Sylvester Stallone (76) gets divorced. After being married for 25 years, Jennifer Flavin (54) surprised the world of the pink chronicle (and according to rumors, also Sly himself) by filing for divorce in a Los Angeles court on Friday, August 19. However, the news only came to light last Wednesday the 24th surrounded by rumours, talk and talk that include a dog, a tattoo and the demands of the former model in the divorce papers.
The couple, parents of three daughters, was one of the most established in Hollywood and an example of perseverance despite the ups and downs. Some ups and downs that few would endure if we had to be in the shoes of Jennifer Flavin during the first years of their relationship.
Sly and Flavia met in 1988 at a Beverly Hills restaurant, when the aspiring model was 19 years old and visiting a friend in the city of stars. Stallone was an established 42-year-old actor, father of two children and with two divorces on his resume. The first with Sasha Czack (1974-1985), mother of these two little ones, and the second with his partner in Rocky IVBrigitte Nielsen (1985-1987), who, as the Danish actress explained on some occasion It didn’t end quite well, let’s say.
Nevertheless, the illusion that Jennifer seemed to convey in her interviews about the relationship ended up being punctuated by a sudden and unannounced reality check. “I go and watch a movie, cook dinner, play with the dog, or walk on the beach.” Flavin told the magazine People in an interview as normalizing his relationship with the superstar. “I am loving life again. Jennifer has made a difference” Stallone added.
However, the matter was not so idyllic. And while rumors of infidelities always haunted the actor’s love resume, he himself dropped a bucket of cold water for anyone in love by saying in another 1991 interview: “When we get together, it’s wonderful. When we are apart, there are no strings attached. That’s the way things are, without chains”. As if implying that it was some kind of open relationship.
A year later, Flavin herself confirmed the situation with a statement that, personally, sounds like a woman who accepted Stallone’s rules out of love or out of nowhere. “I’m not naive about what can happen when I’m not around, he’s a 45-year-old man, I can’t change his ways.” said in 1992 to Cosmopolitan (via People), as if publicly accepting the possible or alleged infidelities. “He’s not a tricky dog every day of the week, anyway. We spent five out of seven nights together, so I don’t know where I would find the time.” justified.
Her mother came to the fore saying that the young woman “she always wanted to trust him no matter the consequences.” But evidently Jennifer didn’t know the stick that was waiting for her around the corner.
And it is that suddenly, in 1994, Sylvester Stallone broke up with her. And attention, through a letter that he sent you by mail. A letter delivered by the postman of no less than six pages where he did not explain the real reason for the breakup: a detail that Jennifer discovered days later. It was a heartbreaking reason, for her and anyone in her position: Stallone had been unfaithful with model Janice Dickinson and was expecting a baby he thought was his.
Two weeks before sending him the damn letter they had been making plans for Flavin to visit him on the set of The specialist in Miami. But in the meantime Stallone called her and asked her to postpone her plans. She did not know about the letter that she was about to receive and that, shortly after, Dickinson and her newborn baby would be the guests on the set.
“I cried a lot. I called all my friends. I cleaned the apartment about five times” Flavin said. “I had so many photos and stuff to get rid of. She was disappointed. You can’t delete someone [de tu vida] in a letter after six years. She wasn’t going to try to beg him to come back or anything like that. He just wanted to talk.”
Finally, Flavin learned the truth through his agent at the Elite modeling agency, who told him that Stallone had been having an affair with the supermodel. It was then that a short time later, Dickinson gave birth to the girl while rumors pointed to Stallone as her father. “It fell like a ton of bricks.” Flavin said to People by then. “I had no idea. We had talked about having children, about when I was going to get pregnant. We had even been choosing names, ticking off the ones he and I liked.”
After leaving her through the letter, Stallone lived out his affair with Dickinson publicly. They even got engaged. But then Stallone found out that he was not the girl’s father with a paternity test. He ended his relationship with the model and eventually, after a few tabloid-filling affairs, he got back together with Flavin, who gave him a second chance a year later.
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I can’t even imagine the suffering and humiliation that Jennifer Flavin must have suffered at just 25 years old. Dealing with an apparently open relationship according to Stallone’s statements at the time, and when she was a young twenty-something far from having the life experience of her boyfriend, is not something that many are willing to accept. Much less if she is someone with the media exposure of a Hollywood star. But leaving you by letter, without a coherent explanation after six years of relationship, sounds like a cowardly move to me. However, that suffering should have been nothing compared to finding out later that he was expecting a child with a mistress, without even having the decency to discuss it with her (in Flavin’s words). Even worse if the pink chronicle continued with photos of Stallone and Dickinson walking their engagement through Hollywood.
Knowing how to give second chances, forgive and move on is something that few broken hearts can achieve without rancor or rejection in between. Personally I am aware that, if I had lived the same thing, it would cost me horrors. However, somehow they managed to pull through. The couple’s first daughter, Sophia Rose Stallone, was born in 1996 in Miami, bringing them closer together when the little girl had to undergo heart surgery. They married a year later on May 17, 1997, welcoming Sistine Rose in 1998 and Scarlet Rose in 2002.
A divorce that will bring tail
According to the divorce documents, to which media such as Page Six, Flavin alleges that the marriage is “hopelessly broken”, while accusing the actor of being “involved in the intentional dissipation, depletion and/or waste of marital property.” what according to her she would have had “an adverse economic impact on the marital estate. However, the rumors soon filled tabloid pages around the world, with alleged close sources adding fuel to the fire.
Apparently, Stallone’s friends told the same outlet that the couple showed themselves “happy” a few weeks ago on the set of tulsaking, the series that the actor is currently filming in Oklahoma with constant visits from his wife. Other sources add that Sly was shocked to receive the divorce papers while claiming that it is “ridiculous” that indicates to the actor to sell the conjugal assets. In turn, the star Rocky sent a statement to Page Six assuring that they were “dealing with his personal problems amicably and privately.” but he could not stop the rumors from running at the speed of light in the last few hours.
TMZ He opened Pandora’s box by publishing that the couple would have separated for arguing about a dog. how they read it They said that Stallone wanted a Rottweiler for “protect your family.” but that Flavin did not want to add another pet to the family offspring, leading to an argument that would have opened other marital wounds. The actor ended up getting the dog anyway, naming him Dwight (after his character in his new series), and shortly after, a tattoo artist named Zach Perez posted a (since-deleted) photo of the actor covering up a tattoo he had on Instagram. on the arm with the face of Jennifer with that of the bullmastiff that appears in the Rocky movies. And this only fired up the back and forth, almost indirectly confirming that there would be a dog in the equation after all.
Before the avalanche of rumors Stallone ended up speaking through TMZensuring that “The relationship didn’t end because of such a trivial argument.” but it did confirm that they had been at odds with the acquisition of the dog by traveling and living between two households. “I have the utmost respect for Jennifer. I will always love her. She is an amazing woman. She is the prettiest human being I have ever met.” ditched the actor and director.
In addition, he denied any rumors regarding the tattoo on his arm, assuring that he only wanted to retouch the image he had of Flavin but, somehow, he was ruined in the process and they ended up fixing it with the image of the dog without any bad intention. While he adds that he keeps another tattoo of the woman on his back.
According to divorce papers, Flavin filed for sole ownership of the $35 million Palm Beach mansion the couple bought in 2020. Meanwhile, the former model posted a picture with her three daughters two weeks ago on Instagram that now charges a greater meaning. “These girls are my priority, nothing else matters. Forever four” wrote.
As Sophia answered by calling her “our rock” Y “the most incredible mother, we are lucky to have you”, Scarlet responded with a heart and Sistine added “the strongest woman I know.