Rupert Murdoch told Jerry Hall their marriage was over in an email, according to The Mail+.
Hall reportedly told a friend she was “devastated” after receiving the email, the paper said.
Hall filed for divorce from Murdoch Friday, citing “irreconcilable differences”.
Model Jerry Hall is heartbroken after media mogul Rupert Murdoch emailed her that their marriage was over. The Mail+.
The Mail+ reported that Hall, 66, was waiting for Murdoch, 91, to join her in the UK when she received an email from the chairman and chief executive of News Corp.
The email stated that their six-year marriage was over and that from then on she would only be allowed to communicate with him through his lawyers, the media said, citing insiders.
“I still love him. I’m devastated,” Hall reportedly told a friend, per The Mail+.
A source told The Mail+ that Hall is “really devastated” by what happened and “maintains it was all a bolt from the blue”.
The source added: “One day they were making plans to be together for the summer in London, then a message came instructing her to contact him only through lawyers.”
Mail+ sources said the couple had problems with their marriage during the pandemic. Hall took on a “gatekeeper” role to protect her elderly husband, who owns Fox News and the WSJ, from contracting COVID-19, the paper reported.
Hall believes his family saw this as her attempt to cut off contact with her husband, according to The Mail+. She now blames Murdoch’s children for “souring” the marriage, according to The Mail+.
The paper also reported that earlier this year there had been discussions with Hall and the Murdoch family about what money she would receive if Murdoch, who reportedly worth $17.9 billion, died. A source told The Mail+ that some family members were said to be concerned that no further arrangements would be made for Hall.
Although reports say Murdoch announced the marriage was over, it was Hall who initiated the divorce.
Hall filed for divorce from Murdoch on Friday Reuters, stating “irreconcilable differences.”
She sought unspecified spousal support and attorney fees from Murdoch, the California court said. Hall also asked the court to end the possibility of granting aid to Murdoch, Reuters reported.
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