the real reasons for their divorce

Sylvester Stallone and Jennifer Flavin have just celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary, but she is filing for divorce. A true disaster film.

“I have to tell you a story that I have never told before, but that shows how adversity can be overcome. “This August 23, Sylvester Stallone takes to Instagram to show his fans the pair of white sneakers he treasures in his dressing room. He wore them on the set of Rocky Balboa in 2006. The left shoe gapes. It was severed with a cutter to free his foot after a scene in the ring where he broke two toes. Moral of the story: “Sometimes when you’re suffering, it’s a good sign; When everything is too easy, we generally do mediocre things,” he concludes enigmatically.

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We won’t understand the true meaning of this “moral” until the next day: an American magazine reveals that Jennifer Flavin is filing for divorce. The official application was registered August 19 in court in Palm Beach, Florida, where the couple has lived for almost two years. Jennifer is represented by two attorneys. Sly doesn’t even have one. At 76, Rocky is on the mat. And he suffers.

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He hadn’t really seen it coming this time. On July 30, the Stallones celebrated younger brother Frank’s birthday in Los Angeles. The whole clan was reunited and smiling… During these months, Sly was shooting a reality TV series about his family life: nine episodes were already in the can, only a tenth was missing. For almost three decades, Sly and Jennifer were considered a united, “Italian” couple, fusion, with its ups, downs and tirades. Sistine and Sophia, two of the three daughters Jennifer gave birth to, had created a podcast called Unwaxed in which they shared the secrets of their family life.

With the women in his life, Jennifer, Sistine (14), Scarlet (10) and Sophia (16). In 2012.

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“You’re lucky to have a dad like him,” Jennifer told them in April 2021. According to her, Sly was a husband who didn’t take himself seriously. He was “dying of laughter” every day. Humor would have even been the glue of their relationship… “We both love to be stupid,” she confided. Sylvester said he was just as pleased. His wife is “fantastic, sometimes a bit over the top, but in a good way.” “If she left me, he said, it would be collective suicide for me because I have multiple personalities. »

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So what happened? When Sly met Jennifer in 1988, he was already an international star. By the time he was 42, he had all the women he wanted, and there are many. He’s just recovering from his tumultuous divorce with the volcanic Brigitte Nielsen, his second wife of a year and a half. Jennifer is the opposite: she moves him with her gentleness and vulnerability. “It looked like a deer in the headlights of a car,” he later said.

Jennifer didn’t see herself growing old alone with a pushy, whimsical Stallone

At 19 she comes from a difficult childhood. She was born in the San Fernando Valley north of Los Angeles, the sixth in a family of seven children, and lost her father, a postal worker, at age 11. She shared her two sisters’ room and collected babysitting to have enough to eat: Shirley, her mother, who had never worked before the heart attack that killed her husband, became an alcoholic. Hassled by her classmates, Jennifer landed the unenviable title of “naive girl” in high school.

Since she is also very pretty, she became a model: a single photo shoot is enough to pay her rent. And so she meets Michael, a manager who mentored her for a photo shoot. He also knows Sly, with whom he offers him dinner at the restaurant. She, who has never set foot in Hollywood, obviously accepts the invitation, but asks a friend, Kirstin, to accompany her just in case. And here she is at Rocky’s table surrounded by other girls who are just as beautiful as she is.

The 1,000-square-foot Los Angeles mansion the actor snapped up in March for $18.2 million

The 1,000-square-foot Los Angeles mansion the actor snapped up in March for $18.2 million


In order to go dancing, Stallone offers them to get into his limousine; she is the only one who refuses, preferring to follow him in his rickety Dodge. He worships. Arriving at the club, he invites her to sit down at a table, face to face, provoking the jealousy of a rival. That evening, Jennifer returns home accompanied by her friend Kirstin. The first meeting takes place a little later during a ride. Rocky already knows that she is the woman of his life. It takes her six months to think the same thing… The fairy tale begins.

