Shocking news for Chris Rock and family

After almost twenty years of marriage, world- famous stand-up comedian and actor Chris Rock and wife Malaak Compton Rose have decided to file for divorce.

Malaak announced the sad news in a statement released at the weekend, saying: “After much contemplation and 19 years of marriage, Chris and I have decided to go our separate ways.”

Chris, who has won Grammy awards for his comedy albums, confirmed this wife’s statement through his lawyer Robert S. Cohen.

Chris' soon-to-be ex-wife, Malaak, is the founder and director of StyleWorks, a non-profit salon which provides free services for women leaving welfare and entering the workforce.

Determined to look on the bright side despite the sad news, Malaak said: “Being fortunate enough to lead a life of service by working with those most vulnerable makes me well aware of life’s blessings, even when faced with difficulties.”

The couple married in November 1996 and share two daughters together, 12-year-old Lola Simone and 10-year-old Zahra Savannah.