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Maybe seven times is the charm after all: three months after filing for divorce, Larry King and wife Shawn Southwick have decided to stay married. The soon-to-retire CNN host, 76, and his seventh wife, 50, announced in May that they would continue to "be dedicated to each other" for the sake of sons Chance, 11, and Cannon, 9. Now that the couple of twelve years has filed documents to dismiss the divorce case, their reconciliation is official. "A lot of new things are happening to us," King told the press on Thursday, "and we are happy to be together as a family with our children."
Maybe King's track record (eight marriages to seven women) made us cynical, but a few months ago, we wouldn't have predicted a happy ending for Larry and Shawn. When they filed for divorce, they cited irreconcilable differences, with Southwick seeking sole custody and possession of four houses, and King asking to deny his wife any spousal support. Rumors quickly surfaced that King had been having an affair... with Southwick's younger sister. (King's sister-in-law swore the allegations weren't true, saying King was "like a father to me.") A week later, King's lawyer told People that there was a "50/50" chance of reconciliation. But a month after the divorce papers were filed, Southwick was hospitalized for a pill overdose that police declared a suicide attempt.
That horrible incident seems to have been a turning point for the couple. King's wife checked into rehab for painkiller addiction at the end of June, and four days later, King announced that he was retiring from his 25-year gig hosting Larry King Live. King declared that he would use his retirement to spend time with his family -- and to get a tattoo and a motorcycle. Ahh, young love.
Speaking of the love lives of talk-show hosts, Dr. Phil has put his Beverly Hills mansion on the market for more than $16 million, but contrary to rumors that he and second wife Robin McGraw are headed for a split, the L.A. Times says, "The couple is selling because they have bought a hillside view home that they've been admiring for years." When tabloid stories of Dr. Phil's infidelities surfaced a few years ago, the couple denounced all rumors of a split in a 2008 Ladies Home Journal interview, during which Robin said, "It works to say we're going to be happily married for the rest of our lives. Divorce is not an option for us."
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