She accuses him of wasting her fortune and wants the Palm Beach estate

Living with a superstar has its perks: the couple moves into Sly’s $8 million home in Benedict Canyon. At the weekend they flee to his villa in Malibu. Their personalities are a perfect match. Always on time, even ahead of time, she defines herself as “Type A,” meaning ultra-organized — a habit she inherited from childhood, while “he’s the complete opposite.” She doesn’t drink, smoke or do drugs, prepares his breakfast with his favorite biscuits and reminds him of appointments that he tends to forget. She starts thinking baby and sweeps away the recurring rumors of infidelity. “I’m not so naive as not to imagine what can happen when I’m not there,” she explained in 1992. But week after week we spend five out of seven days together: How would we find the time to cheat on me? ? »

Jennifer's face is still tattooed on her right shoulder.  Zach Perez (right) is responsible for reporting.

Jennifer’s face is still tattooed on her right shoulder. Zach Perez (right) is responsible for reporting.


His world collapsed when, on March 14, 1994, a Federal Express mailman rang his doorbell with a six-page letter signed by Sylvester Stallone, telling him they were over. A few days later, his agent reveals to him the star’s affair with a photographer and model, Janice Dickinson, who has just given birth to a baby he believes is the father. If a paternity test reveals that the child is someone else’s, it immediately abandons it to embark on a conquest frenzy. He then got engaged to another top model, Angie Everhart, only to return in the summer of 1995 with Jennifer just waiting. Reconciliation, birth of their eldest, Sophia, in 1996, then marriage in 1997, with great fanfare, in a London chapel, followed by a party at Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of Winston Churchill…

The transformation: Butkus replaced Jennifer... The photo will be posted on Instagram on August 16.

The transformation: Butkus replaced Jennifer… The photo will be posted on Instagram on August 16.


Two more daughters are born. Surrounded by his women, Sly feels happy and peaceful. Jennifer juggles her professional activities as a businesswoman: founder of a cosmetics brand, she does teleshopping and spends up to seven hours a day on the air while fulfilling her responsibilities as a mother, obsessed with the idea of ​​giving her three daughters the childhood that was hers was withheld. In mid-May, the couple celebrated their silver wedding anniversary on Instagram: “Our marriage just keeps getting better,” writes Jennifer. I love you so much! We will spend our next twenty-five years together…”. Post since deleted. It’s been three months, so an eternity.

Behind these fiery statements was actually a malaise. In her divorce petition, in which she states that she wants her maiden name back, Jennifer accuses Sly of squandering the family fortune. The Stallones recently moved to Palm Beach, where he has connections. Was it the sale of the Los Angeles home that set things on fire? This one, valued at $110 million, was eventually acquired by the singer Adele for $58 million, a price that is certainly exorbitant but considered ridiculous by luxury real estate experts considering the surface and the magnificence of the premises taken into account.

In the past he has cheated on her with models. Today he fell in love with a Rottweiler

Stallone, whose net worth is estimated at $400 million, has never shared much. Jennifer reiterated last year that, as always in their couple, “everyone lives their life financially and pays their taxes on their side.” She then vowed that she “won’t start asking him for money now.” She now claims exclusive ownership of the Palm Beach mansion, a $35 million tropical gem that she just finished decorating.

What made him change his mind? The girls have grown up, and Jennifer, who admits to being “terrified” by Empty Nest Syndrome, wouldn’t find herself alone with an aging, pushy Rocky and, more importantly, ever-increasing whims. In the past he has cheated on her with models. Today he fell in love with a rottweiler he named Dwight in honor of the character he plays on Tulsa King, the series he is directing. She didn’t want it at all costs. He ignored it. He loves dogs so much that he got Butkus’s head – his trusty Bullmastiff from the Rocky years – tattooed on his shoulder where his wife’s once was.

On August 10, lying on his bed, snuggled up in white sheets, Stallone took to Instagram with Dwight, the Rottweiler of discord, at his side. “You know, it’s nice to be able to sleep with someone who doesn’t snore, doesn’t move, and doesn’t lose too much hair,” he laughs at his joke. Nice way to announce that the time of fairy tales was already over.

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