"Desperate Housewives" star Eva Longoria filed divorce papers in Los Angeles on Wednesday to end her three-year marriage to Tony Parker in the wake of allegations that the San Antonio Spurs star had a relationship with the wife of a former teammate.
Longoria recently discovered that Parker has been exchanging text messages with Erin Barry, the estranged wife of former Spur Brent Barry, for nearly a year — including hundreds in just one month, according to sources close to Parker.
"There’s no physical relationship between Tony and Erin," the source said. "There was texting that went on for a while and probably crossed the line. Eva found out by looking at his phone."
"It is with great sadness that after seven years together, Tony and I have decided to divorce," Longoria said in a statement obtained by Us Weekly. "We love each other deeply and pray for each other’s happiness."
Longoria, 35, married the 28-year-old Frenchman in a lavish Parisian ceremony in July 2007, but the marriage was plagued with rumors of infidelity by Parker from the start. French model Alexandra Paressant claimed in December 2007 that she met Parker at his wedding and began an affair with him just two months later.
At the time Longoria stood by her husband, who denied the claim. But the final straw was the actress discovering the text messages.
"She is devastated, she wants us all to know that," said TV personality Mario Lopez, a close friend. "But she’s strong."
Longoria canceled her scheduled appearance at the American Music Awards on Nov. 21 and will spend Thanksgiving with friends.
The divorce petition, citing irreconcilable differences, came just one day after representatives for both Longoria and Parker denied reports Parker had filed for divorce in Texas.
But Wednesday the Los Angeles Superior Court filing confirmed the couple is splitting. Longoria, who had taken her husband’s surname, requested that her name be restored to Eva Jacqueline Longoria in the petition. The filing also stated that the couple had a prenuptial agreement.
Longoria asked the court to require each side to pay its own attorneys’ fees, and to rule that she should not have to pay spousal support to Parker.
It was the second marriage for the Texas-born actress, who was married to "General Hospital" actor Tyler Christopher from 2002 to 2004. It was the first marriage for Parker.