Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale’s marriage is at an end. The No Doubt singer filed for divorce from Rossdale on Monday (3rd August). The papers, filed at Los Angeles County Superior Court, cite irreconcilable differences as the reason for their split.
Gavin Rossdale and Gwen Stefani at the Wallis Annenberg Center For The Performing Arts Inaugural Gala in Los Angeles in 2013.
49-year-old Rossdale’s response was filed at the same time. Both have cited the same reason but the key difference is the issue of spousal support, according to NY Daily News. 45-year-old Stefani has asked for spousal support to be terminated immediately whereas Rossdale has asked for any decision on spousal support to be delayed.
According to reports in TMZ, the couple did not sign a pre-nup. Their joint assets are likely to be divided equally between them. Stefani is worth a reported $80 million and Rossdale is worth $35 million.
The couple issued a statement shortly after the news of their split broke:
“While the two of us have come to a mutual decision that we will no longer be partners in marriage, we remain partners in parenthood and are committed to jointly raising our three sons in a happy and healthy environment."
The couple met in 1995 when Stefani’s band No Doubt opened for Bush, the band in which Rossdale is the lead singer and rhythm guitarist, on tour. They married in London in 2002.
They have three sons together: Kingston (9), Zuma (6) and Apollo (1). In the divorce papers, Stefani asked for joint custody with Rossdale.
The news of their divorce comes as a surprise as in a recent interview Stefani implied their marriage was as strong as ever. However, the interview was published in April and a lot can change in four months.
"We go through so much together—it's a miracle that we could stay together this long. [Gavin's] on a short tour right now, and he wrote me the sweetest note this morning,” Stefani said in an interview with Cosmo.
“It's good to have those days when we both do our own things. I think that's what keeps relationships going, when both people can be themselves and have their own individuality. That's especially important for women—it's hard to find time for yourself."