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Fans mourn Tom Joyner divorce from Donna Richardson

Sat., Dec. 22, 2012 4:02 PM EDT
by Terry Shropshire

Fans of radio legend and Hall of Famer Tom Joyner were saddened to learn, albeit late, that the “Fly Jock” has divorced Donna Richardson, his wife of 12 years.

The New York Daily News reported that the famous couple parted ways weeks ago in a “mutual but not exactly amicable” separation, while eurweb.com states that the Joyner and Richardson divorced back in the spring of 2012 and managed to keep it quiet for six months — a remarkable feat for such high-profile personalities if true. Joyner is easily one of the most influential and well-known radio deejays in the nation, frequently entertaining calls from both President Obama and the first lady, and Richardson is a pioneering fitness guru.

A plethora of fans celebrated their union more than a dozen years ago and we at rolling out celebrate them with some of their best photos together.

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  • Anthony Sills

    Tom should have known she was with him for the money because her type of guy is a young fit guy. Tom was smart enough to make her sign a prenup but of course she is trying to get that torn up now so she can get even more money. I was hoping this was one of those rare situation where a woman really didnt care about the mans looks but at the end of the day it was still all about money. When I see a good looking rich guy have his woman leave him for a fat broke then i will believe women really dont care about looks.

    • Kingcent

      @Anthony Sills and all of these other knuckleheads co-signing to this statement

      “Tom should have known she was with him for the money because her type of guy is a young fit guy…. I was hoping this was one of those rare situation where a woman really didnt care about the mans looks”
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      How do you figure to solely blame Donna Richardson for the divorce? What about Tom’s culpability in the ending of his marriage? And why is it that men expect women to be with less than attractive men, meanwhile we as men always think we’re entitled to the ‘hottest woman. This works two ways. I love my bro’s but we have to quit with the pointing the finger of blame solely at the woman whenever we are involved in something bad in a relationship. We need to hold ourselves accountable.

      And from what I understand, Donna didn’t need to marry Tom for his money, she had plenty of it on her own. She is smart, sexy, and rich within her own right, selling many exercise tapes, almost right up there with Jane Fonda. So why is it because Tom may have a few more $$ in his bank account do we automatically assume she’s with him for the money? How many of us are in relationships where we both make the exact same amount of money? Does that mean if one of us makes more than the other then we are only with them for their money?

      There are plenty of brothers who are lazy and trifling and want nothing more than to have a woman take care of them while they do nothing.

      Now Tom is reportedly with a woman 24 years younger than he is, so that shows where his mind is, He is the one who wants the hot women. Men can’t have it both ways. If you are ugly, then you can’t expect a hot woman to want you unless you have something to offer her besides your ugliness and at Tom’s age, with the viagra probably kicking in to help him get it up, his money is a draw in this case with this much younger woman,
      But I wouldn’t think it was the case with Donna Richardson.
      And let’s not fool ourselves men, would you date a woman who was not ‘hot looking if you could get one who was? Of course not, so stop expecting women to settle for less than you are willing to settle for when it comes to dating. Women want hot attractive men too and there is nothing wrong with that.

    • unque43

      What I understand is that Tom was involved with another women during his marriage. Someone who is his junior by many years. So don’t put the blame on Donna.

  • Tyrone

    @ Anthony Skills. I agree with you 100%. It is politically incorrect. However , the physical attributes of a man are important to alot of women. Tom is rich and famous. However , he is a fat , old , pot bellied man. Women , like Donna , who workout , in general desire to have sex with a fit , built in shape man.

    • Terry

      I really think you guys have it all wrong. Just like in the case with Beyonce marrying Jay-Z, Donna had her own money, business and she is an ESPN sports correspondent. They came together out of love — and then sometimes things just don’t work out. Why are we so fixated on looks! And why do we tear down our successful icons???

      • Dee

        When did Donna have her own big money?? She meet Tom and saw $ signs. They lived separate lives in so many ways. One thing for sure Tom is no fool and I’m sure he is heart broken…more than Donna

        • http://twitter.com/Neartoheaven Linda Beckett

          I know if that were so, Tom must have enticed her with his money. They both probably were not in love anyway. You have in love, in lust & in financial need to be secured, now how many celebrities can say they are in love as normal people who do not have high celebrity status. We marry for being in love, better or worse, whether poor or rich because our riches are in the love God has placed in our soul, not in a person, money or style.

          • Kingcent

            @Linda: “We marry for being in love, better or worse, whether poor or rich
            because our riches are in the love God has placed in our soul, not in a
            person, money or style.”

            You are naive. Non celebrity folks marry for all sorts of reasons, that have nothing to do with love.

            1. He got her pregnant
            2. He makes good money and is a good provider
            3. He knows how to have great sex
            4. I like his house
            5. I like his car
            6. He can get good drugs
            7. He got me a great job
            8. He/she likes me, I’m not in love and have nothing better to do, so I’ll just marry
            9. Revenge (to get back at someone/to make them jealous
            10. Loneliness, desperation, illness, family pressure…

            So wake up there are many reasons that have nothing to do with love that non celebrity people get married.

