The day after she was named the Nationwide Series Most Popular Driver, and the day after her seventh wedding anniversary, Danica Patrick and her husband Paul Hospenthal have decided to end their marriage.Nov 18, 2012; Homestead, FL, USA; NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Danica Patrick in attendance before the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead Miami Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Douglas Jones-US PRESSWIRE
Danica took to Facebook Tuesday afternoon and posted this statement.
“I am sad to inform my fans that after 7 years, Paul and I have decided to amicably end our marriage. This isn’t easy for either of us, but mutually it has come to this,” she said. “He has been an important person and friend in my life and that’s how we will remain moving forward.”
Danica and Paul met when he was treating her for a yoga injury. He is 17 years her senior. The two were married in front of friends and family in 2005; yesterday marked their seventh wedding anniversary.
Whether or not you are a fan of Danica’s, divorce is devastating.
Fans across the nation are reaching out in support for their favorite driver on twitter:
Camille Jones @annaxcamille “So sad to hear about Danica Patrick’s divorce… Your fans support you all the way. We’re always here for you!”
Alyson @AlysonP7 “We are here for you.”
Bill Zahren @Pressdog “The Big D happens. Props to Danica for getting it out there. Best wishes to both her and Paul getting through a difficult time.”
Thomas Stirton @Thomas71096 “hope she stays strong and will be ok! Us fans are here for her :)”
Michele Smith @michelesmith710 “we will always have your back and never give up on you.”
Bottom line, divorce is awful and a last resort, no matter who you are. Well wishes to both Danica and Paul in this time of heartbreak.