Divorce attorneys in Pasadena have seen pretty much everything, and Eva Longoria, in character as Gabrielle Solis on Desperate Housewives, has seen her share of juicy secrets and scandalous marital trysts. Yet nothing the actress has seen on her hit show could have prepared her for the relationship drama she's currently embroiled in with her estranged husband, NBA superstar Tony Parker.
After discovering hundreds of sexy text messages to another woman, Longoria is said to have ambushed Parker by filing surprise divorce papers in a Los Angeles County court last week. Still, according to insiders, problems for the couple have been brewing for months.
Host of television celebrity magazine show Extra, Mario Lopez, who is also a long-time friend of Longoria, says Parker had a history of infidelity in the couple's three-year marriage. Lopez says Parker kept in touch with a woman who he had an affair with earlier in their marriage on Facebook. But the straw that broke the camel's back appears to be a series of sexual innuendo-laden text messages Parker sent to Erin Barry, the wife of his former San Antonio Spurs teammate Brent Barry. Parker has since admitted to texting Barry but claims he never had a sexual relationship with her. Parker's camp also claims that the NBA star knew about the divorce and wasn't blindsided by the papers like many celebrity websites are reporting. Other sites are reporting Longoria is retaliating against her ex's actions by requesting spousal support and by leaking the details of their marriage to the press.
For all the current ugliness, it's easy to forget to Longoria and Parker's glamorous beginnings. The pair often was seen drenched in diamonds and designer clothes on the red carpet, and their fairy tale wedding in Paris was the stuff of celebrity fantasy. The pair was married on July 7, 2007, after dating for nearly three years. This is the second divorce for Longoria, who was previously married to General Hospital star Tyler Christopher, and the first for Parker.