Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Def Leppard: Vivian Campbell slams TMZ over divorce story

Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell is slamming TMZ over what he says are misleading items in a story posted by the gossip site over the weekend.

TMZ reported Vivian has filed for divorce from his wife Julie Campbell after 25 years of marriage, citing irreconcilable differences.

The couple married in February 1987 and have two young daughters together, ages 13 and 11.

The site reported Campbell is asking for joint legal and physical custody of the girls and he's asking the judge to deny spousal support to Julie.

On Tuesday, the guitarist challenged the accuracy of the TMZ report with a post to his Facebook page.

“It amazes me what people take for truth,” Vivian writes. “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,” he continued. “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.”

Campbell summed up his thoughts, writing “Personally, I wouldn't drink water from the gutter. Nor would I get my 'news' from the gutter press.”

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