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After 10 years of marriage, Taye Diggs and his wife, actress Idina Menzel, are throwing in the towel. A representative for the couple has confirmed the split to People.
“Idina Menzel and Taye Diggs have jointly decided to separate at this time,” a spokesperson told People. Their primary focus and concern is for their son. We ask that you respect their privacy during this time.”
According to the HuffPost, the pair met in the mid 90s when they were co-starring in “Rent” on Broadway. They eventually married in Jan. 2003. They share one son, Walker Nathaniel Diggs, who just celebrated his fourth birthday this past September. With both Taye and Idina working in Hollywood, we can totally see how their hectic schedules could place a strain on their marriage. Earlier this year Idina told People that marriage is a challenge, but revealed that both she and her husband were working hard to keep it all together.
“We work at it. I’m not going to glamorize it or glorify it — we go through tough times like everybody else, but we love each other very much. We try not to be away from each other for more than two weeks at a time, and we try to find new ways to communicate,” Idina said.
It’s unfortunate that Taye and Idina were unable to work things out. Hopefully they find a way to keep things amicable for the sake of their son.
If you’re even a little bit caught up in the drama that was going on (and in some ways, continues) between Porsha Williams and her ex-husband, Kordell Stewart, you may have been asking yourself how the hell she’s been getting away with speaking so ill of him on The Real Housewives of Atlanta.
Well, the official reason is not, “Well, it must be true if he isn’t stopping her from saying it.” Well apparently, Kordell did try to make Porsha keep quiet about all of their issues, but she wasn’t having it. TMZ obtained some legal papers that Kordell filed right after he filed divorce in which he asked her to sign a confidentiality agreement. But Porsha was having none of that and as we can see, she never signed said papers.
Still, one would think that Kordell would have tried another move because Porsha has been taking him to task in almost every episode. Sure, it is giving her more face time on the show and off the show, but it isn’t doing anything for his reputation.
We’re only at the halfway point of The Real Housewives of Atlanta season and we’re pretty sure that Porsha has more to say since most of this season deals with her going through the divorce.
Do you think Porsha should have just done Kordell “a solid” and kept some of her thoughts as well as some of the things she said went on in their marriage quiet?
Porsha Stewart started 2013 a married woman, but she will close it out as a single lady. Yesterday we told you that the ugly divorce between the Real Housewives of Atlanta star and her retired NFL player ex-hubby, Kordell Stewart, was finalized after eight grueling months of divorce proceedings. Figures were not released; however, Kordell’s attorney, Shiel Edlin, did say that Porsha will be restoring her maiden name.
“[Porsha] previously stated she was keeping Kordell’s last name, which made Kordell very concerned about the damage it could cause. However, she reconsidered and decided to restore her maiden name, Williams. Kordell now believes he can restore the Stewart name and brand, for which it has been known through many generations, one of character, integrity, honesty and truthfulness,” said Edlin.
At the start of this year Toni Braxton dropped a rather shocking bomb on the music world when she revealed that she was considering retirement.
“I don’t know if I’m going to be doing anymore music, I’ve said that before in the past but I don’t know,” the Un-break My Heart singer said during a February interview with Tom Joyner.
“I just don’t know. Maybe I’m mad at music. I don’t know what it is. I can’t, my heart’s not in it right now,” she continued. “They’re [the record labels] actually calling and I’m like well ‘I don’t know if I want to do another record’ but that’s a blessing I guess but I gotta be in it, I gotta love it and maybe because everything that has happened to me I don’t know.”
Thankfully, it looks like her good friend Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds helped to pull her out of the musical rut that she found herself in. Back in August we told you that the duo will be joining forces for a collaborative album titled, Love, Marriage, Divorce. Radio DJs can’t seem to get enough of their first single, “Hurt You,” so it looks like it’s safe to say that Toni is no longer considering retirement. She also confirmed this during a recent interview with The Grio.
“I was going to retire because I was thinking about my career. So he [Babyface] told me you can’t think about that, you have to go back to being an artist and performing and loving your artistry,” Toni told Chris Witherspoon.
“Retiring is off the table now. I don’t know what I was thinking. I will never retire… ever, ever,” she continued.
We’re glad she came to her senses!
Check out footage from her interview on the next page.
Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds recently sat down with media maven Oprah Winfrey for an episode of Oprah’s Next Chapter. During their chat, the music industry vet opened up about divorcing from his ex-wife, Tracey Edmonds, after thirteen years of marriage and what he thought about her relationship with Eddie Murphy. He also sang the praises of Tracey’s current boyfriend, Deion Sanders. Check out his interview highlights below.
On his “picture perfect” marriage to Tracey:
“I can’t imagine really being married to Tracey right now.”
