separated in June of last year.