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By Jitin Gambhir

Kevin Costner breaks silence on ‘horrible’ Christine Baumgartner divorce

Kevin Costner has opened up about his separation from Christine Baumgartner in a candid interview with Access Hollywood. The actor, known for his role in “Yellowstone,” expressed his sadness about the situation, saying, “This is a terrible place to be, but unfortunately, it’s where we find ourselves.” Costner, 68, shared his feelings outside the courtroom, stating, “It feels awful. We’re talking about someone I deeply care for, and it’s just unbearable.” When asked if he still loves his estranged wife, Costner replied, “Of course.”

Despite cracking a joke during the divorce proceedings, Costner made it clear that he wasn’t taking the situation lightly. Baumgartner’s attorney had accused him of hiding income, to which Costner jokingly responded, “We’ll have to go on a treasure hunt to find it.” However, the actor stressed that he wasn’t making light of their divorce, as he acknowledged how bad it felt to win the child support case.

This marks the first time Costner has directly addressed the breakup since Baumgartner filed for divorce in May. The couple has been embroiled in a messy legal battle, with Costner even suggesting that Baumgartner is dating his close friend Josh Connor. Costner claimed that she received a large sum of cash from the financier. The actor was ordered to pay $63,000 per month in child support, much less than what Baumgartner had requested.

Baumgartner, on the other hand, accused Costner of withholding financial evidence, a claim he denied in court. She initially requested $175,057 per month for their three children but later reduced it to $161,592. Notably, she stated that luxury is ingrained in their teenagers’ lives. The former couple shares three children: Cayden, 16, Hayes, 14, and Grace, 13.

Despite the ongoing legal battle, Costner and Baumgartner were married for 18 years before their split. They tied the knot in September 2004, following five years of dating. A prenuptial agreement required Baumgartner to move out of their family home after the separation. While Costner claimed in June that she was refusing to leave, a judge upheld the prenup and ordered her to vacate the property in July. She has since been residing in a smaller home on their Santa Barbara, Calif., estate.

Baumgartner’s response to Costner’s recent child support win is yet to be heard.

Kevin Costner is speaking about his and Christine Baumgartner’s split for the first time.

“This is a horrible place to be, but this is where we’re at,” the “Yellowstone” alum told Access Hollywood following his child support win on Friday.

“It feels so bad,” the actor, 68, said outside of the courtroom. “We’re talking about somebody I love on the other side. I just can’t.”

When the outlet asked whether Costner “still has love” for his estranged wife, he replied, “Of course.”

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The Oscar winner noted that he “wasn’t … laughing” about their divorce proceedings despite cracking a joke on the stand.

Baumgartner’s attorney had accused Costner of making more money than he previously stated, with him quipping, “We’ll have to have a treasure hunt to find it.”


Kevin Costner
The actor admitted that his child support win on Friday felt “so bad.”
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Christine Baumgartner
He added that he “of course … still has love” for his ex.
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While the Golden Globe winner has addressed his and the handbag designer’s contentious split on the stand — and in court documents — his remarks on Friday marked his first direct quotes about the breakup since Baumgartner filed for divorce in May.

The former couple have since engaged in messy accusations, with Costner even claiming his ex is dating his close friend Josh Connor, whom she vacationed with in July.

Costner accused Baumgartner of receiving $20,000 in cash from the financier.


Christine Baumgartner and Kevin Costner
The “Yellowstone” alum was ordered to pay $63,000 a month, far less than Baumgartner requested.
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The model, for her part, alleged via her lawyer that Costner was “withholding” evidence of his finances, a statement he later denied on the stand.

She filed a request earlier this week that her ex pay $175,057 in monthly installments for their three kids — Cayden, 16, Hayes, 14, and Grace, 13 — which she later reduced to $161,592.

Notably, Baumgartner declared at the time that luxury is in the teenagers’ “DNA at this point.”


Kevin Costner, Christine Baumgartner and kids Cayden, Hayes and Gracie at "McFarland USA" premiere in 2015
The former couple share teenagers Cayden, Hayes and Gracie.
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On Friday, however, Costner was ordered to pay only $63,209 per month in child support, according to TMZ.

Baumgartner, who initially asked in June for $248,000 a month, has yet to speak about the Emmy winner’s court win.


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She and Costner got married in September 2004 after five years of dating. She signed a prenuptial agreement at the time, which required her to move out of their family home post-split.


Kevin Costner, Christine Baumgartner and son
The duo called it quits in May after 18 years of marriage.
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While Costner claimed in June that Baumgartner was refusing to vacate, a judge upheld the prenup and ordered her out the following month.

At the time, TheFantasyTimes obtained pictures of U-Haul trucks moving Baumgartner to a “smaller home” on their Santa Barbara, Calif., property.

“She is staying in the area to not disrupt the kids’ lives,” a source told us of the “temporary solution,” alleging that Baumgartner was “still looking” for a new place.

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