The “Real Housewives of Atlanta” alum and husband are now calling it quits.
Eva Marcille and Michael Sterling, who wed in October 2018, have decided to end their relationship after more than four years of wedded bliss. Eva, star of “Real Housewives of Atlanta,” officially filed for divorce from her husband, Michael Sterling, at the Superior Court of Fulton on Thursday.
Marcille filed for divorce in Fulton County, Georgia, on March 23, citing “irretrievably broken and there are no prospects for a reconciliation,” according to court documents obtained by TODAY.
In a separate report, Marcille told People, “This has been one of the hardest decisions I have ever had to make, but sometimes life takes your journey in a direction you were not expecting. Our children remain our biggest priority, and the eight and half years we have spent together will always be cherished. We ask that you respect our privacy at this time.”
The filing states that the TV star and the Atlanta-based lawyer “are currently living in a bona fide state of separation.” Michael Sterling Jr., 4, and Maverick Sterling, 3, are Marcille and Sterling’s children. Marcille has a 9-year-old daughter, Marley Rae, with her ex-boyfriend Kevin McCall, and Sterling is like a father figure to her.
The winner of “America’s Next Top Model” Season 3 is seeking legal and primary custody of their children, as well as child support from Sterling to cover their expenses related to childcare, including medical and dental care. Marcille also wants an “equitable division of all marital assets” they share and their debt while also wanting her separate property.
The two tied the knot on an episode of “Real Housewives of Atlanta,” in which Sterling’s vow reads, “I promise to love you unconditional, unrelenting, comforting and eternal. I promise you not only this present love but future love. The future love that can’t forecast the unpredictability of life but is prepared to withstand the hardships, the pains, and the struggles.”
“Michael, you’re my safe place. In a world that is often disappointing, you give me hope. Learning to love the biggest part of me, my daughter Marley, holding my truth and my fragility firmly in your hands, and I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that I was designed for you. Our bond is unbreakable and our love is pure,” Marcille had replied.
It is unclear what caused the once-happy couple’s marriage to fall apart.The model’s final Instagram post with the lawyer featured a Valentine’s Day message: “Happy Valentine’s Day forever and ever @miketsterling [sundflower emoji] #US.”
Before that, she had posted a birthday wish for him, saying, “Happy birthday to my Heart @miketsterling. You’re the most amazing Man, father, husband, friend, confidant, life partner, spades partner, Forever partner [stars emoji] May this be your best year yet. 2022 gave us beautiful beautiful gifts and I trust that 2023 will do the same. I love you @miketsterling.”