Who is Jill Diven, Brad Garrett’s first wife? Relationship timeline explored

Bruno Cooke January 26, 2022
Who is Jill Diven, Brad Garrett’s first wife? Relationship timeline explored
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Everybody Loves Raymond star Brad Garrett married IsaBeall Quella on 11 November 2021, People revealed today – but who is his first wife, with whom he shares two children, Jill Diven?

Who is Brad Garrett’s first wife Jill Diven?

When they met in the 1990s, she was a cocktail waitress in Las Vegas; his career as an actor was crescendoing indefatigably. In 1995 alone, he appeared in eight TV series

Brad Garrett proposed to Jill Diven on the set of Everybody Loves Raymond in 1998. They exchanged their marriage vows the following year on 18 May 1999.

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As per MSN, the site states Jill was born in 1967, although People writes that their ages are only four years apart, which would put her year of birth at 1964 as also stated in biogossip.

As of 2022, she is likely around 57 years old.

Garrett and Diven have two kids together: Maxwell Bradley Garrett and Hope Violet Garrett. She is “an extraordinary woman” and “the greatest mum in the world”, IMDB News quotes him as saying.

When did they separate and divorce?

Jill Diven and Brad Garrett separated in 2005. Two years later, on 5 November 2007, they finalised their divorce, citing “irreconcilable differences”.

Garrett was 47 at the time.

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They divided what Access Hollywood called their “mini-empire of cars” – Garrett got five (a 1948 Chrysler Town & Country, a 1953 Cadillac, a 2006 Bentley, a 2005 BMW 750 and a 2007 Mercedes Benz R350), Diven two (a 2007 Mercedes Benz 550 and a 2005 Cadillac Escalade).

For a breakdown of the child support and spousal support arrangements the former couple made, visit Access here. However, some have already expired.

How old are Jill Diven and Brad Garrett’s kids now?

Maxwell was born in October 1998. Hope followed just over a year later, in January 2000, in New York City.

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Brad regularly posts photos of his kids to his 50K Instagram followers. He wrote in June 2020 that he was “proud beyond belief” of them.

“Their hearts, their smarts, their souls that made them protest and stand up for injustice. I salute my own father today who instilled in me the importance of fatherhood and family.”

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Bruno Cooke has been a freelance journalist since 2019, primarily with GRV Media. He was an early contributor to The Focus, and has written for HITC, Groundviews and the Sheffield University newspaper – he earned his MA in Global Journalism there in 2021. He’s the Spoken Word Poetry Editor for The Friday Poem, and self-published his debut novel Reveries in 2019, which his mum called both a “fine read” and “excellent Christmas present”. Bruno has lived in China, Sri Lanka and the Philippines and likes, among other things: bicycle touring, black and white Japanese films, pub quizzes, fermentation and baklava. In 2023, Bruno will set off with his partner on a round-the-world cycle.