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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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61.

JLS    

What a nice man, huh? Who would want this sort of husband? She's better off going through with this. He has a serious lack of personal integrity and respect for other humans. Why didn't he tell her first?

1474 days ago
62.

who farted    

Wow, first Billy Bob then Ben. Poor woman

1474 days ago
63.

kathe593    

She gets blind sided a lot. Billy Bob and Angelina was a shock to her too. She needs to be more self aware!

1474 days ago
64.

ylg    

Why when something like this happens, some people automatically blames the guy. It takes TWO to make it work or not work.

1474 days ago
65.

Red45    

She's been dumped by 2 douche bags--this guy and Billy Bob Thornton who left her for angelina jolie. Laura, girl, I wish the best in choosing partners going forward. You deserve much better.

1474 days ago
66.

Please_get_a_life    

The problem has always been simple:
Laura is a terrible lay.

Someone had to say it.........

1474 days ago
67.

whynot    

i've known ben for years. he is a fake and a liar and has no integrity. he pursued me when he was in very serious relationships which were no joke. the guy is a douche and hate-filled. don't let the zen stuff fool you.

1474 days ago
68.

martina    

If they'll do it WITH you, they'll do it TO you. Never fails.

1474 days ago
69.

Sunshine    

Goodbye sex, that must have been good.

1474 days ago
70.

James    

A blind horse could have seen this one coming!!!

I met them years ago, and that dude was so not into her. He was into everyone else though, so I'm surprised it took this long. He's been banging around for years.

1474 days ago
71.

Miranda    

Ben Harper is a great musician. he is one of the most talented INDIE artist of the last 25 years. You may not have heard of him because he is a true artist and does not do pop or rap crap. Aside from that, Laura Dern is a serial cheater who has broken up two previous marriages before Billy Bob Thronton dumped her for Jolie. SO KARMA LAURA!

1474 days ago
72.

boo    

I have a hard time feeling sorry for anybody with a **** ton of money unless somebody died.

1474 days ago
73.

E    

this guy is a d... to do this. Good Luck Laura. I'll take her anyday.

1474 days ago
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Sincerity    

Men are as faithful as their OPPORTUNITIES.

Posted at 11:20 AM on Oct 10, 2010 by Lori

Realistically, attractive men who are successful in their professions will always be pursued by ruthless women who couldn't care less about their marital status. It's simply "THE WAY OF THE WORLD" and not likely to change anytime soon. I wouldn't be the least bit surprised, if Laura Dern actually saw this coming. As hard as she may have tried, they probably didn't have much in common except sexual passion. When the passion dies down and the realities of day to day living set in, that when you're forced to see things as they really are and I guess Ben Harper just couldn't see himself "growing old" with Laura Dern. If they had no PRENUP in place, Laura Dern is entitled to spousal support and HE SHOULD PAY! From what I can understand, the only way for Ben Harper to avoid paying her, is to prove that they did not combine the assets they individually had before they married which may be EASIER SAID THAN DONE!

1474 days ago
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Sincerity    

*********************CORRECTED POST***************************

Men are as faithful as their OPPORTUNITIES.

Posted at 11:20 AM on Oct 10, 2010 by Lori

Realistically, attractive men who are successful in their professions will always be pursued by "RUTHLESS" women who couldn't care less about their MARITAL STATUS. It's simply "THE WAY OF THE WORLD" and not likely to change anytime soon. I wouldn't be the least bit surprised, if Laura Dern actually saw this coming. As hard as she may have tried, they probably didn't have much in common except sexual passion. When the passion dies down and the realities of day to day living set in, that's when you're forced to see things as they really are and I guess Ben Harper just couldn't see himself "growing old" with Laura Dern. If they had no PRENUP in place, Laura Dern is entitled to spousal support and HE SHOULD PAY! From what I can understand, the only way for Ben Harper to avoid paying her, is to prove that they did not combine the assets they individually had before they married which may be EASIER SAID THAN DONE! If they actually married in a "non community property" state, he just may prevail.

1474 days ago
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