Attorneys for Grammy-winning musician Kenny G on Friday filed authorized paperwork demanding that his ex-wife agree to finish the $40,000-a-month he has been paying her, with the saxophonist arguing he can now not afford it.

The 66-year-old musician, born in Seattle as Kenneth Gorelick, was married to Lyndie Benson for 21 years.

The couple divorced in 2013 and he agreed to pay her the hefty month-to-month payment.

However in September 2021 he filed paperwork arguing he might now not hold sending her cash, and on Friday, with the case unresolved, his legal professionals served Benson’s attorneys.

‘Kenny, who’s now 65 years previous, has been paying spousal help to Lyndie for greater than 9 years,’ the unique paperwork state.

Kenny G is pictured in July 2021 on his bike in his Malibu neighborhood. He is fighting to end spousal support, arguing that he can no longer afford it

Kenny G is pictured in July 2021 on his bike in his Malibu neighborhood. He’s preventing to finish spousal help, arguing that he can now not afford it

The musician and his wife Lyndie Benson are seen at home in June 1992

The musician and his spouse Lyndie Benson are seen at house in June 1992

‘Kenny is a Grammy award successful saxophonist with an extended profitable profession and greater than 15 albums.

‘Nonetheless, as defined within the accompanying declaration of Kenny, for the final 2-3 years Kenny’s touring alternatives, the place he earns essentially the most revenue, haven’t solely declined however his share of earnings from the excursions have additionally declined.

‘Kenny’s revenue has considerably declined steadily since 2018.’

His authorized workforce – headed by high-profile divorce lawyer Laura Wasser – didn’t specify how a lot the musician was value.

On the time of his divorce, he was broadly reported to be value $50 million.

He has paid his ex-wife $3.9 million since 2013, his legal professionals famous.

‘Lyndie is 57 years previous, and, so far as Kenny is aware of, in good well being’ his legal professionals wrote of their preliminary criticism.

‘Lyndie has refused to turn out to be totally self-supporting for nearly 10 years.

‘Kenny mustn’t should proceed to bear the burden of her refusal to take action.’

Kenny G is seen in July 2021 playing at Charles Krug Winery presented by The Blue Note, in Napa Valley. He claims he no longer tours regularly

Kenny G is seen in July 2021 taking part in at Charles Krug Vineyard offered by The Blue Be aware, in Napa Valley. He claims he now not excursions usually

Kenny G and Michael Bolton are seen on stage in Chicago in August 1992

Kenny G and Michael Bolton are seen on stage in Chicago in August 1992

The Seattle-born musician cycles near his Malibu home in July 2021

The Seattle-born musician cycles close to his Malibu house in July 2021

His legal professionals be aware that she has launched a clothes firm, Bleusalt, however refused at hand over the monetary documentation associated to the corporate.

In Might 2022, Forbes interviewed her and described it as a ‘thriving trend label’ of ‘Malibu-inspired stylish necessities’.

She informed the journal: ‘I’ve all the time been obsessive about lovely cashmere and head to toe outfits from Loro Piana and Bamford. Luxurious clothes that seemed good on the seashore for a bonfire and simply nearly as good once you had been at Nobu for dinner.

‘So as soon as I discovered the material and perfected it for Bleusalt, the inspiration was already totally realized in my every day life and aesthetic.’

He’s in search of to finish the funds totally, or considerably cut back them.

He’s additionally asking the court docket to finish the requirement that he preserve funds of a life help coverage, which was assured beneath the divorce.

Kenny G is the best-selling instrumental artist ever, and subsequent month is performing in Las Vegas.

With 11 platinum albums and eight others which have reached multi-platinum standing, Kenny G is among the most profitable artists, based on the Recording Trade Affiliation of America.

He appeared on the soundtrack for The SpongeBob Film, and has collaborated with Kanye West and Katy Perry.

In 2021, HBO made a documentary of his life and music, Listening to Kenny G.

Kenny G, wife Lyndie Benson and sons Max and Noah

Kenny G, spouse Lyndie Benson and sons Max and Noah 

The next 12 months, he appeared in a Tremendous Bowl advert for the beer Busch Gentle – his second Tremendous Bowl advert, after showing for Audi in 2011.

In 2022, he informed Forbes he did not thoughts being mocked for being in every single place.

‘If I am the butt of the joke, if it is humorous, I like it,’ he says, recalling how Wayne’s World movie had a dentist swap out Novocaine for his music, how in South Park his music ‘makes everybody crap their pants,’ or how Saturday Evening Dwell made enjoyable of him for a duet he did with Frank Sinatra.

‘It does not hassle me as a result of it is actually humorous.’