Jeremy Renner’s wife Sonni Pacheco filed for divorce after 10 months of marriage


Back in September, Jeremy Renner finally confirmed a piece of gossip that had long been rumored: he had married his Canadian lady-love and baby-mama Sonni Pacheco. Sonni gave birth to their daughter, Ava Berlin, in 2013. Sonni and Jeremy waited a bit and then got married about ten months ago. There were some rumors (aren’t there always?) that Jeremy married Sonni to help her stay in America. Of course, there were also rumors that Sonni was just the surrogate to Jeremy and his business partner boyfriend. For what it’s worth, I think Jeremy and Sonni had a genuine romantic/sexual relationship, although it wouldn’t surprise me if they got married to help along her citizenship. Well, sad/weird news: Sonni has filed for divorce. And it’s already kind of messy.

Add Jeremy Renner to the rash of holiday season break-ups — his wife wants out of their marriage after just 10 months. According to docs filed earlier this month, Renner’s wife Sonni Pacheco is seeking the split over irreconcilable differences — but get this … she’s demanding he return her stolen passport, birth certificate and SS card.

The couple just copped to their secret marriage back in September … and every indication is the break-up will be nasty.

In her divorce docs … Pacheco says they have a prenup, but adds it should be torn up because it was based on fraud. There’s no further detail about what she means by “fraud.”

Pacheco wants the moon … she’s asking for spousal support and physical custody of their 1-year-old daughter, Ava Berlin. She’s also looking to use the Range Rover until the smoke clears, and for Renner to pony up her rent and moving expenses.

[From TMZ]

“Stolen passport, birth certificate and SS card”…??? What is this, a Princess Charlene-esque moment? There’s a difference between putting all of your vital documents in a safe place, like a safe deposit box, versus STEALING your spouse’s passport, etc. Which is it? Is Jeremy keeping his young wife prisoner? Or did he just keep all of her documents in a safe place? And arguing that the prenup should be nullified because of fraud? Oh, girl. None of this looks good.

PS… If Sonni filed for divorce in early December, I kind of doubt Jeremy was even in the country. He was filming Mission Impossible 5 in London in early December.



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  1. Tiffany :) says:


  2. GingerCrunch says:

    Why does this make me want to cackle with glee? All of a sudden this is like watching a sport! Who’s next?!

    • PunkyMomma says:

      Me, too. (Sits back with bucket of popcorn.)

    • Jen says:

      Same here. I feel awful, but I can’t look away.

    • Mark says:

      This makes you happy? Wow happy woman I take it

    • QQ says:

      Also As well Count me in : Jeremy STAYS on some suspect shady Monkeyf*ck Crazy situation

    • Tippy says:

      TMZ will have a field day with this break-up. I look forward to their legal insight.

      I’ve always gotten a somewhat sinister vibe from Renner.

    • Sarah says:

      That’s the first thought I had, I literally cackled a Sylvia Miles from “She-Devil”-esque cackle when I read it.

      My 2nd thought was that Renner has finally started to gain his senses. 1 deranged marriage down, now looking forward to when George’s marriage is the next one to fall apart.

      Speaking of which, who here is looking forward to the Golden Globes next month? Can’t wait to see what they come up with when it comes to roasting George and Amal.

    • lol says:

      I hope this will be a gift that keeps on giving. May we can keep on laughing at Jeremy Renner all through 2015!

      Happy New Years!

  3. Talie says:

    Oh gee, I wonder what the fraud could be…

    Anyway, I’m sure she wasn’t that naive.

    • Bobbisue says:

      Remember Renee Z and her “fraud” divorce claim against Kenny Chesney? Something looks strikingly similar.

      • Esmom says:

        I thought of the same thing. I guess you don’t hear it all that often if that’s the only other reference that comes to mind.

      • FLORC says:

        That’s the 1st thing that I thought of as well. Although, Renee waited until marriage with Chesney to “get down”. Sonni has clearly already done that. So, i’m not leaning towards him being gay. More he might be a control freak with serious anger issues. Or maybe we’re all wrong and she’s nuts looking for a payout.

        A lot of this for me depends if Renner is keeping her passport from her on pirpose or not. And if he fears she’s take their daughter to Canada and cause a custody issue.

        No matter what the case is that poor child.

      • tarheel says:

        OMG I said the same thing downthread. Fraud=Gay in divorce filings. Which Chesney is, although he doesn’t feel safe in coming out.

        Also, you can have a baby with someone without having sex with them.

      • Belle Epoch says:

        Blind gossip item says he was living with his boyfriend the entire time! Beard arrangement unraveled within months.

    • Kiddo says:

      Maybe it was financial fraud?

      • InvaderTak says:

        Either that or just something easy for the lawyers to throw out there to negotiate with.

      • Talie says:

        @InvaderTak — Agreed. We’ve heard the rumors, but I’m sure she isn’t interested in spilling any tea. She just wants to scare him into submission.

      • Delueth says:

        She doesnt need an additional negotiating tool. Her asking a court to compel him to return her passport is a massive bomb. He is gonna want that part to go away in a hurry.

