Kevin Costner was ‘not around very much’ for his family due to his filming schedule

Kevin Costner’s divorce drama sort of got lost through the one-two punch of the Met Gala and coronation last week. On May 1st, Costner’s wife Christine Baumgartner filed for divorce and it sounded like she really blindsided him. Costner’s PR people have been running around to different media outlets, trying to shut down rumors and emphasize that Costner would take back Christine. Of course, his people are also emphasizing that Christine signed a pretty strict prenup, one which would have her moving out of all of their homes.

One story which seemed to fit with the suddenness of Christine’s divorce filing was the rumor that Costner got someone pregnant on the set of Yellowstone. Costner’s people heard the rumor and immediately went to TMZ and the Daily Mail to shut it down as “total BS” and “absolutely not true.” That rumor seemingly started on Twitter, with someone tying Costner’s affair with his many dramas about “scheduling.” That person sounded like a Yellowstone insider too. Anyway, someone went to People Magazine this week and they’re trying to lower the temperature on this in a big way:

Kevin Costner’s demanding work schedule was difficult for wife Christine prior to her divorce filing. Amid the pair’s breakup after 18 years of marriage, a family source tells PEOPLE that while the Yellowstone actor, 68, “knew” Christine, 49, was “unhappy,” her divorce filing came as an “unpleasant surprise.”

“Christine wants them to spend family time at their Santa Barbara home,” the source says. “During filming, Kevin is not around very much. His absence has been very hard for her.”

According to the source, “Christine doesn’t want him to throw himself into another project. He has been obsessed with filming Horizon since last year. She wasn’t happy about it.”

A separate entertainment source tells PEOPLE that “at times, his career has taken precedence over his home life.”

“Kevin hasn’t been home very much for quite some time due to filming, the popularity of Yellowstone, and the time necessary for his other projects. He has been in demand,” says the entertainment source.

“All of this success and excitement over the new project probably took his attention away from his family more than he realized. Since it didn’t look like that would change and likely could get worse, it caused tension at home,” the entertainment source adds.

According to a source, Kevin, who split from first wife Cindy Silva in 1994, didn’t want the divorce. “It was not anything that he wanted or sought,” the insider said. “And if he could change the situation, he would.”

[From People]

Yeah, if these quotes are from Christine’s side, then she’s trying to say that she’s not worried about an affair, that her issue is that he works too much. I tend to believe most of this is coming from Costner’s side though – better to have a reputation as a workaholic who abandons his family for months at a time than a guy who cheated on his second wife, just like he cheated on his first wife. Is Costner still a dog? I have no idea, truly. But it’s interesting to watch as these rumors cycle in and out, day by day. One thing I will give Kevin Costner: he’s a seasoned professional who has a team of competent crisis managers on retainer and they’re very good at their job.

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  1. ThatsNotOkay says:

    She’s OVER. IT. I don’t think the filing was a ploy or a wake-up call. I think there was already an ultimatum, he made a choice, and she bounced. Kevin isn’t going to give up his passion projects and possible last hurrahs as a director. A megalomaniac and egotistical person seeks adoration from the public–love from his family isn’t enough.

    • Rapunzel says:

      Agreed. It’s all reading very Tom & Giselle to me. Kevin chose (his version of) football.

      • EllenOlenska says:

        @Rapunzel I see your point but Gisele did have quite a business empire of her own, I’m not sure Christine did or does….and boy does Kevin love to make kids….

  2. bisynaptic says:

    LOL He didn’t realize that he wasn’t spending time with his family.

    • Betty says:

      If a man asked a women to give up her career it would be all over internet. It’s not an ego to want to finish’ your career. They know they married successful men. If you want a garbage man that makes 19k a year marry one. I don’t see female or male CEOs or doctors who are gone a lot complaining. This is Kevin and Tom both last horah

  3. Mel says:

    I totally think his wife went” Giselle” on him , “I’m tired of doing all the heavy lifting and if you don’t want to be here , then fine, be gone.” She’s over him.

