“Kyle went to Pennsylvania where his family is with his kids when the pandemic began and has been parenting by himself throughout the pandemic,” a source tells Us Weekly exclusively. “He took them there to get them out of the hotspot that was L.A. and so that they could be close to his family.”
While Newman, 44, was with his and King’s two sons, James, 6, and Leo, 4, in Pennsylvania, the actress, 41, filed for divorce on Monday, May 18. The news came as a shock to Newman, who has been married to King for nearly 13 years.
“Kyle was surprised that Jaime filed because they were in mediation,” the insider explains. “There was no reason why he thought this was going to happen. Jaime taking this step was a surprise to say the least.”
“Kyle is hoping to figure this situation out outside of court moving forward for the safety and protection of their children,” the source adds.
A second source clarified to Us that the estranged couple were in agreement about Newman taking the boys to Pennsylvania, ahead of their breakup. At the time, King was working in Calgary, Canada, and the novel coronavirus was just beginning to spread.
“Jaime and Kyle agreed that he should take the kids to Pennsylvania because they both thought things were going to get really bad in L.A. with coronavirus and they wanted to get the kids out,” the insider explained. “So Kyle took the kids to Pennsylvania — because of the pandemic and with Jaime’s permission — while she was stuck in Calgary.”
Now that King is back in L.A., she “wants this resolved privately and peacefully as well,” the source added.
Us confirmed on Monday that King had submitted paperwork for a divorce and a request for a restraining order, which she was “partially granted” the same day, saying that Newman cannot come “within 100 yards” of her.
A source later told Us that the White Chicks actress filed an emergency motion related to custody and visitation of the children, which was denied by the judge. The following day, Newman responded to his estranged wife’s actions.
“Kyle was deeply saddened by Jaime’s attempt to obtain court orders based solely on false claims without providing him any opportunity to respond,” a spokesperson for Newman told Us in a statement on Tuesday, May 19. “As a result, he was extremely pleased that the judge nevertheless permitted their children to remain in his care.”
The statement continued: “Kyle wants nothing but the best for his whole family and hopes that Jaime can find the peace and help she needs.”
Tuesday also marked the first time King was spotted out in L.A. without her wedding ring. The Nebraska native was photographed running errands wearing a diamond sparkler on her middle finger, but not her ring finger.
Days after their split was made public, Newman accused his estranged wife of substance abuse and infidelity in an ex parte filing on Friday, May 22.
The filmmaker claimed in court documents obtained by Us that King has been “a chronic drug addict and alcoholic” for the “past decade.” He also alleged that she put their children in danger by driving under the influence with them in the car.
Newman said he “attempted for years to help Jaime get sober” and even staged an intervention for her in January. He further claimed that he has been their sons’ “primary parent since their birth.”
In response to the accusations, King’s rep told Us on Friday: “This is another vicious, failed attempt of Kyle to continue his abuse of Jaime and manipulate the court system. Today Kyle was denied all requests for emergency orders and the judge granted Jaime shared legal custody of their two children. The temporary domestic violence restraining order remains in place to protect Jaime.”
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