Vanilla Ice and Wife Split Amid Cheating Allegations
One-hit wonder rapper-turned-reality TV star Vanilla Ice has split from his wife after 14 years of marriage.
Ice, born Robert Van Winkle, married wife Laura Giaritta in 1997, and have two daughters together, Dusti, 12, and Keelee, 10. Ice, 43, recently moved out of their family home in Wellington, Fla. after he allegedly discovered that Laura had been cheating on him.
Giaritta denies allegations that she was unfaithful, but confirms she and her longtime husband are no longer living together. Giaritta tells the National Enquirer, “We’ve had problems for a very long time and Rob has moved out.”
Whether or not the cheating allegations are true, infidelity is just one of the estranged couple’s “problems.” Back in January 2001, Van Winkle was arrested for assaulting his wife. He pleaded guilty to charges of disorderly conduct and was sentenced to probation and ordered to attend family therapy sessions.
In April 2008, Van Winkle was arrested again on a battery charge for allegedly kicking and hitting his wife. Ice was released after Giaritta reneged on her claims, stating her husband only pushed her. The case was later dropped.