      • fritanga says:

        No. In divorce cases, fraud usually means that the marriage was entered into fraudulently – that is, someone had another spouse, someone was secretly insane, someone was actually homosexual, etc.

        The “fraud” crack is Pacheco’s first salvo, and they’ll shut her up with money ASAP. As she has a somewhat shady past, I don’t think she’ll want to drag everything out in the open. I think she’ll use custody of the kid as a bargaining chip, though.

      • Bridget says:

        @Fritanga: fraud is actually a term used with respect to an annulment, not a divorce. There are only a few reasons to be able to request an annulment, and they essentially all mean that the marriage itself was obtained under false pretenses (but they have to be major).

        This is also different than an Annulment granted by the Catholic Church, which is a religious document and is no way decided by the legal system. One can in fact get divorced and then seek out an annulment with the Church separately. And that also means when public figures try to justify seeking an annulment because they’re Catholic (like Kris Humphries, and one of the Kennedy’s) they’re just trying to cover up the fact that they’re trying to void their pre-nup.

      • Lucky Charm says:

        @ Bridget – just one small correction. Getting an annulment from the Catholic church has nothing to do with voiding a pre-nup, since a pre-nup is a legal document and a church annulment has to do with the religious sacrament of marriage. You have to get a legal divorce before requesting an annulment from the church. If for some reason it isn’t granted, or you just don’t request one, then you won’t be able to get married in the church again, since you are divorced.

    • fritanga says:

      Yes, contractual bearding can be fraught with all kinds of pesky fallout unless that contract is iron-clad. Considering how Renner’s handlers constantly and aggressively refute any whiff of “not het” rumors surrounding their client, I’m surprised they hadn’t gagged Pacheco before any of this surfaced.

      Also – weren’t there some rumors about how Pacheco is a bit of an operator?

      Wonder what will happen to the kid, who is the real pawn in all this.

    • Hannah says:

      @ Fritanga You are incorrect about the fraud issue. CA is a no fault state so there are only 2 reasons why you can get divorced–irreconcilable differences or incurable insanity. One can also have a marriage nullified. Fraud of the type you describe in your comment is a reason that a court would grant nullification. Fraud with respect to a pre-nup is a contractual issue. It’s handled in family court but it’s contractual.

      The spousal support is what jumps out at me. Most people know about the 10 year rule. A 10 year marriage is considered long term. For short term marriages support is usually paid for an amount of time equal to 1/2 the length of the marriage. In this case it would be 5 months. Even a palimony case wouldn’t help her. And in case anyone wonders–you can’t provide for child support or custody via a pre-nup. If it’s in there it won’t be enforced.

    • PennyLane says:

      She wasn’t. She’s very cleverly leveraging the situation in order to engineer a bigger payout from Renner, or should I say his agent, manager, and lawyer. They are going to have to pay her an awful lot of money to stop her from publicly explaining just what the ‘fraud’ was in that marriage. (BTW, I don’t think it was fraud for a moment.)

      Renner’s people should have gone with someone who is in the business – and therefore has something to lose – and also a bit older for the baby momma/bearding gig. Sonny Pacheco has very little to lose by threatening to go public and much to potentially gain.

  4. Dońt kill me i'm french says:

    I guess She’s very unhappy with his Xmas gifts

  5. kri says:

    OH DAMN. Target acquired, shots have been fired. Stolen passport?!! WTF. I adore JR. Sounds like someone is pissed about their contract. She must not have read the small print. She sure as hell didn’t read between the lines.

    • InvaderTak says:

      Wonder if the stolen passport is a nod to Charlene of Monaco. This -uh, person- isn’t afraid to ask for compensation from her captor is she? That’s hilarious. And I believe you can have these things replaced fairly easily.

    • Delueth says:

      Even if this is a contract gone bad, he has no business holding her documents. It reminds me of a news feature I saw about how wealthy American couples pay poor Indian women to be surrogates and these woman are contractually bound to live in special hostels away from their families while pregnant. The hostels are heavily guarded and these women are essentially prisoners until they give birth. Its gross.

      Anyway, the fact that he has her documents is dodgy as hell. Why would he even need to “store them for her”, is she a child? Shady. Shaaaaady.

      • InvaderTak says:

        That’s the most shady part of it, and also the most unbelievable to me. All of those things can be replaced faily easily especially if the circumstances are true.

      • Lol says:

        we don’t know if she’s saying the truth about the documents. Its not like she’s been trafficked into the US, hidden away in secret and he’s locked away her documents. She’s Canadian for goodness sake.
        Its just as likely that while he has her documents he didn’t think anything of it alla “let’s put them in fireproof safe, in case something happens”

      • Delueth says:

        Nope. Replacinh a birth certificate aaaand a passport aaaand ss papers is not a simple walk in process. At the very least she would need to file a police report, her docs arent lost or destroyed, they are in the hands of somebody known to her.

        Why should she just replace them anyway. If he is holding them he needs to be shamed from here to eternity.

      • Bridget says:

        For all we know, they could have been in his safe-deposit box and he’s been out of the country.

