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Beyonce has instagramed a picture of herself wearing a “Carter” jersey in honor of her husband, Jay-Z (aka Shawn Corey Carter), amid rumors of an imminent divorce.
Beyonce has instagramed a picture of herself wearing a “Carter” jersey in honor of her husband, Jay-Z (photo Instagram)
Beyonce, 32, accessorized the look with a thick chain necklace and matching bangles. She donned low pigtail braids and showed off her toned legs by wearing no pants.
According to Us Weekly, Beyonce and Jay Z, 44, avoided each other toward the end of their final On the Run tour date. Their tour wrapped in San Francisco on August 6.
David Duchovny and Tea Leoni have filed for divorce, TMZ reported.
The couple previously announced their separation back in June 2011.
David Duchovy, 54, filed papers, citing an irretrievable breakdown of the relationship.
David Duchovny and Tea Leoni have filed for divorce (photo Getty Images)
The actor and Tea Leoni, 48, will have joint legal custody of their two children, daughter Madelaine, 15, and son Kyd, 12. Tea Leoni will have primary physical custody.
Other terms of the divorce include David Duchovny having to pay $8,333 a month in child support and $40,000 a month in spousal support.
David Duchovny and Tea Leoni married in 2007. Before announcing their separation in 2011, they also briefly split in 2007.
In October 2008, David Duchovny voluntarily entered a rehabilitation center for s** addiction for two months.
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Pamela Anderson is divorcing from Rick Salomon for a second time.
The 47-year-old Baywatch star originally wed film producer and poker professional Rick Salomon in 2007, but the couple had the union annulled two months later.
Pamela Anderson is divorcing from Rick Salomon for a second time (photo Getty Images)
Pamela Anderson and Rick Salomon, 46, rekindled their romance in 2013, and in January 2014, she surprised fans by confirming rumors they had walked down the aisle once more.
However, it appears the relationship isn’t meant to be and Pamela Anderson has since filed legal papers to end the marriage, according to TMZ.
Pamela Anderson was also previously married to rockers Tommy Lee and Kid Rock.
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WKYC – Channel 3’s meteorologist Hollie Strano was married to Brian Toohig until their divorce in 2011.
Hollie Strano and Brian Toohig were high school sweethearts at the Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin and Walsh Jesuit
Hollie Strano and Brian Toohig were high school sweethearts at the Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin and Walsh Jesuit.
They have two children together, Jessica, 9, and Grady, 7.
Hollie Strano married for a second time with Alex Giangreco in beach ceremony on June 15, 2014.
Beyoncé and Jay-Z are reportedly on the verge of divorce after months of explosives rows and years of infidelity.
The singer and her husband no longer love each other and are keen to keep their split a secret, Life & Style magazine reported.
Beyoncé and Jay-Z are reportedly on the verge of divorce after months of explosives rows and years of infidelity
A source told the publication that Jay-Z’s infidelity is a big issue and Beyoncé will no longer put up with him “spending nights with other women”. Her jealous streak is thought to have led to ‘explosive arguments ‘in recent months.
Although Beyoncé is allegedly keen to call it quits, she wants to protect her “perfect family” image until the financial aspects have been worked out.
Beyoncé, 32, and rap mogul have a combined net worth of $900 million and according to some divorce experts, their split could leave both parties out of pocket.
Their relationship, which has been blighted by rumours of illuminati affiliation and infidelity, was propelled the spotlight after footage emerged of Beyoncé’s sister Solange Knowles attacking her brother-in-law after the Met Gala.
Fans were not only shocked to see Solange Knowles violently kicking and punching Jay-Z in an elevator at the Standard Hotel, but they were even more surprised that Beyoncé did not intervene.
Meanwhile some celebrity watchers noticed that Beyoncé appeared to have had her wedding tattoo removed from her ring finger.
Katharine McPhee has filed for divorce from Nick Cokas, seven months after she was caught kissing married director Michael Morris.
Katharine McPhee and Nick Cokas, which wed in 2008, had reportedly been separated for some time before the star was photographed locking lips with her Smash director Michael Morris.
Katharine McPhee has filed for divorce from Nick Cokas, seven months after she was caught kissing married director Michael Morris
The actress sparked rumors of a reconciliation with Nick Cokas in March when they were spotted together in public for the first time since the scandal, but she has now filed legal papers to end the union.
A statement issued by Katharine McPhee’s representative reads: “After six years of marriage, and having been separated for the past year, Katharine McPhee has filed for a dissolution of marriage from Nick Cokas. The two have an amicable relationship and will remain friends. They ask that people respect their privacy during this time.”
Meanwhile, Michael Morris has since reunited with his wife, actress Mary McCormack.
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Sherri Shepherd has filed for divorce from Lamar Sally after he first filed for legal separation on May 2, TMZ reports.
Sherri Shepherd has filed for divorce from Lamar Sally after he first filed for legal separation on May 2 (photo Getty Images)
Lamar Sally filed after three years of marriage, and is seeking full legal and physical custody of the unborn baby they are expecting through a surrogate this July.
Now, Sherrie Shepherd, 47, herself has filed her own divorce docs in New Jersey, claiming irreconcilable differences. However, according to TMZ, Sherri Shepherd makes no mention of their expected child in her filings.
TMZ also reports when it comes to the estranged couple’s prenup, in which Lamar Sally would get $60,000, he wants the prenup “invalidated on grounds of fraud” whereas the talk show host wants it “enforced.”
Sherri Shepherd and Lamar Sally tied the knot back in August 2011 at the Fairmont Hotel in Chicago. Sherri Shepherd was previously married to Jeff Tarpley, with whom she shares 9-year-old son Jeffrey.
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Katie Price has announced her third divorce.
The reality TV personality and model is splitting up with her third husband Kieran Hayler after accusing him of having an affair with her best friend Jane Pountney.
