Today, TMZ reported that Los Angeles Lakers star, mental health advocate, and wannabe-rapper Ron Artest is really divorced from his wife—ehh, ex-wife—Kimsha. According to the celebrity news blog, the two have been divorced since June 30, 2009.
We found out Ron quietly got divorced from Kimsha on June 30, 2009. The couple shares joint custody of their 3 kids and their relationship is extremely amicable — we’re told they get along better than when they were married.
Their alleged split comes as a surprise because Artest has been very vocal about his wife in the past. When the Lakers won the NBA championship in 2010, Artest famously thanked his hood, his wife, and his therapist for their support. Also, Kimsha Artest is scheduled to appear on the VH1 reality show Basketball Wives LA later this summer.
Although some may wonder why Ron and Kimsha would continue acting like they were married even though they (apparently) aren’t, I understood.
My parents have been divorced for about 15 years now. In spite of this, they are good friends and at times (out to dinner, at family gathering, etc) still introduce and refer to each other as husband and wife, no “ex” anywhere to be found. The first time I heard it, I was surprised. But it I guess explaining the backstory of your relationship to those you either just met or don’t see often is sometimes more difficult than just keeping up appearances.