CrossFits Lauren Jenai living apart from husband whos under house arrest

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And they said it wouldn’t last.

CrossFit co-founder Lauren Jenai and Franklin Tyrone Tucker are living apart after just over a year of marriage, Page Six has learned. The couple’s whirlwind romance began when he was behind bars in Florida and she was fighting for his innocence. They married late last June.

However, it seems the intense pressures of the case, plus Tucker’s ongoing house arrest and the new marriage, were too much.

We reported last July that Jenai and Tucker tied the knot in an intimate home ceremony, with the groom under house arrest, after he was dramatically released on $2 million bond months earlier.

Tucker maintains his innocence in an infamous Florida Keys case known as the “Treehouse Murder,” and Jenai has fought to prove he’s being wrongly prosecuted.

As of Sunday, both Jenai and Tucker’s Facebook statuses said “single.” But by Monday, Tucker had changed his status back to “married.”

He’d also posted — then deleted — comments on Facebook on Sunday, including, “Lord knows, I’ve had a lot of bad days in the last 4 years and I try to joke about it all but today has got to be the worst day of my life and I think I’m running out of jokes.” And, “Well even though I’m not officially divorced it does appear that I’m single again.”

We hear that Tucker has been living at the home he shared with Jenai, but she’s moved into another property she owns in the area with her children from a previous marriage. Jenai reportedly sold her CrossFit shares for around $20 million as part of her divorce with the brand’s co-founder and CEO in 2013.

Tucker confirmed to Page Six via phone earlier this month in an interview: “We’re living apart at the moment, living in separate homes.” But he added, hopefully, at the time, “I would certainly hope there is room for reconciliation in there … Obviously we have some difficulties.”

Jenai, who married Tucker without a prenup, told us at the time that she’s standing by him in his legal case, no matter what the status of their romantic relationship. “I feel like he and I are in a separation,” she said in a separate interview this month, adding, “The reason I got involved in this case in the beginning, those reasons still exist.”

She said that she cannot talk about Tucker’s case due to a gag order, but, “Nothing about Ty [Tucker’s nickname] and my marital status, or relationship status, has any bearing on how I feel about on his innocence.”

Both parties said that the pressures of Tucker’s intense legal situation led to issues.

“He’s been under tremendous pressure for years,” Jenai said. “Ty and I both underestimated the impact this has had on us personally, individually and as a couple.” She further stated, “We haven’t been getting along, and both decided time and space was a good idea.”

They’d sought couples counseling, and are still each in individual therapy.

Tucker — who also declined to speak specifically about his case due to the gag order — told us of the marriage: “Look, in a normal relationship things are difficult … in our entire relationship we have never been able to go out, and just hang out together, go out to a movie, go just run through the park, whatever. Our relationship is very difficult, [it] takes a lot of faith. A lot of people make the mistake of thinking I’m free. [I am] very restricted on what I can do — [it] definitely put restrictions on our relationship.”

Jenai separately pointed out that Tucker has been, “under house arrest, in jail for two years … I can’t imagine what it was like for him emotionally to be in that situation, especially being a man and coming home to a woman who is extremely independent and happily single for so long… It created some senseless disagreements between us, and I think those things did just build over time,” she said. “No ‘one’ thing happened … things got more-and-more tense, we were not comfortable around each other, [and] decided some time apart would be the best thing.”

Tucker added that there is also an, “incredible amount of stress on Lauren. [We] got into this fight together, but they haven’t made it easy on us. … The amount of pressure has increased dramatically.”

Still awaiting trial, Tucker wears an ankle monitor and has to get special permission to leave the house. He’s keeping busy working on his defense, as well as a bombshell civil lawsuit he’s filing against police and prosecutors in Monroe County, Fla., alleging false arrest, malicious prosecution and other charges. He’s also acting as a prison reform advocate, and has been filling his time by tending to his and Jenai’s garden, and taking care of their menagerie of animals from dogs to parrots.

Said Jenai: “I’m sure he’s dealing with depression, how could he not? If he can stay upbeat enough and get through to some resolution [in the case], he is going to have some cathartic responses to that, not having that life in prison over his head.”

She also said, “Just because Ty and I are not getting along, I do not have animosity towards him … I love him, he is my friend, I want good for him. … I want what’s best for Ty. Does that mean that our marriage will work? I don’t know. But I still want what’s best.”

Despite their issues, Tucker told us: “Don’t even think I don’t love Lauren — I will always love that woman.”

They were former high school friends who reunited decades later when she learned about his case via a Facebook message, and set out to prove his innocence. Tucker was arrested on first-degree murder charges in 2017 for a violent heist gone wrong, but he insisted cops got the wrong man. During Jenai’s crusade to help Tucker’s legal case, the pair fell in love.

Tucker was ultimately released on $2 million bond put up by Jenai in late 2019, we previously reported. Their nuptials were meant to take place in a Florida jail before he was granted bail at the 11th hour, and he moved to Jenai’s home in Oregon, where they married.

Reps for the Monroe Country Sheriff’s Office have declined to comment on pending litigation when we previously reached out about Tucker’s civil filing, and the state attorney’s office has not commented pursuant to the gag order in Tucker’s criminal case.

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