This Is Us star Justin Hartley has filed for divorce from his wife of two years, Chrishell Stause, just one week after the couple appeared happy and in love at The Hollywood Reporter Golden Globes Party in West Hollywood. To make things even more confusing, the 42-year-old actor listed their date of separation as July 8, 2019, but they have been spotted together numerous times since then and they have even gushed about each other on social media.
According to TMZ, Hartley cited “irreconcilable differences” as the reason for the split, and the actor also made it clear that he doesn’t want to pay for Stause’s legal fees and he doesn’t want to pay spousal support.
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An insider says that Hartley and Stause’s break-up comes as a complete shock to friends and family.
“People close to Justin and Chrishell are completely shocked by Justin filing for divorce. The couple has always been incredible with no signs of things being on the rocks,” said the insider. “Friends are speculating this was an impulse on Justin’s side due to something that happened, and are hopeful the couple can work things out.”
The couple began dating in January 2014 after they met on the set of The Young and the Restless, and they tied the knot in October of 2017 at Calamigos Ranch in Malibu, California. Just before their wedding, Hartley said that he was excited to get down the aisle, but it was about timing. And, every day was so fun that he started asking himself why they were even bothering with planning a wedding.
Just weeks after they became husband and wife, Stause told Entertainment Tonight that she didn’t feel different after marrying Hartley, and she wasn’t sure if that was good or bad. She explained that their life together was already so settled and amazing that after they got married, everything was the same.
Hartley and Stause do not have any children together. Justin Hartley was married once before to his Passions co-star Lindsay Korman from 2004 to 2012, and they share a 15-year-old daughter.
This Is Us is currently on a mid-season break, but will return to NBC with new episodes in January.