After initially announcing their decision to split this past March, Bobby Flay and Stephanie March, his wife of 10 years, have officially finalized their divorce, they confirmed in a joint statement to Us Weekly on Friday, July 17.
"We have come to an amicable divorce settlement,” the couple said. “We look forward to putting this difficult time behind us and we ask that you respect our privacy as we move forward."
The pair have been making headlines amid the disintegration of their marriage these past few months, including reports that the celebrity chef cheated on the Law & Order: SVU actress, 40.
According to Page Six, Flay, 50, was having an affair with his assistant Elyse Tirrell, 28, a “singer/actress who worked as a hostess at the chef’s Bar Americain in 2008.”
Flay’s rep discounted the claims, explaining that the accusations were “continued efforts by certain parties to spread rumors and innuendo.”
“This specific allegation was in a letter sent from one attorney in this case to the other,” the statement continued. “It was written and then leaked specifically to try to insert this story into the press, and that’s unfortunate. Even more unfortunate is that all of this is being done in order to renegotiate a prenuptial agreement that was agreed to over a decade ago and never amended during the marriage.”
At the time, March’s lawyers were contesting the couple’s prenup, which stated that Flay would pay his ex $5,000 a month.
The couple’s marital problems were made public once more on June 2 when a plane bearing a “Cheater” banner flew overhead during Flay’s Hollywood Walk of Fame indictment ceremony. March’s lawyer denied that her client had anything to do with the stunt.
“Stephanie is absolutely not behind [this],” her attorney, Deborah Lans, told Us Weekly.
Flay and March do not have any children together, though March is stepmom to Flay’s 18-year-old daughter Sophie, whom he shares with his second ex-wife, TV personality Kate Connelly. Flay was also previously married for two years in the early ‘90s, to fellow chef Debra Ponzek.
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