The wife of Deion Sanders was shocked when she read her husband was planning to divorce her -- because he didn't bother telling her himself!
The NFL Hall of Famer announced the couple's split in mid-December, saying, "Pilar and I have decided to end our marriage and move on to the next phase of our individual lives with mutual respect. We are friends and our top priority has and will continue to be the well-being of our children."
He continued, "We arrived at this decision prayerfully and carefully in order to be able to pursue what is in both of our best personal interests."
Deion officially filed the divorce paperwork on Dec. 21. One small problem: He didn't bother to tell his wife Pilar about it -- and she found out by reading a celebrity gossip website!
A lawyer for Pilar Sanders told TMZ that she was "heartbroken and surprised when [she] read... that Deion announced his decision, on his own, to end their marriage."
"Pilar's sole focus and top priority for the last 12.5 years has been her marriage and children," the lawyer continued. "Based on recent discoveries, [Pilar] now realizes that Deion did not view their family the same way."
Reading between the lines it sounds like Deion was cheating, has cheated in the past and has always come back -- until now.
The lawyer also said that while a divorce settlement has not yet been negotiated, Pilar fully intends to protect herself and her children. Translation? Deion better be prepared to hand out some crazy cash. However, her lawyer said Pilar feels that Deion might still come to his senses as he has several times before.
Deion's rep told the website, "In the best interest of the children, he will not be discussing this matter any further in the media."
The couple, who wed in 1999, have three children together.
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