Chris Rock, Wife Divorcing

Marriage of 19 years to Malaak Compton-Rock is ending
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 29, 2014 8:23 AM CST
Chris Rock, right, and Malaak Compton-Rock arrive at the 65th annual Tony Awards, June 12, 2011, in New York.   (AP Photo/Charles Sykes)
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(Newser) – Chris Rock has filed for divorce from his wife of nearly two decades, Malaak Compton-Rock, Rock's rep tells the Hollywood Reporter. "This is a personal matter, and Chris requests privacy as he and Malaak work through this process and focus on their family," the rep says. Compton-Rock, a philanthropist and nonprofit founder, also confirmed the divorce to People, saying in a statement, "After much contemplation and 19 years of marriage, Chris and I have decided to go our separate ways. ... 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." The couple's daughters are Lola Simone, 12, and Zahra Savannah, 10.

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