After a prolonged negotiation, former Olympic gymnast Shannon Miller is divorcing her husband of seven years, Boston eye surgeon Christopher B. Phillips.
Miller, 29, filed for divorce from Phillips, 33, in May 2004, but financial disputes dragged the case out more than two years. The divorce is expected to become official in September, reports the Associated Press.
The two married in a lavish ceremony that featured many of Miller’s teammates from the 1996 U.S. squad that won the team gold medal in the Atlanta Games. The couple, who lived in Oklahoma City and a Houston suburb before moving to Boston, have no children.
Phillips alleges that his wife had an affair with a married male athlete and that she threatened to accuse him (Phillips) of abusing prescription drugs if he failed to meet her demands during the divorce proceedings.
“I’ve been put through the wringer over this,” Phillips said. “It’s been a very bitter and terrible divorce. … She has really, really hurt me.”
Miller denied the accusations, calling them “lies and innuendo surrounding an emotional divorce. The worst thing I ever did to my ex-husband was to put unleaded gas in his car and not premium. With gas prices these days, do you blame me?” Miller wrote in an e-mailed response to questions posed by The Oklahoman newspaper.
“We all have choices to make in life. I have chosen to be happy by leaving this painful experience in the past. I hope Chris is able to move on as well,” she said.
Miller said she plans to finish law school at Boston College and “continue pursuing my life’s passion of working with children.”
Phillips said he would like to return to Oklahoma at some point. He now works at a Boston hospital and attends law school at Suffolk University.