Chris Rock and Wife of 19 Years Split

Chris Rock and Wife

Chris Rock and his wife, Malaak Compton-Rock, are ending their marriage after nearly 20 years together.

Rock’s attorney, Robert S. Cohen, confirmed the couple’s split in a statement released late Sunday.

“Chris Rock has filed for divorce from his wife, Malaak,” Cohen said in a statement. “This is a personal matter and Chris requests privacy as he and Malaak work through this process and focus on their family.”

“After much contemplation and 19 years of marriage, Chris and I have decided to go our separate ways,” Malaak Compton-Rock said in a statement Sunday. “Being fortunate enough to lead a life of service by working with those most vulnerable makes me well aware of life’s blessings, even when faced with difficulties.”

“While recognizing that this is a significant change, my children remain at the center of my life and their well-being is my top priority. It is in this spirit that I sincerely ask that their privacy and the privacy of our family be respected during this transition in our lives.”

The couple have two daughters, 12-year-old Lola and 10-year-old Zahra. Malaak Compton-Rock is the founder of a nonprofit organization called styleWORKS, which helps women get jobs after going off welfare.

News of the split comes just as the comedian continues to promote his recently-released comedy film Top Five, which he also directed and wrote.

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