Retired Olympic medalist figure skater Michelle Kwan and her husband Rhode Island attorney, as well as political activist Clay Pell, are getting divorced.
Michelle Kwan’s husband, Clay Pell filed for divorce citing “irreconcilable differences” as the reason for their split. Although there’s no request for spousal support, according to TMZ, Clay Pell did indicate that he wants his lawyers paid for. Pell said in a statement:
"It is with deep regret that I share that Michelle and my marriage is coming to an end. This is a sad and difficult turn of events for our family. I love Michelle, and wish her the very best as her life takes her in a new direction. I want to thank friends and family who have given wisdom and support, and I ask for privacy during this challenging time."
However, Michelle Kwan still remains silent about the divorce. But she shared a photo on Wednesday on her Twitter account during a speaking engagement for Women's History Month.
Kwan, who is a two-time Olympic medalist and 5-time world champion figure skater met Clay Pell after retiring from the sports back in 2006. Following her celebrated athletic career, Michelle Kwan became involved in politics as an activist and served as a surrogate for Hillary Clinton during her 2016 presidential run. On the other hand, Clay Pell is a former White House staffer who served as part of the Obama administration. Moreover, he was also a one-time candidate for governor of Rhode Island.
Kwan married Clay Pell on January 19 of 2013, in a Providence, Rhode Island in a wedding ceremony accompanied by fellow Olympians Brian Boitano, Dick Button and Dorothy Hamill. Pell is also the grandson of Rhode Island's late Democratic U.S. Sen. Claiborne Pell.
Both of the couples were active supporters of Democrat Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign in 2016, and husband Pell was a member of the Electoral College.
Michelle Kwan is the most decorated figure skater in American history. She won 43 championships altogether, including five World titles, nine national crowns, as well as the silver medal at the 1998 Winter Olympics and also a bronze at the 2002 Games.#Figure Skater #Olympic Medalist #World Champion #Clay Pell