The divorce between Vanilla Ice and his wife Laura Van Winkle was a long, long time coming.
The duo hadn't spoke in nearly 18 months and hadn't lived together in about five years, she claims. When she filed her divorce petition on October 18 she was ecstatic, celebrating as if it were a holiday. And in actuality, it really was her 46th birthday on that same day.
"I gave myself a birthday present. I wanted to file for divorce for a long time but I was scared to do it," she told the Daily Mail. "We never really had a wedding or an engagement, so I figured I'd do it on my birthday. Besides, I was having a hard time sleeping at night."
Ice, real name Rob Van Winkle, and Laura were five months away from celebrating their 20th anniversary, although she says the last five years were hardly a union, as they lived apart. The two attended functions together and even went on family vacations, equivalent to a "boyfriend/girlfriend thing," she said.
"I was seeing him up to June 2015," she said of Ice, who recently competed on "Dancing With The Stars." "We went to Curacao for one of our fake family vacations. Rob always wanted to appear to be a great family man, so we had these vacations."
However, she said she realized that she "can't live a lie any longer."
"I mean, either you're my husband or you aren't," she said. "If you're not with me, then I don't go on vacation. If you're not my husband, you're not my husband."
The divorce has the makings of getting a little nasty, too. Laura said in the documents that Ice may dispose or hide his assets to prevent her from getting them. The documents say that many of Ice's assets can be "easily encumbered, sold, transferred or disposed of." All the duo's assets are under his name, she claims.
The former couple shares two daughters, an 18-year-old and a 16-year-old. Laura says the girls are unaffected by the official divorce.
"They wanted it, trust me," she said, adding that she thinks that her estranged husband may still love her.
"He wants to keep me," she said, "but he is such a narcissist that he doesn't think I'm serious."
The newspaper contacted the "Ice Ice Baby" singer, who declined comment. "This is a private matter, and I ask that you respect that," he said.
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