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Everything to Know About Danny Masterson's Wife, Bijou Phillips

Danny Masterson and Bijou Phillips married in 2011 and Phillips filed for divorce in September 2023

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Danny Masterson and Bijou Phillips are parting ways after more than a decade of marriage.

In September 2023, Phillips filed for divorce, according to TMZ, after Masterson was convicted of rape.

"Ms. Phillips has decided to file for divorce from her husband during this unfortunate time. Her priority remains with her daughter," Phillips' lawyer, Peter A. Lauzon, told the outlet.

The couple — who have also worked together in projects including 2009's Made for Each Other — dated for eight years before tying the knot in October 2011. They welcomed their only child together in February 2014.

Phillips was by Masterson's side during his trial for rape, where he was sentenced to 30 years to life in prison on Sept. 7, 2023, after being found guilty on two counts of rape. She was in the courtroom — alongside members of Masterson’s family — for the sentencing, according to Variety.

Following the sentencing, the actress was "distraught," a source told PEOPLE. “She has had a very difficult time since the conviction."

Here's what to know about Masterson's wife, Bijou Phillips.

Related: Bijou Phillips Is 'Distraught' After Husband Danny Masterson's Rape Sentencing — but Has 'No Plans' to Divorce: Source

She’s the daughter of rock icon John Phillips

<p>Yvonne Hemsey/Getty</p> John Phillips with daughter Bijou in 1980

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John Phillips with daughter Bijou in 1980

Phillips is the daughter of John Phillips, the frontman of The Mamas and the Papas. Her mom is South African model and singer Geneviève Waïte, who was John's third wife. Together, they welcomed Phillips on April 1, 1980 in Greenwich, Connecticut.

Phillips has an older brother named Tamerlane, as well as three half-siblings — Mackenzie, Jeffrey and Chynna — from her dad's previous marriages.

In 1985, Phillips' parents divorced. In 2001, John died of heart failure. In 2019, Waïte "passed away in her sleep," Phillips confirmed in a statement exclusively obtained by PEOPLE at the time.

“She was a beautiful soul, and born from another planet," Phillips said of her mom. "Her ideas, her songs, her voice, and her heart beat to a beautiful African rhythm no one else had and I am so thankful she was able to share it. She was a light, a fairy, and a gift of a creature."

Phillips continued, "The lyrics she wrote on her album were timeless and smart. Her mind was poetry and wit, her sense of humor was quick and dry. She was like a child in a way, who was too smart for her own good.”

She modeled early in her career

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As the daughter of a rock legend, Phillips was introduced to the entertainment industry at an early age, and that exposure led to her becoming a model as a teenager.

In an interview with Howard Stern in 2000, Phillips recalled her introduction to the modeling industry, explaining how she was scouted at a horseback riding show. The first gig she booked was the cover of Interview Magazine around age 13.

However, she said she "only did it for about three months," going on to explain the choice her father gave her. "I was like 13," she said. "And my dad was like, 'You can go to New York and model or you can stay in boarding school.'"

In addition to gracing the front of Interview Magazine, Phillips also booked the cover of Vogue Italia in 1995. She also appeared in several Calvin Klein campaigns, among shooting for other publications including Playboy.

Related: Danny Masterson Gets Sentence of 30 Years to Life in Prison for Raping 2 Women

She signed a record deal at age 17

Jesse Grant/Getty Images Bijou Phillips
Jesse Grant/Getty Images Bijou Phillips

Like her parents, Phillips pursued a career in music. At 17 years old, she signed a record deal with Almo Sounds and released her debut album I'd Rather Eat Glass in May 1999. The 12-track body of work remains Phillips' only full-length music release to date.

She’s a television and film actress

<p>Dreamworks/THA/Shutterstock</p> Anna Paquin, Fairuza Balk and Bijou Phillips in "Almost Famous"

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Anna Paquin, Fairuza Balk and Bijou Phillips in "Almost Famous"

Following her foray into music, Phillips took up acting, starting with Sugar Town, an independent film released in 1999.

That same year, Phillips nabbed her first major movie role in James Toback's drama Black and White. Her costars included Robert Downey Jr.Jared LetoBrooke Shields and Elijah Wood. In 2000, she was cast in Cameron Crowe's semi-biographical musical hit Almost Famous, appearing opposite Kate Hudson and Billy Crudup in the Oscar-nominated film.

In addition to the silver screen, Phillips landed several TV gigs as well. Among them include FOX's sitcom Raising HopeHawaii Five-0 and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Her last credit was in 2013, according to her bio on IMDb.

She wed Masterson in October 2011

<p>Brad Washburn/FilmMagic</p> Danny Masterson and Bijou Phillips in 2005

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Danny Masterson and Bijou Phillips in 2005

Phillips and Masterson dated for eight years before tying the knot in October 2011. They wed at a private castle in Ireland.

Related: Bijou Phillips 'Shocked' by Husband Danny Masterson's Rape Conviction, But Won't Leave Him: Source

She and Masterson have one child together

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Tibrina Hobson/Getty

Phillips and Masterson welcomed their daughter, Fianna Francis, on Feb. 14, 2014. They announced the news on Instagram.

“Hello friends. Beyond thrilled to announce the birth of our daughter Fianna Francis Masterson! Mom and baby are doing amazing. You can all refer to me as dj dadpants from now on,” Masterson wrote.

In October 2023, Masterson signed over full legal and physical custody of Fianna to his estranged wife.

She supported Masterson during his trial

Phillips was present in the courtroom at Masterson's trial for rape, where he was sentenced to 30 years to life in prison on Sept. 7, 2023, after being found guilty on two counts of rape in May.

The actress was “distraught” after her husband's prison sentence.

She filed for divorce from Danny Masterson in September 2023

Phillips filed for divorce in a California court in September 2023, according to TMZ.

"This period has been unimaginably hard on the marriage and the family. Mr. Masterson was always present for Ms. Phillips during her most difficult times of her life. Ms. Phillips acknowledges that Mr. Masterson is a wonderful father to their daughter," her lawyer, Peter A. Lauzon, told the outlet.

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