Captain & Tennille star Daryl Dragon has been left baffled by his wife's decision to file for divorce, insisting he "can't figure it out". The hitmaking couple behind 1970s chart smash Love Will Keep Us Together recently hit headlines after Toni Tennille moved to end their marriage weeks after their 39-year anniversary, but former Beach Boys keyboardist Dragon admits her actions have left him heartbroken - especially because they are still living together in Arizona.
The 71 year old, who suffers from a Parkinson's-like neurological condition, tells U.S. tabloid the National Enquirer, "This divorce was Toni's idea. I can't figure it out. She says she's divorcing me for 'spiritual reasons'. But she also says over time her philosophical beliefs have changed and that our values have changed. But she hasn't been any clearer than that.
"Despite this, I still love Toni. We are not planning on selling the home, but things are changing by the day. It is frightening."
Captain & Tennille, the hitmaking couple behind 1970s smash-hit Love Will Keep Us Together, have split. Toni Tennille, real name Cathryn Antoinette Tennille, has filed for divorce from her songwriting partner husband Daryl Dragon in Prescott, Arizona.
The retired couple became lovers while touring with The Beach Boys in the early 1970s and wed in 1974, just before Love Will Keep Us Together launched their Grammy-winning pop career.
Captain & Tennille's hits also included Do That to Me One More Time and Muskrat Love.
They also hosted their own TV variety series in the mid 1970s.
Singer Toni Tennille has found a new calling after training her pooch to become a therapy dog and becoming a volunteer at an Arizona hospital. The Captain & Tennille star and her Australian shepherd Smoky cheer up patients once a week at the Yavapai Regional Medical Center in Prescott as part of the Pets Are Warm Support programme.
A source tells the National Enquirer, "Every Thursday that Toni is in town, she and Smoky show up at the centre to visit the patients. Toni is a real sweetheart. She's generous and gives freely of her time. Her dog is super-friendly, and very well-behaved, and whenever they are in the building, they light up the place.
"Sometimes patients are a bit taken back - insisting they know Toni from somewhere... Most patients eventually figure out who she is."
And the Grammy Award winner sometimes even performs during her visits.