Jerry Hall has been left “heartbroken” and “devastated” by the abrupt end of her marriage to Rupert Murdoch, blaming his children for driving a wedge between them, it has been reported.
Hall was waiting in the UK for media mogul Murdoch, 91, to join her when he sent an email saying their marriage was over, the Daily Mail reports. The message added that she was only allowed to communicate with him through his lawyers. The model is said to have told a friend: “I still love him. I’m devastated.”
Murdoch, the executive chairman of News Corp., reportedly worth £14 billion, married Hall in 2016.
The Mail reports that there have been tensions between Hall and Murdoch’s children during the pandemic. Sources in Hall’s camp told the paper she apparently took on a “gatekeeper” role to protect her husband from Covid. She thinks that’s why his family thought they wanted to cut off their regular contact with their father.
“They thought Jerry was keeping them from him,” says a friend. “She blames the children for the sourness of the marriage. They had a lot to say about it and a part in his personal life, which she found an unpleasant surprise. It was clear they mistrusted her.”
According to the source, there were discussions earlier this year with Hall and the rest of the family about her financial status and what she might receive if Murdoch died, the paper reports. It is said that part of the family was concerned that no further provisions would be made for Hall at this time, the Mail said.
She and Murdoch, whose media empire includes both the Sun and Times newspapers and Fox News in the US, signed a prenuptial agreement.
The source added: “Jerry is really devastated by what happened and insists it was all a bolt from the blue. One day they were making plans to be together for the summer in London, then a message came instructing her to contact him only through lawyers.”
Hall, who turns 66 on Saturday, has four children with Sir Mick Jagger. She started dating Murdoch in 2015 and they were first seen together at a Rugby World Cup match.
Hall was to stay with her daughter in Henley. The marriage ended after she and her family were absent from Murdoch’s annual summer party last week. A spokesman for Murdoch had no comment to comment, the Mail reported.