Yellowstone star Kevin Costner and his wife of nearly 19 years are divorcing. The news came as a shock to Costner who is currently busy working on his upcoming directorial project Horizon, a western movie.
However, people close to the couple say Christine Baumgartner, who was the one to file for divorce, allegedly warned her husband that she would leave him had he continued be absent from home because of work.
Apparently, Costner’s absence was ‘hard’ for Baumgartner who wanted him to spend more time at home with his family in Santa Barbara.
“During filming, Kevin is not around very much. His absence has been very hard for her,” a source reportedly said. Another insider reported that while Costner was aware that his wife was not happy in their marriage, her filing for divorce was nonetheless a shock to him.
“Christine doesn’t want him to throw himself into another project. He has been obsessed with filming Horizon since last year. She wasn’t happy about it,” a source reported.
“At times, his career has taken precedence over his home life,” another source added.
“All of this success and excitement over the new project probably took his attention away from his family more than he realized. Since it didn’t look like that would change and likely could get worse, it caused tension at home,” the source added.
The couple started dating back in 2000 and tied the knot some four years later, sharing three kids together, all under aged. This isn’t Costner’s first marriage. Previously, he was married to his college sweetheart Cindy Silva. During his beginnings as an actor, Silva supported his dream of becoming a star by working various jobs, including that of Snow White in Disneyland. However, as his career progressed, she wasn’t comfortable with him shooting steamy scenes with female co-workers. There were also rumors of alleged affairs, and the couple split eventually.
It was a nasty divorce which led for one of the most famous celebrities to experience loneliness for a long period of time.
Well, until he met Baumgartner. The couple first dated and split because Costner didn’t want to have more children, to which the former model said, “I’m going to wait for you, but not long. When you come to your senses, come back to me’” and he did.
Not that this marriage has also come to an end, a representative of the actor said, “It is with great sadness that circumstances beyond his control have transpired which have resulted in Mr. Costner having to participate in a dissolution of marriage action.
“We ask that his, Christine’s and their children’s privacy be respected as they navigate this difficult time,” the statement further read.
Reports are that Baumgartner has not filed for spousal support. Costner’s response has been filed by Laura Wasser. “Spousal support to be payable to petitioner pursuant to the terms of the parties’ Premarital Agreement,” Wasser added, indicating that there is a pre-nuptial agreement between both parties.
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