Chris Rock, wife to part after 19 years

KEEPING MUM: Rock accepting the Hollywood Comedy Film Award for his most recent film, Top Five, on Nov 14. He and Compton-Rock have two daughters.


    Dec 30, 2014

    Chris Rock, wife to part after 19 years


    COMEDIAN Chris Rock, 49, and his wife, Malaak Compton-Rock, 45, will divorce after nearly 20 years of marriage, People magazine reported on Sunday.

    "After much contemplation and 19 years of marriage, Chris and I have decided to go our separate ways," Compton-Rock was quoted as saying in a statement, People reported.

    Rock - best known for his trenchant comedy routines about relations between black people and white people - most recently wrote, directed and starred in the film Top Five, released earlier this month.

    Compton-Rock is the founder of Styleworks, a non-profit salon for women returning to work after receiving welfare benefits.

    The couple live in Alpine, New Jersey, with their two daughters aged 10 and 12, People said.

    Neither Rock's publicist nor his divorce lawyer responded to requests for comment on Sunday.