Actor Billy Porter says he’s forced to sell his home amid the ongoing strikes in Hollywood. But sources say he fears losing his home in his bitter divorce.
The “Pose” star and his longtime partner Adam Smith have split after 6 years of unholy matrimony. Their breakup was announced last month amid the ongoing writers strike.
“The decision was an amicable and mutual one and was made after much consideration,” Porter’s rep Simon Halls said in a statement to PEOPLE.
Porter described marriage as “a dream” after both were raised in households where homosexuality was labeled an “abomination.”
But sources say Smith is seeking half of Porter’s estate and spousal support.
Porter, who is HIV-positive, is reportedly livid at the idea of paying his former partner spousal support.
Porter and Smith met in 2009 at a dinner party and dated for nearly a year before calling it quits. They decided to give their relationship another try in 2015 and got engaged a year later. They said “I do” in an intimate ceremony in January 2017.
Now the “Cinderella” star is telling friends he’s broke and can’t afford to pay his divorce lawyer — much less paying spousal support.
Porter reportedly regrets not asking Smith to sign a prenuptial agreement.
Originally published on: Aug 8, 2023 at 6:34 PM:
Actor Billy Porter is among the Hollywood celebrities who are forced to sell their homes amid the ongoing actors strike.
Porter revealed in a recent interview that he has to sell his house because he doesn’t make “f*ck-you money” like other stars.
Money is tight for Porter and other celebrities amid the ongoing writers and actors strikes.
Porter said he was living paycheck-to-paycheck to afford the luxury lifestyle he’s grown accustomed to.
“I have to sell my house,” Porter told Evening Standard. “Yeah! Because we’re on strike. And I don’t know when we’re gonna go back. The life of an artist, until you make f*ck-you money — which I haven’t made yet — is still check-to-check. I was supposed to be in a new movie and on a new television show starting in September. None of that is happening. So to the person who said, ‘We’re going to starve them out until they have to sell their apartments’ — you’ve already starved me out.”
Porter lashed out at Disney CEO Bob Iger for calling the strikers “disruptive forces” and saying their demands were “unrealistic”.
“To hear Bob Iger say that our demands for a living wage are unrealistic? While he makes $78,000 a day?”
“I don’t have any words for it, but: f*ck you,” Porter said about Iger. “That’s not useful, so I’ve kept my mouth shut. I haven’t engaged because I’m so enraged… When I go back I will join the picket lines.”