Most times when our favourite celebrities marry each other, we always want them to enjoy their relationship till their old age. But sometimes, love affairs do not always go as planned. As people get to know each other more, different layers of themselves are opened. These layers may not be good for their partners or they can find a way around it. For Afton Smith and Brendan Fraser, theirs is the former. After building a relationship for years, it can become traumatic to allow it to go. But, most times, it is needed. How did one of Hollywood’s most liked marriages fail? What went wrong? Find out the untold story of Brendan Fraser’s divorce.
Quick Facts About Afton Smith
- Name: Afton Smith
- Birthday: December 3, 1967
- Birthplace: Northport, Huntington, New York
- Nationality: American
- Ethnicity: White
- Height: 5 feet 7 inches
- Weight: 68kg
- Eye Color: Brown
- Profession: Actress, Author
- Marital status: Divorced
Who is Afton Smith?
Afton Smith is an American actress best remembered for her roles in George Of The Jungle, which had Brendan Fraser as the star actor. Smith made her screen debut in 1987 with her appearance in Less Than Zero. The blonde actress is known for movies like Fried Green Tomatoes, Reality Bites.
Afton Smith was born on December 3, 1967. Details about her background are not readily available as Smith is quite a private person. She graduated from high school in 1985 before proceeding to Upper Canada College for her college education. She graduated in 1989.
Afton Smith’s Career
After making her screen debut in 1987, Smith didn’t hit the peak of her career till her performance in Pyrates and Fried Green Tomatoes. What cemented her place as one of the best actresses in the 1990s was her performance alongside her ex-husband, Brendan Fraser in George of the Jungle. The movie became an instant hit.
However, Afton decided to call it a wrap with acting in 2002 so that she can focus on raising her children.
Who is Brendan Fraser?
Brendan is remarkable for the hit movie George of the Jungle, The Mummy and many other films which rocked the box office. Brendan Fraser was born on December 3, 1968. Fraser was born to Canadians in Indianapolis, Indiana. However, due to his parents frequency of relocation, he lived in Ottawa, Canada, Indiana, Washington and across countries in Europe. Fraser had his education in Upper Canada College before moving to Carnish College for the Arts.
Brendan Fraser has had an illustrious career even though the peak of his career was in the late 1990s with sterling performances in The Mummy Trilogy between 1999 and 2008. The big-eyed actor has featured in over 60 projects. His efforts received 4 awards and 5 nominations from some of the biggest movie awards platforms in Hollywood.
How Did The Couple Meet?
Born on the same day, the couple must have felt they were made for each other at the beginning. It was the perfect couple for so many fans. There was already a synergy on the screen, translating that to real-life was toast. But this is what happens when life hits hard. When the rumors of Brendan and Afton Smith divorce hit the media, many didn’t believe it at first.
Brendan and Afton met each other for the first time on a holiday, the United States of America independence day (July 4) in 1993. It was via their mutual friend Winona Ryder who hosted a barbecue party. The couple got to know each other and fell in love. They later dated for four years before getting engaged. It was the same year of George of the Jungle in 1997. Fast forward to September 1998, the couple walked down the aisle. After waiting for four years, they had their first child Griffin Arthur Fraser on September 7, 2002. On August 16, 2004, they had another child Holden Fletcher. They finally put a cap to childbearing after having their last child together, Leland Francis Fraser on May 2, 2006.
Brendan and Afton Smith File For Divorce
Just a year after their last child was born, the couple felt they had had enough and couldn’t continue to coexist as a couple again. The year is 2007 and Brendan and Afton do not want to be together again. What happened? Why did this turn out this way? Read more, below.
It turned out that one of the most common reasons why relationships vis-a-vis marriages fail is because a partner is caught in extra-marital affairs. This was when rumors started to encircle around the couple. One rumor said Afton had caught Brendan cheating with one Maria Bello. The couple didn’t try to quell the rumors either, so speculations began to get even wilder. Another one said Brendan found out that Afton never loved him. All these rumors weren’t substantiated but they remained for a long time. Neither of the couple has come out to give an answer as to why they had to separate.
The Divorce Finalised in 2009
After back and forth, the divorce finalized in 2009. Fraser had agreed to pay $50,000 for spousal support. But Fraser, after seeing fewer acting jobs, filed a suit to reduce the amount on the ground that he wasn’t earning enough to pay that kind of money. Afton Smith objected, saying Fraser had lied to her about a $9 million contract. The couple share custody of their three children. Today Afton lives in Connecticut with her children while Brendan Fraser, the film executive, lives in New York.
Today, there is no substantial news about the whereabouts of Afton Smith, but we know she is still alive and taking care of her kids. As for Brendan Fraser, it seems our man is back to acting and has some work in the pipeline.