(ATLANTA) — There’s speculation that celebrity chef Paula Deen may be whipping up something special for her husband of 11 years — a divorce.
According to the New York Post‘s Page Six, Deen signed over the deed of their three-bedroom, three-bathroom Savannah, Georgia mansion to her husband, Michael Groover earlier this year.
Court records, obtained by the paper, said the transfer is “for and in consideration of her natural love and affection for her husband.”
The estate transfer sparked rumors that the 5,646-square-foot property, estimated to be worth $1.3 million, could be part of a secret divorce settlement.
A spokesman for Deen denied these claims: “These rumors are completely false — they have a wonderful marriage. This deed of gift was just a part of Paula’s estate-planning process.” The spokesman added Deen’s latest cookbook, Paula Deen Cuts the Fat, is even dedicated to her husband.
The couple bought the home in 2004 and is the stage for Deen’s cooking show.
The southern cooking powerhouse, who was the center of scandal over her use of a racial slur directed at one of her employees in 2013, has faced divorce rumors before. That same year, there were speculations that her husband had a secret mistress, but he strongly denied an affair.
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