Pietra Dawn Cherniak is a Russian actress and model who married a man referred to as one of the most versatile artists out of America as Billy Bob Thornton. Billy is an actor, filmmaker, director, musician, songwriter, and singer.
Pietra Dawn Cherniak was born on the 9th of February 1970 in Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles, California. She was a former Playboy Playmate and was the fourth wife of Billy Thornton out of his 6 wives. Although she worked hard to earn a place in the entertainment industry, she couldn’t break into the scene and was quite unknown till she got married to Billy.
Pietra Dawn Cherniak’s Marriage And Divorce From Billy Bob Thornton
Pietra and Billy met in an Italian restaurant in 1992 which was the same year the actor got divorced from his third wife, Cynda Williams. Billy and Pietra fell in love soon after meeting and a year later, they got married.
Their marriage was a private ceremony that was held on the 18th of February 1993. The wedding was witnessed by their family and close friends. They grew their family when they welcomed their first son, William Langston Thornton on the 27th of June 1993. By the 19th of June 1994, they welcomed their second child Harry James Thornton.
The couple’s marriage ended after being 4 years on the basis of domestic abuse. Peitra, in her court statement, stated that the actor and director had hit her a couple of times in the past year.
Though they looked so happy together, things began to go south and Pietra filed for divorce. She cited irreconcilable differences as a reason for the divorce. However, Pietra’s petition for a restraining order against her ex-husband proved there was more to it than the eye see. She gave detailed reports of how she was physically abused and verbally threatened by her ex-husband in the presence of their kids. Pietra stated that she wanted to prevent her sons from learning physical abuse from their dad.
Billy denied these accusations and stated that her reports were put together by a team of advisers. This did not totally fly in court as the court granted a temporary restraining order against Billy Bob Thornton.
Their divorce ended amicably though and they had a healthy relationship afterward. They together support and take care of their kids.
Other Facts About Pietra Dawn Cherniak
1. How Pietra Dawn Moved On After Her Divorce
After Pietra divorced, she remained silent about her love life. However, on the 13th of September 2014, she made a Facebook post that suggested that she was in a relationship.
Since then, she did not give any more detail about her love life or relationship. She is probably still single as she has not hinted at being remarried. She went back to being infamous and out of the spotlight.
2. She Took Charge After The Divorce
Pietra took charge of her life and kids after her divorce from Billy Bob. She lived in her Malibu estate located by the seaside where she raised her sons whom she homeschooled. Similarly, she decided to go back to her passion for being creative and writing. She took charge of her career and family and decided to make use of her time away from the spotlight.
3. Her Husband Has Been Married 6 Times
Peitra’s husband, Billy Bob Thornton has been married 6 times in his lifetime and has four children from three women. He is one man who never gave up on love no matter how many times he got divorced.
Billy’s first relationship with Melissa Lee Gatlin lasted from 1978 to 1980. Their divorce was on the grounds of infidelity as Melissa accused him of committing adultery. She also said they were incompatible and cited it as another reason for the divorce.
Melissa and Billy had a daughter together during their marriage. The daughter, Amanda was in the news some time ago for the manslaughter of her friend’s 1-year-old daughter. She was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment.
After the divorce from Melissa, Billy went on to marry Toni Lawrence in 1986. Toni was an actress but their relationship, unfortunately, lasted for barely a year. They got separated in 1987 and divorced in 1988.
Actress Cynda Williams became Billy’s third wife from 1990 to 1992. Billy and Cynda worked together on his first written project; the 1992 movie ‘One False Move’. She was cast in the movie as one of the actresses.
It was after Cynda that Billy married Pietra, his fourth wife with whom he had two boys. Shortly after his divorce from the Playboy model, he got engaged to Laura Dern whom he dated from 1997 to 1999.
After the end of his relationship with Laura, Billy married another actress, Angelina Jolie in 2000. Their marriage seemed perfect with their public displays of affection now and again and wearing matching locket necklaces.
The couple even planned to adopt a child from Cambodia in March of 2002 but Angelina later adopted the child as a single parent. Billy and Angelina separated in June of 2002 and got divorced a year later.
During the separation from Jolie, Billy Bob started dating a special effects makeup artist who worked on his crew. The artist was named Connie Angland and he has a daughter with her named Bella.
At this point in Bob’s relationship with Connie, he indicated that he probably would not going to get married again but reports carry that the couple got married in Los Angeles on the 22nd of October 2014.
4. Her Son’s Relationship With An Older Woman
Pietra Dawn Cherniak’s son, William Thornton, was questioned by the police over an unlawful relationship with a woman older than him. It was reported by the ex-girlfriend of the woman in question when he got jealous of the relationship William and his girlfriend had.
According to the reports, William was just 14 years old then and the lady was 22 years old. The matter was carefully investigated as a case of pedophilia and William was even interrogated by the police.
5. Peitra Dawn Cherniak’s ‘Celebrity Ex’
After the divorce from Billy, Pietra still tried to pursue a career in the entertainment industry. She is credited for starting a reality pilot titled ‘Celebrity Ex’, a show created to show the life of people who were once in relationships that put them in the spotlight.