Richard Marx declares that his divorce from Cynthia Rhodes is nobody’s business but theirs

After a 25-year marriage Richard Marx and Cynthia Rhodes went separate ways. We will likely never know what led to the split. Cynthia is a private person and Richard will never talk about it publicly. In the meantime, he remarried and is happy with Daisy Fuentes.

Too young to be with him

Cynthia Rhodes & Richard Marx

Cynthia Rhodes & Richard Marx

At about seven years his senior, Cynthia Rhodes decided that Richard Marx was much too young for her to date when she met him in 1983. She would have been 26 and he still only 19. Richard was commissioned to write a song for the movie Staying Alive, in which Cynthia starred opposite John Travolta.

It took another two years for them to meet again and it was then that Richard decided to really go after Cynthia. Instead of dating him herself, however, Cynthia tried setting Richard up with her girlfriends, but he later said that he would only talk about Cynthia to them. Finally, she relented and the two began dating. That was in 1985.

Three years later, after Richard had debuted his first album very successfully and Cynthia had starred as Penny Johnson in Dirty Dancing the previous year, the two seemed to just be taking off in their respective careers and Richard thought about marrying Cynthia.

He has been married to Cynthia for half his life and still seems to care for her, so of course, it was painful. There is no doubt that these two will forever be in each other’s lives, but their story together is over now and it’s time to open a new chapter.

25 years of marriage

For her part, Cynthia may have been jealous of his gazillion female fans, but Richard really only had eyes for her. A year later, in 1989, the two were married. Soon pregnant, Cynthia decided to retire from her career to simply become a full-time mom.  It would seem she only wanted one job in her life and give it 100%. That job turned out to be motherhood.

The couple ended up having three sons together.

Richard said that Cynthia never regretted her choice, even though she retired at what can now be considered the height of her career. She was beautiful and a very talented dancer and would no doubt have moved on to star in more movies that would have made use of her talents. But instead, she wanted to be the best mother she could possibly be.

Richard Marx and Cynthia Rhodes look stunning

Richard Marx and Cynthia Rhodes look stunning

Perhaps with dad Richard having such a busy music career, often on tour and thus away from home, she wanted to provide her sons with as much stability as possible. That would have been difficult to maintain had she continued her own career in the film industry.

Since none of the three boys has ever made any negative press, it seems she’s done a good job. Children of musicians and/or actors have been known to attract trouble more easily. But in all likelihood, Cynthia grounded the boys and it certainly would have helped that Richard Marx leads a fairly tame life as a musician – as far as anyone knows anyway.

No longer waiting for her

In a 2012 interview Richard gushed about his remarkable wife and how lucky and blessed he has been with her, but in April 2014 it became public knowledge that the two were about to divorce and had, in fact, been separated since July 2013. Richard, who once wrote “Right here waiting” for Cynthia, was apparently no longer waiting for her. Or perhaps it was the other way around.

Richard said that he will never delve into the reasons for their divorce. It was nobody’s business but their own and he has nothing but love and respect for Cynthia, whom he called an amazing person. He didn’t deny that it had been a painful time and recently their shared home of 17 years had been put on the market, which can’t have been easy.

He has been married to Cynthia for half his life and still seems to care for her, so of course, it was painful. There is no doubt that these two will forever be in each other’s lives, but their story together is over now and it’s time to open a new chapter.

Thankfully their sons are all adults now, which means they can gain a better understanding of their parents’ split and there is no custody to be considered. We’re not sure when the divorce was finalized. But it was probably an uncontested divorce and the two parted ways amicably, Richard making sure that Cynthia was financially taken care of. She has given up her career, after all, and has no income of her own.

Moving on apart

Whilst there is obviously nothing known of Cynthia’s love life moving on from their marriage because she refuses to give interviews, preferring to live privately instead, Richard went on to getting rather cosy with Daisy Fuentes, who co-wrote and starred in the music video of “Beautiful Goodbye”. The two celebrated her 48th birthday together and have been seen frequently in each other’s company.

Indeed, knowing that Richard goes after the woman he wants, we weren’t surprised to learn that the two tied the knot in December 2015. That means several things. Firstly, his divorce from Cynthia was final by that time. Secondly, he would have known Daisy long enough to make such a significant move. Whilst he may not be one to hesitate to make his feelings known, one might want to assume that Richard’s feelings for Daisy were the reason behind his split from Cynthia.

At the very least, he was willing and ready to move on from his 25-year marriage relatively soon, even if we consider that Cynthia and Richard have separated in 2013.

Regardless, Richard and Daisy are apparently very happy together and crazy in love, surprised at the depth of feeling even though they’re 53 and 50 years old, respectively. Listening to them, it seems unlikely that those two will ever have a divorce.

Additional sources: billboard.com   closerweekly.com   eu.naplesnews.com

Richard Marx and Cynthia Rhodes picture perfect

Richard Marx and Cynthia Rhodes picture perfect

Richard Marx and Cynthia Rhodes with their kids

Richard Marx and Cynthia Rhodes with their kids

Cynthia Rhodes & Richard Marx look gorgeous!

Cynthia Rhodes & Richard Marx look gorgeous!

Cynthia Rhodes & Richard Marx pretty smiling

Cynthia Rhodes & Richard Marx pretty smiling

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