      • Lucky Charm says:

        @ Delueth – Those papers (birth certificate, passport, social security card) are ALL the type of thing you want to store securely in a safe or a safety deposit box at the bank. If he’s been out of the country when she filed for divorce, she wouldn’t have access to them immediately (and how convenient is that timing for playing the “victim”), which is why she’s trying to play up for sympathy that he must return them to her. I’m sure he knows that he can’t intentionally keep those from her, but kind of hard to give them to her when he’s in a different country.

      • (Original, not CDAN) Violet says:

        I agree that holding onto her passport is a shady move. Maybe he’s doing it to prevent her from leaving the country with their baby?

        It’s a hot mess, but I’m not surprised by the split. I can’t make up my mind whether she’s been bearding for him. Then again, knocking up a girl half his age screams midlife crisis.

  6. cj says:

    U think he got played?

    • Emma - the JP Lover says:

      No … I think ‘she’ got played.

      • minx says:

        Yep. She didn’t read the fine print!

      • Stoner says:

        I think she got “gayed”.

      • JenniferJustice says:

        *Stoner* that was awesome! Can’t believe the naiveté of some here re “fraud”….financial? um…no. Can we just say it? She’s saying she didn’t know he is gay. And to be more clear, she’s pretending she didn’t know she was suppose to be a beard. And frankly, it would be hard to prove you knew something and went in with eyes wide open when it has been a well-guarded secret – a gullible one – but a secret none-the-less. Just come out Jeremy! Most already know it anyway.

      • tarheel says:

        I agree with all of you — she got “gayed,” or knew about it and then he didn’t uphold his terms of the bearding.

        Also agree with how naive some on here are. Fraud=Gay. See Rene Zellwegger and Kenny Chesney for one example.

        I believe her when she says he’s keeping her docs. Shady as hell.

        The filings are a threat, and she will be paid to keep quiet, and will probably get the custody arrangements she wants.

  7. bettyrose says:

    Just yikes. But I just came to say there’s no shame in marrying for a green card (or health benefits). The U.S. practically forces couples to make those kind of choices.

    • Lilacflowers says:

      But she is Canadian. Canada offers substantial health benefits to its citizens. And Canadians also have a fairly easy time of it as far as getting green cards or US citizenship (most prefer not to go all the way to citizenship) are concerned.

      • bettyrose says:

        But you’re referring to Canadians who come to the U.S. for jobs. If she didn’t have a job in the U.S., she didn’t have any means of getting a green card or health benefits other than marriage. Either way, I just meant that there’s no shame in it. The need for one of both of those things often speeds up a relationship status in the U.S.

      • Tiffany :) says:

        Good points, Bettyrose. But I feel like it would be easier for him to hire her on as an “assistant” or “housekeeper” than to marry her if he only wanted to keep her in the country.

      • Lilacflowers says:

        @Bettyrose, she can get health benefits back in Canada. And why can’t she get a job? I’m not challenging you on what it is like for others to get proper papers to work and stay here but it is much easier for Canadians. One of my friends has had a green card since she was five years old. She has even let it expire a number of times without a problem. They just issue her a new one when she finally remembers to get her paperwork together, even if several years have passed since the expiration. I don’t think a green card or citizenship was Sonni Pacheco’s motivation in any of this.

      • vauvert says:

        Actually getting a green card is not that easy for Canadians either, and I say this as a Canadian who has lived and worked in the US. The first time I went on my spousal visa and despite having a degree and decent experience, I could not get a job, since I did not fit in the “desirable” categories.
        When my then husband got transferred to Europe and I wanted to stay, there was no legal way to do it. So I came back to Canada, got divorced, got a Master’s, then got a job offer in the US because the lawyers could fit my job description and qualifications in one of the allowed categories.
        As far as health care goes, yes we do get basic “free” healthcare in Canada (free unless you count our taxes, and don’t get me started on quality) but how does that help if you want to be with your American spouse in the US? You still need to get US benefits somehow. Unless you reside in Canada FT, you lose access to healthcare after six months, even assuming you were crazy enough to want and afford to fly home every time you got ill. Which, if you did, by the time you got an appointment, you would likely be dead. (Never mind the snark, I have strong feelings about healthcare, LOL…Having lived in both countries it drives me batty when people talk about the superior free Canadian system).

      • Ag-UK says:

        Also I might be wrong but by having a child in the US wouldn’t she be entitled to a green card? Normally you need to stay married a while as you need to have the fun interview with INS and that doesn’t usually happen for a while.

      • Lilacflowers says:

        She was living and working here when they hooked up so she already had whatever she needed in place. I wasn’t saying she could zip back home to Canada when she was sick. I was saying she could just go back to Canada, she doesn’t need to stay here for her health (I’m not the one who brought up “free” health care; I’m well aware of the payment mechanisms behind it.)

      • Supposedtobeworking says:

        She still needs a passport to return to Canada. And her SS card or applying for jobs.

      • Addie says:

        Getting a green card is really hard for 95% of Canadians in the US and has been for many years now. Passports are critical to get across the border as well.

