As their 21-year marriage comes to an end, the 71-year-old is also asking for joint legal and physical custody of 17-year-old daughter, Stella. The pair share three children, but Stella is the only one who is a minor.
According to court documents obtained by The Blast, Buckingham claimed that he and Messner had split on June 3rd, which is only one day after she filed to end their marriage. The pair both cited irreconcilable differences as the reason for the split and the rocker is asking that they both pay their own legal fees.
In his response, Buckingham said that "all assets, earnings, accumulations, and debts acquired by the parties after the date of marriage and before the date of separation, the exact extent and nature of which are unknown to respondent at this time." This means that the splitting of property and assets can be decided as they work out the settlement, but the outlet noted that they will most likely rely on their prenup if they have one.
The former flames got hitched in 2000 after meeting in the late '90s when she reportedly photographed him for the cover of a solo album.
In the midst of the split, the musician announced a nationwide tour while dropping new music. His self-titled album is reportedly slated for release in September, with the first song "I Don’t Mind" said to be about "about the challenges couples face in long-term relationships," according to Pitchfork.
"Over time, two people inevitably find the need to augment their initial dynamic with one of flexibility, an acceptance of each other’s flaws and a willingness to continually work on issues; it is the essence of a good long term relationship," Buckingham previously said in a press release. "This song celebrates that spirit and discipline."