‘Jackass’ star Johnny Knoxville files for divorce from wife after nearly 12 years

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“Jackass” star Johnny Knoxville filed for divorce this week from his second wife, multiple outlets reported Thursday.

The 51-year-old, whose legal name is Philip John Clapp, cited “irreconcilable differences” in his filing Tuesday in Los Angeles with his wife Naomi Nelson, a documentary filmmaker.

He is seeking joint custody of their 12-year-old son, Rocko, and their 10-year-old daughter, Arlo.

Actor Johnny Knoxville (R) and director Naomi Nelson arrive at the premiere of "Charge" at the Silver Screen Theater at the Pacific Design Center on February 27, 2020 in West Hollywood, California.
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Actor Johnny Knoxville (R) and director Naomi Nelson arrive at the premiere of ‘Burden’ at the Silver Screen Theater at the Pacific Design Center on February 27, 2020 in West Hollywood, California.
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The couple married in September 2010 and have been separated since September 24, their wedding anniversary, according to the documents.

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A month before the reported split, Knoxville penned a glowing tribute to his wife on her birthday.

Naomi Nelson, Johnny Knoxville, Rocko Akira Clapp and Arlo Clapp attend LA Loves Alex's Lemonade 2019 at UCLA Royce Quad on September 14, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.

Naomi Nelson, Johnny Knoxville, Rocko Akira Clapp and Arlo Clapp attend LA Loves Alex’s Lemonade 2019 at UCLA Royce Quad on September 14, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.
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“Happy birthday to my love and my light,” he said on Instagram along with a photo of Nelson and their two children. “A wonderful woman and a beautiful mother. You are the sun in my face and everything is fine. I love you very much. Happy birthday.”

Melanie Clapp, Johnny Knoxville and their daughter at "The ring" Premiere in Los Angeles in 2005.

Melanie Clapp, Johnny Knoxville and their daughter at the premiere of “The Ringer” in Los Angeles in 2005.
(Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)

Knoxville married his first wife Melanie Clapp in 1995. The couple share daughter Madison, 26.

They divorced in 2008 after a long separation.

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Knoxville was the co-creator and star of MTV’s reality show “Jackass,” which first aired in 2000 and spawned a number of films, including “Jackass Forever,” which was released more early this year.



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