Chris Rock And Malaak Compton-Rock File For Divorce After 19 Years Of Marriage

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Yet another celebrity marriage to go down the drain.

Chris Rock and his wife of 19 years, Malaak Compton-Rock have filed for divorce.

“After much contemplation and 19 years of marriage, Chris and I have decided to go our separate ways,” Malaak Compton-Rock, the founder of two non-profits, the Angel Rock project and styleWorks, said in a statement on 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 face 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 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 has confirmed the couple’s split.

“Chris Rock has filed for divorce from his wife, Malaak. This is a personal matter and Chris requests privacy as he and Malaak work through this process and focus on their family.”

A source close to the couple tells PEOPLE: “This was a long time coming. Chris has known it wasn’t salvageable for a while. He was the one to file because he knew it was time to just move forward already.”

Malaak and Chris wed in 1996 and live Alpine, New Jersey with their two daughters Lola Simone, 12, and Zahra Savannah, 10.

“The best part is just having a partner,” Rock said in 2007 of being married. “There is no real worst part. I’m not going to say there’s a worst part. I mean, I’m a comedian– comedians like to work alone. So maybe I;m not the ideal guy to be married to, in that sense.”

 

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