On Thursday, January 19th, DeAnna Pappas released the following statement:
“It is with immense sadness, Stephen & I have decided to end our relationship as a couple. We have been working hard for a long time — both as a married couple & as individuals & have come to the conclusion to remain separate. We remain loving parents to our beautiful children, Addison & Austin, & will continue to raise them together with love & faith. We ask you to respect our privacy during this difficult time as we navigate the new normal. We want to thank our dear friends & family for your endless support & many, many prayers during what has become the most difficult time of our lives.”
Who Are DeAnna & Steven?
In 2007, Bachelor Nation was introduced to DeAnna Pappas. In an unconventional ending to the season, its lead Brad Womack didn’t choose either finalist (Pappas and Jenni Croft).
Following that shocker, ABC announced that DeAnna was the next Bachelorette. Though she found her happily ever after and got engaged during the 2008 finale, sadly, things did not last beyond one year later when fiancé Jesse Csincsak amicably split from his leading lady.
Pappas then met Stagliano through his twin brother, Michael Stagliano, who was featured in season five of The Bachelorette. The couple went on to get married in 2011, and they have two children, Addison and Austin.
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More Details About Their Divorce
Pappas initially filed for divorce in January 2021 in Los Angeles County Courts. In obtained court documents, Stagliano has responded and is fighting for joint custody of their children. In his response, he has also:
- Cited irreconcilable differences as the reason for their divorce.
- Claims the couple officially separated in August 2022.
- Claims that how their assets are classified (marital vs. separate property) has not yet been determined.
- Asked that Pappas cover his attorney’s fees.
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