Katie Price is splitting up with her third husband Kieran Hayler after accusing him of having an affair with her best friend Jane Pountney
Katie Price posted the news on her Twitter account.
“Sorry to say me and kieran are divorcing him and my best friend jane pountney bee having a full blown s**ual affair for 7 months,” Katie Price wrote.
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Rhonda Adkins, Trace Adkins’ third wife, has filed for divorce after 16 years of marriage.
Rhonda Adkins has cited “irreconcilable differences” as the reason for the split in documents filed in Tennessee.
Trace and Rhonda Adkins wed in 1997 and have three daughters, aged from 9 to 16.
Rhonda Adkins, Trace Adkins’ third wife, has filed for divorce after 16 years of marriage
According to the divorce papers, obtained by TMZ, the country singer and his wife separated on Monday.
Rhonda Adkins is requesting primary residential custody of their three kids, child support and alimony.
The divorce news is the latest blow for Trace Adkins, who lost his father, Aaron, last month, just after he completed a rehab stint for alcoholism, days after becoming embroiled in an altercation with an impersonator onboard a country music fan cruise.
Trace Adkins, 52, had been sober for more than a decade before his relapse.
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Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin are to separate after more than ten years of marriage, the couple has announced in a joint statement.
Gwyneth Paltrow, 41, and Chris Martin, 37, announced the split on her blog in a post titled Conscious Uncoupling.
“It is with hearts full of sadness that we have decided to separate,” they wrote.
Gwyneth Paltrow and Coldplay singer Chris Martin, who married in December 2003, have two children – Apple, 9, and Moses, 7.
A spokeswoman for Chris Martin confirmed the split, the Associated Press news agency reported.
Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin are to separate after more than ten years of marriage
In the message on Gwyneth Paltrow’ blog on the website Goop.com, the couple said they had “come to the conclusion that while we love each other very much, we will remain separate”.
The couple said they had been “working hard for well over a year, some of it together, some of it separated, to see what might have been possible between us”.
“We are, however, and always will be a family, and in many ways we are closer than we have ever been,” they wrote.
“We are parents first and foremost, to two incredibly wonderful children and we ask for their and our space and privacy to be respected at this difficult time.
“We have always conducted our relationship privately, and we hope that as we consciously uncouple and co-parent, we will be able to continue in the same manner.”
Within minutes of the message being posted, the website crashed as readers attempted to visit the site.
The statement was also accompanied by a photograph of Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin, as well as advice on marriage, divorce and spiritualism from two doctors.
In a lengthy essay titled On Conscious Uncoupling, Dr. Habib Sadeghi and Dr. Sherry Sami wrote about divorce as “a traumatic and difficult decision for all parties involved”.
“By choosing to handle your uncoupling in a conscious way, regardless of what’s happening with your spouse, you’ll see that although it looks like everything is coming apart; it’s actually all coming back together,” they concluded.
The announcement comes after Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin moved to Los Angeles last year, having previously lived in London.
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Jennie Garth continues to open up about ending her marriage to Peter Facinelli, and how she eventually picked herself up again.
Jennie Garth, 41, told Access Hollywood in a March 6 interview: “I think that for anybody that’s going through bad times in their life, it’s really important to let yourself just fall apart – it’s the putting yourself back together that’s really important.”
“And [not] just being able to put yourself back together, but to pick up each piece of you and look at it and put it back the way you want it – and not just the way it went,” the actress continued.
“You know, kind of re-put yourself back together in a new way – [that’s] a good goal.”
Jennie Garth continues to open up about ending her marriage to Peter Facinelli
After announcing their separation in March 2012, Jennie Garth and Peter Facinelli, 38, finalized their divorce in June 2013 after 11 years of marriage.
Since then, Jennie Garth and Peter Facinelli have both stepped back into the dating game.
“I have been dating, yeah,” Jennie Garth told Access Hollywood.
“I’ve had some great experiences with some really great men.”
The actress recently split from boyfriend Michael Shimbo last November after several months of dating.
Jennie Garth has also been linked to photographer Noah Abrams and musician Jeremy Salken.
Peter Facinelli, meanwhile, has been dating Jaimie Alexander since November 2012.
Khloe Kardashian is reportedly filing for divorce from Lamar Odom after four years of marriage.
According to TMZ, Khloe Kardashian, 29, will be citing irreconcilable differences in her divorce papers.
Khloe Kardashian is reportedly filing for divorce from Lamar Odom after four years of marriage
The couple have been estranged for several months, thanks largely to revelations about Lamar Odom’s drug use.
Khloe Kardashian has not been photographed with her wedding ring since November 23, and has hinted at heartbreak in several recent posts on Instagram and Twitter.
Khloe Kardashian and Lamara Odom married in September 2009 after one month of dating.
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Khloe Kardashian has reportedly prepared divorce papers to end her marriage to Lamar Odom following secret talks with a lawyer, according to RadarOnline.com.
Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom’s 4-year marriage has been rocked by claims the ex-NBA star was unfaithful with at least three women.
Khloe Kardashian has reportedly prepared divorce papers to end her marriage to Lamar Odom
Twenty-nine-year-old graduate student Sandy Schultz was the third woman to come forward to expose her affair with Lamar Odom, 33, after accounts by mistresses Polina Polonsky and Jennifer Richardson.
Kim Kardashian, 29, has been on a roller coaster of emotions since Lamar Odom’s cheating and serial drug use was exposed.
At one point, Khloe Kardashian was so desperate to save her marriage that she considered getting pregnant as a last-ditch effort to stop Lamar Odom’s destructive behavior.
After Catherine Zeta-Jones turned up alone to the Red 2 premieres in Los Angeles and New York, the rumor mill went into overdrive that she’s getting a divorce from Michael Douglas after 13 years of marriage.
