Jerry Hall has filed for divorce from Rupert Murdockciting “irreconcilable differences” with the billionaire media mogul.
In a petition filed in a California court on Friday, six years after they were married, the former model sought spousal support and legal fees from the 91-year-old man.
It will be Murdoch’s fourth divorce. Hall was previously in a long-term relationship with Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones, with whom she has four children. Hall and Murdoch started dating in 2015 and married a year later.
According to reports in the US, the split came as a surprise to those close to the family.
In the petition, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, Hall said he was “unaware of the full nature and extent of all the [Murdoch’s] assets and debts, and will amend this petition when it becomes aware of the information.”
Hall, who turned 66 on Saturday, also requested that the court suspend his ability to grant support to Murdoch.
Hall’s lawyer, Ronald Brot, and a Murdoch spokesman did not immediately respond to The Guardian’s request for comment. News Corp, of which Murdoch is chief executive, had no comment.
Hall and Murdoch, who is believed to be worth £14bn, married in a low-key ceremony in March 2016 at Spencer House in London.
Hall has reportedly been left “heartbroken” and “devastated” for the sudden end of their marriage, allegedly blaming their children for “ruining the marriage.”
According to the Daily Mail, she was waiting for Murdoch in the UK when she received an email from him telling her that their marriage was over and that she should only contact him through his lawyers. She reportedly told a friend: “I still love him. I’m devastated.”
The newspaper reports that tensions between Hall and his children began during the pandemic when she allegedly took on a “gatekeeper” role to protect him from Covid. She reportedly believes this led her family to believe that she was trying to cut her off from him.
The couple signed a prenuptial agreement.
In June, the New York Times reported that the expected divorce was unlikely to change the ownership structure of the companies in which he has stakes.
Murdoch is co-chairman of Fox News Channel’s parent company, Fox Corporation, and controls News Corp, which owns News UK, which publishes the Times, Sunday Times and Sun, through a Nevada-based family trust that has approximately 40% participation in the voting shares of each company.