Reality star Kristin Cavallari and NFL quarterback Jay Cutler are getting divorced after ten full years together, and in the span of less than a week, it’s become the messiest thing ever. Other than my hair/apartment/general life hahaha. *cries*
Jay and Kristin initially said they made a “loving conclusion” to split and have “nothing but love and respect” for each other, but the past few days have been full of cheating rumors, allegations of “inappropriate marital conduct,” custody battles (they have three kids!), and the world’s most tense living situation. Barely a day goes by without a new plot twist, so here’s a helpful timeline for everyone feeling confused/highly invested, aka me.
April 21, 2020
Jay Cutler quietly files divorce documents, listing his and Kristin’s official date of separation as April 21 (aka that same day).
April 24, 2020
Kristin files her own divorce documents, and she lists their date of separation as April 7. Intriguing.
April 26, 2020
Kristin and Jay drop news of their divorce on Instagram. Honestly, it seems like they still have a lot of love for each other judging from their matching captions:
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With great sadness, after 10 years together we have come to a loving conclusion to get a divorce. We have nothing but love and respect for one another and are deeply grateful for the years shared, memories made, and the children we are so proud of. This is just the situation of two people growing apart. We ask everyone to respect our privacy as we navigate this difficult time within our family.
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With great sadness after 10 years together we have come to a loving conclusion to get a divorce. We have nothing but love and respect for one another and are deeply grateful for the years shared, memories made, and the children we are so proud of. This is just the situation of two people growing apart. We ask everyone to respect our privacy as we navigate this difficult time within our family.
April 27, 2020
It only takes one day for the internet to jump to conclusions about Jay potentially cheating on Kristin with her best friend Kelly Henderson (which we saw play out on Very Cavallari). But! A People source shuts this down, saying Kristin and Jay’s split had “absolutely nothing to do” with infidelity—they’re simply in different places.
Later That Day
Entertainment Tonight gets their hands on Kristin and Jay’s divorce documents and yikesyikesyikesyikes. Kristin cites “marital misconduct” and “irreconcilable differences” as the reasons for the split, alleging that Jay “is guilty of such inappropriate marital conduct as renders further cohabitation unsafe and improper.” She also claimed that “any misconduct alleged or implied against her in the complaint for divorce was in response to and/or as a result of misconduct on behalf of the Husband.”
The documents also reveal that Kristin wants primary custody of their children, while Jay wants joint custody because apparently he’s “the available at-home parent and primary caretaker”—something Kristin denies.
April 28, 2020
An Entertainment Tonight source says that “Kristin filing for primary physical custody upset Jay” and that “Kristin has made comments about possibly moving back to L.A., which is also a concern of Jay’s, as home for the family is currently Nashville.”
On top of that drama, Us Weekly sources emerge claiming Kristin and Jay accused each other of cheating before their split. “The word around Nashville is they really just don’t like each other anymore,” a source says. “They would accuse each other of cheating but nothing really solid. They are both very stubborn and bump heads a lot and neither backs down.”
April 29, 2020
In a plot twist truly no one expected, it’s revealed that Kristin and Jay are living together amid their divorce drama. A source tells E! News that “Things are very tense between Jay and Kristin right now. They are on opposite sides of the house and only communicate in regards to the children’s needs. They have barely spoken since the Bahamas trip. It’s really a power struggle between the two of them.”
That same day, sources claim Kristin was “blindsided” by Jay’s divorce filing on April 21 and was “caught off guard” by Jay claiming that he was “the available at-home parent and the primary caretaker of the parties’ minor children.”
April 30, 2020
Kristin goes in, filing new court documents that accuse Jay of all kinds of things, including…
A) Not Letting Her Buy a Home
In the documents, Kristin claims that “things were so bad in the marriage,” she started looking for another home, even putting an offer on a property which Jay “never objected to.” Flash forward to their split, and Jay allegedly prevented Kristin from buying a new house unless she agreed to his custody plan.
B) Arguing in Front of Their Kids
Kristin put this pretty bluntly in the court docs, which read, “Husband makes inappropriate statements to and about Wife and attempts to draw her into an argument in front of their minor children. Now that Husband has announced he will not leave so Wife can exercise parenting time with the children, Wife fears the situation will escalate.”
Also April 30, 2020
A source (presumably from Camp Kristin) tells People that Jay “would make her cry all the time during production. He talked down to her and belittled her,” and eventually, “she couldn’t take it anymore.”
I think we can officially say at this point the divorce has entered Operation PR Battle.
May 1, 2020
Kristin and Jay finally work out their living situation, and an insider tells Us Weekly that “Kristin stays at the house three days, then Jay stays at the house for three days. They are three days in the house on, three days off. Then she goes to a friend’s or he goes to the Bancroft house.” (Note: “The Bancroft house” is the couple’s second home in Nashville.)
May 2, 2020
Just when it seemed like things couldn’t get any messier, Kristin’s ex-BF Kelly Henderson’s name pops up in the news again. As a reminder, there were rumors that Jay cheated on Kristin with Kelly, and at the time Kristin said, “Not for one second have I ever thought that it was true.”
Cool-cool-cool, but let’s talk about Kelly thirstily posting a photo of a dude who looks suspiciously like Jay to her Instagram feed. I mean…this doesn’t not seem on purpose.
May 3, 2020
Update! A source (Kristin’s rep, is that you?) tells E! that Jay is *not* the man in Kelly’s pic:
May 4, 2020
Most recently, Kristin and Jay appear to have agreed on a custody arrangement, with a source telling E! News that “Jay will allow Kristin to purchase the home she has been looking at” and “In exchange for that, they are agreeing to split the time with their children, one week on and one week off.”
Apparently “They are having the kids stay in the home and Kristin will stay a week, then Jay will stay a week” and “things between Jay and Kristin will probably get better once she is settled.”
Here’s to hoping!
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