Chris Rock has filed to divorce his wife of 19 years Malaak Compton-Rock.
The announcement was first made by Compton-Rock on Sunday via a statement, and moments later Rock’s lawyer confirmed the split.
‘After much contemplation and 19 years of marriage, Chris and I have decided to go our separate ways,’ said Compton-Rock. ‘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 faced with difficulties.’
She added, ‘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 in 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 lawyer Robert S. Cohen simply said in his own statement, ‘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.’
The 49-year old comedian and his wife got married in 1996 and they have two daughters together, 12-year old Lola and 10-year old Zahra.