Reality star Kristin Cavallari announced on Instagram Sunday morning that she and husband Jay Cutler were separating. The couple, who’s been together for 10 years, share three children together; Camden, 5, Jaxon, 4, and Saylor, 2.
Cutler, 36, and Cavallari, 33, who tied the knot in June 2013, recently shared on social media that they were riding out the coronavirus quarantine on a beach family vacation, which made news of their split seem incredibly shocking for their fans. On April 26, The Hills’ former star wrote a brief post to share the sad news with her nearly 4 million Instagram followers.
She said, “With great sadness, after 10 years together we have come to a loving conclusion to get a divorce. We have nothing but love and respect for one another and are deeply grateful for the years shared, memories made, and the children we are so proud of. This is just the situation of two people growing apart. We ask everyone to respect our privacy as we navigate this difficult time within our family.”
Cutler shared an identical caption with a throwback photo of the couple on his Instagram page. The family currently lives in Nashville, Tennesse, where they both filmed her E! reality series, Very Cavallari. While Cutler enjoyed his time being a Stay-at-Home Dad following playing in the NFL for 12 seasons, his wife also managed the flagship store of her boutique brand, Uncommon James, in Nashville.
Cavallari & Cutler Fought Off Rumors That He Cheated With Her Former Best Friend Kelly Henderson
During Season 2 of Very Cavallari, rumors were swirling online that Cutler had cheated, however, Cavallari brushed reports aside as false. While she admitted the entire situation was incredibly stressful on their marriage, Cavallari chalked up the rumors to be just that.
“Not for one second have I ever thought that it was true,” Cavallari told Cosmopolitan in January. In fact, the only relationship that ended because of the rumors was her 8-year friendship with Henderson.
Cavallari said that she tried to salvage her relationship with Henderson. She said, “I kept trying to reach out to her and talk to her about it and tell her how I was feeling, and instead of her just owning her side of it and being like, ‘I’m sorry. Oh my god, that was never my intention,’ or whatever, she kept giving me pushback and would get really defensive. And then she literally just stopped responding to me. That, to me, is such a slap in the face. ‘You don’t care?’ Good to know.”
Cavallari & Cutler Have Been Open About Their Relationship Struggles In the Past
Cavallari and Cutler dated for less than a year before the retired NFL quarterback popped the question in April 2011. But two months after the engagement, the couple broke up. The Very Cavallari star opened up about this particular split in her memoir, Balancing in Heels: My Journey to Health, Happiness, and Making It All Work.
She wrote, “At that moment, something wasn’t right. A few things needed to change, and I knew the only way Jay would see how serious I was, was if I ended the relationship. Deep down, I knew in my heart things were going to get better if I broke up with him.”
Cavallari said that one of the reasons that she originally broke off their engagement was because she feared he wanted her to become a stay-at-home mom. She revealed to US Weekly, “If I stayed at home, I wouldn’t be happy. And would probably end up resenting Jay for it. I credit [our therapist] for saving our relationship. She opened up our eyes to the other person’s perspective and gave us great tools for communication… We still periodically see her to this day.”