US comedian Chris Rock has split from his wife of 19 years. The 49 year old’s lawyer confirmed the news on Sunday after his wife Malaak Compton- Rock made the announcement, although no reason was given for the split.
In a statement, Compton asked for the family’s privacy to be respected as they transition into this new phase of their lives. ‘After much contemplation and 19 years of marriage, Chris and I have decided to go our separate ways. 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.’
Chris Rock and Malaak Compton in 2010.
‘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,” she said in a statement.
The couple got married in 1996 and have 2 children together. Lola Simone 12, and Zahra Savannah, 10.