After 18 years of marriage, Kevin Costner and Christine Baumgartner are calling it quits.
The pair tied the knot back in 2004, and share three children together, aged 12, 14, and 15.
Baumgartner reportedly cited ‘irreconcilable difference’ as the reason for the divorce, although the exact cause is still unknown.
“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,” Costner’s representative told Fox News.
“We ask that his, Christine’s and their children’s privacy be respected as they navigate this difficult time.”
According to a document by Costner’s attorney, Baumgartner is not requesting spousal support and will be ‘payable to petitioner pursuant to the terms of the parties’ Premarital Agreement’ they are also reportedly seeking shared custody of their children.
In 2003, the pair briefly split up, allegedly due to a disagreement over having more children, as Costner was hesitant about having more children. Despite this, they got back together before being married a year later.
The 68-year-old had previously discussed how the epidemic had strengthened their marriage, opening up in an interview with People magazine back in 2020.
“Our partnership has really come into focus about what we do for each other and how we deal with our family,” he said, adding: “Our house is like a river: You’ve just got to get into the flow of it… And whatever you thought it was going to be, maybe it still can, but it’s going to have to work with what the day brings.”
Dozens of fans have spoken out about the sad news online, with one writing: “That sucks, it seems like she wanted him home more, and he’s at one of the highlights of his career with Yellowstone, looks like he will have to continue on the show to pay the spousal support she’s going to end up wanting.”
While another said: “Probably because of the rumours that Costner is leaving Yellowstone,.. I’d file for divorce also.”
“Some people are never happy, I (We) don’t know the reason as to why this has come about but I hope that it all works out right for him. And she wanted children when he didn’t but he did go with it, makes you wonder why and how long this plan has been in the making, could make a good serial !!!!” a third speculated.
This follows rumours that the actor’s popular television series may terminate after five seasons.
As he concentrates on Horizon, a movie he co-wrote and will direct, Costner reportedly had little time for filming.
This supposedly led to the actor asking to film his sequences for the second half of Yellowstone season five over the course of a week in order to accommodate his next project, but this request was reportedly denied.
And since then, Paramount has issued a statement debunking these rumours.
A spokesperson said: “We have no news to report. Kevin Costner is a big part of Yellowstone and we hope that’s the case for a long time to come.
“Thanks to the brilliant mind of Taylor Sheridan, we are always working on franchise expansions of this incredible world he has built.”