They’ve overcome Michael Douglas’ stage 4 cancer and her bipolar disorder but apparently they’re now calling it quits.
Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones divorce
“Michael and Catherine’s marriage is effectively over,” one close family insider told Star magazine.
“Michael is going to announce the split soon, but he wants to wait until after the Emmys in September.”
According to this insider: “Catherine is fighting to save the marriage but he’s had it.”
“Michael has been through so much in recent years. he feels that life is too short for all this misery – her wild rages, temper tantrums, mood swings, secret boozing and demanding ways!”
And considering Michael Douglas’ divorce to first wife Diandra in 2000 was one of the most expensive in Hollywood history, his split from Catherine Zeta-Jones could cost a lot of money. Star magazine are putting the couple’s joint worth at a cool $300 million.
Another source said: “It’s been a long, rocky road for Michael and Catherine, but it’s clear to every-one that the end is near.”
Meanwhile the National Enquirer reports that Michael Douglas, 68, and Catherine Zeta-Jones, 43, secretly split a year ago in a trial separation.
Brody Jenner and his strained relationship with stepmother Kris Jenner may have reached a new low point as he wants his father Bruce Jenner to divorce the momager of the Kardashian clan, according to new reports.
The tenuous relationship between Brody Jenner, 29, and Kris Jenner, 57, was apparent during a recent episode of Keeping Up With Kardashians in which the whole family went on a Greek vacation.
Now insiders claim relations between Brody Jenner and his stepmother have soured to the extent he want his father to divorce her, RadarOnline reports.
In Sunday’s episode, the Kardashian matriarch initially upset her stepson by failing to invite him on the Mykonos trip – saying he never responded to invitations – but later booked him a flight at Bruce Jenner’s request.
Brody Jenner has a strained relationship with stepmother Kris Jenner
A source told RadarOnline that Brody Jenner has grown used to being snubbed.
“Brody has had a lifetime of this and he holds Kris responsible for Bruce not being a bigger part of his life when he was a child,” a source told in an article published on Tuesday.
Brody Jenner “wishes his dad would just divorce Kris. Bruce and Kris are leading separate lives and don’t even share a bedroom together anymore”, the insider said.
“He has been spending a lot of time at his Malibu rental without Kris. Brody wants to be closer to his dad, but it’s very hard with Kris in the picture, because she always has to make everything about her,” the source added.
Elsewhere during Sunday’s episode, Kris Jenner told Brody during an awkward dinner at their ocean-view villa: “I’ve been trying to reach out to you and you don’t even respond.”
“I’ve got to give you my right info then,” Brody Jenner replied, claiming she must have the wrong number.
“I wouldn’t blatantly ignore you.”
Brody Jenner also expressed concerns over his father’s living arrangements as brother Brandon told him they no longer slept in the same room.
Pondering the sleeping arrangements at their Greek villa, Brandon Jenner said: “I wonder if Dad and Kris are going to share a room. They don’t share a room at home anymore.”
Brandon Jenner and his wife Leah explained that Bruce got a separate place to have his own space because he only had limited space at the family mansion.
“That sounds like a nightmare. Poor guy,” Brody Jenner replied.
Brody and Brandon are Bruce Jenner’s two sons from his former relationship with Linda Thompson.
Kim Kardashian gave birth to a healthy baby girl on Saturday, but the latest episode of her reality TV show proved her pregnancy was far from easy.
Kim Kardashian, 32, was rushed to the hospital after experiencing severe stomach pain in Sunday’s episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians.
Viewers saw distraught Kim Kardashian reduced to tears and in agony as she jetted into Los Angeles amid fears she had appendicitis.
And the pain was so extreme Kim Kardashian even said she did not want to go through another pregnancy.
“It was a really painful flight, it hurt so badly. I can hardly walk,” a tearful Kim told mother Kris Jenner on the show.
“I just don’t understand it just hurts so bad, it kills,” said Kim Kardashian as she was examined by her doctor.
“It feels like I am in labor. Why is this happening to me? I hate it, I can never do this again.”
Kim Kardashian was rushed to the hospital after experiencing severe stomach pain in Sunday’s episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians
But all was well as the doctor found the baby with a healthy heartbeat.
“I am just so relieved the baby is okay,” said Kim Kardashian.
After blood tests doctors told Kim Kardashian that she could have appendicitis and that she might face a risky operation.
But a second battery of tests revealed that she just had a stomach infection.
“For her to be in this much pain scares me so much. I want her to relish this pregnancy it is the most amazing experience and I feel she is just not having that yet,” said Kris Jenner.
“If labor is worse than this I will hang myself, I will literally take a knife and s**t my throat” said Kim Kardashian.
In the episode Kim Kardashian finally managed to get her deposition done for her divorce to Kris Humphries.
“My divorce has definitely been dragging on for a while now and Kanye and I want it to be done by the time the baby gets here,” admitted a frustrated Kim Kardashian.
“I really do not want to be married while I give birth to our baby. I have been trying to get it done for a year-and-a-half now.
“I am just so bothered and sad over this situation.”
Before her deposition Kim Kardashian revealed she still cares about Kris Humphries, despite not talking him for so long.
“At our lunch break I am going to want to talk to him and say: <<It literally never had to get like this>>,” said Kim Kardashian.
“I like, loved you, I still do, you were a big part of my life. But you know we are not meant to be together, you weren’t happy, I wasn’t happy, we should have never rushed into it. It doesn’t mean we can’t like be friends.”
“I have not spoken to Kris for a year and a half, I am anxious see Kris, I hope this will maybe give him and I an understanding of his feelings and my feelings as we have not spoken in so long.”
But Kris Humphries did not show up and Kim Kardashian was “relieved” she was moving forward with the divorce.
