Jean-Claude Van Damme not divorcing wife

Los Angeles, June 2 (IANS) Actor Jean-Claude Van Damme says he and his wife Gladys Portugues Van Varenberg are no longer getting divorced and their relationship is as “strong” as before.

The couple, who have grown-up children Kristopher and Bianca together, filed a petition to end their 15-year marriage in March, but the 54-year-old actor insists they have now put their problems behind them.

“The JCVD family are still strong, the wife is strong, the kids are strong. There’s so much divorce around the world and it’s very bad for the children, that’s the problem. Couples have to work through their stuff together no matter what, they have to grow,” Van Damme told

The 54-year-old actor, who was previously married to Van Varenberg from 1987 to 1992 before remarrying her in 1999 after his marriage to Darcy LaPier broke down, claimed staying together would even benefit the US.

He added: “I’ve divorced before and it’s not funny for the children or the parents or even the country. People have to stick together like in the old times, it will make America look very strong and the value will come back.”

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