“We wanted it to look like that. We felt responsible…the reality is that there was a connection that wasn’t really there. We loved each other but we weren’t really in love with each other. It was more the idea of it falling apart and me holding onto the image of what I thought we were. I don’t feel like we were supposed to be together forever…I’m okay with it because I think she’s okay.”
On his ex-wife dating Deion Sanders:
“Deion’s a good guy. Deion did one thing for me, which I thought was the classiest thing in the world. I’ve given her my opinion on certain things, I knew Deion seemed like a nice guy. When he called me and said he didn’t want to meet my children until he sat down with me, so he wanted to know me before he met my children, I was in. Tracey is family, so I wanna make sure she’s good.”
On Tracey dating Eddie Murphy:
“I didn’t think it was the best thing. I didn’t know Eddie so, I said to Tracey, ‘It’s your decision.’ It wasn’t for me to step in, but things happened the way they were supposed to happen.”
Watch a clip from Babyface’s Next Chapter interview on the next page.
Here at Madame Noire, we don’t condone figuring out a way to get close to a wealthy man and having a baby by him in order to financially set yourself up. We never would. But when you see what some of these women stand to gain, does the thought ever cross your mind?
According to the New York Post, Marc Anthony’s ex-wife Dayonarra Torres wants child support payments increased…tenfold. As it stands, Marc Anthony pays $13,00 per month for their two children, ages 10 and 12, and also pays Dayanara $3,000 in spousal support. According to Anthony’s attorney, Daniel Jaffe, he also pays for “all of the kids’ schooling, band lessons, camps, and all medical and dental costs. Virtually everything.”
Dayanara is looking to have the child support payments increased to $112,000 per month. She believes his business ventures generate way more money than his current child support payments reflect and she wants something a little more…accurate.
On paper, it looks like Marc Anthony is raking in dough hand over foot at this point in his career. Besides his album and tour money, Anthony is acting, has a clothing line and owns a little piece of the Miami Dolphins. So yes, he’s making a lot of money.
Jaffe says they will fight this petition in court and that comes as no surprise, especially when they say he’s doing so much more than just making payments.
The Post was unable to get any comment from from Dayanara Torres or her attorney.
Do you think that Marc should be on the hook for paying that much more in child support since he appears to be making monthly payments and paying for everything else in terms of his children?
Porsha Stewart is on a quest for fame honey. So it’s not surprising that she’s talking to any and everybody about the thing that makes her the most interesting thing about her right now the drama surrounding her divorce from Kordell. In a recent, very in depth interview with Vibe Vixen, the Real Housewives of Atlanta star talked about everything from why she’s decided to keep her name to opening up a teeth whitening line because she was so bullied in high school. She also opened up about the next man she dates, wanting children and the jealousy that’s ever present in Atlanta. Check out some of the highlights from the interview here.
Why she’s keeping her name
Life is a journey. I was born Porsha Williams, but I was given to a husband that didn’t work out, but at the end it still was a part of my life. I’ll give up that name when I meet my next husband, but until then it’s really not necessary. The name [Stewart] meant something to me, there’s sentimental value with my name it’s not like ‘oh I hate him so take his name back’ it’s my name too. It’s the name that everybody knows. At the end of the day, this is business. I’m on a platform and I’m building businesses and people know me as Porsha Stewart and when you build a brand you have to work with what you got.
So what has been the hardest part of dealing with the divorce?
You find yourself at different points in your life and you realize that you have to refocus. I need to secure my future. I’m not even concentrating on the divorce, I’m trying to move past that.
After that she listed what she’s looking for in her next man. She specifically mentioned spirituality and then the interviewer asked her if Kordell was spiritual.
Do you think Kordell is God-fearing?
He’s spiritual. But, you don’t know when somebody prays—you don’t know their relationship with God. They could be praying on the toilet, so I really can’t speak on his spirituality. I just know that I had moved too far from God towards the end of my marriage and I felt like once it ended I needed to get back to that place and once I got back to that place it came right back. I got my joy back and that’s one thing that nobody can take from me.
Her love-hate relationship with Atlanta
Atlanta is home so I’ll always have a home in Atlanta, but I wouldn’t mind having a condo somewhere else just so I can be able to get out. Sometimes when you’re in Atlanta for too long and you start moving and shaking and doing things in Atlanta people can get really jealous. Sometimes you have to mix it up and get out and come back, but I try to keep myself around people who are positive. I want to learn something from them, and hopefully they get something from me.
Tell us about the music project you have coming up.
I’m working on a song right now called “Perfectly Worthless”. I’m working with a producer named Pierre. I’ll be releasing that single within the next couple of months.
