Five months after Larry King filed for divorce from his seventh wife, Shawn King, the 86-year-old talk show host reveals why the marriage didn’t last.
“The age difference eventually takes its toll,” he told People of his August 2019 divorce. “Also my wife is a very religious Mormon, and I’m an agnostic atheist, so that causes little problems.”
He added, “We overcame a lot, but it just hit a point where we didn’t get along.”
King, who suffered a near-fatal stroke earlier last year, filed for divorce in August 2019, citing “irreconcilable differences.” Pals of Shawn, 60, told Page Six at the time that she was completely blindsided by the filing.
“I thought about what I wanted the rest of my life to be,” he told the mag. “When you’re 40 and there are moments of unhappiness in a marriage, you can overcome that. But it’s hard at my age. There is nothing worse than arguing. And I wanted to be happy.”
He continued, “I wish Shawn nothing but the best. We love each other. And I’ll always care for her.”
Page Six exclusively reported that friends and family of King were “ecstatic” about the split. “He nearly died, and he realized that she never really cared about him,” sources said at the time.
Shawn was his seventh wife and his eighth divorce over the years. He has five children, two of them he shares with Shawn.
“It’s been a rough year,” he said. “And I don’t have any idea of what 2020 is going to be like. But I can still work and I can watch my kids grow up. I feel positive — and hopeful.”
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