Chris Rock And Wife File For Divorce After 20 Years Of Marriage

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While many people’s Facebook feeds are filled with engagement posts and talk of marriage, there are those posts that level out the excitement. Comedian Chris Rock and soon-to-be ex-wife Malaak Compton-Rock file for divorce after 20 years together.

Malaak, a philanthropist and founder of the nonprofit styleWorks, commented about the decision 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. 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.”

Chris Rock’s attorney, Robert S. Cohen, confirmed the news. Accordign to, a close source explained it was a ‘long time coming.’

“Chris has known it wasn’t salvageable for a while. He was the one to file because he knew it was time to just move forward already.”

In 2010, there were rumors Chris fathered a child out of wedlock. Three years earlier, the couple defended their happy relationship even hearing about all the divorce speculations. And in 2006, Chris Rock had the papers ready to get divorced, but apparently worked things out with Malaak.

“There is no real worst part[about marriage]. 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.”

You can see Chris Rock in his latest movie, Top 5, in theaters now.

[Photo credit: Washington Post]

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