Ashley Judd & her husband, Dario Franchitti, split after 11 years of marriage

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This is sad news no matter how you feel about Ashley Judd, because no one ever likes watching a decade-old marriage fall apart. It turns out that Ashley Judd and her race-car driver husband, Dario Franchitti, are splitting up after 11 years of marriage. They certainly looked rather happy together at last fall’s Emmy awards presentation. Or rather, Ashley looked like she was piling on the PDA while Dario was looking at whatever camera would take his picture. Yeah, these two are totally done, and here are the details:

Ashley Judd

Ashley Judd and Dario Franchitti are splitting after more than a decade of marriage.

“We have mutually decided to end our marriage. We’ll always be family and continue to cherish our relationship based on the special love, integrity, and respect we have always enjoyed,” Judd, 44, and Franchitti, 39, tell PEOPLE exclusively in a statement on Tuesday.

After being engaged for about two years, the “Missing” star and the racecar driver tied the knot in a highly private ceremony in Scotland in 2001.

Judd’s sister, Wynonna Judd, served as maid of honor, while the groom’s brother Mario was the best man.

[From People]

So Dario’s brother is named Mario? How creative of their parents. But beyond awful puns on my part, this sucks for Ashley and Dario. I’m sure he’ll be fine (he might still be looking around for the nearest camera because honestly, he doesn’t look like the brightest bulb out there), and hopefully, she’ll be okay too. I’d make a half-hearted joke about Ashley penning another wordy essay that blames her divorce on the patriarchy (and I guess I just did), but really, this is sad. All the best to Ashley and Dario as they go their separate ways.

Ashley Judd

Ashley Judd

Ashley Judd

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  1. Katie says:

    I’m sorry I couldn’t read the article. I was distracted by her gravity defying hair.

  2. Ms Kay says:

    Ah yes… Divorce sucks… But that hairdo tho!!!!!

    • 'Sup? says:

      Yes, D can be a pain…the guys’ parents could had named him Luigi instead of Dario and they’d be the Super Mario Bros. Ash sure tried to pull some Princess Peach looks. :-b

  3. Betty says:

    Really!?!? Can’t anyone stay married in Hollywood. They seemed like such a solid couple and always looked happy together.

    • Jayna says:

      They lived in Kentucky. So lived a private life.

      • MsGoblin says:

        My family is still in Kentucky and relayed a story to me.

        Dario and Ashley were pulled over for speeding. He was driving. Ashley tried to get out of the ticket by stating “It’s okay, he’s a professional driver.”

        It didn’t work.

      • cubfan34 says:

        It’s worth a shot.

  4. keats says:

    Good for him!

  5. Lucy2 says:

    That’s sad. I’ve always heard that she was very difficult to work with, but they seemed happy for a long time.

    • bns says:

      I’ve heard the same. Apparently, she’s miserable to be around not just on set but in general.

      • Belle Epoch says:

        I guess she’s cray-cray so we should be nice about her. But that whole self-serving hissy fit about appearances – which conveniently she didn’t care about AT ALL until it stopped working for her – made me mad. Did she ever stick up for her sister and weight hate? Nope. Did she care about patriarchy before she screwed up her face? Nope. Does she care about anybody else? Nope.

      • bns says:

        @Belle Epoch

        True, and doesn’t she hate her family? Or am I confusing her with someone else?

      • bluhare says:

        I always thought cray cray was used in the context of someone acting stupid rather than someone with an organic brain disorder. That was pretty demeaning.

      • Me Three says:

        How do we know SHE’S the difficult one? Why is it always the woman’s fault? Frankly, he looks like the bigger diva of this pair!

      • Jag says:

        I think she’s the problem due to reading her interviews over the last “her entire career.” And then add to that watching her and her mother completely rip apart her sister over her weight on Oprah. She is completely arrogant, selfish and rude. No idea how he is, but I’m surprised he put up with her this long.

  6. brin says:

    Keep a stiff upper do, Ashley!

  7. Hannah says:

    He’s been on Letterman a couple of times. Seems like a very nice guy.

  8. chloe says:

    I’ve to several Indycar races and he’s such a nice guy, her, she would show up towards the end of races for her TV screen time and for pictures if he won.

  9. Erinn says:

    “So Dario’s brother is named Mario? How creative of their parents.”

    I love how for years and years I’ve heard a lot about these guys and never once drew that conclusion haha.

