Bachelor’s Christina Mandrell accused ex of ‘inappropriate marital conduct’ in 2020 divorce earlier than becoming a member of present
BACHELOR’S Christina Mandrell has accused her ex of ‘inappropriate marital conduct’ in her divorce filing before she joined the show, The US Sun has exclusively learned.
The 26-year-old content creator from Nashville is one of the 30 contestants vying for Zach Shallcross’ heart in the upcoming season of The Bachelor.
Ahead of the premiere of The Bachelor, Christina Mandrell was introduced on last season’s The Bachelorette’s After The Final RoseCredit: Getty
Christina is 26 years old and is a content creator from NashvilleCredit: ABC
She filed for divorce from her ex Blake Dennis two years before the show started filmingCredit: Instagram
According to her bio, “Christina is ready for her perfect, fairytale love story! She is a mom to her amazing 5-year-old daughter, Blakely, who she lives to make happy.
“Since getting divorced, Christina has been searching for her perfect man but must be selective since she and her daughter are in this together. Christina is looking for a partner she can trust unconditionally and is open-minded to whatever life throws their way.”
However, The US Sun has learned that her wanting to find a partner she can “trust” might stem from trust issues in her past.
According to court documents obtained exclusively by The US Sun, Christina filed for divorce from her ex, Blake Dennis, due to “irreconcilable differences” and “inappropriate marital conduct.”
She alleged in the docs that she “experienced irreconcilable differences” that made continuing the marriage “impractical as well as impossible.”
The court papers also claimed that her ex husband “committed such Inappropriate Marital Conduct” that “constitutes the basis” for Christina to be granted the divorce.
In Nashville, it is common to use “inappropriate marital conduct” as grounds for divorce, even though the petitioner does not go into specific details.
5 YEAR MARRIAGE
Christina and Blake, 30, tied the knot during a fairytale wedding at The Inn at Fontanel in Whites Creek, TN, on May 2, 2015, after more than two years of dating.
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According to Christina’s aunt, the wedding “could not have been more perfect.”
In attendance was her mom, musician Ellen Irlene Mandrell, and her famous country singer aunt Barbara Mandrell- who formerly owned the hotel property.
“The ceremony was extremely breathtaking and emotional,” Louise Mandrell wrote in a Facebook post.
Christina listed their date of separation as November 1, 2020, and she filed for divorce on December 17, 2020, according to the docs reviewed by The US Sun.
Their divorce was finalized on March 8, 2021.
Christina, who listed her employer as Pink Lady Boutique, was granted primary residential possession of their 5-year-old daughter, Blakely.
Her ex was ordered to pay $414 per month for child support.
Christina was given full responsibility for their house in Tennessee and each party was able to keep their personal property and vehicles in their possession- Blake was entitled to full ownership of his boat.
HIS SIDE OF THE STORY
Blake, who has since moved on and is dating someone new, provided additional insight into his divorce to Christina.
As to why he didn’t file a response to her petition, he told The US Sun: “I didn’t know how to handle the situation and the divorce wasn’t so much my doing. I didn’t know how to handle it.”
When asked what Christina was referring to when she stated “inappropriate marital conduct” as grounds for divorce, Blake said, “I don’t believe that’s what she’s saying because I never did [cheat] and I don’t know why she would think I ever did.
“I really don’t have a clue on [why she said that]. I really don’t know.”
Blake said that he and his ex “get along great” now and that “co-parenting is great.”
“That’s something we don’t have a problem with,” he shared.
“We split custody with Blakely. We kind of do things as we can. I mean, I think when she went to court, since she was the only one who appeared, that’s how [the primary custody] happened. But we’re very 50/50. We both work with each other on that.”
Christina even made their friendly relationship known in a June 2022 Instagram post where she joked about her ex and his girlfriend “bickering” on a boat.
Blake explained that he started dating his new girlfriend Sydney “four-ish months probably after the finalized divorce.”
Given that Christina makes it known that she’s a single mom, Blake said that it’ll be “very interesting” to see how it plays out.
The Bachelor premieres on Monday, January 23, at 8 pm ET on ABC.
Christina was granted primary residential custody of her daughter BlakelyCredit: Christina Mandrell/Instagram
Blake told The US Sun that it’s more 50/50 and that he’s very much part of his daughter’s lifeCredit: Blake Dennis/Instagram