Richard Marx and wife, Cynthia Rhodes, call it quits
Ballad singer Richard Marx and his wife, actress Cynthia Rhodes, will no longer be right here waiting for each other, as the two are getting a divorce, according to a report from Us Weekly.
Marx’s representative added that the couple separated in July of 2013, and the divorce is currently in the processing stage.
Richard Marx is best known for his love ballads from the 80s and 90s, including “Right Here Waiting” and “Hold on to the Nights.” His duet with Luther Vandross, “Dance with My Father,” won a Grammy for Song of the Year at the 2004 ceremony.
Marx met Rhodes in 1983 on the set of the Saturday Night Fever sequel, Staying Alive, in which she played the love interest of John Travolta’s character. Rhodes is also best known for her work in Dirty Dancing and Flashdance, and she appeared in the music video for Richard Marx’s song, “Don’t Mean Nothing.”
Marx and Rhodes married in 1989, and they have three sons together: Brandon, 23, Lucas, 21, and Jesse, 20.
After their marriage, Rhodes retired from acting to focus on their family. Her last film was Curse of the Crystal Eye, which filmed in 1988, but didn’t get released in the U.S. until 1993, according to its IMDb page.
The 50-year-old Richard Marx made the announcement about his divorce during an episode of Katie Couric‘s talk show, Katie. At that time, Couric’s response indicated that she didn’t seem to know about the current status of Richard’s marriage, according to a report from E! Online.
When Couric asked about his feelings on dating, Richard Marx said he’s still adjusting to his new life.
“It’s all brand new to me, so I’m just having fun,” Marx said.
Couric jokingly responded with: “Well, I’m a good matchmaker.”
During the interview, Couric also mentioned how Richard and her fiance, John Molner, attended the same high school.
“I never particularly liked him,” Marx joked.
He added that the two weren’t “pals,” but they “played on every sports team together.”
“I was just jealous, because he was one of the true brainiacs,” Marx said. “We would copy John’s papers.”
In a 2010 interview with India Today, Richard Marx talked about the inspiration behind “Right Here Waiting.” He wrote the song while Rhodes was filming a movie in South Africa. Marx tried to meet up with her while she was filming, but he ran into a bit of a problem.
“My visa application was rejected, and when I came back, I wrote this song, which was more of a letter from me to her,” Marx said.
The song hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 list in 1989, and was certified Platinum by the RIAA.