Chris Rock and his wife, Malaak Compton-Rock, are splitting up after nearly 20 years of marriage. Compton-Rock released a statement on Sunday:
“After much contemplation and 19 years of marriage, Chris and I have decided to go our separate ways. 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.”
The two were married in 1996, and live in Alpine, New Jersey with daughters Lola Simone, 12, and Zahra Savannah, 10. According to People, there were warning signs: “In 2010, they shot down claims that Rock had fathered another child out of wedlock. Three years earlier, the stars defended their ‘happy’ relationship amid divorce speculation.”