Rapper Iggy Azalea has been served with divorce papers from a man claiming
to be her common law husband in Texas, but Azalea has no recollection
of agreeing to that living situation. If it is determined that she was
a part of a common law marriage, she may be required to give half of her
assets to the former flame.
Details of Azalea's Texas Relationship
The rapper moved from Australia to the United States when she was 16 to
pursue a career in music. After moving to Houston, Texas, she became involved
with Hefe Wine, who later became the young artist's boyfriend and
manager. Azalea moved away from Texas and the relationship, but at 24
year old has now been served with divorce papers from Wine.
Wine claimed that when Azalea was living in Texas, she agreed to be married
and they were living together as husband and wife. Azalea says that she
had never entered into such an agreement. She claims that Wine is taking
advantage of a relationship she entered into when she was 17 years old
in order to profit from music and materials stolen from her.
Wine and Azalea have previously been locked in a court battle over possession
of a sex tape that Azalea claimed to have been stolen, and another lawsuit
over ownership of music made by Azalea when she first got involved in
the music industry.
Should a judge recognize their marriage as legitimate, Wine would be entitled
to half of Azalea's assets from the time they were together.
Common Law Marriage in Texas
In order for a common law marriage to be considered valid, a couple must
either record a declaration of their marriage with a county clerk or agree
to be married, live in Texas as husband and wife, and express to others
outside of the relationship that they are married.
For a Texas common law marriage to be ended, it must be proven that the
marriage existed and then obtain a formal divorce. For those that entered
into a common law marriage after September 1, 1995, such as Azalea and
Wine, their marriage is considered void after 2 years of separation. However
if Wine can prove that they were together in a common law marriage, than
their assets during the time they were together would be evenly split
under Texas law.
Wine would need to prove that the couple agreed to be married, that they
lived as husband and wife and had expressed to others their intent to
be married. Examples of documents that can be used are leases signed as
husband and wife, joint tax returns, or insurance policies. If he cannot
provide this documentation, their relationship is not seen as a common