Cardinals' hitter Albert Pujols files for divorce just days after wife's brain surgery

'Sadly, after 22 years of marriage, I have made the decision to file for divorce from my wife, Deidre,' Pujols said in a statement


                            Cardinals' hitter Albert Pujols files for divorce just days after wife's brain surgery
Albert Pujols and wife Deidre Pujols are getting a divorce after 22 years of marriage (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
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Albert Pujols and his wife, Deidre, are getting a divorce. The Cardinals' hitter announced on Monday, April 4, that he and his wife are splitting up. The announcement came days after she underwent a successful surgery to remove a brain tumor.

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Albert and Deidre have been married for 22 years.The couple tied the knot on January 1, 2000, and have a big family with five children — Ezra, Isabella, Sophia, Albert Jr., and Esther Grace. The couple met back in 1999 at a Latin dance club in Kansas City before getting married in 2000 and have been going strong ever since. Diedre had been diagnosed with a brain tumour and she recently had surgery while Pujols was away with the Cardinals. Nevertheless, he opened up about his worries for his wife and the surgery.

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The news of the divorce was quite shocking to lots of people, given the current condition of Diedre. In a statement released by his agent, Dan Lozano, Pujols said, "I’ve been asked a lot of questions over the past few days regarding what’s been going on at home, and sadly, after 22 years of marriage, I have made the decision to file for divorce from my wife, Deidre."

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Pujols did acknowledged that the timing of this divorce is most unfortunate considering his wife's brain surgery last week, but he claims that the split was not something that just happened overnight. He also pointed out that the situation is quite hard for both of them. "I realise this is not the most opportune time with Opening Day approaching and other family events that have recently taken place. These situations are never easy and isn’t something that just happened overnight", he said.

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Professional baseball player Albert Pujols and wife Deidre Pujols attend the UN Women on March 01, 2019 in New York City.(Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

He also mentioned God and he was constantly seeking guidance from God during these tough times by saying, "As a devout Christian, this is an outcome that I never wanted to see happen. For many long days and nights, I prayed, asking the Lord for His guidance. " He concluded his statement by saying that he and Deidre will remain committed to raising their five children in a loving and safe environment away from all the troubles brought by their divorce.

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He said, "I am thankful for the five beautiful children that we brought into this world and remain committed to raising them in a loving and safe environment. I ask that you please respect our privacy and the privacy of our five children during this time."