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Another couple in Black Hollywood has bitten the dust in what has unfolded as a rough 2018 holiday season for marriages.
On Friday (December 28), the Hollywood Reporter gave the rundown on actor/director Forest Whitaker’s divorce from Keisha Nash-Whitaker. The Oscar Award-winning actor (The Last King of Scotland) filed for divorce in Los Angeles County Superior Court two days after Christmas this year.
Whitaker, 57, originally married Nash-Whitaker, 46, in 1996. In his divorce papers, the Waiting to Exhale director cited “irreconcilable differences” as the reason for permanently severing ties to Nash-Whitaker, a woman he was married to for 22 years. The two met in 1994 on the set of a film called Blown Away.
Whitaker and Nash-Whitaker have two daughters together and each of them also has a child from a previous relationship. Since all of their children are adults now, there will be no custody issues in court going forward after Whitaker’s divorce filing. His court document in favor of this action was short.
However, the document does entail the total amount of the estranged couples assets. The collective debts between Whitaker and Nash-Whitaker are not presently clear but the totality of any debts will be articulated at a later date in court. Nash-Whitaker has been minimally credited in films as an actress and producer.
In addition to winning a 2007 Oscar as an actor in a lead role, Whitaker has also won a Golden Globe (2007), a BAFTA Award (2007), a Primetime Emmy Award (2003), and a Blockbuster Entertainment Award (1996).
In addition to award nominations and winnings as an actor, Whitaker has also been nominated as a film director, as well as a producer. His divorce filing comes as a surprise to many fans because Nash-Whitaker recently praised Whitaker in a statement she made on the women-catered She Knows relationship advice website.
“Anything that I’m doing that Forest’s able to be there and come and support me, he absolutely does. What makes a good partnership or marriage is when you support one another. I certainly love and respect what Forest does. It’s hard,” Nash-Whitaker said.
However, the couple never previously spoke publicly about the existence of any turbulence in their marriage.