    • claire says:

      I was laughing about parents doing this the other day, when I realized that Aziz Ansari’s brother is named Aniz Ansari.

    • Yvonne says:

      That’s probably because his brother’s name is Marino, not Mario.

  10. Cinnamon says:

    I read on another site she didnt want to have children (like she actually said it at some point in an interview).
    maybe that could have been it? who knows
    i too hate seeing decade long couples split.
    too much of it going down anymore.

    • DreamyK says:

      It was my understanding that Ashley couldn’t conceive because her ladyland wasn’t having it. Not a hostile womb but just not fertile. Her husband checked out fine. That must of have been devastating.

      • cubfan34 says:

        Ashley has said she doesn’t believe in having kids while there are so many starving children in the world. How noble.

      • Yvonne says:

        So has she actually done anything about the large number of starving children in the world? Or is she just pulling out excuses for not wanting kids?

      • Annie2 says:

        Yvonne- no woman needs to make excuses for not having kids. If she doesn’t want them it ok and no one else’s business

      • Yvonne says:

        Excuse me? I have no intention of ever having kids. I enjoy my freedom. I enjoy the fact that I’m only responsible for myself (and two lovely dogs!). And I’m not going to come up with any excuses for not having them. To a lot of my family- I sound selfish. To them, having kids is like a rite of passage every woman should endure- preferable two or three times. But it really doesn’t matter to me what they think. But if she doesn’t want kids, she should just say it. Saying she doesn’t want kids because “there are so many starving children” implies that she DOES want kids, but that there is some “noble” reason she has decided not to have any. So if that’s truly the case, why not adopt a child from an impoverished country? Or because she’s such a celebrity *snort* why not actually try to change the situation? She certainly has the money. Has she done either of those things (really, has she? If so, I’ll gladly hush)? In my eyes she’s just trying to make not wanting kids- again, I didn’t say anything was wrong with that- seem like this noble sacrifice. In reality, I think either she or her soon to be ex-husband simply didn’t want children. Rant over.

      • Marie Antoinette Jr. says:

        Starving people are one of the many reasons I never had children. But I don’t say it anymore because it implies people who do procreate don’t care about people that are suffering. However, it IS a way to get someone to shut the hell up when they are bothering you about not pooping out a kid. Maybe that’s why she says it–because essentially it’s an insult to parents that usually stops an intrusive conversation cold.

    • kristiner says:

      I swear I read years ago that she was bipolar and that is what stopped her from having kids because biopolar disorder tends to be hereditary through parents.

      Sad. I always liked them as a poster couple for a solid marriage and NO kids. It’s nice to see a couple just be with each other and not give into the pressure to pop out little urchins because society still thinks you’re not a woman unless you’ve given birth or are a mother.

    • ??? says:

      Here’s a link for some info regarding Ashley’s humanitarian work: 🙂

      To my knowledge, she’s always been a pretty actively charitable celebrity figure. But then again, I don’t know too much about her, so I have no idea whether her efforts have been driven by a genuine desire to make a positive difference or by a need to bolster her public image.

  11. poof says:

    He didn’t recognized her face anymore.

    • Mitch Buchanan Rocks! says:

      LOL 🙂 She was so beautiful in the show Sisters and didn’t need to mess with her face.

  12. Anastasia says:

    Oooo God I want that bird dress in the last pictures.

  13. Ailine says:

    You called Dario Mario. “But beyond awful puns on my part, this sucks for Ashley and Mario.”

    • keats says:

      Autocorrect probably can’t fathom the name Dario. Mine tried to call him Ratio.

    • Bedhead says:

      Fixed! Their twin-names were really confusing to me while I was writing this post.

      • Victoria says:

        So Dario’s brother is actually Marino not Mario. Pronounced totally different. Also, to be any sort of professional race driver, you have to be sharp and intelligent. Therefore, he’s not dumb.

  14. Hautie says:

    I wonder if Ashley handed him one of her silent stones. 🙂

    (it is from a blind from CDAN)

    • carrie says:

      don’t believe CDAN!
      many many of his blind items are written after the release of paps pics in Daily Mail
      the one who are believable are the blind items of real tv (just because all is filmed and edited)

      • Hautie says:

        Calm down.

        There was a old blind item, about Ashley’s bizarre behavior on movie set. That I found very amusing. Concerning her handing out silent/mute stones.

        And to believe gossip from any TV is always truthful… is a little odd.

