Just prior to his divorce, Kevin Costner and his now-estranged wife, Christine Baumgartner, kicked out a houseguest who had gotten close with her, claims a new report.
The Sun reported that tech titan Daniel Starr was living in Kevin and Christine's $60,000-plus-a-month beachfront guesthouse in Carpinteria, California, but they wanted him out after a heated exchange. Following the disagreement, the "Yellowstone" star sent several legal letters and emails demanding Daniel leave.
"Daniel was really happy living in the house. It's right on the beach, and he has a 4-year-old son who he wanted to feel settled," a source told the British tabloid. "After he moved in, he became close friends with Chris and Kevin. They'd hang out together with their kids. But Kevin was always away filming, so Chris must have been lonely."
After Daniel — who founded the video game streaming service GameMine — signed a yearlong lease in June 2022, he and Christine "hung out a lot," the source maintains, noting that she would visit the guesthouse "almost daily."
About halfway through the tenancy, though, Daniel and Christine had a falling out, as the source alleged she "didn't like [his] attitude towards their friendship" and "texted him and said she wanted him out." Kevin caught wind of the acrimony and things supposedly escalated.
"Daniel thought really highly of Kevin and thought he was an excellent father to his kids. But Kevin hit the roof and sided with his wife," the insider claimed. "Ultimately, he wasn't willing to hear Daniel out."
Daniel ended his tenancy in March, three months before the lease was up. On June 21, TMZ approached Daniel in Ventura, California, as he was leaving a Starbucks where he said he "absolutely" did not "hook up" with Christine as some have implied. Daniel said he just tries "to be friendly to everybody" and had "a tenant landlord relationship [with them], nothing else."
He declined to get into what happened and sounded sympathetic to the Costners, telling TMZ, "They have kids and are going through a divorce. … I just hope that it ends peacefully for them. I hope his divorce resolves and his kids are minimally impacted."
On May 1, Christine filed to divorce her husband of 18 years, which then led another housing issue: TMZ reported last week that Christine was refusing to leave their marital home despite the fact that a prenuptial agreement said she had to go.
The website obtained documents that reveal the Oscar-winning star asked the court to essentially force Christine out, alleging that she's had plenty of time to vacate the home. Plus, Kevin claimed he'd already given his ex nearly $1.5 million for a new place, per his obligations under the prenup. In addition, he argued that his ex spent $100,000 of his money after the split without his approval.
Kevin owns three homes and the prenup, which was signed back in 2004, states that Christine must leave any property in the event of a split. Court documents noted that Kevin is willing to contribute $10,000 for her move and is open to paying $30,000 a month for a rental house as part of his child support obligations.