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Ben Harper Blindsides Laura Dern with Divorce

10/10/2010 10:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Ben Harper stunned Laura Dern by filing for divorce late Friday afternoon … TMZ has learned.

Laura Dern divorce.
Harper, a two-time Grammy winner, filed legal docs citing irreconcilable differences and is asking the judge to deny Dern spousal support.

And here's what's interesting … according to the papers, Harper claims he and Dern separated back in January. But people connected with the couple, who married back in 2005, tell TMZ they have been living and traveling together throughout the year and were even intimate as recently as last week.

Harper is asking for joint legal and physical custody of the couple's two kids: Ellery, 9, and Jaya, 5.

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136.

TX474    

He's crazy if he 1) thinks he's going to get custody over the mother? and 2) is not going to have to pay spousal support, not that she should need it. She has her own career and should be better off without him. (But yea she is ugly)

1436 days ago
137.

truth    

Laura Dern is 1 fine A$$ Lady mmm mmmm mmmm
she gets better with age you dumb A$$ people saying she's ugly really need to check yourselfs

1436 days ago
138.

GEORGIA     

TO THE PERSON THAT SAID SHE IS UGLY.....U MUST BE SOME PIECE OF WORK U S*** BAG....BEAUTY IS IN THE EYES OF THE BEHOLDER AND BEAUTY IS ONLY SKIN DEEP.....DIRT BAG.

1436 days ago
139.

me    

RE: 53.

I met Ben Haprer in 1998 and he was so arrogant. I m not at all surprised by this - he comes acrossed and so earthy and down with the cause. Little do people know he was raised in a very wealthy family and wanted for nothing.

Posted at 11:01 AM on Oct 10, 2010 by Maggie Malone

So, you proclaim yourself an expert after "meeting" him once, so much so that you feel he deserves the lable of arrogant? More likley, you SAW him once and wanted to invade his privacy, which he didn't allow you to do.

I knew both Ben and Laura and neither are arrogant, From my experience being around them, they were always affectionate with eachother and friendly to everyone that was around.

1436 days ago
140.

Mac    

I like Laura Dern but let's analyze her situation. She claimed that she was blindsided by Billy Bob Thorton and now she is saying that she was blindsided by Ben Harper.

Either she is clueless or something is wrong with her that she keeps getting dumped out of the blue.

1436 days ago
141.

USAmerica1st    

Ben, you're crazy. Laura Dern is a knockout beauty. "No spousal support"? Buddy, she and the kids (yes, the kids belong with Mommy, not on tour!) will be getting support from every recording you make and every concert you present for years and years and years, until they're 18. Bumm!

1436 days ago
142.

Love you Laura    

Laura may not be the most beautiful woman in the world but she is also not ugly...She is beautiful in person and does not always photograph well...As far as the divorce, better it be over than have her suffering over his cheating ass...

For those of you who don't know her...She is a well respected actress, Academy Award Nomination and all...As well as the star of one of the highest grossing films of all time, Jurassic Park...And Ben?!? Apparently he's in a folksy jazz band...Last time I checked, not the biggest money making type of music out there...

Good Luck Laura...Love You!...Next year will be your best...New show on HBO as well as a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame!

1435 days ago
143.

L. Miller    

Poor Laura Dern. She was Billy Bob Thornton's girlfriend when he suddenly ran off and married Angelina Jolie.

Now her husband filed for divorce out of the blue?

I hope she'll do okay -- I always liked her. My best to you Laura.

1435 days ago
144.

Karmagal    

Ben Harper is the biggest Douche Bad ever. First of all his music BLOWS elephant balls.. And for him to do this.. Is it surprising?? NO. It's actually typical. What a ****ing loser. Karma is a real bitch pal.. Wait til you get yours.. **** FACE....

1435 days ago
145.

Joe    

She is so ugly! Wow, he couldn't do better than her? Yuck!

1435 days ago
146.

Joe Cool    

Hmmm...maybe it didn't work out because BEN CAN'T SING? Even Ben
has admitted in interviews that he was "never comfortable being
a song & dance man" BUT LET'S GIVE BEN HIS PROPS: he's a good songwriter & great instrumentalist & he doesn't shy away from
political messages...in that way he is an American honorary Marley family member. Probably because of his status, nobody has
stepped forward to offer him voice lessons---but BEN THERE'S NO SHAME IN THAT BUDDY...EVEN TOP ACTORS & SINGERS STILL HAVE VOCAL COACHES! IF YOU'RE GONNA BE A FRONTMAN GET A VOCAL COACH CUZ IT DOES PAIN SOME OF YOUR FANS WHEN YOU DO THE EMPASSIONED RICHIE HAVENS THING BUT WE ALL WISH YOU COULD SING LIKE HIM! WITH THE RIGHT VOCAL COACH YOU COULD GET TO THAT LEVEL & BRING YOUR VOCALS UP TO PAR WITH YOUR SONGWRITING & INSTRUMENTALS!!!

1435 days ago
147.

Thrilled that I'll never be famous    

Some of you people are nasty and mean. How do YOU photograph? She knows how to read and some of the comments here are downright painful. And I love how some of you purportedly know details about their personalities and of their marriage. It is hard enough to know one's own place in relationships. He knows and she knows and we'll never know. It's Complicated! Their kids are reading this stuff.

1435 days ago
148.

Fat Elvis    

Poor Laura. She doesn't have any luck. Marry me, Laura! I'll never leave you!!

1435 days ago
149.

sarah    

Maybe he doesn't want to look at her anymore, being as though her skin is cracking, and she looks like she is his mother. She looks like a mop with a wig on it. lol!!!.

He looks like a young black man like in his 30"s, and yes i already know his mother is white, but in America he is still black. And I guess his black doesn't crack LOL!!!

1435 days ago
150.

PJS    

Geez, this woman never has a clue though. She had no idea Billy Bob was doing Angelina and now no clue her husband is bolting. Me thinks she's pretty dense.

1435 days ago
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