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Gov Bryan asks court to conduct his divorce matter under seal

November 14th, 2023 | Tags: Albert A. Bryan Jr divorce Yolanda C. Bryan SEAL court
Governor Albert A. Bryan delivers his fifth State of the Territory Address in January 2023 at the Earl B. Ottley Legislative Building in St. Thomas. First Lady Yolanda C. Bryan, donning a red dress, looks on. Photo: Government House

FREDERIKSTED, St Croix, USVI- Governor Albert A. Bryan Jr has asked the [US] Virgin Islands Superior Court that divorce proceedings between himself and First Lady Yolanda C. Bryan be conducted under seal, so as to protect Mrs Bryan and their two adult children.

According to the document, which was filed with the court on Tuesday and obtained by the Consortium, Mr. Bryan through his attorney Henry Smock of SmockLaw PC, seeks to file the divorce petition under seal so that details related to their relationship are not made public

"As Governor of the United States Virgin Islands, it is anticipated that the filing of this divorce will generate unwanted publicity which will potentially adversely affect his wife and two children," reads the petition, filed on Tuesday. "This is a private matter which does not merit public inquiry."

According to the filing, titled "Motion to File Verified Petition For Divorce Under Seal", Mr. Bryan's attorney has consulted with Mrs. Bryan's legal counsel, and both parties have agreed that the divorce proceedings should be conducted under seal.

The petition comes on the heels of the Consortium's interview with Governor Bryan in mid-October, where this reporter sought comment from the governor on the status of his relationship with the First Lady, particularly whether matters related to his personal life were impacting his governance. In response, the governor said, "I think that when there is an official statement to be made, I will make a statement," he said during the interview at Government House in St. Thomas. "Because to your point, the people not only need to know, but there are people who are concerned about what's going on in my personal life. But what I'm saying to people is that that's not the issue with me, I think we're moving along at a good pace, we're having a good year."

Earlier in the interview, Mr. Bryan had stated, "Am I being affected by personal matters in my life? I don't think so. I'm in a good place mentally. I think I'm getting my rest; I'm doing a lot of the stuff that I couldn't do in my first term because of Covid. Remember, two and a half years, building relationships for the Virgin Islands in the tourism sector as well as in the political arena."

He added, "I've been married for 27 years, and I always tell Yolanda I'm married to the people of the Virgin Islands for the next 8. That's my first priority. Every day that I wake up I'm thinking about them, so that's what I'm working on now."

11 Responses to “Gov Bryan asks court to conduct his divorce matter under seal”

  • The watchdog (14/11/2023, 21:10) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    What a scandal
  • rock city (15/11/2023, 05:26) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    So sad all around
  • Facial expression (15/11/2023, 06:53) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
  • The TRUTH (15/11/2023, 08:31) Like (11) Dislike (1) Reply
    My boi, you was sluxing down food from another plate?
  • Hmm (15/11/2023, 09:05) Like (18) Dislike (0) Reply
    You missed it Mr. Governor. Your home is your number one. You can't miss it at home and get it right outside.
    That's the problem we have in our society today. We put our careers above our home. That's not God's standard.
    If you cannot keep your home together, how are you going to put the community/state/nation together?
    • time will tell (15/11/2023, 17:12) Like (1) Dislike (4) Reply
      Sometimes you need something else to hold on to to keep your sanity and not go jail!! I feel the Governor 100%
  • Roger Burnett (15/11/2023, 09:06) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    It's not so much the publicity that adversely affects the children but the mischief of the involved lawyers. And this is particularly so when it comes to deciding custody of the children. As I well know!
  • home (15/11/2023, 10:16) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
    But how this news too. Stewps
  • unvaxx sperm donor (15/11/2023, 10:23) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Well look how this Governor through away his Beyonce looking food. one man garbage is another mans treasure.
  • ? (15/11/2023, 11:57) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    He got it all wrong
    That is how God wants us to live, He can't put people before and not expect problem in his house.
    wheel and come again with God as the eader
  • SB (15/11/2023, 15:21) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Wife tell him don't listen to DeJohng and leave that paedophile money alone. But you all know lodge business and the wife tired of being married to man who like man as their master only the Most High is master.

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