The couple separated in the summer of 1995. In spring of the next year, Fortensky asked for more "spousal support" from Taylor; he said the $5,000 a month covered only his "bare expenses." A judge approved their divorce, on the grounds of "irreconciliable differences," on October 31, with financial negotiations continuing. A number of court hearings were set in the following months, but each time they were canceled, keeping the details out of the public eye.
Taylor's attorney, Arlene Colman-Schwimmer, said today that the celeb wishes "great happiness for Mr. Fortensky." She said the two have remained friends and have spoken since Taylor's surgery for a brain tumor last month.
The couple met at the Betty Ford Center in 1988: he was sent there reportedly after a drunk driving conviction; she had a drug problem. In 1990, he sat by her bedside when she was hospitalized for a serious case of pneumonia, and after that, the romance grew. They married in 1991 at Michael Jackson's California estate while photographers snooped from above in helicopters.
"I always said I would get married one more time and with God's blessings, this is it, forever," Liz said at the time.