Six-time Grammy nominee Tyrese Gibson and his second wife Samantha Lee have jointly announced that they’re amicably divorcing after over three years.
Writing about the split on Instagram, Tyrese, 42, pointed to ‘being raised in broken homes with with no example of what being a husband or father is’ as contributing to the demise of his second marriage.
‘Black families and marriages are under attack,’ Tyrese wrote. ‘I’ve wrestled with this question. How can we naturally know how to BE something we never raised by?’
Writing alongside a video montage of family memories with Samantha and their daughter Soraya, two, the singer turned actor continued:
‘Most of us were raised in broken homes with NO examples of what being a husband, wife or FATHER is.
‘I repeat. How can we naturally know how to BE something we were never raised by? I pray we leave the door open because the God that we serve is a mountains mover and can make a way out of now way.’
Tyrese said in a separate statement that he and Samantha, who he met in 2015, will ‘remain the best of friends and strong co-parents.’
‘We feel incredibly blessed to have found each other and deeply grateful for the [nearly] four years we have been married to each other. Our journey together has been a ride of both ups and downs, but it’s a journey that neither of us would have chosen to take with anyone else.’
Tyrese and Samantha added: ‘As if 2020 hasn’t already been extremely grueling and challenging to us all, we wanted to mutually speak on this now to keep this energy in 2020 and not take this energy into 2021.’
They are now ironing out the custody details for their two-year-old daughter Soraya Rayas.