The song is all about passion and pain. I feel like this song is going to be a woman’s anthem for her to gather herself up and move on and realize who she is and what she’s worth. I went into the studio at a very emotional point in my life and I’m very proud of that. I also have a teeth whitening line. It’s not out yet, but it will be soon.
Wow! Why teeth whitening?
I was bullied in junior and high school—people talked about me having big teeth for years, and now that I’m an adult I’ve grown into my teeth. I became obsessed with teeth whitening, so I actually tried different products and I landed on one that I loved. It’s perfect!
How did you reach this point of self-awareness
Prayer. I was most aware of who I was and who I belonged to right before I got married when I was 25. I was very spiritual and very much into the church and for me I was just lost after the divorce. I hadn’t really been going to church that much.
Hmm… a whole lot going on here.
You find yourself in the unfortunate position of having to search for a divorce attorney. One of your home girls, who claims to have a “wonderful relationship” with you, is an attorney. But she never offers to represent you. A situation like that would probably raise a few questions, which is why folks are wondering how come Phaedra never offered her services to Real Housewives of Atlanta co-star Porsha Stewart when she learned about her icky divorce. The self-proclaimed southern belle recently shared her reason during an interview with the Rickey Smiley Morning Show. And while we’d love to amuse you with some messy or shady answer, her explanation is actually pretty simple and to be honest, understandable.
“Well you know, I really don’t like divorces. I’ve never really liked divorces and after I worked with Bobby and Whitney through their divorce, I said I would never do another one. I really don’t care to divorce people,” the mom of two explained.
Although Phaedra made it clear that she’s not trying to divorce folks anymore, she shared during a recent interview that she does offer legal advice to Porsha Stewart.
“After it was announced, unfortunately, that she would be getting a divorce, she and I began to talk frequently. I wanted her to know I supported her and I wanted to give her good and accurate advice on the legal system. I just wanted to be there for her,” said the Secrets of a Southern Belle author.
Honestly, considering the way things worked out with Sheree, it’s probably best that Phaedra refrain from representing her friends.
Listen to Phaedra’s interview on the next page.
Torrei Hart has been quite busy pursuing her own career in comedy and movies, showing the world that she’s more than just Kevin Hart’s ex-wife. While promoting some of her new projects, the Atlanta Exes star sat down for a candid interview with AfterBuzz TV, where she also discussed more personal subjects like sex with Kevin Hart, dating and relationships. Check out a few of her interview highlights below.
On sex with Kevin:
“If he’s putting it down, you gon’ do something crazy. You don’t wanna no one else getting that. He [Kevin] did [put it down]. That’s why I gave him two beautiful children and married his behind. You don’t marry people, and this is my opinion, you marry people because there’s a great a relationship, but if the sex is not great, then I’m sorry. That plays a big part in relationships.”
On dating post Kevin Hart:
“My expectation is loyalty. Consistency: bring something to the table. You have to have a job. I ain’t nobody’s sugar momma. Funny! I still need funny. I cannot be with a man who’s not funny. I’ve always like funny men, even before Kevin. I’m silly. I like to have fun.”
On going through a guy’s phone:
“If you leaving your phone, you have to go through it. You have to go through the other person’s phone. If they leave it, you have to. I don’t trust it. Men just… ughh”
On Kevin’s “wife in the trunk” joke:
“I told y’all I don’t trust nobody. It didn’t exactly happen like [Kevin said it did]. You know comedians have to exaggerate. But it wasn’t a trunk, it was a truck. I wasn’t in the trunk, that’s a little crazy. “
Watch Torrei’s interview on the next page.
The public was exposed to Trina Braxton’s relationship woes during season one of Braxton Family Values. For whatever reason, her hubby Gabe couldn’t tame his Internet addiction. She eventually came to the painful decision that she wanted a divorce; however, two seasons later, the still very married reality star is expressing doubts. While Gabe has his issues, it looks like Trina may consider sticking around and working things out for the sake of her family.
“You know life is difficult. You know and when you are expressing personal decisions in front of America and in front of everyone, you open yourself up to a lot of opinions. And sometimes that kind of clouds your decision making,” Trina confessed during an interview with C.Nikky.
“So, I need some time to step back and let God and move myself out of the way. So, it’s been a difficult transition,” she continued.
Trina went on to say that she is greatly considering how the divorce will impact her entire family—not just herself and Gabe.
“It’s more than just myself, it’s more than just me and Gabe. It’s me and it’s Gabe and it’s our family. We have two children who we both love. So, right now we’re concentrating on being good parents. My oldest son is in college and my youngest is in 10th grade so, it’s a long haul.”
Watch Trina’s interview on the next page. What do you think of her explanation?