Divorced: Tony Soprano Is a Free Man

12/19/2002 01:00PM

"The Sopranos" star James Gandolfini, whose TV marriage is in big trouble, officially ended his three-year marriage to his real-life wife on Wednesday, as Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Judith Gische granting Marcella (Marcy) Gandolfini a divorce on the grounds of abandonment, the Associated Press reports.

"It's over," Gandolfini, who plays New Jersey Mafia boss Tony Soprano, told reporters after leaving court. "Everyone loves each other very much."

According to the New York Daily News, the Gandolfinis, who are Manhattan residents, reached a confidential settlement Tuesday that helped preempt what might have been a nasty court fight. Their son, Michael, 3, will reportedly live with his mother.

Earlier this year the marital breakup turned bitter when Marcy accused James of drug and alcohol abuse. He later admitted former addictions to cocaine and booze.

According to courtroom testimony Wednesday, the actor left the couple's home on Feb. 1, 2001, without Marcy's consent and refused to return. James confirmed that he had signed an agreement between the couple.

Its contents were not disclosed, but according to AP, James's attorney, Robert Stephan Cohen, called the divorce "one of the friendliest I've ever seen. And it was done in almost record time."

"I am going to grant the final judgment of divorce in favor of the defendant and against (James)," declared the jurist, who had also presided over the bitter split between ex-New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and Donna Hanover.

As he left the courthouse, Gandolfini, 41, joked with photographers, the Daily News reports. Putting his arm around one of his attorneys, he said, "This is my boyfriend."

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