It’s been a very interesting week for Kevin Costner as usual. On Tuesday, the representative of the actress Christine Costner (née Baumgartner) confirmed for divorce after more than 18 years of marriage. One day later, it was reported, but without confirmation, the reign of the actor as the patriarch Dutton on Yellowstone approx. By Wednesday, the internet seemed to be running with the narrative that the split had something to do with the settled infidelity.
So what happened to Kevin and Christine Costner? And is the divorce related to Yellowstone drama? Here’s what we know.
The couple separated a month ago
According to paperwork obtained by multiple outlets, Christine listed their separation date as April 11. That’s one month after the Costners attended the 2023 Oscars together and looked happy on the red carpet. She officially filed for divorce on May 1 citing irreconcilable differences. On Wednesday, Christine was photographed running errands in Santa Barbara, California without her wedding ring.
Kevin didn’t want a divorce
Although it was clear in the actor’s statement, says a source People this “wasn’t anything he wanted or was looking for, and if he could change the situation, he would.”
Kevin and Christine share three children: Cayden, 15, Hayes, 14, and Grace, 12. Another insider claimed Page Six the actor was “stunned” when Christine filed paperwork.
The actor’s rep previously told Yahoo Entertainment that “the split was due to circumstances beyond” Kevin’s “control”.
“It is very unfortunate that circumstances beyond his control resulted in Mr. Costner having to participate in the act of dissolving the marriage,” his publicist shared in a statement. “We ask that his, Christine’s and their children’s privacy be respected as they navigate this difficult time.”
Was there corruption involved?
The internet acts as judge and jury these days, so it’s no surprise that social media is convinced of Kevin’s alleged infidelity. One unverified rumor claimed that Costner stuffed someone who worked on him Yellowstone. (“Not true,” a source tells Yahoo.)
Kevin’s representative put an end to speculation in a statement to Yahoo on Thursday: “There is absolutely no suggestion of infidelity on the part of Mr. Costner.”
As for why people were quick to jump to that conclusion, it may have had something to do with Kevin’s previous marriage to Cindy Costner. In 1994, there was a rumor that his relationship with his childhood sweetheart had imploded due to on-set affairs. The estimated $80 million divorce settlement, per the Forbesone of the most expensive in Hollywood history.
Is this what it’s all about Yellowstone?
It’s not. Production sources tell Yahoo that Kevin’s divorce has nothing to do with why the back half of Season 5 has yet to be filmed.
“Honestly, many of us were surprised when the [divorce] news broke,” says an insider, adding that there was no sign the couple were previously on the rocks.
The question is very professional as Kevin films the second chapter of his passion project Horizon: An American Saga. It is not clear when production will take place Yellowstone resume and how involved he’ll be in the storyline, but a Yahoo source says it’s “highly likely” this will be Kevin’s last season.
Reps for Costner and Paramount did not return Yahoo’s request for comment on the show.
Added source People the divorce has nothing to do with it”. Yellowstone,” emphasizing: “The two cases are unrelated.”
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on Thursday, May 4 at 1:08 pm ET and has been updated.