Soccer star Landon Donovan has filed for divorce from his actress wife Bianca Kajlich. The couple have been separated for over a year, it has been revealed.
The Team USA World Cup star began proceedings last Tuesday, according to Los Angeles Superior Court papers, obtained by TMZ, citing “irreconcilable differences”.
“We remain the closest of friends and will always be important parts of each other’s lives,” the couple said in a joint statement.
But whether things remain amicable remains to be seen. According to TMZ, Donovan is claiming spousal support from his wife, who is an actress on the show Rules of Engagement, as well as demanding she pays for his attorney’s fees.
Donovan, 28, and Kajlich, 33, got married on New Year’s Eve 2006, but were separated by October 2009. They have no children together.
About a year after the separation, rumours surfaced that the pair may be getting back together, according to People.
“I’ve known Bianca for eight years. We have been and will always be best of friends,” Donovan said June 30th The Early Show, after returning to the US from the World Cup in South Africa.
The star famously blew his wife a kiss after scoring the game winning goal in 2010 World Cup match against Algeria. He explained his reason by saying: “People who know me close know how much she’s meant to this whole process,” he said on the CBS morning show. “I wouldn’t be where I was on that day without her.”
“I wanted to share that moment with her,” he added, “which was really special.”
However, only days passed before Donovan was surrounded by other, less wholesome rumours – that he had fathered a love child with an unidentified British woman.
According to People, the star did not deny the possibility that the child could be his and speaking to Sports Illustrated, said: “If I need to take responsibility, then I will provide the appropriate support.”
The rumours turned out to be untrue and Donovan told E! Online: “I will not be a dad any time soon, which is good news for me.”
Donovan has spent most of his professional years in the US, but played on loan for Liverpool club Everton, in the UK, for several months last winter. He currently plays for Los Angeles Galaxy in Major League Soccer, and is considered to be one of the greatest soccer player the United States has ever produced.
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