Sylvester Stallone is having a tough summer. The “Rocky” star has been in the news a lot lately. Recently, Stallone made headlines for speaking out against his old friend and former co-star Dolph Lundgren, who landed a feature spinoff for his character Ivan Drago from the “Rocky” franchise.
Stallone slammed series producer Irvin Winkler for taking on the Drago project in a now-deleted Instagram post (via People). “AUTHORIZED 94-year-old PRODUCER and HIS MORONIC VULTURE CHILDREN, Charles and David, once again pick THE BONES of another wonderful character I’ve created without even telling myself,” Stallone claimed. Stallone also claimed the producers prevented him from earning a fair wage for his work on the “Rocky” franchise by not offering him “stock ownership.” “I have no ownership of ‘Rocky,'” he told Variety in 2019.
But just when things seemed to have settled down a few weeks later, news that Stallone’s wife, who was more than 25 years old, had filed for divorce reached the stands. In true Stallone fashion, he has a lot to say.
Slyvester Stallone wants to keep things amicable
Sylvester Stallone won’t let his family fall apart with his divorce. Just over a week after his wife Jennifer Flavin filed for divorce, Stallone took to Instagram to celebrate his daughter Sophia’s 26th birthday. “A VERY HAPPY BElated BIRTHDAY TO MY VERY SPECIAL DAUGHTER SOPHIA!!!” Stallone has captioned a carousel of photos of Sophia over the years, including a photo of Flavin. The message was clear: family first.
Despite the show of unity, sources say the split was a long time coming. “It really wasn’t just one issue that caused them to divorce,” an insider told People. “They’ve had a lot of issues over the years and she’s just had enough.” According to another source who spoke to TMZ, the last straw for Flavin came when Stallone got a guard dog earlier this year. Divorce documents filed by Flavin also allege Stallone moved money from joint marital accounts to private ones.
The “Rocky” star dismissed claims that the breakup was related to the new dog and claimed he would never end a relationship over something that stupid. “We didn’t end the relationship over such a trivial argument. We just went in different directions,” he told the outlet. “She is an amazing woman. She’s the nicest person I’ve ever met.” As beautiful as she is, that didn’t stop Stallone from covering a large tattoo of Flavin with an even larger tattoo of the dog just days before their divorce.