Just days after his surprising split with his wife of 18 years, Christine Baumgartner, Kevin Costner was seen for the first time since his marita
The 68-year-old actor was spotted hitting golf balls at the BigShots Golf driving range in St. George, Utah on Tuesday, just hours after news of his divorce surfaced.
The actor and filmmaker has been filming in Utah for his new film Horizon, which marks his first directorial project in 20 years, since 2003’s Open Range.
Costner was spotted wearing a white dress shirt, tan khaki pants and white Puma sneakers for the outing.
Despite his iconic series Yellowstone being canceled and his wife filing for divorce, Costner was said to be in very good spirits while hitting golf balls.
Split: Just days after his surprising split with his wife of 18 years , Christine Baumgartner, Kevin Costner relaxed over the weekend by hitting some golf balls
Split: It was revealed Tuesday that Baumgartner, 49, a fashion designer and 68-year-old Costner’s second wife, had cited ‘irreconcilable differences’ in her divorce filing on Monday, May 1 and requested joint custody of the pair’s three children; seen in 2022
Baumgartner filed for divorce from the Yellowstone star after 18 years of marriage and three children together last week.
The split is said to be due to ‘irreconcilable differences,’ with Baumgartner asking for joint custody of their kids – Cayden, 15, Hayes, 14, and Grace, 12.
Costner filed his response to the divorce on Tuesday, and he is also seeking joint custody of their children.
The 68-year-old actor and 49-year-old Baumgartner, a model and fashion designer, started dating in 2000 and tied the knot at Costner’s Aspen, Colorado ranch in 2004.
‘It is with great sadness that circumstances beyond his control have transpired which have resulted in Mr. Costner having to participate in a dissolution of marriage action,’ a statement from Costner’s rep read.
‘We ask that his, Christine’s and their children’s privacy be respected as they navigate this difficult time,’ the statement concluded.
Baumgartner is not said to be filing for spousal support, with Costner’s response filed by Laura Wasser.
‘Spousal support to be payable to petitioner pursuant to the terms of the parties’ Premarital Agreement,’ Wasser said, indicating there is a pre-nuptial agreement between Costner and Baumgartner.
Golf: The 68-year-old actor was spotted hitting golf balls at the BigShots Golf driving range in St. George, Utah on Tuesday, just hours after news of his divorce surfaced
Last week: Kevin Costner’s wife Christine Baumgartner has filed for divorce from the Yellowstone star after 18 years of marriage and three children together last week
Dating: The 68-year-old actor and 49-year-old Baumgartner, a model and fashion designer, started dating in 2000 and tied the knot at Costner’s Aspen, Colorado ranch in 2004
End of an era: Yellowstone in which Costner stars as John Dutton will end after the fifth season
Seen with their three children – Cayden, 15, Hayes, 14, and Grace, 12 – in 2019
Costner was previously married to Cindy Silva from 1978 to 1994 and they share three children – Annie, 39, Lily, 36, and Joe, 35.
He also shares a son Liam Costner with Bridget Rooney, who he dated after his split with Silva.
The divorce news comes weeks after DailyMail.com reported new details about Costner’s rift with Yellowstone creator Taylor Sheridan.
Sources claimed Sheridan developed a ‘God complex’ which left Costner reportedly frustrated with the development of the hit Paramount Network series.
Paramount Network have announced that Yellowstone will officially end with the final episodes of the fifth season launching in November.
The show has been a monster hit for the network, and tells the story of the Dutton family, and their battles over their gigantic Montana ranch.
It is still a ratings smash, but the atmosphere on set is said to have become fraught over Costner’s insistence on only working part of the week.
But fans of Yellowstone will likely be soothed by news that a sequel has already been given a full-series order.
Matthew McConaughey has been tipped as its possible star, although producers have yet to confirm any members of its new cast.
The announcement follows a protracted battle between Paramount and Costner over the star’s scheduling.
Special occasion: Baumgartner was spotted while buying balloons for her 16-year-old son Cayden’s birthday in Montecito on Sunday
The Academy Award winner, who is currently shooting for his upcoming film Horizon, has reportedly refused to work for more than a week on the second half of Yellowstone’s final season.
This frustrated Sheridan, given Costner’s lead role as John Dutton, the head of the Dutton family, and had damaged morale among the show’s other stars, which includes Luke Grimes, Kelly Reilly and Wes Bentley, it was reported.
The first half of the season, known as 5A, continued to prove a hit for the network, with the premiere garnering more than 17 million viewers.
Chris McCarthy, president and CEO of Showtime/MTV Entertainment Studios, said in a statement: ‘Yellowstone has been the cornerstone on which we have launched an entire universe of global hits — from 1883 to Tulsa King, and I am confident our sequel will be another big hit, thanks to the brilliant creative mind of Taylor Sheridan [the show’s creator] and our incredible casts who bring these shows to life.’
Deadline has previously reported that Interstellar star McConaughey is in talks with Paramount over taking the lead in a Yellowstone sequel.
A Paramount spokesman told the publication that ‘McConaughey is a phenomenal talent with whom we’d love to partner’.
The new show will start on Paramount Network and then stream exclusively on Paramount+.