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The Michelle Kwan-Clay Pell divorce doesn’t sound amicable

Clay Pell and Michelle Kwan in Providence in 2014.Stephan Savoia/AP/File

As we told you a few weeks ago, former Olympic figure skater Michelle Kwan and her husband, Clay Pell, the grandson of the late Rhode Island Senator Claiborne Pell, are divorcing. What we didn’t know is that Kwan didn’t get a heads-up about the divorce.

The Providence Journal, citing court documents, reports that Kwan “learned that [Pell] had filed for divorce in California by means of a ‘Tweet’ on March 29, 2017 and shortly thereafter from the online copy of an article published in the New York Daily News.”

And that’s not all.

According to the ProJo, Kwan has asked the court to order Pell not to stay at — and to remove his belongings from — a house the couple is remodeling in Newport. Pell, she said, has kept an air mattress at the house and suitcases marked “Pell.” The couple purchased the four-bedroom home in 2014 for $1.5 million.


Both sides have said “irreconcilable differences” caused the split. Kwan, who received a master’s degree at Tufts’ Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy after her skating career ended, wants the California case dismissed, and instead have the matter settled in Rhode Island, where she had been a resident. Kwan and Pell, a former national security staffer in the Obama White House and a onetime Rhode Island gubernatorial candidate, met in 2011 and married in 2013 in Providence.