Splitsville For "Songbird" Star
Jazz musician Kenny G (born Kenneth Gorelick) and wife Balynda "Lyndie" Benson-Gorelick are splitting up after 20 years of marriage.
The music has stopped for smooth jazz legend Kenny G and his longtime bride. The famed soprano saxophonist's wife wants a legal separation after 20 years of marriage.
Balynda "Lyndie" Benson-Gorelick filed papers to separate from the "Songbird" hit-maker in Los Angeles County Superior Court Jan. 9. She cites the celeb-favored irreconcilable differences as the reason for the split.
The couple, who wed in 1992, has two sons together, 18-year-old Max and Noah, 14. Benson-Gorelick is requesting full physical custody of the minor child.
The pair remain married for the time being, but insiders say the estranged couple are likely to end up filing for divorce.
In fact, the exes have already lawyered up.
Kenny, whose full name is Kenneth Gorelick, has retained the services of high-powered divorce lawyer Laura Wasser. Sound familiar?
Benson-Gorelick is being represented by Gary Fishbein.
If the split does land the couple in divorce court, things could get expensive: The Grammy winner, 55, owns a home in Malibu and is estimated to be worth $50 million.
(No word on whether or not the Gorelicks have a prenuptial agreement.)
Kenny began his music career in 1982. He didn't receive breakthrough success though until the release of his fourth album, Duotones, in 1986.
The Washington State native has gone on to sell more than 75 million albums worldwide with his infectious -- albeit sometimes panned -- instrumental tunes.
Kenny G has worked with a host of musicians over the course of his career, including Whitney Houston, Frank Sinatra and Andrea Bocelli. More recently, he appeared in the music video for Katy Perry's hit single "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)."
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