Chris Rock and his wife Malaak Compton-Rock have been married for nearly 20 years now, but it seems as though there’s trouble in paradise, as Malaak recently announced that the couple are getting divorced.
“After much contemplation and 19 years of marriage, Chris and I have decided to go our separate ways,” Malaak Compton-Rock, a philanthropist and founder of the nonprofit styleWorks, said in a statement Sunday. “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.”
Rock’s attorney, Robert S. Cohen, confirmed the couple has split.
“Chris Rock has filed for divorce from his wife, Malaak,” Cohen said in a statement. “This is a personal matter and Chris requests privacy as he and Malaak work through this process and focus on their family.”
One thing I love about both of these statements is that there’s no bullshit about how they’re going to remain BFF. They’re going their separate ways, which is exactly what it sounds like. THANK GOD for an honest statement. They do have two daughters together, a 10-year-old and a 12-year-old, so I imagine they’ll still co-parent and whatnot, but that’s that.
It must be hard to end a marriage, especially one that lasted for so long, but best to both of them.