On Sunday Chris Rock’s wife Malaak Compton announced she was leaving the 49-year-old comedian.
‘After much contemplation and 19 years of marriage, Chris and I have decided to go our separate ways,’ she said in a statement. 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.’
Chris Rock’s attorney Robert S. Cohen also confirmed the split as well.
‘Chris Rock has filed for divorce from his wife, Malaak,’ he said in a statement. This is a personal matter and Chris requests privacy as he and Malaak work through this process and focus on their family.’
The two wed in 1996 and have two daughters, 12-year-old Lola Simone and 10-year-old Zahra Savannah. They reside in New Jersey.