50 years old American actor Cuba Gooding Jr. is currently single. He ended his 23 years long marriage with wife and high school sweetheart Sara Kopfer. He has three children with Sara.
Popular Oscar-winning American actor Cuba Gooding Jr. is currently in the media limelight due to ongoing divorce proceedings with his wife Sara Kapfer.
The former couple was believed to be in a healthy relationship until their saga of love came to an abrupt ending, with legal separation in 2014. What actually went wrong between the two? How was their married life prior to divorce? We have all the details here.
Details of Cuba Gooding Jr.'s Married Life And Divorce Struggles With Sara Kapfer
American actor Gooding Jr. met Sara Kapfer during his high school days in the 1980s. As he attended four different high schools for his education; there have been conflicting reports about where and how he met Sara.
But, if reports are to be believed, Cuba and Sara met for the first time and became high-school sweethearts during their education at North Hollywood High School.
Cuba Gooding Jr. and Sara Kapfer during the promotional event
Source: Huffington Post
Cuba and Sara have not revealed much about their love life, but there is a buzz in social media that they had ups and downs in their love life, and it wasn't an easy task for Cuba to make her fall in love with him.
Sara seems to have been reluctant to pursue their romantic affair at first, but she slowly opened up to him.
Cuba Gooding Jr. and Sara after their wedding in 1994.
The lovebirds decided to tie the knot in 1994, after dating for seven years. Their marital relationship was stable for a time being. They enjoyed a blissful married life and their relationship seemed to last for eternity.
Cuba and Sara's marriage lasted for 23 years. During their life together, they supported each other a lot. They accompanied each other during the filming schedule, shopping, movie dates, and grocery purchase.
Cuba and Sara pose for the photoshoot during a program
The couple became proud parents of three children: Spencer Goodling (born on 1994), Piper Goodling (born on 2005), Mason Gooding (born on 1996). He loves his children very much and even cried during his son's college graduation.
The couple seems to be giving serious couple goals until their conflict emerged out in the open. At one point, Cuba gave a hint at their troubled marriage by saying that he had wanted to kill her.
On April 16, 2014, Sara filed for legal divorce from Cuba citing 'irreconcilable differences" as the main reason for the split.
Another report indicates that they had a fall-out after drunken Cuba cheated on Sara and had brief affair with other women. It is claimed that Cuba had affair with many women in deluxe hotel suites in the drunken stupor; for a certain time period. So, no one knows for sure what 'incident' or 'cause' triggered them to split up.
Cuba with his sons Spencer and Mason
Source: Closer Weekly
In the year 2016, Cuba had tried to reconcile with his estranged wife Sara; but she rejected his advance outright. During his appearance on The Steve Harvey Show, Cuba confessed that he tried to reconcile with his estranged wife for the sake of his children.
During an interview, he quotes about his split and attempts to reconcile with Sara;
"Listen, you know how things happen. Things happen, you grow up … I took my wife on a date the other day. Took her to see a movie the other day. Yeah. We got kids, man. We got to keep this together, strong, you know? That’s how I see it."
On January 19, 2017, Cuba Gooding Jr. filed a petition to divorce his wife Sara legally. As per the report, Gooding Jr. is requesting joint legal and physical custody of their daughter Piper and is willing to pay for the spousal support. He is also willing to pay for alimony with money earned from his initial career.
Cuba Gooding Jr. with his grown-up sons Spencer and Mason
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Their divorce proceedings haven't been completed yet. The last time they were seen together as husband and wife was during Weinstein Golden Globes party.
What Is Cuba Gooding Jr Doing Nowadays?
Cuba Gooding Jr. is currently single and busy with his upcoming projects. In 2018, he will be seen in the third installment of American Crime Story as well as stage adapation of Chicago musical.
Cuba and Sara with their daughter Piper
The talented actor has also other untitled projects to his kitty. In his free time, he often likes to hang out with his children. They also enjoy festivals and vacations together. Despite not being together, Cuba and Sara take time outs from their busy career to cater to the care and demands of their children.
Though, Cube couldn't become perfect husband to Sara in the later days of their marital life; he seems to be working hard to become a perfect father to his children.
Quick Facts: Cuba Gooding Jr.
Source: E! News
- Born as Cuba Micheal Gooding Jr. to father Cuba Gooding Sr. and mother Shirley Sullivan on January 2, 1968, in the Bronx, New York City, New York, America.
- His father was a lead vocalist with the band The Main Ingredient.
- He has three siblings: April, Omar, and Thomas.
- His paternal grandfather Dudley MacDonald Gooding was a native of Barbados.
- His father moved to Los Angeles in 1972; after his father's band became hit.
- He was raised as a single child by his mother.
- He attended four different high schools: North Hollywood High School, Tustin High School, Apple Valley High School, and John F. Kennedy High School in Granada Hills in Los Angeles.
- He worked as break dancer for Lionel Richie.
- He performed at 1984 summer Olympics with Lionel Richie and his band.
- Studied Japanese martial arts for three years.
- His first major role as a lead actor was in 1981 movie Boyz n the Hood.
- His performances as Rod Tidwell in Jerry Maguire with Tom Cruise earned him Oscars awards for Best Supporting Actor.
- His net worth is estimated to be around $15 million.
- His house in Pacific Palisades was estimated to worth $9.8 million in 2014 and his Northridge California home was worth $728k in 2013.