Though their divorce went public on Tuesday, Charlie Sheen and Brooke Mueller have been quietly planning the end of their marriage for months as RadarOnline.com has reported. Despite public statements to the contrary, the couple has spent the last months hammering out their divorce details including Brooke’s financial settlement.
“They’ve both been miserable in the marriage almost since the start. But they need to spin things right now because of the trial and the TV show,” a friend close to Brooke told RadarOnline.com in early May. Both Brooke and Charlie’s teams wanted to keep the divorce under wraps until his criminal case regarding his threatening of Brooke on Christmas Day was resolved and his contract negotiations for Two and a Half Men were finalized.
“She wanted more money but she’s happy with what she can get. She’s moved out and will never move back in,” the friend added at the time. “The reality is there for everyone to see. Both Charlie and Brooke relapsed. Both went back to rehab. Charlie was caught with another woman. Brooke moved out.
“And she’s told everyone close to her the marriage is definitely over and they’ve agreed it’s over.”
Despite the overwhelming evidence from friends, Charlie’s cavorting with women and Brooke’s move to a new home, both sides were still denying any movement towards divorce.
“They are not seeking a divorce nor has one been contemplated,” reps for the couple said in a joint statement, a denial picked up by many media outlets who incorrectly took it to be the truth.
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Sheen inked his renewal deal with CBS in the middle of May, further clearing the road for the announcement of his inevitable divorce with Mueller. While he was dealing with his contract and court case in Aspen, his legal team was also hammering out a financial settlement with Brooke despite her having signed a prenuptial agreement.
“It’s not everything she wanted. It’s not even close. But it’s enough,” a friend said of Brooke’s settlement. Brooke had long been obsessed with the substantial amount Sheen’s ex-wife Denise Richards received. While the amount Brooke is getting is “substantial” it is “not a fortune” the friend said in May of the deal. “But it’s over and the hardest part has been worked out– the money.”
On June 6, Brooke put on a very public display of singlehood, stepping out on the red carpet of the Chrysalis Butterfly Ball without her wedding ring. In fact, she had not been wearing it for months as RadarOnline.com first reported in April.