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Chris Rock Files For Divorce From Wife Of 19 Years

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Chris Rock and his wife of 19 years, Malaak Compton-Rock, have called it quits. Rock’s attorney, Robert S. Cohen, released a statement to HipHollywood confirming that the comedian has filed for divorce from the philanthropist and StyleWorks founder.

“This is a personal matter and Chris requests privacy as he and Malaak work through this process and focus on their family.”

Malaak also confirmed the news in a statement to People magazine on Sunday that read:

“After much contemplation and 19 years of marriage, Chris and I have decided to go our separate ways,” she wrote. “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. 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.”

An insider all tells the publication that “this was a long time coming. Chris has known it wasn’t salvageable for a while. He was the one to file because he knew it was time to just move forward already.” There are also reports that the couple had been living “separate lives for some time.”

Chris and Malaak married in November of 1996. The couple and their two children, Lola Simone 12, and Zahra Savannah, 1o reside in Alpine, New Jersey.

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Watch: Julia Roberts And Owen Wilson Give Advice To Their 10-Year-Old Selves

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To say Wonder is a must see movie is an understatement! Not only will the film touch you and inspire you to be a better person, it will also entertain you from start to finish.

But don’t take our word for it. HipHollywood sat down with the film’s stars Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson who shared their excitement to bring this heartwarming story to life and how they channeled their real-life parenting skills into the role.

“I think we felt a responsibility to be authentically parents and authentically parents to these two kids, said the 50 year old mother of three. “And I think that’s why you really believe these four people are family and are really having this experience together.”

In the film based on the NY times best seller, Roberts and Wilson play the parents of a teenage daughter (Izabela Vidovic) and 10-year-old boy (Jacob Tremblay) with facial differences entering mainstream elementary school for the first time.

When asked if they had any advice for their ten year old selves, Roberts said: “I have a ten year old son and I tell him to run.”

Meanwhile Wilson says he remembers 5th grade vividly, and enjoyed having his brother Andrew Wilson at the same school to protect him. “It helped so much having an older brother who was already at the school, so that would be the advice I’d give, have a cool older brother.”

Wonder hits theaters November 17, just one day before Wilson’s 49th birthday. 

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