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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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241.

Sharon    

TMZ ... This time, please, BUTT OUT AND BACK OFF. This couple deserves compassion and support, not B.S. This time, please, TAKE A HIKE!

238 days ago
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lsw6017    

kinda cute i saw on facebook a fan made a page called captain and tennille please stay together!!! haha see they have alot of devoted fans. So sad this happened wish them the best

238 days ago
243.

Terry    

Regarding Capt. & Tennille divorcing -- many people are divorcing due to the tremendous debt load they will be left with when a spouse with a chronic and/or fatal disease dies. A man I know wouild not marry his significant other who he loved very much to keep her from being saddled with outrageous debt for cancer treatment. My son is still paying off his late wife's 6 years of treatment for 2 kinds of cancer. She was diagnosed on their 1st anniversary. People who are now trying to avoid this kind of debt are not necessarily trying to avoid being there for their partner. I pray will Capt. & Tennille no matter the reason for the divorce.

238 days ago
244.

Coppermama    

I think it is for insurance purposes. There has to be more available if he was single.

237 days ago
245.

Slamdunkeroosky    

This divorce should not be allowed to happen because filing for divorce after 39 years of marriage is a round numbers violation! The Captain and Tennille should be forced to remain married until their 40th anniversary because that's a round and clean number and it will fulfill a numerical mitzvah! Not waiting until the 40th anniversary is a sin because 39 is a dirty number!

228 days ago
246.

Michael T. McCoy    

It's sad especially when the Captain was so sick when they separated. I once saw Toni Tennille do a brilliant George Gershwin concert. I guess love won't keep them together. Maybe after too many lonely nights, they will shop around for someone new. Sorry, I couldn't resist.

220 days ago
247.

Carol Jones    

Gary Bowden advertising at clarksburg wv alias the captain on the captain&tennille when he and his girlfriend was having sex he got dog knotted in her private parts because he was hurting her got her pregnant and left her with her parents to take care of her and his child

173 days ago
248.

Carol Zirkle    

Shes not a muskrat she didn"t live down by the river where her husband daryl sexually assaulted a young woman and got her pregnant and walked off her the young woman at the river was asked by the captain if she would be his missy

144 days ago
249.

Carol Zirkle    

The captain raped and inpregnated someone else ms tennille was informed of the situation by the other woman if they live together its for the money because all the songs were about this other young woman and his unborn child the young womans name is on the songs and angel face was about the little boy he new was his son which he seen a time or two he could be sued but I don"t know if it will have to take place he used tennille and the younger woman to get money which he told the younger woman he had a plan and to take care of his son and he would come back he"s in Clarksburg, wv marketing and advertising he has turned their office into an office for his business they have been lieing to everyone about their stardom the younger womans son looks like gary"s dad Carmen Dragon and Gary"s right name other than a number of different aliases his right name is Gary R.Bowden and the younger woman he assaulted has 4 brothers and 3 sisters very angry at him for what he had done to their baby sister she was physically harmed,mentally traumatized and left to take care of his son it is eating him alive because of what he has done thats why hes in wv now and hes been living here since 76 with vicky his wife this is true and very sad because he had to give up his son because this younger woman had another man friend who knew the captain and discovered what the captain had done to the other younger woman . Carol Jones

139 days ago
250.

Cindy    

Ok, we all thought it but it isn't nice to say out loud ha ha ha!

133 days ago
251.

Dominic    

I can't believe this is happening, I was just getting out of elementary school when they started. Shame on Toni, she didn't even discuss the matter with Daryl. She just filed without saying a thing. She may as well have just left and disappear without a trace.

118 days ago
252.

jessica    

why don't you young people go & youtube this couple if you want to know what real talent is. i'm sure you've been neglected to what true talent is if you were born in the 80's or 90's.

93 days ago
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