Rose Porteous has applied to divorce her husband of 20 years, real estate high flier Willie Porteous, the man she married three months after the death of then-husband Lang Hancock.
“Rose has seen her lawyers, signed the papers and the application will be processed this Monday. Rose says there’s no going back. She now wants to live alone,” says a close family friend.
When telephoned at her Nedlands home by The Starfish, Rose, 63, confirmed that she was divorcing, saying, “Yes, it’s true, but I have no further comment.”
Late Monday lawyers for Rose confirmed to The Starfish that she had commenced divorce proceedings.
“Today divorce papers have been lodged with teh Family Court of Western Australia on behlaf of Ms Porteous,” said a representative from Perth firm, HHG Legal Group. “That’s all we can say at this stage.”
According to the family friend, “There’s no other parties involved. The two have irretrievable differences. Rose just wants to live a quiet life in Perth, spending time with her daughter Joanna and grandchildren and her beloved three poodles, Denis, Lulu and Snoopy.”
Flamboyant Filipina Rose was 36 when she controversially married Lang, 39 years her senior, on July 6, 1985.
The marriage famously upset Lang’s only child, Gina Rinehart, who made no secret of her dislike for Rose, who she’d employed as the housekeeper.
The family friend tells The Starfish, “We hate seeing Rose referred to as a former housemaid. She was only a housekeeper for three weeks and then she got fired by Gina. She’s actually from a prominent Lacson clan in the Phillipines and a very smart woman, a university graduate of English literature with a minor in philosophy and psychology.”
After Lang died in March, 1992, Gina fought her stepmother in the courtroom over the circumstances leading to his death, and the distribution of his estate.
When Gina was recently pronounced the world’s richest woman, Rose, now a semi-recluse, was thrust back into the limelight, as Gina’s life and her past has come under the microscope.
The Starfish has attempted to contact Willie Porteous, one of Perth most high-profile real estate agents, but so far he has not commented.
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