In 2004, just five years into their marriage, Rick Fox pulled a shocker and filed for divorce. The Lakers star publicly announced the decision via his spokesperson, Staci Wolfe, before discussing it with his then-wife, Vanessa Williams. Wolfe, in a statement, said, “They are both extremely devoted parents, so the most important thing to them right now is the welfare of their child. They are committed to working out what’s best for her.”
Williams was deeply hurt about the way she found out, although an insider told People that the divorce was not “entirely surprising since they’ve spent their entire marriage living on opposite coasts.” Amidst speculation that the couple was actually still together, Wolfe told the National Enquirer, “They are heading for a divorce and have been so for the last 18 months. They’ve virtually been leading separate lives.”
At the time, the couple gave no official reason for the split.