By Saeed Ahmed | CNN
After 19 years of marriage, Chris Rock has filed for divorce.
But unlike his trenchant standup routines, where he often poked fun at marriage, the comedian is being tight-lipped about the reason.
“This is a personal matter and Chris requests privacy as he and Malaak work through this process and focus on their family,” his representative said in a statement Sunday.
Malaak is Malaak Compton-Rock, the mother of Rock’s two girls, 12-year-old Lola Simone and 10 year-old Zahra Savannah.
Rose Law Group Family Law Attorney Kelly Mendoza comments:
It is always sad when a couple calls it quits after 19 years of marriage and all the more tragic when there are minor children involved that will have to deal with not only the emotional trauma of the split but the logistical nightmare that can result from dividing their time between households. The irony is not lost in this case however that Chris Rock used his marriage as fodder for his stand-up routine for many years but is now requesting privacy from his millions of fans regarding his divorce. For the sake of the children I do hope that his request for privacy is respected because his fans can still look forward to hearing about the gory details of his divorce later on as it will no doubt provide ample material for his comedic routines in the future.