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.

TMZ reports:

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.

What do you think Clutchettes and Gents…have you ever claimed your ex just to save face? Sometimes is it easier to keep the break up to yourself? 

Let’s talk about it! 

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  • African Mami


    Great question. I would claim him until death do us part! Yes I would save OUR faces!

  • I think it’s great that they are getting along and not publicly feuding and I wish that more divorced couples had this kind of situation because this is how it should be. And as for him thanking her I don’t think it was to save face I think it was to say that you are the mother of my children and a friend and that’s how it should be cause we would be salty if he didn’t acknowledge the person who had been their all along no matter what state their relationship is in that is the right thing to do and so many of them don’t do it they always wanna be scandalous and make the other person miserable so I say some couples need to take a page from their book and try living it.