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Celebrity divorces: “Thank you for respecting our privacy”

When announcing their imminent divorce or separation on social media, celebrities often sign off with this catch-all phrase. It’s also usually preceded with a comment about the couple’s children and the parents’ role in their lives.

We take a look at celebrities who have announced their divorces in 2021, and what they have said about their co-parenting plans, before requesting their privacy.

Ioan Gruffudd and Alice Evans

X-Men star Ioan Gruffudd filed for divorce at the start of March 2021 from his wife of almost 20 years, Alice Evans. She wrote in a since-deleted tweet that Gruffudd had:

“Announced he is to leave his family, starting next week. Me and our young girls are very confused and sad.”

Evans has been quite outspoken about her distress at the news, and how it might affect the future lives of their two young daughters, Ella and Elsie.

“I’m scared that my little girls will be disappointed by their Dad’s behavior and model that in their future relations with the opposite sex.”

In a long Instagram posts, she also claimed that she had showed her daughter the news who had:

“Ran away screaming, saying, ‘No! No! My daddy would never do that to my Mommy.’”

However, their joint statement was less emotive:

“As you can imagine, this is an incredibly difficult time for our family and we remain committed to our children. Thank you for respecting our privacy."

 

Kim Kardashian & Kanye West

The power couple filed for divorce in mid-February, having been married since 2014. They have four children aged under seven: daughters North and Chicago, and sons Saint and Psalm. People magazine reported that the couple:

“Are in agreement over joint legal and physical custody, neither is contesting the prenup in place, negotiations have progressed and they are nearing a settlement.”

According to Glamour magazine:

“The former couple is reportedly very much on the same page when it comes to co-parenting their kids. Page Six’s source said … that Kim “leaves the house and he arrives and hangs out with the kids,” while a source told People that “Kanye has been spending time with all the kids. A nanny is around during the visits. Kim has not been around for the visits, at Kanye’s request.””

LeToya Luckett & Tommicus Walker

Former Destiny’s Child singer Luckett and Texan entrepreneur Walker announced their divorce after being married for three years. Their Instagram post revealed that:

“After very prayerful consideration, Tommicus and I have decided to get a divorce…. It is my deepest desire for us to be loving co-parents and keep a peaceful environment out of respect for our children. Please understand our need for privacy. Thank you in advance for your prayers, support & space to heal as we tread through this challenging time.”

 

Blair Underwood and Desiree DaCosta

The LA Law star and wife Desiree DaCosta were much more effusive in announcing their divorce after 27 years of marriage on Instagram.

“Our proudest achievements are our three incredible children … We continue to be awed & humbled by the blessings of parenting. We have always put their best interests first and will continue to do so. We will continue to be the best of friends and co-parents and have the utmost respect for one another as we embark upon this new chapter of our lives, separately.”

 

Children are the priority

In all separations, the welfare of minor children is the priority both for LGFL as family lawyers, and for the family court as well. It is good to see that divorcing celebrity parents are also keen to make co-parenting work, despite the very public nature of their separation. As with all matters celebrity, however, it’s what happens once the spotlight is turned off that counts, and delivering in everyday life on your Instagram promises.

 

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