Reverend Al Sharpton Files For Divorce From Estranged Wife — 17 Years After Initial Separation
Reverend Al Sharpton has filed for divorce from his wife, Kathy Jordan Sharpton, ending their nearly 40-year marriage — although the two have been separated for over 15 years and were living apart.
According to multiple reports, the 66-year-old MSNBC host filed for a contested divorce — meaning your spouse disagrees with something in the case, including the divorce itself, the splitting of property, child custody or financial support — in Manhattan Supreme Court on Thursday, February 11.
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Al and Kathy met in 1971 while he was touring with icon James Brown. At the time, Kathy was a backup singer for the funk legend. The two married nine years later before splitting in 2004. The former flames share two children together: daughters Dominique and Ashley.
The National Action Network founder and president has been linked to luxury women’s wear designer Aisha McShaw since 2013. During the Obama administration the duo attended multiple White House events together. The lovebirds are often spotted at his East 65th Street condo in New York City.
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McShaw and Kathy appear to get along, as the two were seated next to each other at the wedding of Al and Kathy’s daughter Dominique.
As noted on McShaw’s website she “began her fashion journey as a stylist, styling housewives, corporate women, celebrities, and attending numerous red carpet events herself,” adding that she is “influenced by old Hollywood glamour” and her goal is to “create timeless pieces for herself” that aren’t on the market.
McShaw debuted her ready-to-wear collection in 2017 during New York Fashion Week. After her first show, she told Essence that as a designer she’s coming into the game with “something for all generations and something for every woman.”
“Every woman wants to feel beautiful, confident and empowered,” McShaw said at the time. “That’s my line. It’s all about beauty and simplicity."