Janet Jackson's secret husband for nine years, Rene Elizondo, has filed for divorce citing irreconcilable differences.
Lawyers for Elizondo, a former breakdancer who directed many of her videos and claims to have helped to pen over thirty of Jackson's songs, say that the couple got married in March of 1991 and became separated in January of 1999.
The couple's marriage remained a secret outside of Jackson's friends and family, and the singer issued a statement on Thursday explaining, "Since I was a child, my personal life has been lived in the public eye. At times, this has been very difficult. I hope my fans will understand that I tired to keep my marriage private in an effort to have a normal family life.
While the couple had hammered out a prenuptial agreement prior to their wedding, Elizondo and his lawyers will now challenge that in an attempt to recoup spousal support and legal fees.
Jackson got even more bad legal news this week, as one
Chris Macchi has filed a lawsuit against Jackson, Elizondo, and two of their doctors claiming that his name was being used on the couple's prescriptions without his knowledge or consent.
In his suit, Chris Macchi details a laundry list of prescription drugs he claims were issued to Jackson and Elizondo under his name, including anti-depressants, opiate/heroin addiction blockers, herpes anti-virals, appetite suppressants, and a hepatitis B vaccine. The suit charges that Jackson and Elizondo "intentionally and/or recklessly used [the] plaintiff's name for the purpose of obtaining and using sensitive prescription drugs for personal use" and seeks unspecified damages.
The couple's one-time personal chef, Ricardo Macchi (no relation to Chris Macchi), is in the middle of a lawsuit that makes similar charges against the same four individuals.
Spokespersons for Jackson and Elizondo could not be reached at press time.