Tony Blair strongly denied outrageous internet rumors today linking him with the divorce of Rupert Murdoch and Wendi Deng.
The internet was awash with unfounded suggestions that the former British Prime Minister may have been romantically involved with 44-year-old Wendi Deng, who is a close friend.
The feverish speculation followed a Twitter claim by BBC business editor Robert Peston, who has close links with Murdoch empire insiders, that he had been “told that undisclosed reasons for Murdoch divorcing Deng are jaw-dropping – & hate myself for wanting to know what they are”.
The rumors are understood to have been emphatically rejected by Tony Blair aides as untrue – either now or in the past – and also as highly defamatory.
A spokesman for Tony Blair told the Hollywood Reporter: “If you are asking if they are having an affair, the answer is no.”
The spokesman said Tony Blair would not be making a public comment on the divorce himself.
With no explanation forthcoming from the Murdoch camp, rumors started flying within hours of the bombshell news that the media tycoon had filed for divorce in a New York court, ending his 14 years marriage to his third wife.
It is no secret that the ambitious Wendi Deng and Tony Blair are good friends. He is godfather to Grace, her older child with 82-year-old Rupert Murdoch.
Rupert Murdoch biographer Michael Wolff described Tony Blair as “one of Wendi’s first official social conquests” and suggested that the former prime minister had seen her as a key link in his efforts to woo her politically powerful husband.
Rupert Murdoch, who is estimated to be worth nearly $11 billion, cited as grounds for the divorce “that the relationship has broken down irretrievably”.
Tony Blair strongly denied outrageous internet rumors today linking him with the divorce of Rupert Murdoch and Wendi Deng
Insiders said the marriage has actually been strained for years. Some pointed to an article in the New York Times last year in which Wendi Deng’s friends admitted the Murdochs were living “largely separate lives” as she looked after their two children and played the socialite while her husband ran his huge media business.
They reportedly came close to splitting up as long ago as 2006 when Wendi Deng reacted with fury to Rupert Murdoch’s decision that their two young daughters, Grace and Chloe, would not have the same say over the running of the family media empire as his children from previous marriages.
Rupert Murdoch’s biographer Neil Chenoweth suggested that the media mogul had planned the divorce as long ago as February after the death of his mother two months earlier gave him extra shares in the family business that he could use to pay off his wife.
In the same month, observers of the couple at the Oscars saw a noticeable change in Wendi Deng’s behavior towards her husband.
“She was snippy with him during the Oscar weekend and she’s really impatient with him these days,” a source at the time told Deadline Hollywood, a film industry website which first reported the divorce.
Michael Wolff recalled reports that Rupert Murdoch told his oldest son, Lachlan, some years ago that he had concluded that marrying the fiery Wendi Deng was a “mistake”.
Other sources claimed the workaholic Rupert Murdoch was more concerned with the imminent division of his media empire into publishing and entertainment arms than with his split from his wife.
Although the couple have a pre-nuptial agreement which should ensure that the Murdoch business empire is not affected by the split, their settlement will have to sort out what happens to their seven homes.
They include a Manhattan apartment Rupert Murdoch bought for $45 million, a 16-acre vineyard in Los Angeles, a flat in London’s Mayfair, an 11-bedroom house in Beverly Hills and a period house outside the Forbidden City in Beijing.
The Wall Street Journal reported in 2000 that Wendi Deng helped break up the marriage of an American couple, Jake and Joyce Cherry, who had befriended her.
In 1988, they arranged for Wendi Deng, then aged 19, to leave China for Los Angeles to learn English.
Wendi Deng reportedly ran off with 53-year-old Jake Cherry and later married him, enabling her to get a “green card” to work in the US. The marriage soon ended after Jake Cherry discovered Wendi Deng was spending time with a man nearly half his age, said the Journal.
Rupert Murdoch and his Chinese-born third wife, Wendi Deng, married on June 25, 1999, just 17 days after his divorce from Anna Maria Torv, to whom he was married for 32 years.
Rupert Murdoch married his first wife, a flight attendant named Patricia Booker, in 1956 and they had a daughter, Prudence, in 1958 before divorcing in 1967. That same year, Rupert Murdoch married Anna Maria Torv, a journalist working for The Daily Telegraph in Sydney, and they went on to have three children: Elisabeth, Lachland and James.
After three decades, Rupert Murdoch and Anna Maria Torv divorced in 1999, with Anna receiving a record settlement of $1.7 billion in assets. She blamed their divorce on Rupert Murdoch’s affair with Wendi Deng, an employee of his Hong Kong-based company Star TV, and “his determination to continue with that. I thought we had a wonderful, happy marriage. Obviously, we didn’t,’ she said, calling him ‘extremely hard, ruthless”.
The marriage to Rupert Murdoch was not the first for Wendi Deng either; her tangled love life was revealed by the Wall Street Journal in 2000.
Growing up as the daughter of a factory worker in Guangzhou in southern China, Wendi Deng’s childhood was a far cry from the opulence she enjoys today. She lived in a modest home but worked hard at school, where she was a champion volleyball player.
While studying at a medical college, Wendi Deng met an American couple, Jake and Joyce Cherry, who had been temporarily relocated to the country to work on a factory. She learned English from the couple and they ultimately sponsored her to travel to the U.S. when she was 19 to take classes at California State University.
But Joyce Cherry soon learned Wendi Deng was having an affair with Jake Cherry, who was three decades her senior, the Wall Street Journal reported. She ordered the girl out of her home and Jake Cherry followed closely behind. He divorced his wife and married Wendi Deng, who was 22.
But they too divorced after Jake Cherry learned Wendi Deng was spending time with a man named David Wolf.
After achieving her MBA from Yale, Wendi Deng joined the Murdoch-owned Star TV in Hong Kong as an intern in 1996.
