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Neil Young Files For Divorce From Wife Pegi Young After 36 Years

Tue, August 26, 2014 9:12pm EDT by 20 Comments
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Iconic rock star Neil Young has filed for divorce from Pegi Young, his wife of 36 years, according to a new report. The couple have been married for 36 years and have two children together, one of whom has cerebral palsy.

Neil Young, 68, reportedly filed to end his marriage to Pegi Young, 61, in July 2014. The couple were married in 1977 and have collaborated on countless songs together throughout the years. Pegi is the inspiration behind Neil’s most popular love ballads!

Neil Young Divorce From Wife Pegi Young: Performer Files After 36 Years

Neil filed a petition to end his marriage to Pegi on July 29 in San Mateo, California, according to Rolling Stone. The report states that a divorce hearing is scheduled for December 12, 2014. 

The longtime couple have an epic love story. They first met at a diner near Neil’s home in California. Neil went into the restaurant to eat — and Pegi was there working as a waitress, according to Billboard. Neil wrote the song “Unknown Legend” about meeting Pegi at that diner. 

The couple collaborated on multiple songs and tours together during their 36 year marriage. Pegi even sang backup vocals for Neil when he performed “Philadelphia” at the 1994 Academy Awards ceremony.

The couple have two children together, Ben (born in 1978) and Amber Jean (born in 1984). Ben has cerebral palsy. Neil is also the father to Zeke (born in 1972) — his mom is actress Carrie Snodgress. Zeke also has cerebral palsy.

Neil and Pegi co-founded a school for children with physical impairments in 1986, according to Billboard. The school is called “Bridge School.”

Neil Young: Inspired By Pegi Young During Their Long Marriage

Besides “Unknown Legend,” Pegi also inspired some of Neil’s most poignant and popular songs, including “Once An Angel” and “Such A Woman.” Neil and Pegi were scheduled to perform together at Farm Aid in Raleigh, North Carolina on September 13, but Rolling Stone says Pegi’s name has now been removed from the performer lineup. Starting in October, Neil is set to perform a series of solo acoustic dates across the United States.

Neither Neil nor Pegi have commented yet on the reported breakup.

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