The parting of ways

Gwen Stefani, Gavin Rossdale finalise divorce after 13 years

News Desk April 22, 2016
Stefani and Rossdale agreed to share physical and legal custody of their three sons. PHOTO: FILE

Singer Gwen Stefani and estranged husband Gavin Rossdale are one step closer to making their divorce official after 13 years of marriage, reported IANS. A judge in Los Angeles has finalised the couple’s divorce after reviewing a detailed judgment that splits their assets and business interests.  According to the court documents, Stefani will get 100% control over her successful fashion lines L.A.M.B. and Harajuku Lovers. However, she will have to put in 25% of their profits into trust funds, presumably for the benefit of their three sons. Both Stefani and Rossdale have agreed to share physical and legal custody of their three children.

The court documents elaborated that, “Gavin shall relinquish all of his power and authority as trustee or settler of the Kingston Rossdale Gift Trust and the Zuma Rossdale Gift Trust. Gwen shall be the sole trustee and settlor of the Gift Trusts.” They also stated, “There shall be no withdrawals or transfers from any of the trusts, except in accordance to the declaration of trust establishing each trust. Gavin is entitled to receive yearly accountings of the Gift Trusts.”

Meanwhile, Rossdale will get the couple’s 2003 Range Rover Vogue V8 and Stefani will get the 2012 Land Rover, 2014 Honda Odyssey, 2015 Lexus GS350, 2015 Yukon Denali and 2013 Range Rover. The latter will give up her rights to any of their four properties in Europe but she receive 50% of the profits from the sale of their Beverly Hills house, as well as full control over the two other homes in Los Angeles. Neither Stefani nor Rossdale will get spousal or child support.

Stefani opened up about Rossdale’s alleged affair with their Australian nanny Mindy Mann last August, which resulted in her walking out on him, reported People magazine. While promoting her third solo album This Is What the Truth Feels Like, the singer said that although the song Used to Love You is based on the turbulence in her life, it is not about payback. “I went through a real period of anger but I felt like this song was almost like a forgiveness song,” she explained. “It’s admitting, I used to love him and now I don’t.”

Stefani is currently dating her The Voice co-star Blake Shelton, since October 2015.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 23rd, 2016.

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