Comedian Chris Rock and his wife Malaak Compton-Rock are divorcing after 19 years of marriage. The couple has two daughters together.
Rock’s attorney, Robert S. Cohen, confirmed the couple’s split in a press release on Sunday.
“Chris Rock has filed for divorce from his wife, Malaak,” Cohen said. “This is a personal matter and Chris requests privacy as he and Malaak work through this process and focus on their family.”
You may recall there were whispers of Rock’s infidelities with numerous women — which Malaak was apparently aware of, but she stayed with him for the sake of their children.
“After much contemplation and 19 years of marriage, Chris and I have decided to go our separate ways,” Malaak Compton-Rock, 45, said in a statement Sunday. “Being fortunate enough to lead a life of service by working with those most vulnerable makes me well aware of life’s blessings, even when faced with difficulties.
She added: “While recognizing that this is a significant change, my children remain at the center of my life and their well-being is my top priority. It is in this spirit that I sincerely ask that their privacy and the privacy of our family be respected during this transition in our lives.”
The couple denied rumors that Rock fathered a child with a Caucasian woman in 2010.
As early as 2007 Rock was extolling the virtues of being a married man.
“The best part is just having a partner,” he said. “There is no real worst part. I’m not going to say there’s a worst part. I mean, I’m a comedian – comedians like to work alone. So maybe I’m not the ideal guy to be married to, in that sense.”
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