Kevin Costner's Divorce from Christine Baumgartner Was Remarkably Messy

Kevin Costner's 2023 divorce was filed over irreconcilable differences.


Jun. 18 2024, Published 11:41 a.m. ET

Kevin Costner and Christine Baumgartner at the 94th Academy Awards.
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Even as he prepares for the release of his two-part western epic Horizon, Kevin Costner is also addressing questions about his future with Yellowstone and his recent divorce. Kevin and his wife Christine Baumgartner both filed for divorce in 2023, and many want to know what exactly caused the divorce.

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Kevin and Christine had been married for 19 years and had dated for even longer. Here's what we know about why the two got divorced.

Kevin Costner and Christine Baumgartner at the 2022 Vanity Fair Oscars Party.
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Why did Kevin Costner get divorced?

Christine filed for divorce on May 1, 2023, citing "irreconcilable differences," and Kevin did the same just a day later, citing the same reasoning. They both requested joint custody of their three children. Following the news of the divorce, a representative for Kevin said that the actor regretted the divorce.

"It is with great sadness that circumstances beyond his control have transpired which have resulted in Mr. Costner having to participate in a dissolution of marriage action."

When the two got married, they had signed a prenuptial agreement, although much of the conflict since the divorce was filed has come over the specifics of that agreement. The agreement gave her 30 days to move out of the California home that the two shared, but reports suggest that Christine did not move out during that window. Kevin, meanwhile, had agreed to give her $1 million at the time of their divorce.

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The agreement also stipulated that Kevin would provide Christine with a $200,000 down payment for a new house, as well as $30,000 a month for child support.

"Kevin has acted in good faith," a filing int he divorce stated, "and has done everything in his power to make the transition as seamless as possible."

The filing also states that Kevin offered her thousands to help with moving expenses and an extra $38,000 a month on top of the child support.

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Kevin also said that, even before he and Christine married, he was thinking about his living arrangements and how they might be impacted by a potential divorce.

"I was married once before," he said. "and, upon separation, l found myself without a home base and unable to live in my own home. I never wanted this to happen again. Because of the nature of my work, I am frequently out of town; it is therefore particularly important to me that when I am home, I have a home to go to."

"l made it clear to her that I would not marry again without clarity that my separate property residences would remain mine to live in no matter what happened in our marriage. Christine acknowledged to me at the time that she understood the importance of this to me and she agreed to this provision," Kevin added.

Although the differences behind their divorce are still something of a mystery, it wasn't smooth sailing even after they made the split official. Thankfully, Kevin has had his grand western saga to distract him from the messiness of his personal life.

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