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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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61.

Vote2012    

Wow can't believe the Captain is 71 years old and still wearing that stupid Captains cap....he does not own a boat, but for 50 years he has thought he was a Captain?

276 days ago
62.

Dfer    

Whatever....

276 days ago
63.

toddpugz7111    

no more muskrat love.

276 days ago
64.

Clyde T.M. Nestra    

If you live long enough, you get to see some amazing things...sadly, this is one of them.

276 days ago
65.

Youdontknowme    

Could be an imsurance issue more than anything.

276 days ago
66.

YouDontSay    

Damn that is so sad. If it is because it helps financially then it is completely sad and wrong. Marriage?

276 days ago
67.

Debbie    

I listen to there music when I was a teen... Sorry to hear the bad news you two were great together....

276 days ago
68.

Don    

Wow, women are really leading the way in divorce these days. What did the captain do? Leave the toilet seat up?

276 days ago
69.

I know why    

I know why. He has parkinsons and if he is using his Medicare to pay for treatment the government can if his treatment goes over a certain amount seize their property at the time of his death to pay for the costs. her filing for divorce she gets half of everything and the government can;t touch the any of it.

276 days ago
70.

Don    

Wow, women are really leading the way in divorce these days. What did the captain do? Leave the toilet seat up?

276 days ago
71.

Don    

Here we go. If this isn't for insurance reasons then it is a result of the pandemic of selfish women kicking a man when he is down. The whole milf/cougar thing is the cause. Women trying to relive the glory does of being a harlot. What in the hell is wrong with us? Married is a dead institution, and it isn't for the lack of men not trying to be husbands.

276 days ago
72.

Chuckawobbly    

How shocking. I thought they would remain married forever. Who divorces in their seventies? I don't know. It's very sad. I grew up listening to their music and still do. For those young people who don't know who they are, you can go to youtube and check them out. Toni and Daryl toured with the Beach Boys and were credited as performing on several Elton John albums and Toni Tennille's name can be found on Pink Floyd's The Wall...very cool...how many people can lay claim to that? Very sad.

276 days ago
73.

RC from Sierra Nevada GC    

Toni is a doll and I am sure she has a very good reason to do what she wants for all party's involved!
RC in the Grey Lincoln

276 days ago
74.

Blonde Ambition    

They were happy to be child-free & apparently happy to be out of the limelight. Maybe Toni was just tired of nursing him through his Parkinson's & wanted to see if there still was life out there. Yeah, so much for "in sickness & in health" ...

276 days ago
75.

maggie    

You jinxed them the other day when you said how long they had been married!!!!!

276 days ago
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