    • mln76 says:

      Wasn’t the silent stones a Lainey Blind? I think I believe a lot of the blinds about Ashley because she publicly displays bizzarre behavior no doubt her bad childhood and mental illness are to blame so I don’t judge her too harshly.

    • Sassenach says:

      That is not a CDAN blind unless he got it from Lainey.

    • FingerBinger says:

      I have to agree about the CDAN blinds. It’s like he/she/they look at pics of a celebrity make an observation and then you get a blind item.

  15. Talie says:

    She’s a handful, so I doubt it was an easy ride for him.

  16. Jayna says:

    He’s a respected Indy driver. I don’t get what causes you to say he doesn’t look like the brightest bulb out there, Celebitchy. Why, because he’s gorgeous? He has a gorgeous Scottish accent and always comes across well in interviews.

  17. L says:

    People might think she’s a pain, but they always seemed to have a solid relationship. 11 years married (on top of how long they were together before that) is just sad to see end.

  18. janie says:

    I wonder if it’s political? She is planning to run for something in Kentucky. They always seemed an unlikely couple…

  19. Joanna says:

    boy, he is good looking and an accent, too! wowza!

  20. Tiffany says:

    They went through a lot of together, particularly her physical and mental health issues. It makes me wonder what straw finally broke the camel’s back, maybe a 3rd party.

  21. erika says:

    what the Hell with the beehive? seriousl wow….i wonder how much is the montly rent for a cockroach???

  22. Dibba says:

    Love the color of the dress. Such a beautiful woman, I think she’s messed with her face tho, now she looks weird.

  23. badrockandroll says:

    Yeah, the break up stories, regardless of who they involve, always sadden me. But then I read that Jim Nabors and his partner of 38 (!) years got married earlier this year, and my cynical heart opens up with hope.

  24. truthful says:

    she seems like a cold fish, let that fine man–go on about his business.

    you both tried.

    He is very attractive to me.

  25. Blondie says:

    My he is extremely good looking.

  26. Jayna says:

    Ashley hasn’t seemed happy these last couple of years. She said she battles depression. I did like her TV show. They lived a lowkey life in Tennessee At least, they lived their marriage out of the public eye for the most part. He’s on the road for racing and she’s on the road for her career. Sometimes you grow apart. Both seem like nice people.

  27. Claudia says:

    I still have a soft spot for her. I remember when she seemed to star in one movie after the other; a string of thrillers and some romcom/dramas. The one with Hugh Jackman, for example… that was cute. I miss her! I think she really did a lot for women in cinema.

  28. TG says:

    Ever since I read this account of her I haven’t been able to shake the crey crey vibes and carrying that dog around. I suffer from depression and that is no excuse to be mean and pretentious with others.

    • mel says:

      I so agree with you…ever since I read that article along time ago I just can’t deal with her.

    • keats says:

      Me too!!! She sounds like an absolute pill.

    • bluhare says:

      I’ll say it again. Cray cray is not appropriate for someone with an organic mental imbalance.

      • irishserra says:

        Oh, good grief! Are you the PC police? They’re syllables! Syllables!! And I don’t give a rat’s a$$ how organically mentally imbalanced one may be, that does not excuse one from treating others with a little dignity. The woman manages to hold it together long enough for a photo op or brief conversation, so she can exert a little effort to temper herself when there’s not a camera recording. I don’t mean to rain all over your pedantic parade, but when there is true suffering out there in the world, I have a difficult time catering to first-world problems like political correctness.

        THE WOMAN IS CRAY-CRAY!! (It is stupid jargon, I’ll afford you that, but she is stinking nuts).

        That being said, I’m sorry for her ending marriage. It is sad to see any relationship end.

      • stinky says:

        …pass the popcorn 😉

      • TG says:

        I will agree with you that it was probably inappropriate for me to call her cray cray if she really does have a legitimate problem, but as irishserra said this woman does not deserve our respect. I actually only started using that word when people said it about Halle Berry, which I believe, and found it to be fitting and funny for her. I also believe that she uses her supposed imbalances to get what she wants and as an excuse for bad behavior. Like irishserra stated if she can hold it together for these photo ops she can hold it together in other things as well. I have struggled with anxiety & depression for many years, which I actually think might be because I have ADD, still trying to go to the doctor for that, but I never behave like she does. I still treat people with respect and show up on time and do not demand warm water and all that nonesense.

