ROMANIA: Divorce between millionaire Irinel Columbeanu, 53, and his 23 year old bride Monica Columbeanu, the international talk of the month

I saw this story on Yahoo a few days ago but didn’t get around to posting about it till now. It’s about the divorce of Romanian millionaire and his 23 year old wife. They’ve been married since she was 19 and have a four year old daughter over whom they are wrangling for custody. He won round one on the grounds that she has relocated to the United States and the child, obviously, is Romanian and should reside there, according to husband and the Romanian courts. Stay tuned for updates.

Read the story on Yahoo News:
BUCHAREST, Romania – The wedding was watched on television by 2.5 million people. The marriage played out under the media microscope. And now, almost five years later, Romania is again riveted as the nation’s most famous couple divorces.
It’s a Cinderella tale with a materialistic twist. The beautiful, doe-eyed beauty from a poor, dysfunctional family in the country’s northeast gets a doting, well-connected, wealthy and lonely husband. But then succumbs to the trappings of a modern lifestyle.
“The divorce of the year” has given Romanians a new distraction in the dying days of winter and respite from economic hardships and ongoing corruption scandals.
News channels switch from a daily digest of political feuds to the unfolding separation — with a live feed from the family home. Meanwhile, another camera films a court decision on the temporary custody of the couple’s four-year-old daughter.
The nation gasped on Wednesday night, when Monica Columbeanu, 23, was evicted from a Bucharest apartment owned by her husband, Irinel Columbeanu, 53. And in recent days, fortune tellers, a shoe designer, and even politicians have gone on air to offer opinions on child custody, all apportioning blame for the split
More here on Yahoo News: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110303/ap_on_re_eu/eu_romania_celebrity_divorce