The second wife of veteran film star Clint Eastwood has filed for legal separation.
News presenter Dina Eastwood married the legendary actor and director in 1996 and the couple went on to have daughter Morgan, now 16. But according to a report in the Monterey County Herald, she has now applied for legal separation from her husband – meaning they would remain married but live apart.
In documents filed earlier this week, the former Dina Ruiz also seeks spousal support (maintenance) and physical custody (residence) for Morgan. The papers cite ‘irreconcilable differences’. This and ‘incurable insanity’ are the only two possible grounds for divorce or separation in California.
According to the paper, the documents also refer to a premarital agreement between the pair.
Last month Dina told the media that she and her husband had been living separately for around a year in Carmel, 120 miles south of Eastwood’s hometown San Francisco.
A reality show called Mrs Eastwood & Company is reported to have contributed to tensions between Dina and her husband. The show depicted her life with Morgan and Francesca, Eastwood’s daughter from a previous relationship with actress Frances Fisher.
At 48, Dina is 35 years younger than her husband.
Eastwood, now 83, married his first wife Maggie Johnson, in 1953. The pair went their separate ways in the 1970s, and she filed for legal separation in 1978, although the couple did not divorce until 1984.
In addition to Morgan and Francesca, Eastwood has five other children by Maggie Johnson and other relationships.