Sylvester Stallone and Jennifer Flavin had just celebrated their 25th birthday, but she is filing for divorce. A true disaster film.
“I have a story to tell you that I have never told, but that shows how adversity can be overcome. “This August 23, on Instagram, Sylvester Stallone shows his fans the pair of white sneakers he keeps in his dressing room. He wore them on the set of “Rocky Balboa” in 2006. His left shoe is wide open. She was severed with a cutter to free his foot after a scene in the ring where he broke two toes. Moral of the story: “When he suffers, sometimes it is a good sign; it is when everything is too easy, in general, that you end up doing mediocre things ”, he concludes, enigmatic.
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Only the next day will we understand the true meaning of this “morality”: an American magazine reveals that Jennifer Flavin is asking for a divorce. The official request was filed on August 19 at the court in Palm Beach, Florida, where the couple have lived for nearly two years. Jennifer is represented by two lawyers. Sly doesn’t even have one. At 76, Rocky is on the mat. And he suffers.
This time, she didn’t really see him coming. On July 30, the Stallones were still celebrating Frank’s birthday, his younger brother, in Los Angeles. The whole clan has gathered, smiling … In recent months Sly was shooting a reality show about his family life: nine episodes were already in the box, there was only a tenth left to make. For nearly three decades, Sly and Jennifer had passed for a united, “Italian”, fusion couple, with its ups, downs and ramblings. Sistina and Sophia, two of the three daughters Jennifer gave her, had created a podcast, “Unwaxed,” in which they revealed the secrets of their family life.
“You’re lucky to have a father like him,” Jennifer told them in April 2021. According to her, Sly was a husband who didn’t take himself seriously. Every day he had to “die of laughter”. Humor would also be the cement of their relationship … “We both love to be stupid,” she confided. Sylvester said he was just as happy. His wife was “fantastic, sometimes a little agree, but in a good way”. “If she left me, he said she, it would be collective suicide for me, because I have multiple personalities. “
So what happened? When Sly met Jennifer in 1988, she was already an international star. At 42, she had all the women she wanted, and there are many. He is just recovering from his stormy divorce with the volcanic Brigitte Nielsen, his second wife, to whom he has been married for a year and a half. Jennifer is the opposite of her: she moves him with her kindness and vulnerability. “He looked like a deer trapped in a car headlight,” he would later say.
Jennifer didn’t see herself growing old alone with a pushy, extravagant Stallion
At 19, she comes out of a difficult childhood. Born in the San Fernando Valley, north of Los Angeles, the sixth in a family of seven children, she lost her father, a postal worker, at the age of 11. By sharing her two sisters’ room, she amassed babysitters to get enough to eat: Shirley, her mother, who had never worked before the heart attack that killed her husband, became an alcoholic. Harassed by her classmates, Jennifer earned the unenviable title of “most naïve girl” in high school.
Being also very pretty, she became a model: it only takes one photo shoot to pay her rent. And that’s how she meets Michael, a manager who took care of her for a photo shoot. She also knows Sly, with whom she offers him dinner at the restaurant. She who has never set foot in Hollywood obviously accepts her invitation but, out of caution, she asks her friend, Kirstin, to accompany her. And here she is at Rocky’s table, among other pretty girls like her.
To go dancing, Stallone offers them to get into his limo; she is the only one to refuse, preferring to follow him in his ramshackle Dodge. She loves it. Once at the club, he invites her to sit down at a table, face to face, provoking the jealousy of a rival. That evening, Jennifer comes home accompanied by her friend Kirstin. The first meeting will take place shortly after, during a horse ride. Rocky already knows that she is the woman in his life. It takes her six months to think the same thing … The story begins.
She accuses him of squandering their fortune and wants the Palm Beach property
Living with a superstar has its perks: The couple move into Sly’s $ 8 million home in Benedict Canyon. On weekends they run away to his villa in Malibu. Their personalities fit together perfectly. Always punctual, even ahead of his time, he defines himself as a “type A personality”, that is ultra-organized, a habit that he inherits from his childhood, while “he is quite the opposite”. He doesn’t drink, doesn’t smoke and doesn’t take drugs, he prepares his breakfast with his favorite cookies and reminds him of his appointments, which he tends to forget. She starts to think small and sweeps away the recurring rumors of infidelity. “I’m not so naive that I can’t imagine what can happen when I’m not around,” she declared in 1992. But, week after week, we spend five days a week together: how would we find the time to cheat me? “
His world collapsed when, on March 14, 1994, a Federal Express postman rang at his door: he brought him a six-page letter signed by Sylvester Stallone, telling him … that between them it was over. A few days later, his agent reveals the star’s relationship with a photographer and model, Janice Dickinson, who has just given birth to a baby he believes to be her father. When a paternity test proves that the baby is someone else’s, she will immediately interrupt to embark on a frenzy of conquest. He then got engaged to another supermodel, Angie Everhart, to return in the summer of 1995 to Jennifer, who was just waiting for him. Reconciliation, birth of their first child, Sophia, in 1996, then marriage in 1997, with great fanfare, in a London chapel, followed by a party at Blenheim Palace, the hometown of Winston Churchill …
Two more daughters are born. Surrounded by his women, Sly feels happy and at peace. Jennifer juggles her professional occupations as an entrepreneur: founder of a cosmetics brand, she does telesales and spends up to seven hours a day on the air while taking on her responsibilities as a mother, obsessed with the idea of giving her three daughters the childhood of which she was deprived. In mid-May, the couple celebrated their silver wedding anniversary on Instagram: “Our marriage just keeps getting better, writes Jennifer. I love you so much! We will spend our next twenty-five years together… ”. Post deleted since then. Three months had passed, in other words an eternity.
Behind these fiery claims there was actually a malaise. In her petition for her divorce, in which she indicates that she wants her name back from her maiden name, Jennifer accuses Sly of squandering her family fortune. The Stallones recently moved to Palm Beach, where she has ties. Was it the sale of the Los Angeles house that set things on fire? Celle-ci, put à prix 110 millions de dollars, a finalement été acquired 58 millions par la chanteuse Adele, a prix certes exorbitant mais jugé dérisoire par les experts de l’mobilier de luxe, compte tenu de la surface et de la splendendeur des places.
In the past, he cheated on her with models. Today he fell in love with a Rottweiler
Stallone, whose fortune is estimated at $ 400 million, has never been widely shared. Jennifer said last year that, in her couple, “everyone lives their life financially and pays taxes on her side”. She then she swore that she “she wouldn’t start asking him for money now”. She now claims sole ownership of the Palm Beach mansion, a $ 35 million tropical gem that she has just finished decorating.
What made him change his mind? The girls have grown up and Jennifer, who admits she is “terrified” by the empty nest syndrome, would not see herself living alone with an aged, intrusive and, above all, increasingly whimsical Rocky. She in the past she cheated on her with models. Today he fell in love with a Rottweiler he named Dwight, in honor of the character he plays in “Tulsa King”, the series he is shooting. He didn’t want it at any price. She ignored him. He loves dogs so much that he actually got the head of Butkus – the trusty bullmastiff of the Rocky years – tattooed on his shoulder, where his wife once stood.
On August 10, lying on his bed, curled up in white sheets, Stallone appeared on Instagram with Dwight at his side, the Rottweiler of Discord. “You know, it’s nice to be able to sleep with someone who doesn’t snore, who doesn’t move and who doesn’t lose too much hair,” he laughs at his joke. Nice way to announce that the time of the fairy tale was already over.