Ben Harper to Divorce Laura Dern
The musician cites irreconcilable differences
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 10, 2010 9:06 AM CDT
Laura Dern arrives to the New York premiere of her film titled Recount, with her husband Ben Harper, Tuesday, May, 13, 2008.   (AP Photo/Stuart Ramson)
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(Newser) – Hard to say if it's journalistic exaggeration or the cold, hard truth, but TMZ reports that Ben Harper "stunned" wife Laura Dern by filing for divorce on Friday afternoon. The two-time Grammy winner cited irreconcilable differences as the cause, and asked the judge for two things: to deny his actress-wife spousal support, and for joint custody of their two kids.

Though in the filing Harper said the two separated in January, sources have raised eyebrows at that date, telling TMZ the pair had been living and traveling together much more recently. Click here for more on the unraveling of the couple's nearly 5-year marriage.