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Captain & Tennille

Divorcing

Love WON'T Keep Us Together

1/22/2014 1:30 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Say it ain't so ... there's no Muskrat Love left for Captain & Tennille ... they're getting divorced ... and the Captain tells TMZ he didn't see it coming.

Toni (Tennille) filed legal docs in Arizona, claiming the marriage was "irretrievably broken."  They've been married for 39 years.

If you don't know ... you should.  They had a string of hits in the 70s, including "Love Will Keep Us Together," "Muskrat Love" and  "Do that to Me One More Time."

They were discovered by Neil Sedaka at The SmokeHouse restaurant in Burbank, near NBC.

Daryl Dragon (The Captain) is 71.  Yeah, it's Dragon.

Daryl tells TMZ ... "I don't know why she filed.  I gotta figure it out for myself first."  He also said they're still living together in the same house.

According to the divorce docs, obtained by TMZ, there's special mention about health insurance coverage, and that seems relevant, because in 2009 Toni blogged that Daryl had been diagnosed with Parkinson's.   In 2011 Toni updated the message, saying Daryl's tremors were so bad he was embarrassed to go out in public ... to restaurants, the movies, etc.

Here's what's unclear -- whether it's possible Toni really filed for health insurance reasons ... whether his coverage might be better if they were divorced.

The blog has an update on Jan 16, 2014, saying "The Captain & Tennille appeared to the public as them being the ideal model for a 'rock-solid' married pair.   But almost all people naturally evolve over time, & sometimes hidden feelings start to be uncovered ..."

It's a sad day for muskrats.




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136.

Babydoll    

UniversalYasMania (no spaces)

271 days ago
137.

Mikey    

That song is like listening to the Loony Tunes cartoon theme song over and over and over..........how did they last 40 years playing that song?

271 days ago
138.

Barry R. Skog    

Don't feel bad Captain! My wife did the same to me after 32 years! She is a real BITCH!!!!

271 days ago
139.

Miz_Fit    

I honestly thought he had died years ago.

271 days ago
140.

marcia    

aw those were the days... good clean music

271 days ago
141.

Pastblasting    

Hopefully (yet sadly) this divorce is a case of gaining enhanced medical benefits for a single person. I know a piece of paper wouldn't stand between someone's love and concern for their mate's well being, but it's a shame our government and our insurance industry has created this problem.

271 days ago
142.

fonzie    

So sad. Next thing you know, the Carpenters will get divorced.

271 days ago
143.

Steve    

He says he doesn't know but he is just a Captain. There could be a Major reason or just something more General on her mind.

271 days ago
144.

Linda    

They should be celebrated. What a descent couple. I hope all turns out well for them--they deserve it.

271 days ago
145.

Melcalrrt    

Look kiddies, if you were born after 1980 you won't know who this couple is. They were HUGE in the 1970's as huge as whoever it is you think is huge now. They took the music world by storm little girls all over were crazy about them and their music. Quit yer whining.

271 days ago
146.

Melcalrrt    

Look kiddies, if you were born after 1980 you won't know who this couple is. They were HUGE in the 1970's as huge as whoever it is you think is huge now. They took the music world by storm little girls all over were crazy about them and their music. Quit yer whining.

271 days ago
147.

Calico    

Weird fact - Toni did some short speaking parts on Pink Floyd's "The Wall."

How sad they are divorcing.

271 days ago
148.

David    

EYE saw this coming a mile away, so did Tennille.

271 days ago
149.

LIZ    

Well, I'm surprised, I thought she died a long time ago.

271 days ago
150.

Dennis    

I have always loved you two. God be with you both.

271 days ago
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