Christine Baumgartner, a model and handbag designer who recently divorced Kevin Costner on amicable terms, is facing the holidays alone. A close friend of Baumgartner has maintained that the rumors of Costner and Baumgartner being “friends with benefits” are untrue.
She has moved on, the friend has said, and they have minimal contact. She knows that the upcoming holidays, especially Thanksgiving because of its significance to the family, will be difficult, but she is determined to persevere through them.
After finalizing their divorce last month, it’s been reported that the exes were back on speaking terms and that Christine planned to exploit the friendship to squeeze more money out of the actor, fueling speculations that her connection with Costner was thawing.
After months of legal wrangling, the 68-year-old actor and his 49-year-old wife of 19 years unexpectedly settled their divorce in September. Kevin reportedly felt caught off guard when Christine filed for divorce in May. Christine feels relieved to have her own house and is confident that this was the best choice she could have made for herself.
At the time of the settlement, a spokesman said that Costner and Baumgartner came to an amicable settlement mutually agreed upon.
Kevin’s previous settlement offer, made in a letter dated June 30, would have paid her $75,000 per month in child support. However, the mom-of-three rejected that after receiving a temporary monthly salary of $129,000 and wanted it boosted to $161,000.
After a two-day trial in September, a court ordered Kevin to pay $ 63,000 monthly for their three children. If Christine loses her appeal, she must pay Kevin over $1 million and cover his prenuptial agreement legal bills.
A three-page settlement document was agreed upon, and Christine signed it.
Dating since 1998, Kevin and Christine tied the knot in 2004 at his Aspen estate. Cayden, Hayes, and Grace are their three children due to their union.