Rupert Murdoch and Wendi Deng married on June 25, 1999, just 17 days after his divorce from Anna Maria Torv
While his company has claimed that Rupert Murdoch and Wendi Deng met after his separation from his second wife, Anna, sources told the New York Times last year that they met months before in a question session at Star TV.
It was there Wendi Deng stood up and asked: “Why is your China strategy so bad?”
But Wendi Deng was not satisfied with Rupert Murdoch’s answer and after the meeting, she spoke to him further and they discussed media and business, the New York Times reported.
In a biography, Rupert Murdoch explained that he met her “casually once or twice” during meetings at Star TV. He claimed their first date was in June 1998 in London, when Wendi Deng traveled to the city with colleagues from Star.
“I was a recently separated, lonely man, and I said, <<Let’s go out to dinner one night>>, and I talked her into staying in London a couple of extra days – and that was the start of it,” Rupert Murdoch said.
The couple’s wedding ceremony, attended by 81 guests, took place aboard a yacht in the New York Harbor. They went on to have two children: Grace, born in 2001, and Chloe, born in 2003.
The New York Times profile piece noted that while Rupert Murdoch transformed following their marriage – hair dye, Prada suits, workouts – Wendi Deng was also very much changed.
While Wendi Deng once never wore makeup and would try to get dresses on the cheap, she was soon traveling around the world with her husband, stocking up on expensive homeware and bedecking herself in designer gowns and jewelry. Friends noted that she has remained the same brash, confident person throughout, however.
Wendi Deng and Rupert Murdoch’s relationship has not been entirely smooth. In 2006, Rupert Murdoch declared in a television interview that his daughters with Wendi Deng would not have the same voting rights as his children from previous marriages.
His wife was enraged and friends told the Times Wendi Deng threatened to leave him – but they worked through it.
The piece noted that the couple were living “largely separate lives” as Rupert Murdoch struggled to deal with the News of the World phone hacking scandal in London.
Wendi Deng’s defensiveness of her husband became apparent when she famously protected him from a pie-throwing activist during a hacking hearing in London two years ago.
Wendi Deng, showing her athleticism that harked back to her volleyball days, lunged at the attacker to smack him across the head.
With a net worth of $11.2 billion, Rupert Murdoch’s divorce from Wendi Deng could be the most expensive ever.
Rupert Murdoch was married three times and his split from second wife, of 32 years, Anna Murdoch, in 1999, is currently the world’s biggest.
Anna Murdoch received $1.7 billion of his assets – including $110 million in cash, according to ABC news.
The second most expensive divorce was in 2008, when Formula One tycoon Bernie Ecclestone settled with Slavica for $1.2 billion.
Australia-born Rupert Murdoch took residence in the U.S. in 1974 and became a naturalized American citizen in 1985, based in New York City.
Rupert Murdoch and Wendi Deng filed for their divorce at the New York State Supreme Court this morning. It is not clear which of them will move out of their Upper East Side apartment.
As well as New York being their main residence, Rupert Murdoch and Wendi Deng may have filed their petition in the city because it’s “a place where prenups are generally given a significant amount of presumptive validity by the courts”, Bernard Clair, an established Manhattan divorce lawyer not involved in the Murdoch case, told NBC.
The issue of such validity would arise if the agreement was challenged in court.
With a net worth of $11.2 billion, Rupert Murdoch’s divorce from Wendi Deng could be the most expensive ever
Entering into a prenup has long been an option in the U.S. and all states recognize premarital agreements through statutes or court decisions.
Such agreements have only recently become legally enforceable in Australia, since 2000; and prenups first became legally recognized in Britain in 2010.
A pre-nuptial agreement is a contract entered into before marriage which specifies property and financial distribution in the event that the marriage terminates.
In the case of the Murdochs, the education and upbringing of the children born to the couple will also be an issue, as they have two daughters together – Grace, 11 and Chloe, 9.
Rupert Murdoch and Wendi Deng had a pre-nup agreement and have held shares in trust for their children, so the divorce is unlikely to lessen the media mogul’s grip on his media empire.
Under the property distribution laws in many states, a spouse who brings a large amount of cash, property, and other financial holdings to a marriage and makes them part of the marital estate may lose much of that property to the other spouse upon divorce.
Therefore, a spouse who brings substantially more money or property to a marriage may want a premarital agreement to protect some or all of those assets if the marriage fails.
Rupert Murdoch’s marriage to his first wife, Patricia Booker, a former shop assistant and flight attendant from Melbourne, lasted from 1956 to 1967.
They had one daughter, Prudence, in 1958. It is not clear what settlement they reached.
New reports claim the reason Rupert Murdoch has filed for divorce from his wife of 14 years Wendi Deng is a “jaw-dropping” one.
Since news emerged of the media tycoon’s decision, Twitter has been awash with speculation about why the 82-year-old is splitting up with his third wife.
BBC financial correspondent Robert Peston, who is said to be a close friends with some key Rupert Murdoch staffers, hinted at a shocking reason writing on his Twitter page: “Undisclosed reasons for Murdoch divorcing Deng are jaw-dropping.”
Later several US websites began carrying a denial of one of the astonishing theories that emerged from the Twitter rumor mill and which was unsupported by any evidence.
Rupert Murdoch’s biographer, Michael Wolff, added to the speculation writing on his Twitter account: “I’m hearing the WHY, the big reveal, the scandal details, could come tomorrow.”
“I think he genuinely loved her,” Michael Wolff told the Guardian.
“Everyone is wondering what went wrong.”
The News Corp chairman and CEO married Wendi Deng, 44, in 1999 after meeting at a party in Hong Kong two years prior.
Wendi Deng is most famously known for punching a man who threw a pie at Rupert Murdoch over the phone hacking scandal during a British parliamentary committee.
