Sixteen years after a headline-grabbing scandal in which Rolling Stone founder Jann Wenner (pictured) left his wife, Jane, for another rman (hunky former Calvin Klein model Matthew Nye), tongues are wagging again over this nonconventional trio — and New York’s new same-sex marriage law may be why. Though Wenner and Nye moved in together, had three children, and share homes in several states, Jann and Jane Wenner (who have three sons together) never officially divorced. Now, according to the New York Post, Jane has finally filed for divorce from Jann, whose empire also includes Men’s Journal and Us Weekly.
The reaction among investors and magazine employees is concern. Sources tell the Post’s Keith Kelly that the move means the Wenners — who own Wenner Media LLC together — will sell the company and divide the assets.
Pundits have long argued that the couple remained married because selling the company was “just too complicated.”
“He’s 65 now. What’s the point of keeping [the empire],” mused one ex-associate of a possible sale. “None of the kids are going to run it. I know he still enjoys Rolling Stone, but he spends a lot of time at his home in Sun Valley.”
Even so, Wenner is responsible for launching some of the great journalistic careers, like those of Hunter S. Thompson, Cameron Crowe, and lesbian photographer Annie Leibovitz (who was a 20-something student in San Francisco when Wenner discovered her).
Some say Jane filed for divorce so that Wenner and Nye could finally marry — something now legal for same-sex couples to do in New York.