Who Is Optometrist Diane Plese? Meet Ex-Wife of Robert Herjavec, Divorced in 2015
The Croatian native, Diane Plese is the former wife of "Shark Tank" entrepreneur, Robert Herjavec, who underwent difficult time with Robert in 2015. Diane got a divorce with Robert Herjavec that ended their married life.
Let us find out about what reasons led Diane to end her marriage with the American celebrity, Robert Herjavec.
Who is Diane Plese?
Best known as the former wife of "Shark Tank" entrepreneur, Diana Plese is an optometrist by profession. Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, Diane is the daughter of Croatian immigrants who immigrated to Canada in 1959.
Diane Plese got married to Shark Tank tycoon, Robert Herjavec in 1990 at a Croatian church in Mississauga, near Toronto. The two first met before Robert turned into a millionaire when he was just at the age of 26 years old.
Diane first met Robert when he came for an eye appointment to her. It was love at first sight for the pair as they started dating since then.
She shared the twenty-five years of married life with Robert Herjavec along with three children; two daughters, Caprice and Skye, and a son named Brendan Herjavec.
Diane Plese's son Brendan Herjavec (Photo: Brendan Herjavec's Instagram)
One of Diane Plese's daughters, Caprice Herjavec, who was a national level competitive swimmer, became a Mayor for a day in Toronto, Canada in 2012. While being married to Robert, Diane lived in Toronto house, which was French-style chateau in Toronto’s Bridle Path. The couple even revealed about their 50,000-square-foot house built by developer Shane Baghai in their interview in October 2013.
Optometrist Diane Plese's Divorce With Shark Tank Star, Robert Herjavec
Diane Plese’s married life headed to divorce in 2015. Addressing the divorce issues, Diane's ex-husband gave an interview with PEOPLE in 2015, Robert said,
"Human relationships are so difficult. I wish nothing but love and peace for our family as we move forward from this."
Without disclosing the reason behind the divorce, Robert stated,
"It's been a terribly difficult year and I'm looking forward to a new chapter."
Diane claimed approximately $263 million dollars worth property as the divorce settlement amount from Robert, who enjoys the net worth of $200 million. Reportedly, she got around $100 million in divorce alimony.
Robert Herjavec and Diane Plese attend the 39th Annual People's Choice on 9 January 2013, in Los Angeles (Photo: gettyimages.com)
It was rumored that Diane's ex-husband cheated her while he was married to Diane. Robert Herjavec, who participated in the season 20 of the American TV series, Dancing with the Stars in 2015, partnered up with the professional ballroom dancer, Kym Johnson and was believed to blossomed the pair's relationship then.
In the same year, 2015, Robert's alleged former mistress, Danielle Vasinova filed a lawsuit claiming Robert repeatedly raped her. Diane's ex-husband responded filing a lawsuit against Danielle claiming that she tried to extort $20 million from him.
Ex-Husband, Robert Herjavec's Suicide Thought, And Married Life Post Divorce!
The divorce with Diane hit hard to her ex-husband, Robert as his thought even reached to the point of suicide. In an interview with PEOPLE in March 2015, he stated that he contemplated ending his own life while standing on the balcony of his hotel room in Toronto. He stated,
"I just wanted to end it. It's been a terribly difficult year. We were great parents and a great team, but over time we drifted apart."
Robert turned to social service to find the peace within himself caused by his 2015's divorce. He reached out to his pastor, who introduced him to Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission, a shelter that provides emergency care to homeless. In the shelter, he offered his service for about two and a half weeks, which made him feel the change. Talking about the change, he said,
"I was hollow and broken and these people saved my life."
Later, Robert found a new love named Kym Johnson, who was his dancing partner from the show, Dancing with the Stars. Kym, who was also rumored for Diane's divorce with Robert, made the business trip together with Robert in March 2015.
Diane's former husband, Robert and Kym Johnson on a plane trip (Photo: Robert Herjavec's Twitter)
After a year of his divorce, in 2016, Diane's ex-husband Robert got engaged with Kym Johnson. The 55-years-old billionaire proposed to Kym's hand on top of an inflated swan in a pool, surrounded by rose petals to which Kym happily obliged.
Robert Herjavec with his then-fiancee, Kym Johnson after proposing to her (Photo: people.com)T
Later in August 2016, the couple took their vows in a classic Beverly Hills wedding at the Fours Seasons in Beverly Hills, California. The bride wore a strapless Monique Lhuillier ballgown with a tiered skirt.
The Dancing with the Stars couple took their first dance to Etta James' "At Last," performing the good old classic Waltz. The rest of the pair's bridal party also got on the dance floor and danced to LunchMoney Lewis' "Bills." Coincidentally, the song was the first song Johnson and Herjavec.
Diane's ex-husband's second marriage with Kym Johnson (Photo: Robert Herjavec's Instagram)
However, in case of Kym, Diane's former husband signed a prenuptial agreement which restricted Kym from having his fortune. The couple is expecting their first twins in December 2017, which was revealed in Kym's Instagram post.