A Divorce that Signals the End of a Chapter
In a turn of events that has captured the media’s attention, media tycoon Rupert Murdoch and former supermodel Jerry Hall have officially divorced after six years of marriage. The high-profile couple’s legal representatives, Robert S. Cohen for Murdoch and Judith L. Poller for Hall, confirmed the finalization of their divorce in an announcement to USA TODAY. Bryce Tom, a representative for Murdoch, also confirmed the news in an official statement.
The divorce, while marking the end of their marriage, is accompanied by an amicable tone. The attorneys stated, “They remain good friends and wish each other the best for the future.” Their ability to part ways while maintaining a friendly relationship is a testament to the maturity and understanding they share.
A Regal Beginning
Rupert Murdoch, at the age of 91, and Jerry Hall, aged 66, tied the knot in a regal ceremony in March 2016. The grand wedding took place at Princess Diana’s family townhouse, Spencer House. This 18th-century palace, located in central London, is still owned by the late Diana’s brother, the Earl Spencer. The marriage, graced by an air of sophistication, was a significant event that brought together two prominent individuals from different parts of the world.
The story of their romance is equally captivating. The Australian-born media magnate Murdoch and the Texas-native former supermodel Hall initially crossed paths after being introduced by one of Murdoch’s sisters and his niece in Australia. Their connection deepened, and they decided to publicly acknowledge their relationship in October 2015, making a joint appearance at the Rugby World Cup final in London. Their love story captured the imagination of many, and it soon took a significant step forward.
A Proposal at the Golden Globes
The year 2016 brought another highlight to their journey as a couple. While attending the Golden Globes awards in Los Angeles, Rupert Murdoch proposed to Jerry Hall. The Times of London, which is under Murdoch’s News Corporation, reported the engagement at that time.
A Murdoch family spokesman conveyed their excitement, stating, “They have loved these past months together, are thrilled to be getting married and excited about their future.” It was a joyous moment for both Murdoch and Hall, one that led to their marriage at a later date.
A Blended Family of Note
Rupert Murdoch and Jerry Hall came into the marriage with extensive family histories. Murdoch had been married three times before, with Patricia Booker from 1956 to 1965, Anna Torv from 1967 to 1999, and Wendi Deng from 1999 to 2013. These marriages produced a total of six children. He has four daughters, Prudence, Elisabeth, Grace, and Chloe, and two sons, Lachlan and James.
Jerry Hall shared four children with her former partner, iconic rock singer Mick Jagger. This union gave them two daughters, Elizabeth and Georgia, and two sons, James and Gabriel. Interestingly, Hall and Mick Jagger had an unofficial private Hindu marriage ceremony in Bali, Indonesia, in 1990. However, it was later declared invalid by a British court during their divorce proceedings in 1999, much to Hall’s surprise.
The diverse backgrounds and family connections of both Rupert Murdoch and Jerry Hall added layers of complexity and richness to their relationship.
A Chapter Ends, But Friendship Remains
As Rupert Murdoch and Jerry Hall embark on separate paths, it’s evident that their friendship endures. The ability to part ways amicably is a testament to their mutual respect and shared history. While the world watches their individual journeys with keen interest, one thing remains certain: the legacy of their time together will be remembered as an intriguing chapter in the annals of celebrity relationships.