      • Scotchy says:

        Getting your visa/greencard is not easier to get because you are Canadian ( I speak from experience). You need to have a job and that job needs to be one that you are uniquely qualified for and then you need to spend a large amount of time and money proving you are qualified for said job and even then they start you out temporary and after years of proving you are still uniquely qualified for your job you can apply for a green card. Immigration be it temporary or permanent into the US is difficult no matter where you are from.

      • Orly says:

        @Supposedtobeworking. . . actually, you don’t need your SS card to apply for jobs (at least in Canada). I’m Canadian and lost my card probably the same year I got it. As long as you know the number, it’s fine. In fact, I was at the SS office for an unrelated matter & thought I might as well apply for a replacement card & the person helping me actually told me not to bother, haha! The only inconvenient thing would be replacing the passport while out of the country. (Birth certs are also easily replaced. I was able to do that within 48 hours. Yes, I lose a lot of stuff.)

    • bettyrose says:

      Lilac – Getting a job that will sponsor a visa is generally something one does before coming to the U.S. I’m sure she could get a job, but not all jobs sponsor visas or offer health insurance. She’s young and presumably healthy, but Canadian health insurance doesn’t cover hospital visits in the U.S., so it is not sufficient for someone who plans to live long term in L.A.

      As for marriage, Tiffany – it’s actually cheaper than hiring an assistant or a surrogate. First, there are tax benefits to marrying someone who makes significantly less money than you do (the assumption being that men are marrying future housewives). If that person is carrying your child and needs prenatal care, it would be cheaper to marry them and add them to your insurance than to pay their insurance as an employer.

      Look, I don’t agree with these Puritanically based policies that assume marriage is everyone’s desire and destiny. I’m just saying that’s how it is, and given that, I don’t necessarily think it’s a bad idea for a middle aged actor to marry his young Canadian surrogate (or baby mama), even if just for financial purposes.

    • vauvert says:

      @Lilacflowers, if she was already living in working in the US when they met, then you are 100% correct, she did not need him for paperwork, she must have already had that in place. I only wanted to clarify something that most people assume – that Canadians have an easy time getting a working visa in the US. They don’t, and I have first hand experience of it.

      As far as the other benefits go, when you are a spouse, you just have more rights than a simple partner and the benefits also cover such things as lower taxes like @bettyrose mentioned, healthcare, etc. Again, having dealt with similar legal issues, I speak with some general knowledge, which of course does not cover their particular situation.

      And while I get your point that she could go back to Canada… they have a young child. Unless she was willing to abandon said child, she couldn’t just pack up and go. No idea what she did before the marriage, but based on her age I would think her choices were limited. Modelling?

      As usual, two adults make stupid choices, and a child is caught in the middle. Sick and tired of it….

      • Lilacflowers says:

        It may not be easy but it is far easier for a Canadian to obtain a work visa or a green card than it is for a citizen of any other country. She was working here. She had the necessary paperwork in place before she met him. Being married always conveys more public benefits on people than not being married – hence I am paying for Ann Romney’s Medicare even though I’m not a multimillionaire and she herself never paid one cent into the Medicare system because she never held a job a single hour of her life but she reaps the benefits of MY work. Pacheco was a model and stripper.

  8. Amy says:

    Older men need to STOP.

    Even the Hollywood men can’t keep these May 2022/December 1933 relationships going and they’ve got more money and perks than the average guy.

    I guess 10 months makes sense considering it was probably a few romps of highly energetic sex that made him feel like she was ‘the one’.

    Had to admit I lost a lot of respect for him when I saw her age.

    • Yoobushi says:

      Older?!?!?!? He’s 42 not 90! 😀

      • lunchcoma says:

        She’s 22, which makes him an older man in this context. He’s old enough to be her father.

      • Isabelle says:

        He married a very young woman & compared to her is he a lot older. When I was 22, thought you were getting ready to retired at 42.

    • June says:

      This is Hollyweird what do you expect – these actors never learn!! Would’ve save alot of heartache and money if he wore a condom!!

      • Maria says:

        June, I think you just nailed the whole issue. These guys and girls fall for a pretty/handsome face and shapely/cut bod and lose all common sense, which leads to this sort of mess.
        I feel for the kid already.

  9. marie says:

    their relationship has always been strange… not to say unbelievable. Marry me, Jeremy !

  10. InvaderTak says:

    OOh yay a real post for this! It’s all very fishy, but in the end it makes her look like a gold digger and JR the victim.

    • Lori says:


    • misstee says:

      He is a man in his 40’s with a wealth of life and business experience, known to be savvy – she was barely out of her teens, he is NO victim..

      • InvaderTak says:

        ok, “victim” might be strong. You’re right, JR should know better. (maybe I’m going nanny for him? *shudders*) Still stand by the gold digger statement though. This looks like a giant cash grab. I don’t think she’s a victim either. JR by all accounts was responsible, even generous throughout the pregnancy and after.

      • Dani says:

        He’s not a victim by any means but I’m SURE she knew what she was getting into.

      • neha says:

        Oh, come on. 22 is an adult, and you can certainly be a gold digger at that age. I have no idea what happened, but I definitely wouldn’t presume “innocence” on her part because of her age.

