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Us Weekly: Jurnee Smollett of 'Friday Night Lights' Files for Divorce from Josiah Bell after Almost a Decade of Marriage

Claudine Varela
Mar 30, 2020
05:19 A.M.
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Jussie Smollet's sister, actress Jurnee Smollett and her husband, Josiah Bell have called it quits. A source has confirmed that said they're filing for divorce. 


Jurnee Smollet’s ten-year marriage to Josiah Bell is over. US Weekly confirmed the news and revealed that the couple is headed for divorce.

According to a source for the publication, legal papers were filed by the “Birds of Prey” star last week to dissolve her marriage to her musician husband. They wed in 2013 and share a three-year-old son named Hunter.

Josiah Bell and Jurnee Smollett at the premiere of the second season of "Underground" in February 2017. | Photo: Getty Images


Their reason for divorce has not been revealed but it appears their last social media post about each other was in October.  Josiah greeted his wife a happy birthday and referred to him as his “QUEEN” and “goddess.” Jurnee replied by reposting his tribute.

Jurnee is the sister of actor Jussie Smollett who was famously accused of staging a homophobic assault against himself in January 2019.


The “Friday Night Lights” alum once spoke fondly of her union with Josiah in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter in 2013. She raved about their strong foundation having been friends first before they began dating. However, she also spoke of the challenge of making a relationship work.

“I think as human beings we try to hide our flaws and try to present this perfect person, this person we wish we were to our spouse when that causes so many troubles.”


Jurnee is the sister of actor Jussie Smollett who was famously accused of staging a homophobic assault against himself in January 2019. He was originally charged with 16 counts of felony for the alleged hoax attack but the charges were dropped two months later.

However, he was indicted again by a special prosecutor this February for six felony counts of disorderly conduct in relation to the case. He pled not guilty to the charges.

Siblings Jussie Smollett and Jurnee Smollett-Bell at the red carpet of the 2018 Essence Black Women in Hollywood Oscars Luncheon. | Photo: Getty Images


Jurnee defended her brother last year by blaming the media for painting Jussie as a criminal instead of a victim. She delivered her message through a quote from Malcolm X.

“If you aren’t careful, the media will have you hating the people who are being oppressed and loving the people who are doing the oppressing.”

Jussie is currently on quarantine like the rest of the world. A few days ago, he shared a clip serenading his followers with a song and reminding them to stay safe and “spread love and kindness.”