The genetically blessed pair, who started dating in 2005 and said “I do” in 2011, are getting divorced, according to multiple reports, including People, Us, and TMZ. Burke is the one who filed in L.A. County on Friday.
A rep for Burke, who rose to fame as the host of Wild On… and won the mirror ball on Dancing With the Stars in 2008, has not yet responded to Yahoo’s request for comment. She runs the website Modern Mom, so expect the news to come out of there.
Brooke, 46, told Working Mother in 2010 that she actually met the Baywatch alum-turned-real estate developer, 45, when they were 21. “We had an on-and-off relationship for many years, then we were friends for a long period of time,” she said. “After I separated from my husband [plastic surgeon Garth Fisher] in 2005, we got back in touch again and decided it was now or never. And we made a commitment and moved in together a year later.”
They got engaged in 2006 and had two children — Heaven Rain, 11, and Shaya, 10 — but that didn’t make them race down the aisle. Their long engagement ended in 2011 when they secretly tied the knot in St. Barts. “It was pure love, commitment, and romance that lead me to marry David in such a picture-perfect way,” she said soon after. “Trust me when I say that my love story has been unpredictable at times. But this day was a long time coming, beautifully staged, and totally meant to be.”
At that time, Brooke explained the reason they didn’t marry before then. “Honestly, I was happy with how things were,” she admitted. “But something changed this past year. To stand with David in the middle of the Caribbean sea and exchange our promise to one another seemed so powerful and meaningful. It was the greatest gift that I could give to us and to our children.”
The last few years haven’t been without drama, however. Burke, who also has two daughters from her marriage to Fisher (Sierra, 16, and Neriah, 18), announced in 2012 that she had thyroid cancer and underwent surgery. And for several years, they battled with a Malibu neighbor, The Bachelor creator Mike Fleiss.
But just last year, it seemed things between the two were solid. In an interview with New You, Burke said her failed first marriage, which lasted from 2001 to 2005, still weighed on her. “I regret having a marriage that didn’t work, because divorce is ‘forever’ for children,” she said. “I regret that my two oldest daughters have to grow up knowing that sometimes a family falls apart. That’s my heartbreaking life lesson. But I’m happy that they can see love now.”
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