Derek Chauvin's ex-wife says he 'ruined her life' but she supports bid to overturn conviction

"It ruined my life. But I'm doing good. It's just something that you have to deal with," says Kellie Chauvin, whose ex-husband was found guilt of murdering George Floyd.

Published: February 6, 2023 1:52pm

Updated: February 6, 2023 3:07pm

Derek Chauvin's ex-wife said the former Minneapolis police officer "ruined" her life, but she is "doing good" now after filing for divorce, changing her name and fleeing from Minnesota, but she still supports her ex-husband's bid to overturn his conviction.

Kellie Chauvin, a 48-year-old former beauty pageant queen, has remained quiet since Chauvin knelt on George Floyd's neck for more than nine minutes, resulting in his death and sparking nationwide protests. 

"Have I been in contact with him? No, I've moved on," Chauvin told the for an article published Monday after the outlet tracked her down in Wisconsin. 

Speaking about the incident about Floyd and her husband, Chauvin said: "It ruined my life. But I'm doing good. It's just something that you have to deal with. I don't know how you found me, this isn't even my house." However, she also said she has been unable to find work due to threats.

Chauvin was sentenced to more than two decades in prison for murder, manslaughter and federal charge for violating Floyd's civil rights. Last month, he appealed the state convictions, arguing that he was unable to receive a fair trial.

When asked about whether she supports Chauvin's appeal, his ex-wife also told the Mail, "Most definitely." 

The reporter followed up by asking whether she thought the trial was unfair, and she said, "Definitely."

She declined to answer any more questions after the reporter asked her whether she felt Derek Chauvin was racist. 

"I think you're trying to get into some questions that I don't want to answer. I'm sorry, I can't say more," she said as she went back inside the home. 

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