‘He ought to be the one to go away’

Pals of Kevin Costner’s estranged spouse Christine Baumgartner resist the concept that she’s “a gold digger” who’s attempting to take advantage of the star for extra money by refusing to go away their $145 million household house — as he says she ought to below the phrases of their prenuptial settlement.

As an alternative, the purse designer is staying put in the home to supply “some normalcy” for the youngsters, as their dad and mom undergo a painful cut up after 18 years of marriage. a buddy of the couple has advised The Each day Mail.

The buddy portrays Baumgartner as the first caregiver of their three kids, ages 16, 14 and 13, and stated she’s made the oceanside property close to Santa Barbara “into a house” for them, the buddy stated. In the meantime, Costner is commonly gone for months at a time, engaged on movie or TV tasks, leaving her and the youngsters to occupy the home on their very own.

Actors Kevin Costner and Christine Baumgartner and their kids Hayes Logan Costner (L), Cayden Wyatt Costner (C) and Grace Avery Costner attend the world premiere of Disney’s ‘McFarland, USA’ on the El Capitan Theatre, February 9, 2015 in Hollywood, California. AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECK (Photograph credit score ought to learn ROBYN BECK/AFP through Getty Photographs) 

“She’s the one who has been residing in the home with the youngsters all these years, and the youngsters don’t assume she ought to depart both,” the buddy advised the Each day Mail. “His precedence has been his work, and now abruptly the property is so necessary to him. He’s bitter and lashing out as a result of Christine pulled the plug on the wedding.”

“Christine stated she’s being made out to be some gold digger, however for her this isn’t about cash,” the buddy continued. “It’s about holding some form of normalcy for the youngsters. If anybody ought to discover a new home, it ought to be Kevin. Christine will not be about to budge, so Kevin ought to simply give in and transfer on.”

The divorce of Costner and Baumgartner is popping ugly, with the 68-year-old “Yellowstone” actor submitting court docket paperwork this week arguing that his estranged spouse ought to honor the phrases of their prenuptial settlement and depart the household house. Signed earlier than their 2004 marriage, the settlement states that she has 30 days to pack up her belongings and vacate it within the occasion of a divorce. This property and two others are in Costner’s identify.

In court docket papers, Costner stated he has made “a number of affords” to get Baumgartner to maneuver out, however the couple has failed to achieve an settlement, the Each day Mail reported.

Baumgartner, 49, filed for divorce on Might 1 after 18 years of marriage — a transfer that’s stated to have “blindsided” Costner as a result of he thought they had been “tremendous completely happy” collectively. A supply advised Us Weekly final month that going by way of a divorce when he nonetheless has kids at house was Costner’s “worst nightmare.”

Costner and Baumgartner share three kids — sons Cayden, 16, and Hayes, 14, and daughter Grace, 13. The kids, after all, had been born after their mom signed the prenup, which, amongst different issues, dealt along with her residing preparations within the occasion of a divorce.

Costner, who’s price $250 million, stated he has been successfully left homeless since their separation, which befell in mid-April, based on the Each day Mail.

“I used to be married as soon as earlier than and, upon separation, discovered myself with out house base and unable to stay in my own residence,” Costner stated in his declaration. “I by no means needed this to occur once more.” Costner is referring to his 1994 divorce from his first spouse, school sweetheart Cindy Silva, which value the actor a record-setting $80 million. Costner additionally divorced Silva once they nonetheless had younger kids at house.

When Costner and Baumgartner started discussing marriage in 2003, he stated he it made it clear he wouldn’t marry once more until she agreed that the property in his identify would stay his — “it doesn’t matter what occurred in our marriage,” the Each day Mail reported.

Costner in his court docket papers he has supplied Baumgartner $1.2 million to re-locate to a brand new house and can contribute $30,000 a month for lease, the Each day Mail reported. He additionally expects they may share custody and their youngsters will spend half their time in his house and the opposite half at their mom’s new home. With this association, he doesn’t count on that their lives shall be disrupted. He additionally described himself as a really “hands-on” father who drives his kids to highschool and is concerned of their each day lives.

“Christine and I’ve been engaged on a summer time schedule to make sure that the youngsters have a clean transition between our two houses,” Costner stated in court docket papers.

Costner stated he arranges to see his kids “often” whereas working, saying he was in California for his or her son’s birthday in early Might, and the youngsters visited him in Utah for a number of days in Might whereas he was filming, the Each day Mail reported. He acknowledged, although, that his kids spend extra time with their mom when he’s on location. He additionally stated he didn’t anticipate being on location for at the least the remainder of 2023,” Costner stated.

Costner moreover stated he was prepared to pay 100% of sure child-related prices, together with personal faculty tuition, medical insurance and costs for varsity journeys, kids’s sports activities, camps and different agreed-upon extracurricular actions.

However Baumgartner’s buddy recommended to Each day Mail that it might disrupt the youngsters’s lives drastically if she needed to depart the household house. The well-being of the youngsters ought to outweigh something that Baumgarntner signed lengthy earlier than they had been born, and Costner owns two different houses, so he shouldn’t fear about being homeless, the buddy additionally stated.

“Kevin ought to be pondering of the youngsters as a substitute of himself,” the buddy advised the Each day Mail

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