British media reported there is not only a pre-nuptial agreement, but also two further “post-nups” in 2002 and 2004. The divorce will not have any real effect on News Corporation.
Rupert Murdoch and Wendi Deng 1999 marriage came 17 days after his divorce from ex-wife Anna Maria Torv Murdoch Mann was finalized, which was one of the most expensive in history at $1.7 billion.
Court papers state “the relationship has been irretrievably broken for the last six months”.
Rupert Murdoch and Wendi Deng lived in a $44 million Fifth Avenue penthouse previously owned by Laurance S. Rockefeller and have an impressive portfolio of homes in Los Angeles, London, Canberra, Australia, Carmel, California, and Centre Island, New York.
The Murdochs would have celebrated their fourteenth wedding anniversary in less than a fortnight.
A source told the Mail: “This divorce is no surprise, it’s been on the cards for a while. Wendi and Rupert have been living separate lives. She’s a New York fixture and is interested in her own career.”
Ira E. Garr of the law firm Garr Silpe is representing Rupert Murdoch in the divorce. He has represented Ivana Trump in the past.
Rupert Murdoch and Wendi Deng, who married on a private yacht in 1999, have two children, Grace, 11, and Chloe, 9, to whom Wendi Deng admits to being a disciplinarian mother.
According to the Guardian, the pair has filed for joint custody of their children.
The reason Rupert Murdoch has filed for divorce from Wendi Deng is reported to be jaw-dropping
It appears also that Wendi Deng has no voting stock in News Corp.
Though their two daughters have financial shares in the family trust, they do not have voting shares.
Rupert Murdoch’s older children by his previous wives have the holding rights. He and second wife Anna had three children – Lachlan, James and Elisabeth.
The couple are said to have clashed over this in 2006 after Rupert Murdoch said in an interview that Grace and Chloe would be on a level footing in terms of the family’s economic trust with his children from his previous marriages, but they would not have the same voting rights.
They are said to have eventually come to a more acceptable agreement.
In 2012, Wendi Deng was profiled in a New York Times story which claimed the couple were leading “largely separate lives and sleeping in separate bedrooms”, a far cry from the show of unity just one year earlier when Deng leaped to the defense of her husband during a grueling question and answering session in British Parliament, punching a protestor who tried to throw a cream pie in his face.
Wendi Deng’s actions seemed to give their marriage legitimacy, as she was previously thought to merely be a “gold-digger” and “trophy wife”.
Rupert Murdoch’s net worth was listed at $11.2 billion by Forbes in March, ranking him 33rd on the U.S. billionaire’s list.
His last divorce, from Scottish-born Anna Murdoch, after 32 years of marriage, cost him £1 billion ($1.6 billion).
However, Wendi Deng may be able to demand a larger settlement because she has been actively involved in the Murdoch business in China, where she is chief of strategy for its social networking site MySpace.
The divorce papers were filed at the New York state supreme court in Manhattan yesterday morning.
Wendi Deng was credited with rejuvenating the 82-year-old News Corporation founder, chairman and CEO, transforming his wardrobe and introducing him to a new group of younger friends in the new media world, including Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.
She is reportedly the daughter of a factory director who grew up in the eastern Chinese city of Xuzhou in 1968.
Wendi Deng left for the U.S. when she was 19-years-old to study and worked in a Chinese restaurant in California before going on to graduate from Yale University in 1996.
While studying at a medical college, she met an American couple, Jake and Joyce Cherry, who had been temporarily relocated to the country to work on a factory.
Wendi Deng learned English from the couple and they ultimately sponsored her to travel to the US when she was 19 to take classes at California State University.
But Joyce Cherry soon learned Wendi Deng was having an affair with Jake Cherry, who was three decades her senior, the Wall Street Journal reported in 2000.
Joyce Cherry ordered the girl out of her home and Jake Cherry followed closely behind. He divorced his wife and married Wendi Deng, who was 22.
But they too divorced after he learned Wendi Deng was spending time with a man named David Wolf.
Soon after, Wendi Deng was employed as an intern by Star TV, News Corp’s Asian satellite-television operation in Hong Kong, where she met Rupert Murdoch during one of his visits.
Wendi Deng approached Rupert Murdoch and asked: “Why is your China strategy so bad?”
After the meeting, they discussed media and business, the New York Times reported.
In a biography, Rupert Murdoch explained that he met Wendi Deng “casually once or twice” during meetings at Star TV. Their first date was in June 1998 in London, when she traveled to the city with colleagues from Star.
At News Corp, Wendi Deng was involved in the conglomerate’s Chinese interests and Internet and film ventures, and she produced the 2011 feature Snow Flower and the Secret Fan for Fox Searchlight pictures. This was largely eclipsed when the phone-hacking scandal emerged.
Wendi Deng was described by friends in a New York Times article last year like someone who is a world-class networker, collecting powerful friends and brokering connections.
She would host annual dinner parties with powerful women, hosts book parties for friends, and regularly holds get-togethers.
The same article, from June 2012, said the Murdochs had grown to live largely separate lives, with Wendi Deng taking the girls to piano lessons and attending red-carpet galas, and Rupert Murdoch dealing with the phone-hacking scandal that was unfolding in Britain at the time.
The filing comes just days before the split of News Corp into two companies, one for its entertainment assets and the other for its publishing business.
It was not immediately clear whether the divorce and the company split were connected in any way, though analysts said the end of the Murdochs’ marriage was unlikely to have an effect on the corporate separation.
“I doubt it has a substantial impact on the spin,” said Gabelli & Co. analyst Brett Harriss.
“Given that it’s his third wife, I see it unlikely that he didn’t plan for this contingency.”
News Corp shares were unchanged in midday trading.
Rupert Murdoch controls 40% of the voting shares of News Corp through a separate family trust.
Wendi Deng and Rupert Murdoch’s children are having shares currently worth around $270 million.
