Dina Ruiz, 48, has finally revealed why she decided to officially file for divorce from her famous husband, 83-year-old Clint Eastwood, after 17 years of marriage. The celebrity couple announced a few months ago that they had been separated for the past year. After reportedly finding out that Eastwood was dating another younger woman, Ruiz filed for a legal separation, but then withdrew the documents a couple days later, leaving many people scratching their heads. The following month, Ruiz finally filed for divorce.
Eastwood’s soon-to-be ex-wife recently opened up to talk show host Bethenny Frankel about her confusion, the state of her marriage, and what prompted her to finally push for a divorce. Ruiz revealed that she was holding out in hopes that they could save their marriage, but when she realized they weren’t getting back together, she decided it was time to move on. “I think there is a mental chokehold on you when you don’t have something in place that shows you are definitely apart.”
Even though the celebrity couple has officially broken up and Eastwood has reportedly moved on with someone new, Ruiz maintains that there is no bad blood; she still admires her ex-husband and has no regrets about marrying him. “He is the sweetest; he is a loving, kind, low-key person, so my intuition was still great on marrying a good person.”
The celebrity couple isn’t the only ones who are better off with this divorce—Ruiz says their16-year-old daughter is also happier now that their troubled marriage is in the past. “My baby is loving life right now. She’s great because she says I am a lot more fun and relaxed and she goes and sees her dad in Los Angeles or at home.” Eastwood even took the teenager along with him and his older daughter, 20-year-old Francesca Eastwood, to the Coachella music and art festival in California. “He does fun stuff like that with them, so they are getting a fun version of dad and a more chill version of mom and life is good for the kids,” said Ruiz. “They are pretty happy.”
Malec, B., “Dina Eastwood Talks Divorce From Clint Eastwood, Says ‘Lovely’ Ex Took Kids to Coachella,” E! News web site, December 9, 2013; http://goo.gl/ZDS4ji.
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