Rupert Murdoch and Jerry Hall reach divorce settlement as former supermodel asks judge to dismiss case
Rupert Murdoch and Jerry Hall have reached a divorce settlement hours after the former supermodel asked a California judge to cancel her case against the billionaire media mogul.
The supermodel had cited “irreconcilable differences” with her 91-year-old husband when she initially filed to formally end their six-year marriage last month.
Hall, whose married name is Jerry Murdoch, asked Los Angeles Superior Court to cancel the petition without prejudice on Wednesday (9 August), according to the Daily Mail .
The court papers did not state why Hall, 66, filed them, or if the couple had reached a private divorce settlement.
Hours later, the publication reported that Hall and Murdoch have finalised their divorce agreement and remain “good friends”.
After news that the divorce had been finalised broke, a lawyer for Murdoch released a joint statement to the Daily Mail on behalf of the former couple.
It read: “Jerry Hall and Rupert Murdoch have finalised their divorce. They remain good friends and wish each other the best for the future.”
In her initial filing, Hall’s lawyer, Ronald F Brot, stated that the couple got married on 4 March 2016, but that the date of their separation is listed as “TBD.”
The couple tied the knot at St Bride’s Church in London in March 2016.
Hall filed for divorce just hours after Murdoch emailed her to tell her the marriage was over, the Daily Mail reported in July.
She reportedly told friends she was “heartbroken” and “devastated” by the dissolution of the marriage and blamed Murdoch’s adult children for the split, according to the news outlet.
Court papers stated that Hall’s current home is Murdoch’s 13-acre vineyard in Bel Air, California, thought to be worth about $37m (£30.5m)
Hall was previously in a long-term relationship with Rolling Stones rocker Mick Jagger, with whom she shares four children: Elizabeth, 38, James, 36, Georgia May, 30, and Gabriel, 24.
It would be the fourth divorce for the Fox News owner, who has six children with Patricia Booker, Anna Mann, and Wendi Deng.