After twenty years of marriage, Billy Bush‘s wife Sydney Davis has reportedly filed for divorce. According to TMZ, Syndey’s legal docs cited irreconcilable differences, but Life & Style revealed more exclusive details behind the split when they separated last September.
“Sydney finally had enough, and she left Billy,” the source revealed exclusively to Life & Style. But what drove her to the end? There was friction between Billy, 45, and Sydney since the October 2016 release of his scandalous Access Hollywood tape, in which he cheered on Donald Trump as he made lewd comments about women including Nancy O’Dell.
“Sydney was upset that Billy didn’t immediately call Nancy,” the source said, “to apologize directly to her.” Billy, who was promptly fired from his hosting gig at the Today show, has had trouble finding work ever since, and Sydney grew tired of his “constant” pity party for himself. Finally, added the source, “Sydney just said, ‘Enough is enough.’ Ending the marriage to Billy was the only option.”
On Sept. 9, a rep for Billy told Life & Style that he and his wife had “separated to evaluate their life together.” Since then he’s been spotted wearing his wedding ring, but it looks like Syndey has since made up her mind. Now she’s seeking spousal support — Billy did settle with NBC for $10 million, after all — and she wants joint legal and primary physical custody of their two youngest daughters, Lillie, 13, and Mary, 17. Billy will still get visitation.
The headline-making tape (which was recorded in 2005 and published by The Washington Post in Fall 2016) didn’t just bother Sydney, it also weighed heavily on Billy, who broke his silence about the situation during a cover story interview with The Hollywood Reporter back in May 2017. “I am not grateful for the moment,” he told the publication. “But I’m grateful for what I’ve gotten out of it. I’m grateful that it hit me all the way to my core.”
During his chat with THR, the TV personality said that the public ridicule he experienced after the tape leaked has inspired him to be a better person. that early part was just chaos. But then things progressed, and when you have a big, traumatic event, you go through stages, and it led to acceptance and understanding,” he explained at the time. “And then I found myself in a place of soul searching. And I developed a commitment to become a better, fuller man.”