Ashley Judd & Race Car Driver Dario Franchitti Ending Marriage

Wed, January 30, 2013 10:12am EST by 3 Comments
Ashley Judd Split

After 12 years of marriage, Ashley and Dario announced on Jan. 29 that they have split. So sad. Keep reading for their official statement.

Ashley Judd and Dario Franchitti announced on Jan. 29 that they were separating after over a decade of marriage. Ashley, 44, and Dario, 39, who married in 2001 in Scotland, “mutually decided” to end their marriage. They have no children.

Ashley Judd & Dario Franchitti End Their Marriage

Ashley and Dario made a joint statement, which was sweet as they said that they will always remain family.

“We have mutually decided to end our marriage,” Ashley and Dario told PEOPLE. “We’ll always be family and continue to cherish our relationship based on the special love, integrity, and respect we have always enjoyed.”

Ashley is most famous for her acting career, starring in films such as Kiss the Girls and Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, while Dario is an IndyCar driver and three-time Indianapolis 500 champion.

Shortly after the news broke, Ashley tweeted: “Family forever. @dariofranchitti.” Dario later responded with a tweet of his own: “@ashleyjudd family forever.”

The couple met at a friends wedding reception in 1999, and married two years later. They never had children, but they share two dogs.

Ashley has only ever spoken highly about her soon-to-be ex-husband:

“It is difficult to overstate how proud I am of my husband,” Judd told USA TODAY Sports in 2008, when Dario briefly left IndyCar for NASCAR. “His willingness to chuck everything he knew — and at which he excelled at the highest level — for something totally new and unknown, I think he is utterly courageous. How many of us have that type of humility and adventuresome spirit?”

It’s such a shame that Ashley and Dario have separated, but it’s nice that they still have such affection for each other.

What do YOU think HollywoodLifers? Do you think it’s sad that the marriage has broken down?

– Eleanore Hutch

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Posted at 11:49 PM on January 30, 2013  

It’s so obvious that Dario initiated the divorce. Check out their recent twitter feed. On December 12th, their 11th anniversary, she tweeted this (as usual, over the top) gushing message: “Experiencing a profoundly poignant, unique, beautiful 11th Wedding Anniversary
with my Love, @dariofranchitti Family is irreplaceable.” And he tweeted – exactly nothing.

Sometime around the end of December she went into a tweeting frenzy, tagging him something like 50 times in a month, referring to “family” and “my love” and “my darling Dario” etc etc. And how many times did he tweet about her in the same period? Exactly once. About the stray cats in the house in Tennessee.

Going back through his twitter feed, he only mentioned her one other time in the past six months.

Seems to me, he decided sometime last year that he was done with her special brand of crazy narcissism, and after making sure that he definitely wanted a divorce, he told her in late December. Since she is absolutely tone-deaf when it comes to other people’s feelings (they are merely props in her own mythology of how she FEELS more deeply than other people) … she probably had NO IDEA this was coming. Stunned, she spent all of January trying to reel him back in, but when it didn’t work – they announced the split.

At least, that’s what I infer from what I have learned about her (including from people who worked/socialized with her and/or Dario) … and from their incredibly lopsided tweets.

And now, Dario can look forward to marrying a nice normal girl, and making beautiful babies with her. He’s not even 40 yet, he has time! And I can stop sticking pins in voodoo dolls of Dario before every Indycar race, and actually root for him, because he seems like a really nice guy. Who had a 13-year lapse in sanity.

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Posted at 12:54 PM on March 13, 2013  

Holy f. YOU have issues

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Posted at 11:05 AM on January 30, 2013  

It was only a matter of time before her “mental” issues got the best of him.

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