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Lindsey Buckingham has split from his wife Kristen Messner after 21 years of marriage.

The 71-year-old Fleetwood Mac star married Kristen in 2000 and she has now reportedly filed documents to dissolve their marriage.

TMZ has reported that divorce proceedings have begun in Los Angeles County.

The couple married share daughters Leelee, 21, Stella, 17, and son William, 22.

According to the US site, Lindsey first met Kristen when she photographed him for the cover of his solo album in the late 90s.

Lindsey was 51 when he married Kristen and he has given thanks previously for having the 'luck' to find someone to share his days at that stage in his lifetime.

Lindsey Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac and wife Kristen in 2008
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Speaking to Las Vegas Review-Journal previously, Lindsey said: "I had a lot of crazy girlfriends, and a lot of that was just an outgrowth of the lifestyle we were all leading.

"I did see a lot of friends who were parents and spouses — back in previous decades — who weren't really there and kind of screwed up their kids and were not there for their family situations.

"So I waited and I was lucky enough to meet someone relatively late… it's worked out really well. I got all that other garbage out of the way."

Lindsey Buckingham was married to Kristen for 21 years
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After two stints in Fleetwood Mac, from 1975 to 1987 and again from 1997, the guitarist was then fired from the band in 2018.

Lindsey filed a lawsuit alleging the band were in breach of fiduciary duty and breach of oral contract.

They settled the lawsuit but Kristen told Rolling Stone in 2018 the this had left her feeling "sad".

She said: "I was thinking, 'How did they get here?'

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Mick Fleetwood has since said that he would love to see Lindsey play with the band again, after reconciling, but said that it was improbable that a reunion would happen.

He said: 'Strange things can happen. I look at Fleetwood Mac as a huge family.

"Everyone plays an important role in our history, even someone like [early '70s] guitarist Bob Welch, who was huge and sometimes gets forgotten."

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