      • irishserra says:

        @stinky: Ha, yes. Our passions make us behave a little cray-cray (read f-ing bat$h!t insane) at times, even here on the Celebitchy blog. Hmm… Popcorn sounds really good right now.

      • bluhare says:

        So am I cray cray, too, irishsierra? I’m bipolar. Is Catherine Zeta Jones cray cray? They might only be syllables but words can sting. And I don’t appreciate people minimizing someone’s self acknowledged issues with a very slangy comment.

        Would you call a minority a word that is insulting to them? Would you like to be called a word you find insulting? Same thing only different.

        Ashley Judd might be difficult to get along with but that has nothing to do with fighting depression. Nothing at all, and by calling her cray cray you insult her and everyone else who struggles with it.

      • bluhare says:

        TG, I appreciate you saying it was a poor choice of words. However, people with depression can hold it together. It’s not like we sit around in our rooms all day and cry. It’s much more than that, and yes it gets to me, because I’ve dealt with it all my life and to see people like you and irishsierra bandy it about like it’s all a big joke just pisses me off.

        Hope you’re enjoying the show, stinky.

      • jess says:

        I’m bipolar AND pregnant and I think you are overreacting. All this PC crap is just that…crap. Political correctness and this “everyone gets a trophy” bullsh!t is why our world is full of self righteous little sh!ts now.

      • irishserra says:

        Well Bluhare, you are assuming that when someone uses the term “cray-cray” they are referencing some mental disorder, when in fact, that is rarely the case. It sounds like Belle Epoch’s comment might have been the exception, but you chose to give weight to it by crying foul.

        The fact of the matter is, as I said before, they are just syllables and people only are hurt by it when they lend credence to the idea that a word or notion is insulting, as you did.

        In answer to your question, I tailor my behavior to my setting. My husband is considered a minority in this country and we toss around what some consider cultural slurs like nobody’s business in our house. Not because we hate Hispanics and the Irish, but because my husband and I both have a sense of humor and choose to teach our children to define themselves by their deeds, not by how someone else might choose to label them. Additionally, no I wouldn’t call you cray-cray based on your bipolar disorder, but I will admit that your reaction to comments of mine and others’ comments is causing me to raise my eyebrows a little. 🙂

      • bluhare says:

        I probably did overreact a bit to it, but my point still stands. Just because people don’t like Ashley Judd for behaviour unrelated to her mental disorder is no reason to call her crazy.

        irishsierra: I think that you and your husband throwing names around is a bit like that family member no one likes and everyone within the family trashes them. But when an outsider does, that’s different, you know? So and So may be an idiot, but he’s our idiot. And I am having a very bad day today, which is probably another reason I took umbrage.

        No one with mental issues likes it. Who likes to think their brain doesn’t work properly? Took me a long time to come to terms with it, and calling people crazy does bring out the Irish in me. 🙂

      • bluhare says:

        I take back what I said about how I might have overreacted. I came back too late to edit my comment. I made a simple statement about the term cray cray and mental issues — which have been mentioned in this thread — and people jumped on me for it. And if you don’t point out how some people might be hurt by a comment how do we learn? So, you all have your viewpoints and I have mine. Enough said.

      • Troubadour says:

        Interesting argument Blu and Irish. I gotta say I like what both sides have to say. Can’t remember the last time that happened.

    • Lizzie says:

      I used to love her, and I hadn’t read this article, but I saw her on Anderson a while ago and I was struck by how completely FULL OF HERSELF she was! This article just confirmed what I felt about her. She’s quite a tool.

    • Lulu says:

      Totes cray. And I am allowed to call her that because of my own struggles. I can safely say I have NEVER behaved in that manner. But I certainly have personal experience with someone who sounds just like her. Ugh.

  29. junegorilla says:

    So sad. I am a huge Ashley fan after reading her book. She has overcome a lot of trials and tribulations beginning with her White Oprah of the South Mamma. Sad.

    • Lulu says:

      How do we know any of those were even true?

