Following News of Split, Dempsey Avoids Attention at Daytona

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Following news of split, Dempsey avoids attention at Daytona.

A day after he and his wife announced they are divorcing after 15 years of marriage, Dempsey skipped an autograph session for fans — an event he usually takes part in — and was noticeably absent on the starting grid before the twice-around-the-clock endurance race at Daytona International Speedway. “It is with careful consideration and mutual respect that we have decided to end our marriage,” the couple said in a statement obtained by The News. “Our primary concern remains the wellbeing of our children, and we ask with profound gratitude that you respect our family’s privacy at this very sensitive time.” Makeup artist Jillian Fink cited “irreconcilable differences” and seeks joint custody of the couple’s 12-year old daughter and 7-year-old twin boys, TMZ.com reported.

Dempsey, best known for playing neurosurgeon Derek (McDreamy) Shepherd on the ABC medical drama “Grey’s Anatomy,” gushed about his family life in a 2011 interview with Good Housekeeping. He talked about being in the best shape of his life, which he’s hoping will have him prepared for a full racing schedule that includes at least 10 endurance events, and his next Hollywood project. “For me, I’ve been incredibly fortunate to have ‘Grey’s’ run as long as it has,” Dempsey said. “It’s been a tremendous gift, and it’s allowed all of this to happen. Dempsey, 49, said the key to a successful marriage was “accepting that you’re not going to change the other person,” adding that the words “Yes, dear, whatever you want,” help, too.

Actor Patrick Dempsey (R) arrives with his wife Jillian Dempsey at the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards Grey’s Anatomy star Patrick Dempsey could lose up to €40m in divorce proceedings after his wife of fifteen years filed for divorce earlier this week. That’s been taking up a lot of time, and of course, you have a life off the track and your family and trying to balance that out and make that work and then focusing on the racing. “It would be nice to be one-pointed and not spread so thin sometimes. I think where I’m going is to really streamline and be much more specific in balancing things a little bit better than I have in the past.” Dempsey also optioned Michael Cannell’s racing book “The Limit” as a potential drama series at Sundance TV.

Fink Dempsey sites irreconcilable differences in court documents as the reason for the marriage breakdown and is requesting spousal support from the star which could cost him half of his fortune. She is requesting to keep all of her jewellery and stated that ownership of “additional separate property assets” should be determined in the proceedings. Dempsey’s company, Shifting Gears Entertainment, also is attached to produce the “Art of Racing in the Rain.” Dempsey signed a two-year deal last January to remain on “Grey’s Anatomy” through a potential 12th season. He is one of the few remaining original stars on the series. “I have that much more experience now,” he said. “There’s that much more race experience, better conditioning, better understanding of the feel of the car and how to communicate that to the engineers and trusting that.

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