  11. Tiffany27 says:

    Sounds messy.

  12. scout says:

    I don’t know about the real circumstances in this drama but I have heard cases of “hiding passports and other legal documents” from spouses who comes here after marriage legally to prevent them from going back to their own country if they want to. Immigration attorneys are more than happy to help in those situations if his wife choose to leave. Hope Jeremy Runner is not that stupid!

    • Jenny says:

      Someone on twitter photographed Renner and the child outside an immigration lawyer’s office a few months back. They said he and his wife had been inside with the lawyer for a couple of hours. About the same time the wife also appeared on someone’s facebook at some sort of party in Canada so she is not being held prisoner. The language is very inflammatory, I think she is making it clear that she will do or say anything to get more money out of him.

      • Brandii says:

        None of that proves that he isnt a controlling db. He may be demanding that as part of the contract she seek his permission to travel and witholding her documents allows him to control this. Or maybe the documents were confiscated after the incidents you mention. I look forward to seeing whether he denies having them and how he explains why she has no access to the “safe place” he keeps them.

    • Maria says:

      Withholding the passport would make sense if he was afraid that she was going to flee the country with the child and deny him any access to her. it happens too often to regular people.

  13. Jen says:

    I did NOT realize the age difference until I read that comment. I don’t have anything against a vast age difference- my parents were 22 years apart and married for 44 years (when my dad passed). HOWEVER- my mom was in her late 20’s when she married my dad which is a completely different mentality than that of a early 20’s person. So, they’ve been off and on whatever for 3 he met her when she wasn’t old enough to drink? Massive amounts of respect were just lost for him. Massive.

    • Jenny says:

      She is 26 now, so they met when she was 22 or 23.

      • Kipi says:

        I was wondering that. I feel like people have been saying she’s 22 for like, four years now. Still too young for him but I mean, she had to age some at least.

    • Talie says:

      Jesus, she comes off older. I thought she was in her 30s…

    • Isabelle says:

      My grandparents were 25 years apart. My grandmother was early 20s & she basically married him for a stable home. Later on they were very much in love but my grandmother always told me they were an exception. My grandfather was a very good man & she said “I got lucky but you may end up with an arsehole” lol. Think its rare for those big age gapes to work.

  14. moo says:

    i didn’t know he got married.

  15. Browniecakes says:

    On Twitter he posted the sweetest picture via Whosay of (his) grand piano next to a child’s (Ava’s) small white piano. Captioned, “the BEST part of my day begins with you,”

  16. Jenny says:

    Knowing a bit about his background I always thought he would marry her to keep the child close – lots of divorce in childhood, standing in for the father for his mother and sister’s babies, a big focus on family. I was hoping the baby mamma would settle for an income, US citizenship and a clean-up of her rather tacky background, but it looks like she wants cash and notoriety.

    I hope he gets custody of the child, I actually fear for his safety if he loses her.

    PS. I may be wrong but surely this woman was a bit of recreation, there is no way somebody would chose her to carry their baby.

  17. jenn12 says:

    People should think before they create children with someone. Their poor daughter…

  18. kpoodle says:

    Ok here’s what I think is going on: He dumped her, she angrily threatened to take the child and go back to Canada and not let him see her again, he then took her passport, ID, etc. so she can’t leave the country.

  19. PixieWitch says:

    how come rich people can’t hold up their own umbrellas? its looks so ridiculous.

    • Kiddo says:

      HAHAHA. This is the best comment today, thank you.

    • InvaderTak says:

      Might ruin Mr. MovieStar’s manicure lol

    • Jayna says:

      That’s when they are filming scenes. You can always see photos from a movie set where someone walks over and has an umbrella over the actor or actress during different pauses while shooting.

      • qwerty says:

        Nope, not only. Happens pretty much everywhere – premieres, going in & out of restaurants, hotels etc.

      • Jessica says:

        It happens at premiere’s so the photographers can get decent shots. Outside of hotels, apartment buildings and restaurants it’s usually the doorman.

        The doorman of my apartment building walks everyone out with an umbrella when it’s wet, or sometimes when it’s very hot, and it will happen at 5 star hotels, fancy restaurants etc.

    • neha says:

      HAHA, before I went back to look at the pictures, I totally thought that was a euphemism for a condom. I’m an idiot.

  20. LAK says:

    What a mess!

  21. lunchcoma says:

    Huh. This sounds like it will be an unusually noisy divorce, given how quietly they married.

    One possibility about the documents is that she left him fairly suddenly, her documents were in a safe in the house, and now he’s not letting her back in the house to retrieve them or arranging to send them to her. Which is a jerk move and something that justifies the request, but not exactly stealing.

    • Jayna says:

      It sounds more like he was trying to control her, not wanting her to have access to taking off without him knowing since they have a child.

