Kevin Costner Divorces: the Untouchable Marriage Comes to an End After 18 Years

Kevin Costner and his wife, Christine Baumgartner, were the picture of Hollywood beauty and security, from the big screen to the red carpet. But after 18 years of marriage, they can no longer touch each other.

The news of Kevin Costner’s split sent shock waves through the entertainment industry, leaving fans and experts alike wondering what went wrong. Join us as we look into the sad story behind the famous actor’s breakup and try to figure out why the couple broke up after being together for so long.

Kevin Costner’s Divorces Finalized

Separation papers have been filed between Kevin Costner and Christine Baumgartner. Baumgartner, a former model and handbag designer, petitioned Monday(1 May 2023) to end their 18-year marriage.

“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,” a rep for the “Yellowstone” star confirmed to The Times.

“We ask that his, Christine’s, and their children’s privacy be respected as they navigate this difficult time,” the rep added.

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Baumgartner, 49, reportedly requested shared custody of their three children, Cayden, 15, Hayes, 14, and Grace, 12. On Tuesday(2 May 2023), Costner filed an answer to the petition, in which he similarly sought shared custody of the kids.

Kevin Costner Divorces

According to reports, Baumgartner and Costner first crossed paths on a golf course in the 1980s while Costner was doing on-location shooting for the 1996 film “Tin Cup.” The actor didn’t start dating Baumgartner until 1999, long after he had divorced his first wife.

They had a brief breakup in 2003 because Baumgartner wanted a family, and Costner wasn’t sure he was ready. Still, they reconciled, married in 2004 in Aspen, Colorado, and had three children over the next several years.

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Costner, 68, is going through his second divorce. Formerly married to Cindy Silva, the “Dances with Wolves” actor is now single. Their 1994 divorce was one of the costliest in Hollywood history, costing an estimated $80 million, and marked the end of their 16-year marriage.

TMZ reports that Baumgartner is not seeking alimony. Star divorce lawyer Laura Wasser filed a response on Costner’s behalf: “Spousal support to be payable to petitioner pursuant to the terms of the parties’ Premarital Agreement.” This indicates, essentially, that a prenuptial agreement was made.

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