NASCAR driver Danica Patrick has announced on her Facebook page that she is splitting from her husband of seven years, Paul Hospenthal, and that the divorce was a mutual, amicable decision.
The 30-year old met Hospenthal–who is 17 years her senior–when he treated her for a non-race related injury. The couple has been married for seven years.
“I am sad to inform my fans that after seven years, Paul and I have decided amicably end our marriage,” she said. “This isn’t easy for either of us, but mutually it has come to this. He has been an important person and friend in my life and that’s how we will remain moving forward.”
The news of Patrick’s divorce is making the rounds on Twitter today, with a lot of fanboys expressing happiness that now they finally have a shot…
Danica Patrick used Facebook to announce her divorce? Hope she told her husband before that status update.
— Eric Luallen (@EricLuallen) November 21, 2012
Danica Patrick is filing for divorce.. I think I’ll wait at least a week to call her #classymove
— Chad Stewart (@ChadStewart1551) November 21, 2012
Danica Patrick is getting a divorce #finally
— Craig Hudson (@MarlinSB) November 20, 2012
Danica Patrick is getting a divorce? #Giggity who wouldn’t want a rich overrated race car driver?
— Eric (@ERoch20) November 21, 2012
Danica Patrick is getting a divorce. Thank god for Dale Jr putting her number on the nationwide commercial
— Jordan Dundore (@dundee103) November 21, 2012
Danica Patrick is getting a divorce….there is a chance! HAHAHA!
— Brandon AKA WILD-MAN (@WILDMANBS) November 20, 2012