Tom Welling married Jamie White in 2002. She filed for divorce late in 2013, but their divorce took two years to finalize, leaving everyone guessing whether it was over or not. Meanwhile, however, Tom is engaged to his long-time girlfriend Jessica Lee.
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More than ten years married
Tom Welling and Jamie White reportedly met in a coffee shop in Miami in 1998. It took them four years to walk down the aisle and at the time Tom was already gaining fame for his portrayal of a young Superman on the show Smallville.
The couple lived for the duration of the filming of the show in Vancouver, which made up the longest time of their marriage. Once the show was over, in 2011, they moved back to L.A. and only a year after that the couple separated.
Finally, in October 2013 Jamie filed for divorce, citing nothing more exciting than irreconcilable differences.
The timeline is noteworthy, mind you.
Why the divorce?
His role on Smallville was thus far the biggest of Tom’s career and he is now 41. Looking at his recent work, not much has been happening. How does a couple, who lives happily in Vancouver during the busiest and most exciting time of his career, end up divorcing once they return to the centre of the film industry in L.A.?
Tom is a private man and doesn’t want to be a celebrity at all. Los Angeles is not exactly conducive to that. But is there a chance his career slumped because he was too recognizable as young Clark Kent? He’s changed since then and looks a lot more mature these days, but the lack of continuous engagements must have taken their toll on him and consequently on his marriage.
It is rare enough that an actor/model relationship lasts long, but those two managed to be together for 14 years before separating. Can we truly consider the timing of their split a coincidence? Probably not.
Finalizing the divorce
For a while, nearly two years in fact, nobody knew whether the divorce had been finalized. Indeed, it actually took those two years to finalize the divorce.
Since there had been no news about the divorce for a long time, we assumed that it wasn’t contentious. The estranged couple had been separated for ten months before Jamie filed and apart from asking for spousal support, they would just divide their assets. They had no children to consider, which is a little surprising after such a long relationship, but perhaps they didn’t want children.
Or perhaps that’s another reason their relationship ended. That happens frequently when one partner wants children and the other one does not. But it’s impossible to know who might have wanted them and who didn’t.
Finally, in November 2015 the news that the divorce was finalized made the rounds. The financial settlement included that Tom was to pay 20% of his net income to Jamie. The amount was thus not set because it will depend on his annual income, which will differ year on year. Interestingly, anything above $5 million would remain Tom’s.
Also, the two owned a horse farm together and Jamie kept all but one of the horses.
Engaged to Jessica
Somewhere around the time of the divorce, Tom started dating Jessica Lee. It’s not entirely clear when the two started dating, but Jessica started posting pictures of the two of them in 2015.
In April 2018, the two posted several pictures on social media that indicated they had become engaged. Tom called Jessica his fiancée and she was very clearly over the moon happy.
A wedding date has not been set and they don’t seem to be in a hurry to get married either. They’ve been going strong for over three years and will get married in good time. Whether they will also add children to their new family remains to be seen.