Rupert Murdoch handed each of his six children $100 million in shares in February 2007 and another $60 million nine months later.
Vladimir Putin and his wife Lyudmila Putina have announced that they have separated and their marriage is over.
The 60-year-old Russian president and his 55-year-old wife broke the news of the end of the 29-year marriage in an obviously staged TV interview after a night at the ballet that made no mention of Vladimir Putin’s alleged mistress, former Olympic gymnast Alina Kabaeva, 30.
Asked on Rossiya-24 television about longstanding rumors that the Putins no longer lived together, Vladimir Putin said: “That is true.”
Lyudmila Putina said it had been “our common decision. And our marriage is over due to the fact that we barely see each other”.
Asked whether they were divorced, Lyudmila Putina said it was a “civilized divorce”.
But neither clarified whether they were legally divorced and Vladimir Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said he did not know.
The obviously staged interview made no mention of Alina Kabayeva, a 30-year-old former gymnast who is rumored to have been Vladimir Putin’s mistress for years.
Alina Kabaeva, who is alleged to have given birth to Vladimir Putin’s lovechild, is now a politician after retiring from a glittering career in gymnastics in which she represented her country at the Olympics twice.
Rumors about Vladimir Putin’s alleged affair with Alina Kabaeva first surfaced five years ago when a Russian newspaper owned by the oligarch Alexander Lebedev reported that Putin wanted to marry his gymnast mistress.
Vladimir Putin angrily denied the story, and the newspaper was closed down shortly afterwards, which many attributed to Putin’s rage. Further stories later emerged claiming that Alina Kabaeva had had a baby by the president, but both sides denied them.
Vladimir Putin and Lyudmila Putina had last been seen in public together at Putin’s inauguration to his third presidential term on May 7, 2012.
Married just a few weeks short of 30 years, the Putins announced the decision on state television after attending a ballet performance Thursday evening in the Kremlin.
Lyudmila Putina has rarely been seen in public during her husband’s long tenure at the top of Russian politics.
Alina Kabaeva, who is alleged to have given birth to Vladimir Putin’s lovechild, is now a politician after retiring from a glittering career in gymnastics in which she represented Russia at the Olympics twice
“I don’t like publicity and flying is difficult for me,” she said.
In the televised announcement of their divorce, Vladimir Putin appeared reserved and Lyudmila Putina smiled tentatively.
“We practically never saw each other. To each his own life,” Vladimir Putin said.
Lyudmila Putina said: “We will eternally be very close people. I’m thankful … that he supports me.”
There were no immediate indications of how the move would be perceived by the public. Divorce is common in Russia, and nearly 700,000 pairs dissolved their marriages in 2009, according to UNICEF.
Russian leaders, unlike their counterparts in the West, generally keep their personal lives well out of public view. Mikhail Gorbachev’s wife Raisa raised many Russians’ hackles by her visibility, flair for fashionable dress and forthright comments.
But Vladimir Putin also has made a point of supporting traditional social values and appearing at holiday masses of the Orthodox Church.
The church permits divorce under some circumstances; it is not clear if the Putins sought pastoral advice or permission before the split.
The couple, who married in 1983 and have two daughters, recently attracted attention after they were never seen in public together.
An official family portrait has been issued, and photographs of their daughters Maria, 27, and Yekaterina, 26, have never been printed by the Russian media.
In April speculation was mounting as to why the first lady of Russia was rarely seen by the president’s side.
Unfounded rumors suggested Vladimir Putin had an affair with spy-turned-lingerie model Anna Chapman, which has been strongly denied, was behind the former Aeroflot-hostess’ disappearance from public view.
In October 2010 the Putins tried to quell rumors they had divorced by posing for pictures as they jointly answered questions for the national census.
Vladimir Putin has been a constant fixture in leading the country.
He was re-elected to the role of President in May last year, and he previously held the post from 2000 to 2008.
In between his these offices, Vladimir Putin was Prime Minister of Russia from 1999 to 2000 and again from 2008 to 2012.
The Russian office of first lady demands the attendance of many official ceremonies and functions of state – either by the side of the president or to represent him.
Russia heavily frowns upon the First Lady holding outside employment while occupying the office.
Vladimir Putin and his wife Lyudmila Putina have announced their marriage is over.
The Russian president and his wife, who had been married for 30 years, made their divorce public on Russian state television after attending a ballet performance.
“It was a joint decision: we hardly see each other, each of us has our own life”, Vladimir Putin said.
Lyudmila Aleksandrovna Putina had rarely been seen in public in recent months, prompting much speculation in Russian media.
She is known to dislike publicity, and told the TV reporter that flying was difficult for her.
The divorce was “civilized” and the couple would “always remain close”, she said.
“I am very grateful to Vladimir… that he still supports me. And the children, he really cares for them and the children feel this,” Lyudmila Putina added.
Vladimir Putin confirmed on TV that the two were no longer living together.
Vladimir Putin and his wife Lyudmila Putina have announced their marriage is over
Vladimir Putin and Lyudmila Shkrebneva were married in 1983. They have two daughters, Maria and Yekaterina, both in their 20s.
“Our children have grown up; they have their own lives,” Lyudmila Putina added.
She and Vladimir Putin were last seen together at his inauguration for his third term as president on 7 May 2012.
Neither clarified whether or not their marriage had been legally dissolved.
Vladimir Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said: “They separated a long time ago. I don’t know if the divorce has been formalized but I can confirm that we are talking about a civilized divorce.”
The announcement came after the couple had gone to see the ballet Esmeralda at the Kremlin Palace – they left after the first act.
Thursday’s announcement confirms what had been rumored for years, that the Putins were having marital problems.
But the news has still come as a shock to many Russians, who are not used to their leaders getting divorced.
