Power. Fame. Wealth.
They can make an older man (or woman) look mighty attractive. And youth? Well, youth is rather attractive already, at least physically.
General Wesley Clark is divorcing his wife after 46 years citing her ‘general indignities’ despite facing claims he is having an affair with a woman half his age, MailOnline can reveal today.
In court papers seen by MailOnline, 68-year-old former NATO Supreme Commander blames his wife for the breakdown of his marriage, filing for divorce on the grounds of ‘general indignities’.
Astonishingly, the court papers list Wesley Kanne Clark, Sr as the plaintiff and his wife, Gertrude Kingston Clark, as the defendant.
Not at all astonishing, actually, because as the article itself goes on to make clear, Arkansas does not have no-fault divorce. “General indignities” is Arkansas’ version of “irreconcilable differences,” and if it’s Clark who wants the divorce rather than his wife—as most definitely appears to be the case—then it is he who must become the plaintiff to get the ball, as it were, rolling.
Not a pretty story. But what divorce is? And I know nothing about the prior state of the Clark’s marriage, although an affair one of the worst ways to end it all. His wife is fairly attractive, too, especially as a woman of “a certain age.” Here they are in seemingly happier days:
And here’s Clark and his 30-year old girlfriend, Shauna Mei:
So, what’s my “cautionary tale” of the title? Simply this—the story of Rupert Murdoch and third wife Wendi Deng:
The parallels abound. Rupert married Wendi in 1999, 17 days after his divorce from second wife Anna, to whom he’d been married for 32 years and with whom he’d had three children. At the time of his third marriage Murdock was 68 and Deng 30, the exact ages Clark and Mei are at present. Deng had been born and raised in China; not just a pretty face, she had recently received an MBA from the Yale School of Management. Shauna was also born in China, like Wendi (although Shauna came here as an 8-year-old), and Shauna also has a degree in management (in addition to one in engineering).
Here’s a photo of Murdoch and his very attractive previous wife Anna:
I see a bit of a resemblance to Clark’s wife Gertrude, don’t you?
Well, time passes, and now Murdoch is 82 and Wendi 44, and he has recently filed for a divorce from her. The marriage was reportedly troubled for many years, but she is nevertheless said to have felt shocked and “blindsided” by his action (as Anna was reported to have been before her).
Murdoch’s divorce from Anna cost him the big, big, big bucks. When he wed Wendi there was a pre-nup to protect him, but there are some areas of possible expansion on that (such as child support; there are two children of the marriage), and Wendi has hired a big lawyer in an effort to get more than the agreed-on twenty million (which would be chicken feed for Murdoch).
So, what does this mean for Wesley Clark? Darned if I know, but the parallels simply leapt out at me when I saw his story.