Report: Kevin Costner, Estranged Wife Split ‘Several Times’ Before Their Contentious Divorce
Kevin Costner and his estranged wife appeared to be the picture of marital bliss before their unexpected divorce, but in a new article, a source says the couple had split "several times" before amid her ultimatums.
The Oscar-winning actor and director's wife, Christine Baumgartner, filed for divorce on May 1, 2023, citing irreconcilable differences. According to reports, Costner's extremely busy schedule in filming Yellowstone and his upcoming epic Western, Horizon, played a role in her decision.
But a source tells OK! Magazine, "Kevin and Christine have split several times before. She has often given him ultimatums and threatened to end their relationship if he didn’t comply."
According to that source, Costner's older children from previous relationships, as well as friends of the couple, "have taken his side in this," as Costner and Baumgartner have squared off both in the court of public opinion and in actual court.
Sources have said that while Costner knew his wife was unhappy with his packed work schedule and the absences it entailed, her decision to file for divorce still took him by surprise.
"Kevin thinks Christine abandoned him," OK!'s source states, adding that Baumgartner "didn’t give him the opportunity to fix their marriage before calling it quits."
"He really was hoping to work things out to avoid this mess. But instead, it’s only getting uglier," that source concludes.
- Costner filed papers in mid-June accusing Baumgartner of violating a 2004 premarital agreement by refusing to vacate the marital residence within a month after filing for divorce.
- She asked for $248,000 in monthly child support before she would agree to leave.
- He accused her of padding that amount with unrelated personal expenses.
- A judge ordered Baumgartner to vacate the marital residence by no later than July 31.
Costner recently announced he's no longer under contract to Yellowstone after a showdown with producers over his shooting schedule for the second half of Season 5, which conflicts with Horizon. Costner's character will reportedly die early in the second half of Season 5, and Paramount has announced Yellowstone will come to an end after the new episodes.
Matthew McConaughey will reportedly headline a Yellowstone sequel, the details of which are to be announced.