Who knew that picture of Alan Thicke and his third wife Tanya Callau at Family Feud would foreshadow what was to be. Five months after Alan Thicke died, his family is feuding over his money. The Hollywood Reporter says that Robin Thicke and his older brother Brennan Thicke are taking Tanya to court over his estate and accusing her of trying to get her paws on their dad’s money.
Robin and Brennan filed a petition yesterday in a Los Angeles court to enforce his living trust. Or as they worded it, to protect the memory of their father and his legacy from the “avarice and overreaching of his third wife, Tanya Callau.”
When Alan passed, his property and assets were divided as follows: Alan’s three sons (Brennan, Robin, and Carter) were left equal shares of a ranch near Santa Barbara, 75% of his personal items, and 60% of his remaining estate. Tanya was left the ranch’s furnishings, 25% of his personal items, a $500,000 life insurance policy, death benefits, and 40% of his remaining estate. He also stipulated Tanya could live at the ranch, so long as she paid for its expenses and took care of the property. Alan reportedly updated his living trust periodically, the most recent update was in February 2016.
Tanya was allegedly ok with every update and change, but isn’t anymore. Robin and Brennan allege that Tanya is insisting the prenup she signed when she married Alan back in 2005 is invalid, as well as the trust. They say in their petition:
“Now that Alan is dead, Tanya claims there are numerous problems with the Trust and the Prenuptial Agreement. Tanya asserts that there is no chance the prenup could withstand legal challenge and that she has very significant community rights in the Trust’s assets and rights of reimbursement with respect to improvements to the Ranch.”
Tanya is also allegedly crying “Marvin Rights.” According to the petition, Tanya claims her acting career was cut short so she could focus on being Alan’s wife. Well at least her career ended on a high note. Who of us could forget her portrayal as Spanish Wedding Guest in The Princess Diaries 2?
Robin and Brennan, who became the co-trustees of Alan’s living trust after his brother Todd declined the role, also accuse Tanya of threatening to turn their legal fight into “tabloid publicity” unless they give her what she wants. Tanya’s lawyer Adam Streisand released a statement to THR slapping back at Robin and Brennan’s accusations and accuse them of launching a smear campaign against her.
“Tanya Thicke has never threatened to take private family matters public and she never has. It is clear that Alan’s sons have chosen this distasteful public smear tactic to bully Tanya, by stirring up the tabloid media, filing a bogus lawsuit, and refusing family mediation. Tanya is still grieving the death of her beloved husband and out of respect for Alan’s memory intends to handle his son’s false statements privately.”
Is Tanya surprised Robin would take their drama public? Handling things privately isn’t really how Robin does things. For example, when his marriage to Paula Patton imploded, he aired out all the dirty details in an album. Tanya should be thankful all he did was file a lawsuit; he could have released a dance song called She’s Thirsty (For Cash).