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November 2, 2007: Love Devotion Ender

Carlos Santana's wife of 34 years files for divorce.

by Jeffrey Cottrill

Court documents have revealed that rocker Carlos Santana's wife has filed for divorce after 34 years of marriage, according to the Marin Independent Journal.

Deborah Santana, who is also the Mexican-born guitarist's business partner, cited irreconcilable differences in papers filed on October 19. Carlos Santana's publicist, Michael Jensen, told the Journal that the divorce proceeding is "a private matter and there is no comment."

The Santanas have three children, whose ages range from 17 to 23. They live in San Rafael, California, just north of San Francisco.

The couple's past problems are already public. Deborah Santana wrote and published a memoir in 2005 called Space Between the Stars, in which she described her husband as being unfaithful to her. Shortly after the book came out, the musician admitted to the press that he'd made mistakes.

"I sincerely apologized to her and to my kids when I wasn't in my right mind and did something hurtful," Santana said in 2005, according to the Associated Press. "It has helped me become more humble and to try harder to be the man she wants me to be."

In 2000, Santana described his wife in a Rolling Stone interview as his "guiding light." He also credited her with having restructured his business life in 1994, saying that he would "probably be a hobo" otherwise. The couple founded a not-for-profit organization called the Milagro Foundation, which helps underprivileged children, and have recently announced plans to open a new chain of Mexican restaurants in the Bay Area.

Santana, 60, whose 1970s hit songs with the Santana Blues Band include "Black Magic Woman," "Evil Ways," "She's Not There," and "Oye Como Va," achieved a major comeback in 1999 with his album Supernatural. The album went fifteen-times platinum and won nine Grammys.

Infidelity is a very common problem in many marriages and, while the Santanas' relationship survived many past affairs, their marriage may have finally run its course. Still, many couples can overcome unfaithfulness. For answers to frequently asked questions about infidelity from two couples-counseling experts, click here.

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