Marvin Gaye III Files for Divorce from Wife 2 Months After Arrest

Marvin Gaye III has filed for divorce from his wife Wendy Gaye just more than two months after he was arrested in connection with domestic violence.

In the January 12 incident at the former couple’s Calabasas home, after she claimed he aimed a gun at her, and physically assaulted her and her female cousin.

The 57-year-old son of legendary late singer Marvin Gaye listed January 12 – the day he was arrested – as the day of their separation, TMZ reported, citing court docs.

Wendy subsequently obtained a restraining order in connection with the incident, in which she said Gaye lifted her off the ground by her neck, then attacked her female cousin when she tried to separate them, according to the outlet.

In the wake of the incident, Gaye turned himself into authorities and was charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon and misdemeanor domestic violence.

Gaye was released after posting a bond of $50,000, the outlet reported.

In legal docs, Gaye claimed ‘irreconcilable differences’ as the cause behind the breakup, and requested the court block his estranged wife from receiving spousal support.

TMZ previously reported that the violence against the two women stemmed from an argument about a previous assault.

A source also told the publication that the marriage between Marvin and Wendy has been rocky and the two ‘have had ongoing issues for a while now.’

An emergency protective order was put in place to keep Gaye away from the home and family and law enforcement officials went back to the residence and retrieved two firearms.

The family’s lawyer Gil Arbel said his clients are ‘distraught’ and ‘intend to cooperate fully with law enforcement in pressing charges.’ 

When officers arrived at the time they were initially called, they believed Gaye was still inside the home, and asked him to come outside, before neighbors informed them that Gaye had left.

Officers are then said to have met with Gaye’s relatives and took an ‘assault report’ that identified Gaye as a suspect. It is not known if anyone was injured. 

Gaye’s wife Wendy was seen being assisted by paramedics and police outside the home after the incident.

Gaye III is the adopted son of legendary singer Marvin Gaye and his wife Anna Gordy Gaye – the pair were wed from 1963-1977. 

The singer was shot and  killed by his own father in 1984 when he was 44, while Anna, who was 17 years his senior, died in 2014 aged 92.

Gaye III’s biological mother is Denise Gordy, the niece of Anna. Denise gave birth to Gaye III when she was just 16 years old. Denise has previously said she agreed to give birth to the child because her aunt was unable to conceive.

Gaye married his second wife, Janice in 1977 and they had two children, daughter Nona and son Frankie. 

Gaye III has largely stayed out of the public eye but in 2013 revealed he was suffering from kidney failure and was seeking a donated organ for transplant.

He revealed he had been receiving dialysis for renal failure for three years and was  having trouble finding a suitable kidney for transplant. He shared his condition publicly to help draw attention to the challenges Black and Hispanic people face when seeking healthy organ donors.

In 2015, the family of Marvin Gaye won a lawsuit against Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams for infringing his copyright on their song Blurred Lines. Williams and Thicke were ordered to pay $7.4 million in a groundbreaking copyright case in which a judge ruled that their composition was a breach of Gaye’s copyright for the track Got to Give it Up.

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