Cuba Gooding Jr’s 46-year-old wife, Sara Kapfer filed court documents seeking a legal separation on Tuesday after 20 years of marriage. According to gossip website TMZ.com, Sara wants joint legal and physical custody of their children, Spencer, Mason and Piper, and child support will be determined at a later date.
The couple got married in 1994 after meeting in high school. Just last year, the The Butler star gushed about being married to Sara on The View, but he admitted he was struggling to find time to be with his family while performing in The Trip to Bountiful on Broadway.
He said: ‘When you do films, you’re away from the family, but I can still fly them in or fly home to see them, so… my wife and I… have this rule – never go more than three or four weeks without seeing each other.
‘But I knew this commitment meant that I would be in New York City for a long time; I’m here possibly through September, so it’s a bit of a pull on that to keep the household together. But she allowed me to be indulgent for obvious reasons… This is a once in a lifetime opportunity.’
The Boyz N The Hood actor added: ‘I got a wonderful lady that knows how to run the household even when I’m not there. (And) we’re just blessed with wonderful kids.’
Cuba also told the female hosts of The View how he viewed his marriage.
‘Like I always say Its been five women [in one] I was with,’ he explained of Sara.
‘The high-school girl, then the college girl, the newlywed and the mother… she has been changing to this other woman that I have to introduce myself to every few years.
‘And thank god I’ve fallen in love with every one,’ he said.
But, Cuba explained: ‘Now she’s dealing with the kids leaving the house.’
And he joked: ‘I wanna kill her sometimes.’
Cuba won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Rod Tidwell in Cameron Crowe’s 1996 film Jerry Maguire that starred Tom Cruise as his titular sports agent.
Cuba and Sara’s eldest son Spencer was born in 1994 and they also have son Mason born in 1996 and daughter Piper born in 2005.