According to her petition filed Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court and acquired by The Times, the fashion designer — and mother of celebrity performers Beyoncé and Solange Knowles — claimed irreconcilable differences as the basis for the breakup.
The co-founders of the Wearable Art Gala married on April 12, 2015, and she cited their divorce date as Tuesday.
Knowles-Lawson, 69, who filed for divorce under the legal name Celestine Lawson, is requesting the court to restore her prior last name — Knowles — which she acquired from her first marriage to Beyoncé and Solange Knowles’ father, Mathew Knowles. (After 31 years of marriage, she and the singer’s former manager split in 2011.)
She and Lawson, 76, had no children together, therefore she requested the court to remove the authority to award spousal maintenance to both of them. According to the document, they are still going through their property, including assets and obligations.
While she was out of town earlier this month, robbers stole a safe containing more than $1 million in cash and jewelry from her Hollywood Hills home.
Security camera video from the residence and nearby homes is being examined by investigators, according to The Times. A guy was detained in April after destroying Knowles-Lawson’s mailbox.
The duo was last seen together on her Instagram profile in March, when she uploaded a photo of them at the Vanity Fair Oscar party, along with a description of their outfits: “I’ve never been one to waste good light!!!”
“So we had to sneak a picture with my boo at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party last night. @mrrichardlawson,” she posted.
When Knowles was married and pregnant with Beyoncé, the “Poltergeist” and “For Colored Girls” actor stated in 2021 that he was originally introduced to his future wife by his sister.
“You were one of the most beautiful women I’d ever met.” “Breathtaking.!!” he wrote with a waterside wedding image in an anniversary Instagram post.
“What struck me the most was how your beauty was enhanced by your incredible heart, compassion, empathy, generosity, and philanthropy.”
You were pregnant with Beyonce and married at the time, so my enormous desire for you could only exist in my imagination.
“As we remained friends over the years, I took great pleasure in watching you develop into the ultimate mother, not only for your own daughters but also for the way you care for and nurture women all over the world,” he wrote, adding that it took “32 years for my attraction to you to come full circle.” “The wait was well worth it.”
Lawson was previously married to actress Denise Gordy from 1978 to 1989, and the pair had two children: Bianca Lawson and Ricky Lawson.