Why Did Jenna Ellis and Her Ex-husband David Rives Separate? Read Both Sides of the Story
Jenna Ellis and her ex-husband David Rives, a television host and podcaster, reportedly separated in August 2019.
Later that year in December, a Twitter user posted a screenshot of since-deleted Ellis' Facebook post where the lawyer stated the reason for her separation.
In the post, Ellis explained that her ex-husband's ignorance towards the church authority and lack of accountability towards their married life led them to divorce.
@TheDavidRives Care to share your side of the story of your separation from Jenna Ellis? You are the second marriage that lasted less than a year for her, but she claims to be pro-family, pro-Trump and is one of his chief #FoxNews defenders. #JennaRives #EvangelicalHypocrisy pic.twitter.com/GYz4OA6nwx — Shine The Light (@ShineTh51084988) December 31, 2019
"As you know, my husband David Rives chose to Separate in August. He refuses all church authority, accountability, or biblical counseling for some very critical issues," she wrote.
Ellis further disclosed that Rives had been under a “Matthew 18 process” from a Christian ministry for over five months at the time.
The 36-year-old attorney also highlighted her reasons for sharing the post, stating, “It is time to walk in truth openly and that the body of Christ should encourage my husband toward truth and God, especially because he claims to be in ministry leadership and is ignoring his Christian duty in many respects.”
That particular statement suggested that she had problems with Rives because he was not a true Christian and did not uphold his duties to the religion he was affiliated to.
Interestingly, the snap showed that the former deputy district attorney's name on Facebook was still Jenna Rives and not Jenna Ellis.
Jenna Ellis (right) and her ex-husband, David Rives (middle), on their wedding day (Photo: Facebook)
In contrast, Rives had a different story to tell about his separation when the same Twitter user asked him to clarify his side of the story.
The TBN host replied to that tweet almost a year later on December 2, 2020, stating Ellis posted that story after "second or third edit." He claimed that his ex-wife had previously blamed her pastor for telling her to post that made-up reasons in her first draft.
Rives further shared that the same pastor had told the author he had never advised Ellis to separate from him. "The pastor told me he never advised her in that way," he said.
Some people you don’t truly know until they try to take you down.
In another tweet, in August 2020, Rives had also revealed that Ellis had blocked him months ago.
Rives and Ellis got engaged in April 2019 and tied the knot the same year in June.
Rives hosts TBN's weekly TV show Creation in the 21st Century and contributes as a weekly news columnist on science and the Bible. Meanwhile, Ellis serves as an attorney and hosts the podcast Just The Truth.