Def Leppard Guitarist Divorcing His Old Lady

Viv and his wife

Yes, yes — it’s true.

Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell has filed for divorce from his wife of 25 years.

He claims that he is “going out of [his] way to be as generous and accommodating as possible” to his soon-to-be ex, despite TMZ reports to the contrary.

The gossip site reported on November 18 that the musician’s filing in Los Angeles Superior County Court cited “irreconcilable differences” with Julie Campbell, asked for joint custody of their 13- and 11-year-old daughters, and requested the court deny his wife (who he married in 1987) any spousal support.

That’s not cool! Just because she’s grown a few extra chins doesn’t mean you should just drop her, Vivian.

“It amazes me what people take for truth,” Campbell writes on Facebook.

“If something is in print, does that automatically make it true? It’s been reported that I’m filing for divorce and seeking joint child custody. That much is true. However, it was also erroneously reported that I’m seeking to deny spousal support when in fact, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Those who know me will attest that I’m going out of my way to be as generous and accommodating as possible to my ex. However, the damage is done; my character and name are sullied because TMZ chose to publish without checking the facts. Since then that ‘truth’ has been picked up and carried by various news sites around the world and further purported as fact.

“Personally, I wouldn’t drink water from the gutter. Nor would I get my ‘news’ from the gutter press.”

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