Ben Harper to Divorce Laura Dern

The musician cites irreconcilable differences

By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff

Posted Oct 10, 2010 9:06 AM CDT

(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.

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)
Laura Dern and Ben Harper pose with the award for best supporting actress for her role in “Recount” at the HBO Golden Globes after-party on Sunday, Jan. 11, 2009, in Beverly Hills, Calif.   (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg)
Laura Dern arrives for the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards with her husband Ben Harper, Sunday, Sept. 21, 2008, at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
Laura Dern and husband Ben Harper arrive at the HBO's post Emmy awards reception party, Sunday, Sept. 21, 2008 in West Hollywood, Calif.   (AP Photo/Gus Ruelas)
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