According to court documents obtained by TMZ, Drake Bell’s estranged wife Janet Von Schmeling has officially filed for divorce. In her petition, Bell requested legal and physical custody of the couple’s son Wyatt Bell and asked to receive spousal support from the actor. As for the reason for their divorce, Schmeling cites the infamous “irreconcilable differences.” At the time of writing, Bell is yet to respond to the petition.
Schmeling’s divorce filing comes in the wake of their separation as confirmed by sources back in January. “Janet is devoted to raising their son,” an insider told People. “Drake and Janet are committed to maintaining a peaceful co-parenting relationship and giving their son the best life possible. The insider also hinted at the cause of separation, noting that the “Drake & Josh” star was receiving treatment for his struggles with substance abuse. “Drake needed to take time to get help and focus on his health,” the source added.
Back in December 2022, Bell sparked outrage after he was spotted huffing balloons — suspected to be inhalants — in his car outside of his Los Angeles home, while his young son was in the backseat. The troubling behavior came a little over a year after he was convicted of a DUI and sentenced to two years probation as well as 200 hours of community service, per the Daily Mail.