Christina Thompson, Kenan Thompson at the Primetime Emmy Awards

Kenan Thompson Officially Files For Divorce From Estranged Wife Christina Evangeline

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By Favour Adegoke on June 16, 2022 at 3:00 AM EDT

"Saturday Night Live" star Kenan Thompson legally filed for a divorce from his wife, Christina Evangeline. The couple got married 11 years ago and reportedly started living separately a year and some months before the decision to get a divorce. 

While the duo stayed married for over a decade and had two children as a result of the union, they lead vastly different lives. Thompson spent most of his years in the public eye both as a child star and in his current position as the longest-running "SNL" star; Evangeline specialized as an interior designer. 

According to recent reports, Thompson drew up legal papers to end the marriage. The couple decided on a 50/50 custody arrangement for their daughters and will live within a short distance from each other in New York to make the process easier. 

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Kenan Thompson Filed For Divorce From Christina Evangeline

(L-R) Actor Kenan Thompson and wife Christina Evangeline attend the Creative Arts Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on September 9, 2018.

Thompson officially filed for divorce to end his marriage with his estranged wife, Evangeline. According to documents acquired by TMZ, the comedian reportedly made the move to officially end things in May in New York. 

The documents also revealed that Thompson wants a 50/50 custody split for his daughters, Georgia Marie, seven, and three-year-old Gianna Michelle. A source said, "Kenan and Christina agreed to split custody. They're still close as co-parents and they plan on spending holidays together and celebrate their daughters' birthdays as a family." 

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Back in April, the news platform revealed that the couple had separated, however, were still co-parenting the girls. The duo currently lives close to each other in New York to ensure that their kids' custody arrangement and co-parenting go smoothly. 

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Thompson And Evangeline Separated In November 2020 

Christina Thompson, Kenan Thompson

Thompson and Evangeline initially split in November 2020. According to the US Weekly, they still maintained a close relationship during the separation, "They remain close as co-parents and have remained very close throughout the separation," they said. "[They] are completely amicable. There's nothing juicy about why they split." 

The duo reportedly decided on the move after their separation and simply cited growing apart as the reason. They also said that they both wanted "different things" now. Although they were separated for over a year, Thompson reportedly saw Evangeline almost every day. A source confirmed that they regularly went to dinners, "just the two of them." 

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Kenan Thompson Attended An Event Without His Ring 

According to Page Six, Thompson attended the Hard Rock Hotel opening in NYC without his wedding ring a month after news of his separation broke. A source mentioned that the comedian looked like he was enjoying himself during the event. 

"He looked like he was having so much fun," they said. "He emceed the start of the show before John Legend performed and brought his drink on stage and kept saying how he was just 'chillin'." He was also overheard telling an attendee that he was doing "good." 

He reportedly kept his sunglasses on for the duration of the event and during the after-party. There he was seen conversing with people like Mayor Eric Adams, Vanessa Hudgens, John Legends, Cara Delevingne, and several others. 

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Thompson recently wrapped up his 19th season on "SNL," and some of his more popular sketches include "Black Jeopardy!," "What's Up With That?," "Family Feud," and several others. He also released a titular sitcom based on his life which premiered on NBC last year. 

Thompson And Evangeline Got Married In 2011 

Thompson and Evangeline first met when she was 19. They dated for four years before getting married in the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta in 2011. Seven years after the ceremony, the couple welcomed their first child, Gianna. 

While talking to People about parenthood, the actor revealed that he thought children were funny and often said the "darnest things." "Kids are hilarious," the "Kenan and Kel" actor said. "They say the darnest things, but that's just because they don't really know what they're saying, and that just makes much more funniness happen." 

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In a February 2021 interview with Fatherly, he also talked about his family and revealed that they were what made him "work like such a maniac." "We wanted to get married and we wanted to start a family and keep a family," the "Kenan" actor said. "That's prob what drives me to work like such a maniac." 

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