The Putins’ marriage has been the subject of speculation before.
In 2008, Vladimir Putin denied rumors that he had secretly divorced and was planning to remarry former Olympic gymnast Alina Kabayeva.
Real Housewives of Atlanta star Porsha Stewart says her divorce was such a surprise that she found out about it on Twitter even though she was still living with her estranged husband, Kordell Stewart.
After watching herself defend Kordell Stewart on part three of The Real Housewives of Atlanta reunion, Porsha took the chair on Watch What Happens Live to dish all about the breakdown on the marriage.
Porsha Stewart revealed that they’re still living together but horribly, they no longer speak at all.
“I’m blessed. I’m good. I’m here, I’m standing and I’m just being strong right now,” Porsha Stewart said positively as she began her chat.
The reality star then recalled the first moment she knew she was getting divorced after said she got a phone call from her sister, telling her to check Twitter.
“I thought, <<this is just a crazy joke!>>” Porsha Stewart, who had thought that the couple were working it through, said.
“I asked my husband … had he filed, and just a long story short, I felt very disappointed and let down,” the reality star told presenter Andy Cohen.
“When I got married, I meant it for life. … I was heartbroken,” Porsha Stewart added before explaining that she still lives with Kordell.
Porsha Stewart says her divorce was such a surprise that she found out about it on Twitter even though she was still living with her estranged husband, Kordell Stewart
But it doesn’t sound like much of a choice, as she added: “It’s a difficult situation right now. It’s something I did not want at all.”
“What you saw on the reunion was a wife trying her last try,” Porsha Stewart said.
“When you’ve made a vow to that man and that child in your home, you owe him that. … It was a betrayal I suffered from, and that’s something I’ll have to move on with.”
Former NFL quarterback Kordell Stewart, 40, lodged legal papers at Fulton County Superior Court in Georgia on March 22, TMZ reports.
Just three months ago Real Housewives Of Atlanta Porsha Stewart, the granddaughter of civil-rights leader Hosea Williams, defended her husband during a radio interview when asked about rumors he was gay.
Power 105 FM’s Breakfast Club host Charlemagne Tha God asked Porsha Stewart in the December exchange: “You know there were a lot of gay rumors about Kordell at one point. He [allegedly] got caught in the park in Pittsburgh and the police didn’t want to turn him in because he was a star quarterback.”
Porsha Stewart responded: “I don’t know any details of all that. There’s lies out there on the Internet about all kinds of celebrities.
“One thing I do [know] is my husband loves me, and he puts it down and I will be with him forever. He’s more man to me than I have ever met.”
Porsha and Kordell Stewart married on May 21, 2011. Early in 2012 Porsha suffered a miscarriage due to uterine fibroids.
In the divorce documents, Kordell Stewart says the marriage is “irretrievably broken” and that they separated, according to TMZ.
He also says there are no marital assets to be divided, suggesting a prenuptial was signed, writing: “[She’s] an able-bodied person, earning income and is capable of supporting herself.”
Kordell Stewart, who is now a radio sports talkshow co-host with Atlanta’s WZGC 92.9 The Game, has a son Syre from a previous relationship with Tania Richardson.
Tom Cruise has made his first comments about his divorce from Katie Holmes last year during an interview with a German television.
Tom Cruise, 50, admitted: “I did not expect that.”
The actor added: “Life is a challenge. You are 50 and you think you have everything in order and suddenly it hits you, that’s what life is all about.”
Tom Cruise has made his first comments about his divorce from Katie Holmes last year during an interview with a German television
Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, 34, split last June just five days before the actor’s 50th birthday.
He said it gave him “an incredible amount of time to reflect” as he celebrated the milestone.
Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes entered negotiations almost straight away and last month a settlement was agreed with Katie being given primary custody of their 6-year-old daughter, Suri, and Tom getting extensive visitation rights.
Neither couple have ever given a reason for the split but rumors persist Katie Holmes was unhappy with the control the religion Scientology had over the family.
Tom Cruise said getting stuck into work helped him get over the heartbreaking split.
“Life is like a tragic comedy, you need a sense of humor,” he said.
The actor also spoke about doing his own action stunts in his latest $120 million sci-fi blockbuster Oblivion.
“I have done white water rafting, I dipped, with the snowmobile on the glaciers, drove around and climbed mountains.”
Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes married in a lavish ceremony in Italy in November 2006 after a starting a very public whirlwind romance in April 2005.
Suri Cruise was born in April 2006 and played a star role in their nuptials.
Tom Cruise was previously married to Mimi Rogers and Nicole Kidman, with whom he has two adopted children, Isabella, 19, and 17-year-old Connor.
Tom Cruise’s new movie, Oblivion, which also stars Olga Kurylenko and Morgan Freeman, opens across America on April 19.
Actress Ashley Judd and her husband Dario Franchitti have announced their split after 12 years of marriage.
Ashley Judd, 44, and Scottish racing driver Dario Franchitti, 39, announced they were ending their marriage in a joint statement on Tuesday.
They told People.com: “We have mutually decided to end our marriage.
“We’ll always be family and continue to cherish our relationship based on the special love, integrity, and respect we have always enjoyed.”
A spokesman for Ashley Judd stressed that their decision to split was a mutual one, not one-sided.
Ashley Judd and her husband Dario Franchitti have announced their split after 12 years of marriage
Ashley Judd and Dario Franchitti tied the knot in December 2001 in Scotland in a private ceremony.
The actress’s sister, Wynonna, was the maid of honor while Dario’s borther Mario was the best man.
The couple got engaged in December 1999, while he was driving in the Champ Car World Series.
Since the demise of the contest Dario Franchitti went on to race for IndyCar and NASCAR.
They divided their time between Scotland and Tennessee, where they had a farm.
Ashley Judd and Dario Franchitti did not have any children together.
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