Sylvester Stallone and Jennifer Flavin decided to end their relationship after 25 years of marriage.
Flavin officially filed for divorce on Friday at a court in Palm Beach County, Florida. According to Closer Weekly, who first reported the split, the former model is requesting exclusive use of their Palm Beach home while the divorce is finalized by the court and is asking that their joint business ventures be dealt with at a later time. She also accused Stallone of hiding marital assets, as the documents state that, “the Husband has engaged in the intentional dissipation, depletion and/or waste of marital assets which has had an adverse economic impact on the marital estate. Pursuant to Section 61.075, Florida Statues, equity dictates that the Wife be compensated and made whole by receiving an unequal distribution of the marital assets in her favor. Moreover, the Husband should be enjoined from, selling, transferring, assigning, encumbering, or dissipating any assets during the pendency of proceedings.” Stallone released a statement via his representative that read, “I love my family. We are amicably and privately addressing these personal issues.”
This announcement comes just a couple of days after Stallone was spotted covering up a tattoo of his estranged wife’s face on this right bicep with a new tattoo of a bullmastiff, Butkus, the dog from the Rocky films. The actor originally had a detailed portrait of Flavin’s face surrounded by greenery, flowers, and a tiger’s head on his upper arm. At the time, however, the actor’s representative insisted that the cover-up had nothing to do with his feelings towards his wife. “Mr. Stallone intended to refresh the tattoo image of his wife Jennifer however the results were unsatisfactory and, unfortunately, unfixable,” they said. “As a result, he had to cover the original image with a tattoo of his dog from Rocky, Butkus. Mr. Stallone loves his family. The Stallones are presently filming a reality show together which will debut on Paramount+.”
Stallone and Flavin first met in 1988 at a restaurant in Beverly Hills, California. Stallone had already been divorced twice at the time, having first been married to Sasha Czack from 1974 to 1985 and then actress Brigitte Nielsen from 1985 to 1987. He also already had one son from his first marriage, Seargeoh, and another older son, Sage, from a prior relationship with Starlin Wright. Sage died, however, in 2012. Stallone and Flavin welcomed their first daughter Sophia Rose in 1996, marrying the following year. In 1998, they would give birth to their second daughter, Sistine Rose, and in 2002, their family was completed with the arrival of their third daughter, Scarlet Rose.
The announcement of their divorce comes just three months after the couple celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary. Stallone wrote on Instagram at the time, “Happy 25th anniversary to my amazing wife. There is not enough words to describe what this incredibly selfless dedicated, patient, woman has meant to our lives and I only wish they could be another 25! Thank you sweetheart!” Flavin added, “Happy 25th wedding anniversary to us! Thank you for always keeping me laughing, loving and protecting our beautiful family! Our marriage keeps getting better every year! I can’t wait to spend the rest of our lives together!” Her Instagram post has since been deleted.