Larry King Files For Divorce From Wife Shawn

Larry King and Shawn King attends The Brent Shapiro Foundation Summer Spectacular in Beverly Hills, California.
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Larry King has filed for divorce from his seventh wife, Shawn. TMZ reported that the legendary talk show host filed papers in Los Angeles Superior Court, seeking to end the couple’s long marriage.

Although the news was shared on Tuesday from multiple sources, Larry, 85, claims to have actually separated from Shawn, 59, on June 6, 2019, after “21 years and 9 months of marriage,” according to documents recently obtained by The Blast.

“‘He checked the box for ‘irreconcilable differences,’ but doesn’t mention anything about a prenuptial agreement between the two, nor does he make any requests in the support department.”

This is not the first time Larry filed for divorce from the former Shawn Southwick. Actually, both parties did so on April 14, 2010, only to reconcile, according to CBS News.

The couple had an unusual start to their marital ties. Shawn reportedly wed Larry in his hospital room, where he was preparing for surgery to clear a clogged blood vessel in his heart.

Larry suffered another medical setback of this nature this past April, per The Blast. He had scheduled a certain procedure but was struck by angina “and went to the hospital early to be examined,” his representative said.

“His doctor successfully performed the angioplasty and inserted stents to reopen the previous bypass from 1987.”

Both Larry and Shawn have reportedly strayed during the more than two decades they were married.

Larry allegedly had an affair with Shawn’s sibling, Shannon Engemann. This allegation was denied by the 85-year-old talk show host but in 1995, he did admit to flirting with his sister-in-law, according to Radar Online.

“I never made love to her.”

Meanwhile, although she denied the allegations, Shawn was rumored to have had an affair with their kids’ former Little League baseball coach, according to New York Daily News.

Nevertheless, the reported party, Hector Penate, claimed to have slept with the talk show host’s wife in 2007.

“We had sex in Larry’s bed a lot. I felt like it was my house.”

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Larry had two sons with Shawn. Chance was born March 9, 1999, and Cannon was born May 22, 2000.

Although Shawn was his seventh wife, King has actually been married a total of eight different times. In 1962, he divorced Alene Akins but then they remarried in 1967, only to divorce for good in 1972.

In fact, Larry King is tied with Elizabeth Taylor for number of marriages. That said, Shawn was known to brag about the pair’s marital longevity. On their 10th wedding anniversary, she reportedly remarked that she was King’s “only [wife] to have lasted into the two digits,” according to ABC News via New York Daily News.