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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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46.

emme    

Old balls.

210 days ago
47.

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.

210 days ago
48.

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.

210 days ago
49.

Woot    

Sad.

210 days ago
50.

Ralphie    

I'm always embarrassed for those who have to ask 'who' someone is...how sad.

210 days ago
51.

Obamais still aracist    

if its for insurance reasons shame on you Obama shame, worried about gay marriage but not long married people. that is a crime

210 days ago
52.

LB    

I think this is for health reasons. She is not abandoning him.

210 days ago
53.

R    

The truth could be that he could receive better health benefits if they divorced. Sad but true.

210 days ago
54.

areuforreal    

Thought he died years ago. Nothing is forever in this life. She is a lowlife for doing that to him at that age.

210 days ago
55.

atomic    

Maybe she still wants to "shop around".

210 days ago
56.

Terry    

Listen to the Kids on here , going "Who Are They". Love it don't yea.

210 days ago
57.

GRAMPZ    

Say it is'nt so. After all those years you would think they could work out any problem no matter what. Give it another try T and go for the 50.

210 days ago
58.

Regan Jagger    

This is so sad. I had their cassette...Yes I am old! I loved their TV show and their cute Bulldogs!

210 days ago
59.

Tom    

After that long married it seems like they would be glued at the hips together.

210 days ago
60.

Mary    

NO!!!!!!!!!!!!

210 days ago
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