Tisha Campbell-Martin Files For Divorce From Duane Martin After More Than 20 Years Of Marriage
After more than 20 years of marriage, Tisha Campbell-Martin and husband Duane are calling it quits.
In a statement to PEOPLE, the actress and singer announced that she decided to file for divorce. The couple, who wed in 1996, share two sons together in Xen, 16, and Ezekiel, 8.
“After 27 years of being together and two amazing children, it pains me to announce that I’ve filed for divorce,” she said. “It’s an emotional time and I graciously ask for privacy for me, our children and the rest of our family.”
Duane, 52, hasn’t commented on her decision to end the marriage as of yet.
Tisha, 49, recently reunited with cast members from Martin as talks of a reboot surfaced. She also released new music in “I Don’t Wanna Be Alone” with rapper Rich the Kid and has been getting back to dancing, doing so with a new half-shaven haircut. But it seems that as she makes her resurgence in both music and on TV screens, and with a whole new look, her husband won’t be by her side to support her.
This divorce news follows some financial struggles for the couple, who filed for bankruptcy a few years ago. At the time, the actress took to Twitter to let people know that while they did file, their money situation wasn’t as dire as people were assuming.
“Hey anybody got nickel? Yeah guys it’s not like what’s being reported at ALL but it’s funny tho,” she said. “Quick statement, have y’all seen the movie ‘The Big Short?’… Yup we did file but its becuz my hubby n I invested n real estate, got involved w some loans b4 the BANKS caused the market to crash … Obviously couldn’t agree 2 a settlement with the banks, so we filed to reorganize, that’s all, but I so appreciate the genuine concern 4 my fam. I got the best supporters ever thanks TWITTER FAM.”
They’ve since managed to become debt free.
As for their marriage as a whole, Campbell-Martin visited the short-lived OWN talk show It’s Not You, It’s Men back in 2016 to say the secret to keeping the spark in their marriage and making it last was going back to the dating phase.
“There’s a phase you can get into if you’re not careful: The ‘all right, love ya’ phase, where it’s like you’re doing your thing, I’m doing my thing — ‘All right, love ya,'” she said at the time. “That’s where a lot of couples get in trouble.”
“I just told my husband, ‘You love me, I love you. That’s a given… I want you to like me'” she added. “We’re in a whole new sexy phase where it’s like, ‘I want to be your girlfriend.’ I’m his girlfriend right now and he likes me.”