Ex-NBA star Amar’e Stoudemire has filed for divorce from his wife of nearly six years, a little more than a year after the revelation he fathered a love child came to light.
According to court documents obtained by The Blast, the former NBA star filed a petition for dissolution of marriage with minor children against Alexis Welch.
The NBA star had been dating Alexis since the early 2000s and the two finally made it official with a wedding in 2012. They share four kids together: Ar’e. Amar’e Jr., Assata and their youngest son, Alijah, was born in 2013.
Alexis has yet to file a response to Stoudemire’s divorce petition, nor does she have a lawyer listed as representing her as of yet. The case is still open and the divorce has yet to be finalized.
The split comes after it was revealed Stoudemire fathered a love child with a Florida woman named Quynn Lovett.
Back in April 2017, Lovett sued Stoudemire for paternity and sought child support for a baby girl named Zoe Renee, who had been born the previous year. Stoudemire responded to the suit by admitting he could be the father and revealing he had been paying the woman temporary child support without a court order.
Lovett accused him of not being involved with the pregnancy and demanded he be ordered to pay support.
The case dragged on for months but eventually settled in October 2017 once a DNA test came back confirming that Stoudemire was indeed the father of the baby girl.
The terms of their settlement were sealed from the public.
Amar’e Stoudemire has a lot at stake in the divorce — he made $161 million during his 15-year NBA career. After leaving the NBA, he signed a deal to play for an Israeli pro basketball team in Jerusalem.