  22. Miss M says:

    I am always amused when people say a foreigner woman is marrying a man for a green card. To get the “official” green card, it takes 4 years… I don’t know the numbers exactly, but the domestic violence against foreigners married to American men are high (perfect victims who depend on them). No way in hell, someone will marry to risk suffering any form of violence for a green card. Yes, there might be people who do it, but they usually marry an acquaintance and pay handsomely for it…

    • Bridget says:

      4 years? That’s unusual. I’ve known others who got Visas/residency after significantly less time.

      • Miss M says:

        @bridget: 4 years for the path of citizenship because provisional and permanent green cards are not sure thing (you have to stay in the country for a certain number of months every year, etc). As Jenna pointed out, if you get through work can take longer. A friend of mine has been waiting for years ( she has been working in the company for more than 6 years now)

      • Bridget says:

        Not everyone chooses to become naturalized as a citizen, some would prefer to stay on a Visa. No, it is not easy to become a US citizen, but having a spouse or fiancé that is one makes it significantly easier. And your argument is strange: that a green card marriage means that the man is going to be an abuser? Immigration status IS used as a tool to control a woman in an abusive relationship, but it’s actually more likely that it’s because she’s in the country illegally and is afraid to contact authorities because of fear of deportation – not because they’re in a green card marriage. However, if someone is here legally she (because it’s almost always a she) is actually able to request to stay under the Violence Against Women Act, where she is able to flee an abuser.

      • Miss M says:

        My argument is not strange if many of you are assuming they got married just to allow her to stay in the country. In this sense, it means she would not be able to stay legally without his help. Illegal or not many foreigner women have experienced domestic violence and even if they were illegal, it doesn’t justify the violence…

    • Jenna says:

      That is definitely not typical. My husband and I went through the process earlier this year. We filed the papers within a week of our marriage and my husband’s greencard was approved about three months later. It is “provisional” so we have to stay married for two years and then we can get him a genuinely permanent greencard.

      He had previously been on a skilled worker visa and his company was supposed to be sponsoring him for a greencard, but their HR and legal departments were incredibly incompetent–they had agreed to sponsor him over a year before we got married, and as of our wedding date they still had not finished filing the paperwork! It is not uncommon for work-sponsorships of greencards to stretch out for years, and for the employers to exploit the worker’s dependency on them (my husband used to be expected to work late evenings, weekends, put up with verbal abuse, lying, backstabbing co-workers, all sorts of junk). Okay, they didn’t physically abuse him, but he was in that situation for almost five years and it has definitely left scars. We had initially been planning to hold off on getting married until his employer filed his greencard application and I am SO GLAD we finally agreed that they were being dicks and that we should go ahead and do a greencard through marriage. Not saying this was the case with Renner and Pacheco, but if your employer is exploiting you and you are in a stable LTR with a citizen who is willing to marry you, I would not judge. US immigration is f***ed up, take all the breaks you can get.

  23. BearcatLawyer says:

    Um, sorry, but there is serious shame in marrying someone for a green card. It is a criminal offense to enter into a marriage solely for the purpose of obtaining immigration benefits. If a couple is charged with marriage fraud, the U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident sponsoring spouse faces up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250.000. The sponsored intending immigrant typically just gets deported. The catch? Once a finding of marriage fraud is made against a person – regardless of whether s/he is actually convicted in criminal court – s/he will effectively be barred from immigrating legally to the U.S. FOREVER.

    It sounds to me like Sonni may be setting the stage to sponsor herself for a green card pursuant to the Violence Against Women Act. She does not appear to qualify for benefits under Obama’s recent executive orders.

    Also, I do not know why Miss M believes it takes four years to get lawful permanent residence (aka a green card). LPR applications in Houston, Texas (where I live) take about 90 days to process from the time of filing. It typically takes four years or more for a person to naturalize to U.S. citizenship as the spouse of a U.S. citizen, but the immigrant spends most of those four years as a lawful permanent resident of the U.S.

    • Miss M says:

      You may get it quickly, but the temporary green card lasts 2 years. Then, you file for the permanent when you get for 2 more years , you can apply for citizenship. At least, that’s how it used to be done in the northeast. Nothing is permanent, as if you cannot stay in for a certain number of months in USA every year, you will lose your green card. A friend of mine went back to Denmark to do her PhD and she gave up hers.
      Ps: all I was trying to say that a person must be truly desperate to marry for a green card (read about the fine the poster above wrote).

  24. Karen says:

    It is known in Hollywood circles that he has a boyfriend. At one point there was a rumor that the baby was actually his sister’s child that he paraded around to ward off gay rumors. Then he might have taken it one step further by getting married.

    Or if this is actually his kid he certainly picked the wrong beard! You will see him get custody of the kid.

    Or this whole story is fiction. He parades his sister’s baby, “secretly” gets married and then announces a “divorce”. It is truly sad that gay actors fear losing their livelihood.

    • misstee says:

      Its truly sad that Gay actors in a position of respect in society with wealth and influence beyond my wildest dreams, choose to lie about their sexuality rather than be a role model for others.

      Its hardly like he is romantic lead with that mug is it.

