Hollywood legend Clint Eastwood has separated from his second wife Dina after 17 years of marriage.
The former TV news reporter, 48, says that she and Eastwood remain close but have been living separately for some time. In fact, a source tells Us the two actually split more than a year ago, in June 2012. “Clint fell out of love with Dina a long time ago,” the insider says, noting that the separation was “amicable,” reports the US magazine.
Clint Eastwood’s manager told E! News he knew “nothing about this,” noting that his 83-year-old client was off shooting a film and does not have a publicist.
Dina and Clint were married in 1996 and have one daughter together, 16-year-old Morgan.
The “Gran Torino” director and actor has been married two times and has seven children by five different women. The other main loves in the movie star’s life have included model Maggie Johnson, who he was married to for 31 years, and actress Sondra Locke, who he lived with for 14 years.
Rumours that there was trouble in paradise between the pair emerged earlier this year in April when Clint appeared at the TriBeCa Film Festival in New York City with his wedding ring noticeably absent.
The couple had also not been photographed together since November 2011 and they were seen embroiled in what appeared to be an argument at his daughter Alison’s wedding in March.
Dina Eastwood starred alongside Morgan and Francesca Eastwood – Clint Eastwood’s daughter from a previous relationship – on the E! reality show “Mrs. Eastwood & Company,” which followed the family’s day to day life in Carmel-by-the-Sea, Calif. Francesca, 20, is Eastwood’s daughter from his relationship with Titanic actress Frances Fisher.
Trouble has been brewing for a while for these two. Back in April, Dina reportedly checked herself into rehab. According to the website, she was not being treated for substance abuse problems, but was seeking help for stress-related issues.
TMZ reported at the time that Eastwood entered a facility in Arizona to be “treated for depression and anxiety.”
The actor has voiced his not so positive views on marriage in the past, the Daily Mail reports.
He once said: “They say marriages are made in Heaven. But so is thunder and lightning,” and, “There’s only one way to have a happy marriage and as soon as I learn what it is I’ll get married again.’”
But in 1997 the actor told The Independent, that he may have figured out the puzzle as he explained: “As far as I’m concerned, this is the woman [Dina] I like monogamy with.”
In an interview with Carmel Magazine in 2007, Clint revealed that he first met Dina when she was a reporter interviewing him for his directorial effort Unforgiven, in 1992.
The legendary tough guy explained: [W]e got along really well and I guess we flirted a little bit because she took the film back to KSBW and one of her associates said, “You’re going to marry him.”
When asked what he was initially attracted to in her, he said: “Oh, I don’t know. The big doe eyes. She’s a very forthright kind of person. It’s one of those things you can’t put your finger on because it’s pheromones or something. So we got married, and we had a child.”