      • Amanda_SB says:


        I hate to say this since I was a fan of hers years ago, but Ashley is crazy. I know people that have worked with her and they have all said that she acts like a pretentious Diva. She is her own worst enemy and I think it’s amazing that she and Dario managed to hold their marriage together for so long. My guess would be that they are divorcing because they both had careers that kept them apart a good deal of the time. When Ashley’s career slowed down a bit (maybe that’s because she was dealing with her mental issues) and she spent more time on the road with Dario, they realized it wasn’t going to work. Whatever. Their reason(s) for divorcing are none of my business, but I had to comment on what others were saying:

        1) She is crazy (and I’m not talking about her being Bi-Polar or suffering from depression, because it runs in my family and I am all too familiar with both illnesses);

        2) She is not only a Diva, but a b***h to almost everyone that she deems not worthy (like other actors and the crew); and

        3) That story about her trip to Africa is extremely prejudicial, but it echoes the sentiments that I have heard from fellow actors, publicists and others in the business that have worked with her, so I’m not surprised to hear that she used that trip for self-promotion and not the greater good.

        While I liked her in some of her movies (Double Jeopardy, Ruby in Paradise, High Crimes, A Time to Kill, Sisters, and even the sappy Where The Heart Is), after reading that blog and the way she reacted about her bloated appearance while promoting “Missing,” (which I also enjoyed) and her overall arrogance in subsequent interviews, I think Dario must have been a saint for putting up with her. He is a gorgeous, talented, wealthy man and I wish him all the best. On the other hand, I think that Ashley needs to get real. A lot of people come from dysfunctional families and turn out just fine. God help us all if she manages to transition into politics. As educated as she claims to be, and as much of a humanitarian that she says that she is, I think she has a lot to learn. There seems to be a whole lot more going on with her and she needs to get herself together – mentally and spiritually.

  30. TheOriginalKitten says:

    Bummer…but this doesn’t change the fact that she is insufferable.

  31. Ashling says:

    God, her face! I can’t look away.

  32. Tazina says:

    I always thought this would not be a marriage that would last forever. In photos he’s always looking at the camera and she’s looking at him.

    They will both move on to new lives. For being celebrities, they had a pretty good run.

    • Thiajoka says:

      I notice (and think) the same thing when couples are pictured together, whether celebrities or not. Note the pictures of Melissa Gilbert and her thirtysomething fiance posted on Celebitchy earlier today–he’s looking at the camera, she’s looking at him.

  33. kct says:

    Maybe she outgrew him intellectually. Still, it’s unfortunate.

  34. KellyinSeattle says:

    Her quote to people confirming their separation/divorce….who talks like that in real life? Ashley…her mom and sister sing and she TALKS….whew. She looks just like her mom.
    Too bad about the split.

  35. Redd says:

    well at least she has the pigeon toes to go with her bird dress. She’s a bitch- he got tired of being married to a mean bitch. That is all.

  36. tracking says:

    I can imagine that her childhood really was damaging and left her with a lot of issues. But she seems to lack self awareness (like her complicity with the patriarchy, preaching against tungsten(?) mining while embracing her gadgets etc.), and that’s what makes her so annoying. But mainly just the kind of person who sucks all the oxygen out of the room, ya know?

  37. Asiyah says:

    I actually thought they separated a long time ago. I’m surprised it lasted this long.

  38. Chelsea's handler says:

    Meh. They didn’t have any kids so it’s no big deal. It might be a shot in the arm for Ashley’s career which seemed to go downhill once she got married.

  39. LittleMissy says:

    …and now he’ll meet someone 10 years younger and have lots of babies!

  40. Ann says:

    That man has no upper lip.

  41. Louise says:

    Hel-looo Dario! He won’t be single long. Puff face? Overblown self-opinion. Running for office? vom

  42. april says:

    They both seem like nice people. Sorry to hear they are divorcing. Good luck in the future to both.

  43. mimi says:

    Didn’t she go to Harvard lately?

    I wonder if he joined her.

    I have no idea if she is annoying in real life, but, that seems a bit unfair to criticize a famous person for coming over with a mobile phone and asking to speak to a fan.

    I’m assuming multiple times people approach celebrities and want their attention. That must be really annoying.

    She is on a trip to Africa, and not on the red carpet. Can they give her a break and not impose?

    I think she is entitled to say no and be pissed.
    She doesn’t have to speak with fans all the time.

  44. cali says:

    He is georgeous and I think she is the one on the losing end! All the single ladies will be happy

  45. Carolyn says:

    She’s such a prize. Here’s hoping she finds her “true love” one day. Love ya Ashley, and hate ABC for canning “Missing” but that old soap with Barnabas Collins has helped fill the void!

    Classy amicable ending: They both look good, but I favor the woman. Also the patronizing “family forever” was just humorous!