      • Bridget says:

        He seemed pretty comfortable with himself and his partner until he hit it BIG, and then it seemed like his team pushed him back in the closet. I don’t know that I entirely blame him… he was a regular, working-ish actor for years that never really ‘made it’ until all of a sudden he exploded. There was never any chance they were going to have MI 5 or Bourne headlined by an openly gay actor.

    • Jenny says:

      Blind items are just a waste of time. Jeremy’s recent ones include (1) he doesn’t have a child it is his sister’s (2) he helped his boyfriend move out because his wife insisted (3) most recent – he is definitely married to his boyfriend not Sonni Pacheco. Can I point out that at least 2 of these are now shown to be ridiculous in the face of recent developments and only complete morons believe anything they read in blind items.

      • Karen says:

        I believe blind gossip more than fairytale Hollywood weddings. Hollywood is a machine and protects its stars. That’s how they make money.

      • Jenny says:

        You do understand that legal documents have been filed stating that they are man and wife and that they are the parents of the child? Despite the fact that those blind items could not have been any clearer, the child is not a niece he borrows for photo opportunities and he is not married to his business partner, unless he is a bigamist, which will no doubt be the next ridiculous blind item.

      • Bridget says:

        Actually, right before he got super famous the LA Times Real Estate section accidentally outed him, and accidentally naming Jeremy in a blind instead of using the usual placeholder name is what got Teddy C immediately canned from E!. So we’re not talking the usual Blind Gossip drivel.

        But the whole “actually married to someone else” thing is pretty absurd.

      • Jenny says:

        The LA times realestate section did not out him, they listed him and Kristoffer Winters as co-owners of a property that was up for sale. That was taken as proof he was gay since why would two men in their 30s co-own a property? Well because they were business partners who in just 8 years had gone from being pretty much broke to flipping multi-million dollar properties by living in them and doing them up. Ted Cs blind was basically ‘I can’t believe he walked into a party and walked out with a guy – famous closeted actors don’t usually do that’ – well maybe that is because he isn’t gay and the two just got on and went somewhere more fun, straight people do that sometimes, especially when they are working away from home. The problem is that once it is decided that an actor is gay, absolutely everything it twisted in order to prove it.

      • Dońt kill me i'm french says:


      • The Original Mia says:

        I always roll my eyes when folks trot out Ted C as proof Jeremy is gay. Ted didn’t know a darn thing. To this day, Jake G can’t shake gay rumors because Ted hinted he was Toothy Tile.

  25. Pandy says:

    Former young woman here lol. She smelt cash and a shot at fame and went for it the age old way. I’m betting the passport business is so that she couldn’t leave the US with the baby. He wanted a beard and a baby and she’s getting the dough and making a run for it. I’m tired of old men using young women and young women using old men. Barf.

    • PennyLane says:

      Yep, you called it. Sounds like she decided that the contract she signed wasn’t nearly enough and that she deserved more money…maybe over the last year she’s gotten a much better idea of his real net worth? She’s certainly got him over the barrel if he doesn’t want his private life to become public. It’s not like she’s going to lose out on future acting jobs – they have no way to persuade her to keep quiet except with money.

  26. Mia4S says:

    Yeah this is definitely a real relationship. Only love/lust gets this ugly!

    Seriously though they need to get it together for the little girl. Shared custody and some damn common sense!

  27. Azhar Nadeem says:

    Was on cards…but little Ava Berlin would suffer most…

  28. Caz says:

    Geez….rich n famous people need to choose their partners better…and use contraception! Gold-digging is too easy these days.

  29. smn1985 says:

    Some of you are way off base on the fraud thing (and many of you rightly pointed that out). Alleging fraud with respect to a prenup is very very common. It is the usual way to try to get out of a prenup, and typically involves an allegation that the other party did not fully disclose all their assets. “I would have never signed the prenup had I known he was worth $40m vs the $4m that was represented to me.” It has nothing to do with the relationship or marriage of the parties.

    Renee Z’s case was much more interesting, as they had their marriage itself annulled on the basis of fraud. Now that would implicate the marriage itself and related to a matter “vital” to the marriage.

    • Jessica says:

      This. Alleging fraud is totally standard. The only time’s I’ve seen it not come up is when the pre-nup was overly generous to begin with.

    • Anon says:

      WTF has happened to traditional reasons for marriage? You know… the really basic shit – RESPECT, COMMON INTERESTS, LOYALTY, TRUST, YOU LIKE TO BE WITH EACH OTHER, INTEGRITY, LOVE?
      Everything has come down to money and disposable arrangements. Thanks HWOOD and the Advertising world! You’ve made “marriage” and “commitment” exactly the same as a toaster with a 5yr warranty life.
      And to the 20/30’somethings with entitlement complexes: NO ONE OWES YOU SHIT. Get a job, earn your way and develop some grounded morals.
      And to the 40/50’somethings – GTFU and start acting like humans with integrity, class and RESPECT.

  30. Misprounced Name Dropper says:

    And you wonder why Leo doesn’t bother with marriage?

    • Dońt kill me i'm french says:

      The day when Léo will marry,the pre-nup will be so strong and the woman even will lose her underwears

  31. maddelina says:

    He looks like an unhappy little pug dog.

