In a surprising turn of events, Janet Holden, the wife of "Will & Grace" star Eric McCormack, has initiated divorce proceedings after 26 years of marriage. This development marks the end of a nearly three-decade-long relationship between the couple, who have largely maintained a private life away from the public eye.
The legal documents, which were exclusively obtained by The Blast, reveal that Holden filed for the dissolution of their marriage in the Superior Court of California. Citing "irreconcilable differences" as the grounds for their separation, the details of the filing provide insight into the impending legal process.
Holden has notably requested spousal support from McCormack, an acclaimed actor known for his role in the popular sitcom "Will & Grace". The couple, who tied the knot on August 3, 1997, have indicated that the exact date of their separation is yet to be determined.
Financial Strife Emerges
One significant aspect of their separation is the absence of child custody issues, as the couple's son, Finnigan, is not a minor. Nonetheless, the financial aspects of the divorce seem to be a point of contention.
Holden, who has her own career in the film industry, is seeking spousal support from McCormack. Furthermore, she has requested that McCormack be responsible for covering attorney’s fees and costs associated with the proceedings.
The question of whether a prenuptial agreement exists between the couple remains unanswered. However, Holden's legal request includes a thorough examination and division of their communal and quasi-communal assets and debts, along with the confirmation of their separate properties.
The relationship between McCormack and Holden has always been a subject of interest, especially considering their low-profile public presence. According to People Magazine, their love story began in 1994 on the set of "Lonesome Dove: The Series," where Holden worked as the assistant director.
Their romance, initially kept under wraps, later became public knowledge, enduring even as their careers took them in different directions geographically. McCormack, now 60, has previously credited Holden for her stabilizing influence in his life, particularly during the height of his fame on "Will & Grace".
He acknowledged that being married helped him navigate the trappings of celebrity with greater responsibility and maturity. As of now, McCormack has not publicly responded to the divorce proceedings, and neither party has commented on the situation through social media platforms.
This development in their personal lives marks a significant shift for the couple, who have been together for over a quarter of a century.