August 7, 2005
Actor Eddie Murphy’s wife files for divorce
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Actor Eddie Murphy's wife of 12
years, Nicole, filed for divorce from the star on Friday and
sought joint custody of their five children, court papers
Murphy, 44, issued a statement saying, "The welfare of our
children is our main concern, and their best interests are our
The "Saturday Night Live" alumnus and star of such films as
"Beverly Hills Cop" and remakes of "Dr. Dolittle" and "The
Nutty Professor" has five children with the former Nicole
Mitchell, a model, whom he married in March 1993.
Murphy also has a son from a previous relationship.
Nicole Murphy cited "irreconcilable differences" in seeking
a divorce and asked for joint custody of the children, who
range in age from 3 to 15. She also sought spousal support.