Cuba Gooding Jr. and his wife of 20 years, Sara Kapfer, have reportedly split up.
The Oscar-winning actor’s wife filed court documents seeking a legal separation from the “Jerry Maguire” star on Tuesday.
Sara is asking for joint legal and physical custody of their children, Spencer, Mason and Piper, and child support will be determined at a later date.
The couple tied the knot in 1994 after meeting in high school.
“The Butler” star gushed about his wife just last year on “The View”, but admitted it was hard to spend time with the family while performing on Broadway.
He told the co-hosts, “When you do films, you’re away from the family, but I can still fly them in or fly home to see them, so… my wife and I… have this rule – never go more than three or four weeks without seeing each other. But I knew this commitment meant that I would be in New York City for a long time; I’m here possibly through September, so it’s a bit of a pull on that to keep the household together. But she allowed me to be indulgent for obvious reasons… This is a once in a lifetime opportunity.”
The 46-year-old actor explained of his marriage, “Like I always say Its been five women [in one] I was with. The high-school girl, then the college girl, the newlywed and the mother… she has been changing to this other woman that I have to introduce myself to every few years. And thank god I’ve fallen in love with every one. Now she’s dealing with the kids leaving the house.”
He jokingly added, “I wanna kill her sometimes”.
Cuba won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Rod Tidwell in the 1996 film “Jerry Maguire”, starring alongside Tom Cruise.
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