The successful singer leaves his wife of 25 years and starts life anew
The famed pop singer, Richard Marx, and his actress wife, Cynthia Rhodes have decided to call it quits after nearly 25 years of marriage. While appearing on the TV talk show series Katie, Richard announced to its host, Katie Couric, that he was single again following his divorce. Judging from Katie’s surprised reaction, his divorce was probably not public knowledge until that point.
Following his public announcement on Katie, one of Marx’s representatives confirmed to People Magazine that Richard and his wife Cynthia had separated since July last year and that they were currently going through a divorce. This announcement has no doubt come as a shock to many of the pop singer’s fans around the world. Richard and Cynthia got married in 1989 and since then they have had three sons together – Brandon, 23; Lucas, 21; and Jesse, 20.
Marx, now 50, shot to fame in the 80s and 90s with hits like “Hold on to the Night” and “Right Here Waiting”. Interestingly, it was a love letter written to his then girlfriend, Rhodes, that ended up as the hit song “Right Here Waiting” that featured on his 1989 album, Repeat Offender. The single was No 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 single chart for over three weeks. His commercial success met critical acclaim with his Grammy win in 2004 for “Dance with my Father” which the pop singer had co-written with Luther Vandross.
His estranged wife, Cynthia Rhodes, 57 is widely remembered for her role in some of the most popular movies of the era including Dirty Dancing and Flash Dance. Many of her fans also remember her for starring opposite John Travolta in Staying Alive, the sequel to Saturday Night Fever. After having children with her husband, Marx, she moved to Chicago to focus on raising her family full time.
Though Cynthia is yet to make a statement about the couple’s on-going divorce, her soon to be divorced husband, Marx at least seems optimistic about the future. On his interview with Katie Couric, the pop star commented about his new single status that – “No, it’s all brand new to me,” the 50-year-old singer said. “So I’m just having fun.”