October 4, 2005

Russ Freeman Embarks On New Solo Career As A Bachelor

Russ Freeman of the Rippingtons and his wife of more than seven years, Rona, have gone their separate ways.

Russ_Freeman.jpgRippingtons leader Russ Freeman is now officially divorced from his wife of seven-and-a-half years, Rona Freeman. While Russ remains in South Florida, Rona has decided to move to Los Angeles. In fact, Rona a model and actress is starting a new life in the motion picture industry.

Rona, whose maiden name is Lewis but says she will remain as Rona Freeman for the time being, has landed a role in new horror movie. Its title and release date is still not confirmed. Rona is a member of the Screen Actors Guild and has already acted in such movies as Woody Allen's Everyone Says I Love You and the TV shows Law And Order and Homicide: Life On The Street.

Rona has also found new love in her relationship with Hollywood-based personal trainer Mike Torchia, also known as Mr. California. Torchia's clients have included actors Al Pacino, Kevin Spacey, Matt Damon and Kim Cattrall. Rona says she wants Russ' fans to know that she only wish him good things.

As for Russ, he is dating again as well. He told JazzTimes recently that he had a Latin girfriend. The guitarist and the Rippingtons, whose new CD is called Wild Card, will return to the road soon as he and the Rippingtons perform at the Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival.

Posted by Brian Soergel at October 4, 2005 4:04 AM