McMillan has filed for divorce from the man who inspired the
1996 novel How Stella Got Her Groove Back, which
chronicled the romantic adventures of a 40-something
woman who falls for a guy half her age.
In papers filed in Contra Costa County,
Calif., superior court, McMillan, 53, says she
decided to end her 6 1/2-year marriage to Jonathan
Plummer, 30, after learning he is gay. The revelation led
her to conclude that Plummer married her only to get
his U.S. citizenship, she said. McMillan met Plummer
at a Jamaican resort a decade ago. "It was devastating
to discover that a relationship I had publicized to the
world as life-affirming and built on mutual love was
actually based on deceit," she said in court papers.
"I was humiliated."
In response, Plummer maintained that McMillan
has treated him with "homophobic" scorn bordering on
harassment since he came out to her as gay just before
Christmas. McMillan is seeking to have the marriage
annulled; Plummer has asked the court to set aside a
prenuptial agreement that would prevent him from
getting spousal support.
McMillan filed for divorce in January, but news
of the split didn't surface until this week, when it
was first reported in a San Francisco Chronicle
gossip column. Earlier this month a judge ordered McMillan
to pay Plummer $2,000 a month in spousal support and $25,000
in attorney's fees until the case comes back to court
McMillan's latest novel, The Interruption of
Everything, is scheduled to hit store shelves next
month. It plots the mid-life adventures of a married
mother of three who is questioning her comfortable
suburban life. McMillan said she did not plan to let a
divorce "detract from the many blessings in her life,"
according to a statement released through her
publicist. Plummer's attorney could not immediately be
reached for comment. (AP)