Kevin Costner's wife Christine Baumgartner gives ultimatum: Choose 'Yellowstone' or family
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: Kevin Costner might be enjoying the fruits of his success with 'Yellowstone', but it would seem that all is not well in his personal life. His wife, handbag designer Christine Baumgartner, is said to have issued an ultimatum- choose the show, or the family.
According to RadarOnline, the Academy Award winning actor was unsure how long the show would go on for, because he wasn’t sure of the show’s success. However, 'Yellowstone' went on to become a smash hit and it kept getting renewed for multiple seasons, and with this success, comes a certain compromise.
The trade-off for the show’s success is that Costner, 67, spends at least 10 months away shooting in Montana and away from his Los Angeles home, where his wife and children live. Costner and Baumgartner are parents to three - Cayden, 15, Hayes, 13 and Grace, 12. Baumgartner was reportedly demanding that Costner leave his show to spend more time with the family.
"It's really knocked a hole in their family life," a friend in the know said, according to the outlet. "The show is such a mega-hit, producers want it to go on forever!" However, Christine wants him to now leave the show behind and be with the family. "She wants a firm commitment this is his last season — or he might have to hit the dusty trail!" the source added.
Costner and Baumgartner married in 2004, 10 years after Costner’s divorce from his first wife Cindy. He had three children with his Cindy and another with ex-girlfriend Bridget Rooney. The pair started dating in the late 90s and went public in 2000. They eventually broke up for a while when it was rumored that Baumgartner wanted to have children of her own but Costner didn’t want to have any more kids. At this point, he was already father to four children.
They eventually got back together and married. They also went on to have three children. And now, the fate of the 18-year marriage hangs in the balance. However, what is certain, is the return of 'Yellowstone', for Season 5 on November 13. The minute-long trailer has now gone viral, with fans across the world eagerly anticipating the release of the show.
The promo shows Costner as the main lead John Dutton, who now in the fifth season is being made the Governor of Montana. He was also shown to keep his daughter Beth by his side and to have appointed her to be his trusted advisor and right hand. There is also a lot of footage that follows, following along with the theme of the show- that power comes at a price.