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Richard 🎃 Spencer @RichardBSpencer
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Nina Kouprianova and I have known each other for close to ten years, and we have been married for over eight. We have brought two wonderful children into the world, something of which we are both immensely proud.
We have published two books together, including one this fall, along with many other collaborative projects.
Since last summer, we have lived apart and are in the process of obtaining a divorce. Throughout 2016, I separated from her on three different occasions; we attempted reconciliation as many times. This past year, it became clear that our union simply could not continue.
This experience has been emotionally stressful for all involved. It is one reason why I have temporarily stepped away from full-time publishing and activism.
Most importantly, it is stressful for our two children, who have done nothing wrong and are victimized by this becoming public.
Our divorce is also a private matter, and I made every effort to keep it that way. But now that it has been reported on by Buzzfeed (followed by countless other outlets), I can no longer stay silent.
I continue to respect Nina and value her as the mother of our children. I know that she loves both children and cares for them.
She has, however, engaged in a combination of cherry-picking, inflating or distorting of facts, and, in some cases, gross mis-characterizations of me in her filing.
Since 2016, she has been secretly recording our arguments, in hope of memorializing unkind, regrettable words that could be used to harm me in a situation like this.
Needless to say, nasty things Nina has said and done throughout our marriage have been omitted.
It is not uncommon for accusations like the ones Nina has made to appear in a divorce proceeding, whether to secure custody of children or money, or simply to exact revenge.
But to judge me as a man, husband, and father by these accusations — and not look at the entirety of our life together — is morally and factually wrong.
As this process goes on, I will talk about the truth. I will not, however, engage in any mud-slinging at the mother of my children.
After these alleged events occurred, Nina elected to continue in the marriage, have and raise children with me, publicly defend me, launch publishing projects, and more. As late as August of this past year, Nina pleaded in writing that I return to her and continue the marriage.
At no point during our time living together did Nina seek recourse with the police, child protective services, or any governmental organization, to my knowledge.
Indeed, it was I who called the police recently, when I visited my children (while Nina was away) and was harassed by a middle-aged baby-sitter (apparently in league with Nina), who was secretly recording my interactions with her.
It should be noted I have attempted to make this as seamless as possible for the children and Nina, giving them continuity with their living situation. Further, we celebrated holidays this past year together as a family. And I could go on.
The suggestion that she was ever in a dangerous or abusive situation over the past decade is false. The man depicted in her filings simply isn’t me.
I have sought, and continue to seek, an amicable end to the marriage through mediation, and tried to focus on the two people who are most important, our children.
My counsel has requested, multiple times, to have the divorce file sealed to avoid this exact situation. These motions were seconded by Nina’s representative, which leads me to believe that Nina did not want her filings made public and did not push them on the press.
It’s also important to remember that Montana law does not consider political or cultural beliefs criteria for determining a parenting plan or what is in a child’s best interest.
I value Nina as a person and mother. Despite the end of our marriage, she and I will continue to work together as parents to do what is best for our children.
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