A few years ago, some rather unpleasant allegations and divorce rumours made the rounds about Duane Martin and Tisha Campbell. For a while, it looked as if they had overcome the onslaught. But in February 2018 Tisha finally pulled the plug and filed for divorce. Now things are getting acrimonious.
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Duane’s friendship with Will Smith
You will be excused if you’ve never heard of the allegations that Will Smith has been having an affair with his good friend Duane Martin. Those rumours aren’t new, mind you. In fact, they have apparently been around for years.
Duane and Will have been friends a long time. Duane and Tisha have been married since 1996. A year longer than Will and Jada. But Duane and Will have been so-called besties for a long time. In fact, both couples have been good friends for many years.
When allegations about the closeness of their relationships were made in the past, Tisha has taken a protective stance. But it can’t always have been easy.
Their first crisis
Duane and Tisha have two sons. Their first crisis hit in 2007 when TMZ spread a rumour that Duane was set to end his then 11-year marriage after coming out. Well, Duane never actually came out. He and Tisha went on the record together saying that nothing can touch their 17-year relationship, especially not unfounded rumours.
When asked if they were getting a divorce, Tisha answered with a resounding “hell no!”.
But five years later the rumours were still not buried. In fact, new allegations made the rounds. Apparently, Duane was so desperate to get out of his marriage that he allowed their four homes to foreclose just so he wouldn’t have to hand anything over to her in their divorce.
Filing for bankruptcy
It’s been reported that Duane had failed to pay the mortgages, which is why the homes were foreclosed. One would assume, however, that the couple’s combined income would allow them to pay their mortgages. And if payments were a problem, why not downsize?
Well, in 2016 Duane and Tisha were forced to file for bankruptcy in an attempt to reorganize their ailing finances. Despite both being working actors, which should guarantee a decent regular income, they both claimed a joined income of less than $8,000 per month. That’s not an income anyone can sustain the upkeep of four homes on. Their money issues surely didn’t help strengthen their relationship.
More divorce rumours
Be that as it may, once more divorce rumours had the blogosphere abuzz, this time not just reiterating Duane’s relationship with Will Smith, but also alleging that Tisha had had same-sex liaisons and additionally slept with Damon Wayans and Martin Lawrence when she was co-starring on shows with them. Never mind that she once sued Martin Lawrence for inhumane working conditions on the set of his show.
It’s even been said that Duane and Tisha have an open marriage, which was increasingly becoming their undoing.
Thus far the couple has shot down any rumours and has always shown up as a united front. They simply seem to have decided that tabloid gossip can’t hurt them and moved on.
For all we were able to see, the two are actually quite happy together and very supportive of each other, especially after Tisha came out as a rape victim a few years ago. Whilst the incident happened in her childhood, Duane seemed to be someone she could easily lean on. The two had been together for over 22 years, which makes this hardly surprising.
What is slightly curious, though, is that any divorce rumours that Will Smith has to go through with his wife Jada never include rumours about him being gay.
And finally, a divorce
In the end, having each other’s backs, sharing two children, weathering a slew of rumours throughout the years and continuing together through adversity was not enough. In February 2018, Tisha filed for divorce from Duane.
According to insiders, things had been getting so bad as to be unbearable over the last two years and whilst Tisha apparently claimed to attempt a “conscious uncoupling” (a term coined by Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin when they separated), she finally decided to get a divorce.
Tisha herself announced the divorce on Twitter, calling it an emotional time after 27 years together. She quoted Duane as saying that they’ll be family forever. But apparently, it was still time to take different paths.
Regardless of what they said initially, things have turned sour since the divorce filing. Tisha reportedly requested spousal support as well as joint physical and legal custody of their two children. Later she claimed that Duane had been hiding money from her during their marriage, which Duane vehemently denied. In turn, he has then filed for spousal support, apparently only in an attempt to be vindictive.
Whilst the two are said to have agreed on all custody agreements, sorting out the financial aspect of their divorce is going to take a little longer. Hopefully, they won’t tear each other apart.