The former wife of actor Kevin Costner has alleged that Costner voluntarily chose to leave the TV show “Yellowstone” in order to pursue his own Western project, believing it would be more financially lucrative; Christine Baumgartner stated that Costner’s value as an actor was high after the success of “Yellowstone.”

Kevin Costner's estranged wife says
Kevin Costner’s estranged wife says

But he opted to focus on his “Horizon” project instead, which she believes will significantly increase his earnings. Baumgartner described Costner as being very money-oriented and claimed that he invested approximately $20 million of his own money into the “Horizon” film series.

The decision for Costner’s departure from “Yellowstone” came after a dispute with co-creator Taylor Sheridan regarding shooting schedules, leading to the announcement that the show would end after its current fifth season.

Baumgartner made the comments about Costner’s motivation for leaving “Yellowstone” while disputing his claim that he could only pay $51,000 per month in child support because he is no longer “under contract” for the show (he earned a reported $1.3 million per episode in 2022).

According to a June 30 declaration, Costner told Baumgartner that he was thinking about leaving the enormously popular television series last year and that “2023 would be a difficult year financially.”

Meanwhile, Baumgartner had asked for $248,000 a month to preserve the lifestyle that the couple’s three children — Cayden, 16, Hayes, 14, and Grace, 13 — were accustomed to

On Tuesday, a Santa Barbara County judge ordered Costner to pay $129,755 per month in child support — half of what Baumgartner was demanding but significantly more than what his legal team recommended.

Baumgartner was married to the “Dances with Wolves” star for 18 years before she filed for divorce in May, citing “irreconcilable differences.”


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