They were married in December 1998. And it was in December, 17 years later, that Keegan-Michael Key filed for divorce from his estranged wife Cynthia Blaise.
Keegan’s career had hardly begun when he married Cynthia. But in the last 10 years it has taken flight and especially during the last three years it seems Keegan has become unstoppable. His face is virtually everywhere. If there’s a comedy show he can guest-star on, he will. He’ll take other roles as well, mind you.
But he is a comedian at heart and has been nominated for an Emmy for his talents.
Cynthia has been acting in the past as well, but she’s working more as a dialect coach these days. She’s 12 years older than Keegan and unfortunately that means there’s more work for her behind the camera than in front of it.
We don’t know much about their marriage, but when pictured together they always seemed happy. Keegan often held Cynthia close and they were always smiling for the cameras. One hopes that it wasn’t just for the cameras they were smiling for, but also for each other when they were alone.
The announcement to divorce came unexpected. Keegan filed citing the ever handy ‘irreconcilable differences’. He has taken on a high-profile divorce lawyer and asked that spousal support be sorted later down the line. It indicates that he is willing to pay. Since the filing happened in California, assets are likely to be divided 50/50, because that’s the law of the land in the Golden State. Their former home was listed for sale in February and chances are that the money will be divided once the house is sold.
It seems unlikely that the couple had a prenup.
So, what happened? Did Keegan and Cynthia fall out of love? Did his career take off too much, resulting in more time apart than together? Did their age difference catch up to them?
The couple is childless. Keegan is only 45. What if he realized that he wants children now? It would be an unfortunate reason to divorce, if everything else was going well, but it wouldn’t be entirely surprising. Cynthia is definitely past the age of bearing children.
This is all speculation, of course. We don’t know the details and likely never will. It somehow weighs more heavily when a comedian gets a divorce. The funny men and women bring usually so much joy into our lives that it’s hard to imagine that their private lives aren’t also full of joy and laughter.
Keegan seems to be too busy to be unhappy, however. He also seems too busy to be dating anyone new just yet.
We hope the two will manage to sort things out amicably. Chances are the divorce will be finalized sooner rather than later and the ex-couple will move on without each other.