*Ginuwine felt the need to clarify a few things following reports of his divorce from Sole following 10 years of marriage.
The news first broke Monday in a New York Daily News story about the singer being too broke to pay up in a lawsuit against him. The singer’s lawyer, Bruce Beckner, mentioned the divorce during a pretrial hearing in the lawsuit filed by the executive producer of Ginuwine’s debut album, Robert Reives. He’s seeking $250,000 in what he says are back royalties from the soul singer’s five-album deal with Sony.
“Mr. Lumpkin is very close to declaring bankruptcy,” said Beckner in court, using his client’s given name, Elgin Lumpkin. “He owes my firm a ton of money and a bunch of other people a ton of money. He owes Uncle Sam 300-odd thousand dollars in back income taxes.” Beckner, according to the Daily News, penned the money woes to Ginuwine’s recent divorce.
After the divorce hit the gossip blogs, Ginuwine decided to address the rumors via Instagram:
“We are NOT yet divorced, but we ARE currently separated and working towards coming to our own agreement, without lawyers, to amicably and fairly divorce,” he wrote Tuesday in the caption of an inspirational quote (“Quitting is just NOT an option”). He went on to explain that rumors that Solé (real name Tonya Lumpkin) had left the singer broke were untrue. He blamed the split on his “poor choices and actions over many years.”
I need to address yesterday’s rumor because it is not totally accurate and I don’t want my wife being made out to be the bad guy here. We are NOT yet divorced, but we ARE currently separated and working towards coming to our own agreement, without lawyers, to amicably and fairly divorce. We’ve kept it quiet because it is really no ones business but ours and our family’s. Therefore, reports that she left me “broke” are untrue. She has been a good wife and mother and my poor choices and actions over many years have lead to this. I am on a path of becoming a better man and part of that is taking responsibility for my own choices and behavior in life, so that’s what I’m doing by releasing this statement. I thank everyone who has been there for us through these trying times. You are appreciated. God bless
Per the Washington Post’s Helena Andrews:
By all accounts the Lumpkins led an ordinary life in a six-bedroom 5,000 square foot home in Brandywyne, Md. The pair, who married in 2003, have two daughters together, Story, 13, and Dream, 12. Dad Ginuwine chauffeured the girls to ballet lessons, showed up at parent-teacher conferences and in church on Sundays. Solé, whose one and only album was released in 1999, is a vegan yoga-enthusiast. A source described the family as “one hundred percent normal.”
According to property records, the Prince George’s estate is still Ginuwine’s primary residence. As of May, Sole’s current resident is a home in Bowie, some 25 miles away.
“They’re really good people,” continued the source, “it’s sad they’re not working out.”