Eric Dane, Rebecca Gayheart Divorce After 14 Years of Marriage
Eric Dane and Rebecca Gayheart filed for divorce Friday in their native Los Angeles, wrapping up a 14-year marriage that produced two daughters.
Gayheart, 46, is seeking spousal support, according to TMZ and joint legal and physical custody of their two daughters, Billie, seven, and Georgia, six.
She and Dane, 45, were ensnared in a tabloid brouhaha nine years back when a scandalous video leaked of them with beauty queen Kari Ann Peniche was posted on the now-defunct site Gawker.
The split comes as a surprise, as they were seen on a romantic holiday getaway in late December in Hawaii.
Both stars have had difficult stretches throughout the years, as Gayheart was involved in a car accident in Hollywood 2001 that left a nine-year-old boy named Jorge Cruz Jr. dead.
The actress, who was dating director Brett Ratner at the time, received three years of probation, a suspended license for a year, 750 hours of community service and $2,800 in fines in pleading no contest to a vehicular manslaughter charge.
The Beverly Hills, 90210 star suffered more heartache last year when her younger sister Rachel Gayheart, 38, died in a Kentucky jail August 11 as she was in jail in connection with drugs.
‘Life has not been easy for you sis but now you can be peaceful,’ Rebecca wrote in an Instagram post following her sister’s passing. ‘[I’m] so grateful that I was able to be with my family during this time and want to say thank you to everyone for all of the love and support you’ve sent to me and my family.’
Dane has been open about his woes as well, namely an ongoing battle with depression he candidly talked about last June on The Today Show.
‘I was dealing with some depression, which was kind of odd to me,’ said the actor. ‘I felt very conflicted about it, because I didn’t feel like I had anything to be depressed about.’
‘It’s a very serious thing … like I said, I felt very conflicted because I couldn’t figure out what I was depressed about, but it’s very real. And that was the scary thing – when you wake up and you’re like, “I don’t want to get out of bed.”‘
Dane revealed that he had went to multiple physicians in feeling there was ‘something physically wrong’ with him that fueled his doldrums.
‘I’d dealt with depression throughout my life, and it was always manageable,’ he said. I just felt, you know, everybody feels a little blue.’
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