Former child star Drake Bell reportedly splits from wife after concerning behaviour with young son
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Former Nickelodeon star Drake Bell has reportedly separated from his wife Janet Von Schmeling after five years of marriage.
The news of the pair’s separation comes after some odd behaviour by Bell, 36, recently, in which he was filmed and photographed sucking on balloons while parked in a car park with his young son.
Page Six reports that Bell is also set to enter treatment. This news is yet to be verified by a representative for Bell.
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Bell, who is best known as the star of Nickelodeon’s children’s show, Drake & Joshmarried Von Schmeling secretly in 2018 and only revealed their marriage in July 2021.
Bell made the revelation on Twitter, in which he also revealed the pair share a baby son.
Now a source to Page Six reports that Bell and Von Schmeling are heading for divorce.
“They had some incredible, beautiful times before,” the source said. “He needs to focus on being healthy, and they’ll be great co-parents in the future.”
“It’s a bad moment in time for Drake,” they added. “But he is a great dad when he is healthy and sober.”
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Von Schmeling is a model and actress, who has appeared in B-grade films like Dawning of the Dead and Just Jenna.
The news of Bell’s odd public behaviour with his son comes after he pleaded guilty to two criminal counts of attempted child endangerment and disseminating matters harmful to juveniles in 2021, from an incident in 2017.
Bell was sentenced to two years of probation and 200 hours of community service for his actions.
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In 2020, Bell’s ex-girlfriend Melissa Lingafelt (who also goes by the name Jimi Ono) claimed that he had been verbally and physically abusive to her. Bell later denied these claims.
“I never abused my ex-girlfriend or did so many of the other things Melissa falsely claimed on her TikTok video,” Bell told Variety at the time.
“As our relationship ended – more than a decade ago – we, unfortunately, both called each other terrible names, as often happens when couples are breaking up. But that is it,” he added.
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