  32. Lucy2 says:

    I was surprised when they got married, but thought it would go more than 10 months. Whatever the actual situation is, I hope their daughter is raised well.

  33. Megan says:

    Considering her background, who knows what is really going on here.

  34. CK says:

    Two questions. Did she not know she was a beard? Did he forget she was a beard? Sonni is on her way to a nice payday because there is nothing as damaging to a (alleged) closet case as a beard scorned.

    I hope this works out to the benefit of their daughter, but since she is 1 and will probably not remember this, I’m just going to pop my popcorn and enjoy this mudslinging bout while it lasts.

  35. Madly says:

    I am wondering if she thought she would be on red carpets and such and as she has been denied this, got angry and lasted out to the point where it has escalated to this.

    Poor Ava.

    • browniecakes says:

      I agree. She tried Next Top Model and acting jobs. No luck. She would have looked pretty on his arm, but no. And it would have helped him with the gay rumors. Maybe it was a passive agressive move on his part to not give her what she wanted. Fame.

  36. EM says:

    Hate it when innocent children are caught up in these scenarios. The egos involved are ridiculous. Renner is overrated. Both adults should be ashamed.

  37. tarheel says:

    Rene Zellwegger used the same “fraud” thing in her divorce filing from Kenny Chesney. That means gay.

    And, like some other celebitchies, I too am loving this. Never cared for Renner, and cannot believe his paycheck and backend were more than Jennifer Lawrence’s in American Hustle.” I told a friend he’s the least important Avenger, and she said anyone could play Hawkeye, and we decided both Taylor Swift and my cat would make a better Hawkeye than Renner.

    Let the Games begin!

  38. MAC says:

    I hope the having her personal documents is not true
    Not a fan of his acting

  39. MrsBPitt says:

    I’ll bet JR and Tom Cruise are both commiserating over not being able to keep their beards in line!

  40. Rachel says:

    The unknowing beard is running away.

    • PennyLane says:

      But how could she not have known? Didn’t she meet his ‘business partner’ – i.e. husband?

      You know, that guy he was living with in the main house while she was staying out in the guesthouse.

      The whole thing just seems weird.

  41. browniecakes says:

    There goes his Oscar campaign. I’m kidding.
    He never fell in love with her. It doesn’t matter why. He clearly loves the baby. He’s not blameless, but he doesn’t trust her and why should he? I bet marrying her made it easier for her to take the baby to visit him on set around the world. I don’t think she wants US citizenship as much as she wants fame that he never allowed her. Fortune? She’s working on it.

  42. pam says:

    He took her passport because he was afraid she’d run off with the baby…

  43. rudy says:

    Jeremy is gay. Everyone knows this. Sonni was the beard.

    Just come out of the closet Jeremy! We don’t care.

  44. Anon says:

    Let’s clarify some things: IMO

    NO ONE KNOWS if Renner is gay and she is a beard.

    The “fraud” Pacheco selected to add in her divorce papers IS NOT in the section outlining the reason for dissolving the marriage. If it was, then there may be some concerns around the gay rumours.

    The “fraud” Pacheco selected to add in her divorce papers IS in the section specific to the pre-nup. This shows she was and is all about the money. Hey CelebItchy! Guess you need to eat your words from that early blog post ” NOT A FAME WHORE – GOLD DIGGER” .

    Pacheco’s decision to go public tabloid shows – she’ll do anything and use anyone to get what she wants – money. She set up an “exclusive” with the Daily Mail. There’s your pap fame-whore. She is allowing “rumours” to be alleged that he’s gay. Blackmail – pay more or else I’ll destroy your public status – without having to say a thing “Everythings fine. Yup”

    In 22+ years, no one has ever caught a single snapshot of Renner in a “gay” situation. Not one photo. That speaks volumes as to whether he’s gay.

    If he was so gay as some here and on other sites emphatically pound (which are probably the same posters just jumping from site to site) do you really think he would willingly choose a female who was working in the sex industry and into drugs (see @sonnipachecofan ) to carry the embryo of his child? Seriously? No discreet agencies to hire a surrogate from? No otherfemale womb (std and drug free) on the planet to hire? No other children in need of adoption? ABSOLUTELY NONE ANYWHERE? Seriously?

    It’s really basic. A guy who just entered his mid-life crisis ran into a 20’something escort con artist. His “peen” got excited and made a wrong decision when he thought she would play fair on a contract for services. She took advantage and executed a plan to ensure she ensnared a Sugar Daddy to facilitate her goal for a free paid life on his 20+ yr hard work and hard earned money. Her card to play “oops pregnancy” to extend the contract. Her card to play now to ensure she maximizes for the most money she can get: use the child as blackmail, allege fraud, allege stolen documents, allege all the shit possible – throw it out there in tabloid press – play the visual victim. Such a pathetic and typical stunt by yet another escort. If she had any ounce of concern for the child, she would have done everything possible to make sure whatever her disgruntled entitlement ego problem was – it was done discreetly placing the child’s interest FIRST. But… then this fame-whore baby-mama wouldn’t get her 15 min’s of tabloid paps now would she.