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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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31.

johnnyboy    

I guess some sweet talkin' guy came along, singing a song, and Tennille messed around, she just wasn't strong.

243 days ago
32.

Denver    

It's awful that a couple together so long is divorcing. It's even worse when one of them has no idea why!!

243 days ago
33.

Usagi-chan    

It doesn't matter. Age doesn't matter. When you're out of love your out of love.

243 days ago
34.

Luz    

Ridiculous divorcing after 39 yard together!

243 days ago
35.

Lori Peltier    

After so many years together why? Aren't they a bit old to divorce??

243 days ago
36.

Jamey Hunter    

I thought they were already divorced. Oh well, it's really their private business.

243 days ago
37.

boo boo    

She's effing someone else.

243 days ago
38.

melodyann    

As a kid my parents loved the captain & tonille. This was the Hollywood couple who actually worked hard for a living & versus today's celebs ( Brittney spears etc) who prefer to lip synching & use special computer enhancements to appear as though they can sing, yet can't . This is not aimed at all singers/celebs, just most.

243 days ago
39.

thehoch    

I guess they didn't want to "Do That To Me One More Time" even one more time.

243 days ago
40.

F'U    

Wow! Marriage is like a really big investment,u invest time,money,companionship,not knowing when it's time to cash out on your returns.

243 days ago
41.

melodyann    

As a kid my parents loved the captain & tonille. This was the Hollywood couple who actually worked hard for a living & versus today's celebs ( Brittney spears etc) who prefer to lip synching & use special computer enhancements to appear as though they can sing, yet can't . This is not aimed at all singers/celebs, just most.

243 days ago
42.

StPeteRickster    

Harvey, You JINXED them. You guys were brainstorming about couples still together and you mentioned them very recently.

You could have been that last pebble before the rockslide....

243 days ago
43.

emme    

Old balls.

243 days ago
44.

MaryMRevis    

39 years??? Wow...yes very sad indeed when a long term marriage like this ends. It's seems Mr. Dragon isn't aware of any issues or grievances?. Maybe it's Ms. Tennille who is unaware, only THEY know for sure. Sounds like a lack of communication ..but after all these years?. Shaking my head here. I just hope maybe they can work on this. Yes marriage is HARD ASS WORK on BOTH parts, and having gone 39 years together, tells me something was there strong enough to last that long. I pray they both find it and gt it back again. Whatever their decision is in the end..may they find peace and common ground.

243 days ago
45.

mousetrap    

How do people get divorced after that many years? You fall out of infatuation? That happens after about 1 year. You grow bored? That happens after about 5 years. After that, it is just a solid friendship and partnership. That is all marriage is, is a lifelong solid friendship and partnership. If you are look for infatuational oohs and ahhs, don't get married. Something else may have happened here. Because these two have been married too long to expect anything rosy glassed.

243 days ago
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