After 18 years of marriage to the “Yellowstone” actor, handbag designer Christine Baumgartner has filed for divorce, The Post has learned. A representative for the 68-year-old actor, who is already embroiled in ongoing drama on his Paramount Network show, confirmed to The Post that Mr. Costner must participate in a dissolution of marriage action.
“It is with great sadness that circumstances beyond his control have transpired,” the representative said. The representative continued, “We ask that his, Christine’s, and their children’s privacy be respected as they move through this challenging period. Cayden Wyatt, 15, Hayes Logan, 14, and Grace Avery, 12, are the couple’s three children. According to a TMZ report, Baumgartner, 49, is requesting joint custody of the children.
According to reports, Costner submitted his response on Tuesday and included a request for joint custody. According to TMZ, Baumgartner is not requesting spousal support. Still, Costner’s response, sent by divorce lawyer Laura Wasser, allegedly acknowledges the existence of a prenuptial agreement: “Spousal support to be payable to petitioner according to the terms of the parties’ Premarital Agreement.”
Wasser was also contacted by The Post for comment. Baumgartner and Costner were each other’s second wives. Previously, the “My Bodyguard” star wed actress Cindy Silva, now 66, in 1978. The couple had three children together—Joe, 35, and Annie, 39—and divorced in 1994.
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He and 61-year-old actress Bridget Rooney are also parents to Liam, who is now 27. On “Yellowstone,” which The Post previously reported will end after five seasons due to alleged tension between the actor and 52-year-old series creator Taylor Sheridan, Costner has been engrossed in other drama — of the backstage variety — for months.
The program, which also stars Luke Grimes, Kelly Reilly, Wes Bentley, Cole Hauser, Kelsey Asbille, and Gil Birmingham, was canceled early this year due to alleged conflicts over shooting dates. Keith Cox, a Paramount executive, first hinted that Costner would still join the Western drama at the beginning of last month.
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“What I can say is that our star, the face of our show, and executive producer, are very confident he is going to continue with our show,” Cox reportedly stated at the occasion. Sheridan’s popular show gave rise to some spinoffs, including “1883” with Sam Elliott, Tim McGraw, and Faith Hill; “1923” with Harrison Ford and Helen Mirren; the impending “6666,” and another spinoff with Matthew McConaughey whose title has not yet been revealed.
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