The Thorn Birds star, 76, and manager/producer Martin Rabbett, who wed in 1984, have split over Chamberlain’s plans to dedicate the rest of his life to acting, according to U.S. publication the Globe.
A source tells the tabloid, “Martin served as Richard’s manager for years, but getting older and being out in Hawaii for so long, he really didn’t have the connections to make a big push for Richard.”
Chamberlain reportedly moved back to Los Angeles after his new managers found him a collection of roles, including a thief in hit TV drama Leverage and a priest in a new independent movie.
But friends insist the actor will become very lonely without his longtime partner by his side.
One pal tells the Globe, “He thinks his work will make him complete, but it’s never been enough for him.”