Saxophonist Kenny G, 66, is about to stop supporting his spouse because ‘touring opportunities are drying up’
Lawyers for Grammy-winning musician Kenny G filed legal documents on Friday demanding that his ex-wife agree to terminate the $40,000 a month she was paying.
Born Kenneth Gorelik in Seattle, the 66-year-old musician was married to Lindy Benson for 21 years.
The couple divorced in 2013 and he agreed to pay her a hefty monthly fee.
However, in September 2021, he filed documents claiming he could no longer continue to send money to her, and on Friday, the case remained unsolved and his attorney served Benson’s.
“Kenny, now 65, has been paying Lindy spousal support for over nine years,” the original document states.
Kenny G was pictured riding a bike in a Malibu neighborhood in July 2021.He is fighting to end his spousal support, claiming he can no longer afford it
In June 1992, the musician and his wife Lindy Benson were photographed at their home.
“Kenny is a Grammy Award-winning saxophonist with a long career and more than 15 successful albums.
However, as Kenny’s accompanying statement explains, not only has Kenny’s most profitable tour opportunities declined over the last couple of years, but so has the percentage of his income from tours.
“Kenny’s income has been steadily declining since 2018.”
His legal team, led by high-profile divorce attorney Laura Wasser, didn’t specify how much the musician was worth.
At the time of his divorce, he was widely reported to be worth $50 million.
He’s been paying his ex-wife $3.9 million since 2013, his attorney noted.
“Lindy is 57 years old and, as far as Kenny knows, in good health,” his attorney wrote in the original complaint.
“Lindy has refused to be fully independent for almost ten years.
“Kenny shouldn’t have to carry the burden of refusing to do so.”
Kenny G was seen performing at The Blue Note’s Charles Krug Winery in Napa Valley in July 2021.He claims he no longer tours regularly
Kenny G and Michael Bolton on stage in Chicago, August 1992
The Seattle-born musician will cycle near his home in Malibu in July 2021
His lawyers say she started a clothing company, Bleusalt, but refused to file financial documents related to the company.
May 2022, forbes interviewed her and described it as a “thriving fashion label” or “chic must-haves inspired by Malibu.”
She told the magazine: Gorgeous outfits for a bonfire on the beach or dinner at Nobu.
“So when I found the fabric and perfected it for Brusarthe, the inspiration was already fully realized in my daily life and aesthetic.”
He is trying to either stop payments altogether or cut them significantly.
He is also asking the court to end the requirement to keep life support policy payments guaranteed under the divorce.
Kenny G, the best-selling instrumental artist of all time, is playing in Las Vegas next month.
With 11 platinum albums and eight albums reaching multi-platinum status, Kenny G is one of the most successful artists according to the Recording Industry Association of America.
He appeared on the soundtrack of The SpongeBob Movie and collaborated with Kanye West and Katy Perry.
In 2021, HBO will release a documentary about his life and music, Listening to Kenny G.
Kenny G, wife Lindy Benson and sons Max and Noah
The following year, he appeared in Bush Light’s Super Bowl ad for beer. This is his second Super Bowl ad after appearing for Audi in 2011.
In 2022, he said forbes He didn’t mind being ridiculed for being everywhere.
“If I’m the butt of a joke, if it’s funny, I love it,” he says, recalling how the dentist traded novocaine for his music in Wayne’s World movie. His music in the park is “how everyone crap their pants”, or how Saturday Night Live teased him with a duet with Frank Sinatra.
“I don’t mind because it’s really funny.”