        • neen

          You must not have known of Donna Richardson before she was with Tom, but must of black and white america did. She absolutely had her own dough!! She may not have had as much as Tom, but did not need his money she was set.

      • Kingcent

        “Why are we so fixated on looks! And why do we tear down our successful icons???”
        The ignorance of the comments made on this thread just blows my mind. Marriages sometimes don’t work out…Just like boyfriend girlfriend relationship don’t work out, or people break up their engagement, sometimes relationships end. I don’t know why people foolishly think that a marriage is supposed to last forever.. People change, life happens, A piece of paper and vows in a church doesn’t guarantee that a marriage will last. These people stayed married for 12 years, probably longer than some of the commenters on this thread, yet they are raked through the mud as having failed.

    • Dee

      I agree you Tyrone. Tom much older also.

  • Lale

    @Anthony Sills How is she trying to have the pre-nup done away with when the divorce has already been finalized? They are no longer married. I agree about the fitness thing. I wondered that from the start. Someone into the lifestyle of being healthy finds someone close to them perhaps unattractive but for the most part lazy.

  • Tyson

    As a light skin bald man, I hope that’s not my physical future

  • Keith Davis

    Richardson didn’t want to be married to Tom anymore. She was all about staying fit and her husband, Tom, wouldn’t get off the sofa exercise. It must have been frustrating for her to see her husband waist way like that. And on another note, there marriage was destine for divorce from the beginning. When two marry and but continue to have separate last names, they are not truly as one divorce is in the equation.

    • Monique

      ok, I’m gonna have to disagree about the name thing. Just because a person doesn’t go by thier married name doesn’t mean they are doomed for divorce! She may be Mrs. Donna Joyner on paper but still goes by her maiden name for branding purposess!!!!!

    • Kingcent

      “When two marry and but continue to have separate last names, they are not truly as one divorce is in the equation.”

      Someone’s last name has nothing to do with how their marriage will end up. Wow… seriously? Plenty of people who have the same last name end up in a divorce all the time, every day, all day long. Having the same last name doesn’t guarantee your marriage will last. Not having the same last name doesn’t guarantee your marriage won’t last. There is absolutely nothing logical about your statement. And folks, they were married for 12 years! I could see if they were married for 3 years or less, but 12 years is a long time. Their marriage ended… for whatever reason. Marriages don’t always last til death do us part.

  • E

    I can not believe that Tom got a divorce and never mention this fact on the air. Yet, everyday he is joking about other people business!

    • http://twitter.com/draydayj Anderia Cooper

      Me Too?! He mentioned something last week that made me ask the question: “isn’t he married?” Then I googled it and sure enough……

  • http://twitter.com/draydayj Anderia Cooper

    why do people keep commenting that it was a look thang? I’m sure at some point; they both loved each other! you don’t stayin a marriage that long without love being a factor. IHonestly, I didn’t think they were a right fit. However I too wonder how they kept it a secret so long when he dogs everyone on his radio show?

  • http://twitter.com/Neartoheaven Linda Beckett

    WOW, marriage seems to be based on a foundation that has options to not go the distance as it should. Not speaking against either of them but celebrity marriages are not structured like non celebrity marriages. Normal folks that work, have children, run a household to make a home do not add divorce to the list of needs, desires & wants when it comes to marriage. I was once told by my godmother that marriage is not a bed of roses everyday so prepare for all things & stay the duration, Now that is being in love & not just saying I love you. In love takes your heart to be replaced with your spouses heart & many do not even say they are truly in love.

    • Kingcent

      “Normal folks that work, have children, run a household to make a home do
      not add divorce to the list of needs, desires & wants when it comes
      to marriage”

      This statement doesn’t make a lick of sense. Nobody wants a divorce, but it happens. One cannot always predict with a crystal ball how life will be years down the line. Regardless of celebrity or non celebrity, life happens marriages begins and ends for many varied reasons. We on the outside cannot make blanket statements for what happens to a couple and their marriage ends. That’s only for the couple to know.

  • Popeye

    Well, on Valentine’s day his tradition is some over the top gesture and it was not there on this year. I texted and he did not respond so I’m not surprised. As a fan, I enjoyed his pursuit of Gladys Knight over the air and was saddened when he chose Donna but boy did I understand. I hope that not too much personal stuff comes out but your titties really should not be as big as your woman’s and if they are, it helps that you have enough money that they are over looked!

  • http://www.facebook.com/gale.thompson.965 Gale Thompson

    I am really sad to hear of their divorce because I want ‘marriage’ to work today for so many reasons.

  • http://www.facebook.com/towanda.savage.5 Towanda Savage

    I am sad for the loss of love between a husband and wife… Keep living and keep loving.

  • http://www.facebook.com/towanda.savage.5 Towanda Savage

    Just like my picture sometimes as hard as we try we just cant seem to get it right I should know after 3 marriages… I will be like Zsa Zsa or Liz Taylor I will try again.

  • yaegerj

    I personally would love to no the details, on why this union did not work out?

  • Big R Phillips

    Toms my dude and always will be but i look at him and then look at Donna and said to my self “Naaah…even with his two new hips he cant keep up with Donna”! And then they had two totally different lives yanno? I mean something had to give but i wasnt looking forward to it.