Within days following Derek Chauvin’s former partner George Floyd’s death in police custody, Derek’s wife filed for divorce. George was being held by Derek, three other MPD officers, and one civilian. On May 30, 2020, she went to the Washington County District Court in Stillwater, Minnesota, to file for divorce.
Months after a Minnesota judge denied the couple’s plea to transfer most of their assets to Mrs. Chauvin, on February 2, 2021, the judge granted the divorce. The judge noted that concentrating wealth in the hands of one individual can be “badge of deceit.”
Three charges against Chauvin were ruled true by the jury in April. Handcuffs were placed on Chauvin and he was escorted out of the courtroom. He’ll be in jail until June, when his sentence hearing is expected to take place.
Who is Kellie Chauvin?
Mrs. Chauvin was born in Laos, but in 1977, she and her family were forced to flee the nation as refugees, making the journey to Thailand when she was only three years old. Their time in a refugee camp was short, and they eventually settled in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, in the United States.
Mrs. Chauvin was teased as a kid because she couldn’t read and write English as well as her peers.
“They say ‘land of the free,’ but I still didn’t feel like we were free,” Mrs Chauvin previously said in an interview with the Twin Cities Pioneer Press. “We didn’t know English. My parents didn’t want us leaving the house because they didn’t trust the world. You land into this brand-new world and you don’t know what to expect, and so we were always kept inside.”
Mrs. Chauvin’s parents arranged her marriage before she turned 18 because she was a Hmong woman. After 10 years of marriage and two children, she filed for divorce, citing domestic violence as the reason.
Mrs. Chauvin relocated to Minnesota after her divorce and completed an associate degree programme in radiography there. As her internship progressed into a full-time career, she eventually settled on Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis.
In 2018, Mrs. Chauvin became the first Hmong woman to earn the title of Mrs. Minnesota, which garnered her widespread media attention.
Is Chauvin Married?
She married Kujay Xiong when she was only 17 years old, in an arranged union. They had only casually gotten to know one another. According to Kellie, “As a Hmong woman, if you’re not married by 18 … then your parents think that nobody will marry you,” Her first marriage ended in divorce following ten years of abuse by her ex-husband.
Kellie’s first marriage produced two children. She relocated to Minnesota following her divorce from her husband. After deciding to become a full-time mom, the woman chose to go back to school and acquire an associate’s degree in radiography. Her internship in the emergency room at Minneapolis’s Hennepin County Medical Center quickly turned into a full-time job, and she stayed there for the better part of a decade.
After leaving her job in healthcare, she started working as a real estate agent for RE/MAX Results.
How Did Kellie Meet Derek Chauvin?
When she worked at Minneapolis’s Hennepin County Medical Center, she met Derek Chauvin gaze when he brought a patient in for a checkup before being arrested. Love blossomed between them after their chance encounter. These two tied the knot back in 2010. Soon after being named Mrs. Minnesota in 2018, Kellie gave a newspaper interview in which she painted a vivid portrait of their happy relationship.
She told the St Paul Pioneer Press, “Under that uniform, he’s just a softie. He’s such a gentleman. He still opens the door for me, still puts my coat on for me. After my [previous] divorce, I had a list of must-haves if I were ever to be in a relationship, and he fit all of them.”
After making the trip to Florida in 2011, the couple initially settled into a $200,000 townhouse in Windermere. The year 2020 saw an increase in its worth to almost $249,000 from the previous year. The couple invested another $260,000 in a home in Oakdale, Minnesota in 2017, which they ultimately sold for $279,000.
Why Did She Gave Divorce to Derek?
Kellie Chauvin filed for divorce from Derek on May 28th, just three days after Floyd’s horrible murder. She filed divorce papers citing a “irretrievable breakdown” in their relationship as the reason for the split.
Furthermore, she did not ask for monetary damages in the divorce. According to the paperwork, “[the] respondent is completely capable of supporting herself.” According to the documents, both Kellie and her ex-husband agreed to forego any future claims for “temporary or permanent spousal support.”
Kellie stated her primary goal is to strike out on her own, and she is also changing her last name to do so. She did not specify which of her former names, Kellie May Thao or Kellie May Xiong, she intended to use going forward, but the petition stated, “She is seeking a name change exclusively because of her marriage breakdown.” Kellie Chauvin “is currently unemployed,” but she “is self-supporting” and “is not in need of spousal maintenance,” according to the divorce documents.