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Peter Frampton Files for Divorce

Guitarist is splitting from his wife of 15 years

June 24, 2011 11:50 AM ET
Peter Frampton Files for Divorce
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Guitarist Peter Frampton, 61, has filed for divorce from Christina Elfers, his wife of 15 years.

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The "Show Me the Way" singer filed the divorce papers in L.A. County Court, citing "irreconcilable difference," TMZ reports. The couple, who wed in 1996, split on New Year's Eve 2010.

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Frampton is asking for joint legal custody of their daughter, but wants primary physical custody to be awarded to his soon-to-be ex.

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This is the singer's third divorce: his first marriage to Mary Lovett ended in 1973, and his second marriage to Barbara Gold was officially over in 1993.

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