  4. antipodean says:

    I don’t blame her one iota. She has probably been carrying her family’s home life for years. When you have little support from your partner, all the money and kudos in the world doesn’t help to lighten the load! This man has ALWAYS given off smug and entitled vibes, and eventually she just got sick of it…as most of us would. Who wants to live like that forever? I think he has a face that just begs to be slapped. Blindsided….yeah right!

  5. Lucy says:

    We’re not sure if he’s a dog? He tried to get a happy ending massage on their honeymoon. Pretty sure he’s still a dog, unless his body no longer supports that.

    • HeyKay says:

      Oh IS a dog. Well known for years.
      And, IMO, the only reason he would change is bc his age.
      He cheated on wife #1. repeatedly.
      After that divorce he bought a bar, and started a band as the singer, just so he could and did hang there and hit on a bajillion young women, then he had started dating lots of younger celebs for quite awhile.
      Dog? Yes.

  6. HeyKay says:

    Here is my take,
    Kevin, decades ago, had huge success. Box office hits steadily, Oscar winner for Director, Producer, then he made a lot of movies that did OK or not so OK. But in HW it is always “What have you done for me lately?” His status was in decline.
    He did well by moving to tv with Hatfields and McCoys.
    And it was surprising to most people. Kevin Costner is doing a TV series?
    Then he agreed to Yellowstone. And w/o Kevin as the big draw Yellowstone would likely not be the hit it was in the early seasons.

    KC sees this as his big return to A+ list and at his age, 69, it likely IS his last big, big ride.
    5 years on Yellowstone and now he has a very large project of his own underway, requiring 266/365 days on set , or shooting away from home.
    He has a personal wealth of $260-$300M.

    Other than EGO, he could easily work from his families location as writer, producer, etc. He just would not be the FACE of any project.
    Their youngest child is 12, that equals to 12-5 years mostly away on Yellowstone. That kid was 7 the last time Dad was in the family home on a steady basis.
    You get my point.
    WTH should she continue to live like this?
    This is not a Husband in the military, deployed away from home.
    He is not working to support his family, he’s wealthy.

    She has had enough. KC is 69, if the divorce goes thru he will be in the same boat as Tom Brady.
    Kids have gotten used to him not being around, they have their friends and will continue to grow away from him. If he ends up older and alone, or older and gets with the next younger woman, he deserves it.
    He is not being a loving husband, he is doing what feeds his ego!

    I’m sorry for the rant. Clearly this hits a nerve for me.

  7. girl_ninja says:

    She’s over it. Period. Why be in a marriage with someone who isn’t interested in spending time with you?

  8. Kirsten says:

    “If he could change the situation, he would” says man given 12,893 times to change the situation.

  9. Concern Fae says:

    So the mother of his children is going to have to move out of all their homes? If so, this should not be an enforceable prenup. Is he threatening her? Bad look.

  10. HeyKay says:

    Gotta agree, KC has his PR team on speed dial.
    And they are spinning/deflecting as a good team is paid to do.

    I did enjoy how fast the “Somebody got a co-worker pregnant on Yellowstone” rumor hit SM and very, very quickly Team Kevin responded to deny.

    That rumor was online within 2 hours of CB filing for divorce. LOL
    True or not, those of us in Kevins age group remember very much what an ego driven dog he was during his earlier career.

  11. j.ferber says:

    One of the few movies I’ve ever walked out on was Kevin Costner’s Water World (another was Conan the Barbarian–God know why I bought THAT ticket).

    • HeyKay says:

      Water World. Awful stinker of a movie.
      I think I tried watching it when it was on HBO or Netflix.
      Friday, payday, pizza, bf, bottle of wine, ready to kick back and relax.
      About 40 minutes in, I started saying “WTH is this? When is it going to get better?”
      I stuck with it until the wine ran out.

      Water world, The Postman = crap movies that had run times that should have been edited down at minimum 1 hour each.

  12. j.ferber says:

    HeyKay, poor you. At least you had the boyfriend and the wine. At this point, I remember nothing of Water World, but I DO remember that “What the hell is this?” moment before walking out.