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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.

Woot    

Sad.

274 days ago
47.

Ralphie    

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

274 days ago
48.

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

274 days ago
49.

LB    

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

274 days ago
50.

R    

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

274 days ago
51.

areuforreal    

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

274 days ago
52.

atomic    

Maybe she still wants to "shop around".

274 days ago
53.

Terry    

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

274 days ago
54.

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.

274 days ago
55.

Regan Jagger    

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

274 days ago
56.

Tom    

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

274 days ago
57.

Mary    

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

274 days ago
58.

Scooter28    

According to a blog post I found, Toni has apparently decided that she's gay and now has a female partner.

http://kacysmoky.wordpress.com/2013/03/28/someone-asked-whatever-happened-to-the-captain-tennille/

274 days ago
59.

Factual    

Due to Obama care

274 days ago
60.

Kelly    

This is a disgrace! Did they even try to save their marriage?

274 days ago
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