Personal and Professional Changes Afoot

I’m very sorry to say this, but Ponzi and I are in the process of getting a divorce.

And I’ve also written 50 divorce tips for men that you might like to read, too.

That’s about as much information as I’m going to share, whether you’re connected to me in a personal or professional capacity. Personally, I’d ask that you keep judgments to yourself, as this is difficult enough to get through without having unwarranted perspectives and postulations piled on top. Your understanding, please, would be most appreciated.

Despite this change, my endeavors will continue to roll forward – going into their 14th year.

Professionally, as far as Lockergnome and Gnomedex are concerned, I’m moving full speed ahead – and everything related to business will now be flowing through me directly. Gnomedex 9.0 is still on track, and you can expect to hear more about it in the coming weeks (including new sponsors, speakers, and activities). We’re still good to go! Pardon any delays in communications.

This post will now mark the last time I’ll speak about my relationship with Ponzi. Again, I can hope for nothing more than your support and understanding.

138 thoughts on “Personal and Professional Changes Afoot”

  1. Chris, I’m saddened for both you and Ponzi. I applaud your difficult decision to announce this to the world which is not an easy thing for anyone to announce, especially a “star”. I hope that you and Ponzi will be able to move on without too much pain and hurt in the process and I wish you the best in the future.

  2. Sorry to hear that, but it’s good to see that you’re carrying in full speed ahead with your life.

    Must admit, it surprised me (and I’m not a regular viewer).

    Good luck with your endeavours!

  3. I’m very sorry to hear this Chris. My parents are going through the same thing, but fortunately, it’s more so a peaceful deal which is what I hope your situation turns out to be. You’re a great guy, so it shouldn’t be hard to move on. Just stay busy with work and never doubt yourself. Good luck with everything!

  4. Bummer dude. Guess it goes without saying that you have the support of the Lockergnome and Geeks community. I think I speak for everyone in saying that these things happen in life and as much as it sucks to go through, we hope that all will be well between yourself and Ponzi in the long run. If you need anything from us, you know we are there for both you and her as you go about this change. Best of luck my friend.

  5. Hi and WOW,

    I am in shock and Awe right now… I cant believe what I just read. Someone on another network told me and I went and read this article and my jaw just dropped.

    I cant believe ya’ll are getting divorced.
    That sucks and sorry to hear.

    Hopefully, its speedy though all the legal proceedings and pain and you’re able after awhile to find that MRS RIGHT again.

    — CM

  6. Having been there myself, just know that I’m here for you if you need a friend…. just as support any way you need.

  7. Hey Chris,

    It’s Joby from Good OS LLC & Trax OS. Sorry to hear about this… Like anything you gotta stay strong and move forward. If anything it will make you stronger both on personal and business levels to strive to be more successful. Have a good one.


  8. Chris,

    I am so sorry to hear about your divorce. It is a tough time, to be sure. You will be in my thoughts.

  9. Chris i am so sorry. just know that you have my and many other peoples emotional support. I hope that one day you find the a woman that you love more than anybody else in the world, and when you do you have my best wishes.

  10. Chris, I’m not totally surprised by this announcement.

    I don’t know your or Ponzi all that well.

    I do wish you both all the best.

    If you ever need someone to talk to, you know how to contact me.

    You can trust me to keep anything confidential.

  11. I’m sad to hear this news, Chris. I do not judge, so don’t worry. You are both intelligent individuals, and I’m sure this decision was the right one. Divorce is never easy, and for that I’m sad and wish you both all the best as you move on.

  12. Aw. That’s really sad. Best of luck though with your bussiness plans. Sorry to hear about the divorce thing, that sucks. Im sure you’ll get lots of support though.

  13. I have only been following you a short time, sadly to say. But what I can say that from what I can tell, and have seen you’re and awesome guy. I would not and will not judge you on this or anything really for the fact I don’t know you personally. But I can say that I wish you the best, and I support you’re decisions.

  14. Im very so sorry to hear that Chris. Hioe you had a good time while married to Ponzi. Very so so sorry to hear. :(

  15. I’m very sorry to hear about you and Ponzi. I wish both of you the best of luck during this time.

  16. I dont know you nor a personal or professional , but u make me laught, learn, buy and seeing u for so many time in youtube and the stream , you are one of my best friends without knowing you
    Theres nothing i can say about this, but if it helps, U know we all love you too .
    PEACE Chris

    ps, sorry 4 my bad english

  17. What do you say to this? I am so sorry Chris!!!! Thank you for sharing your situation with everyone. What a brave thing you are doing by sharing personal information with us. You know you have my support! I encourage you to move forward and only look to the future.


  18. Chris, my heart goes out to the both or you. It isn’t easy to part ways. Just know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Stay strong as the leader that you are.


  19. Gosh Chris. I am so sorry. I keep hoping this is just another joke. Like the one where you two had a “fight”. So sadd if it is true. But you are in my prayers.

  20. I am so sorry to hear that you and Ponzi are getting a divorse. I always thought that you and Ponzi were a happy couple. I am so sorry Chris!

  21. Im very sorry to hear about this Chris, and I can only hope for something better soon.

    Good luck.

    – Aaron

  22. I’m really sorry to hear that, Chris. I never like news like this. I truly do feel bad.

  23. Sorry Chris..going through the same thing myself. Not a happy event for anyone. All the best

  24. Honestly i could not see that coming… i really hope you two stay friends, if that’s possible and always have in mind that we’re here for you whatever happens! As a proud member of this community i will be at your side whatever happens both business wise or in your personal life. To end this i will quote a Johnny Walker commercial .. ” Keep Walking “

  25. Chris,

    We in your community are behind you 100%. We got your back through this difficult time. Life slaps and beats you down til it cripples you but you get back up Chris Pirillo and you look it face on. Thank you for the community and everything you have given to create it.

    “It is better to have less thunder in the mouth and more lightning in the hand” – Apache

  26. Chris, I’m so sorry about your issue. I hope that both of you will continue on living and leading happy lives.

  27. I have always admired your knowledge and your personality and since techTV days. God bless you and your wife, i don’t know her or the situation, i just recently found you again . I follow you on twitter and go to you when i need to learn something…from your vids.
    Life is full of changes, i recommend watching a half hour of Joel Osteen.
    who that?
    check your tv for the show :D wb if you can
    xoxo love you in my heart.

  28. Chris,

    I don’t know if you received my message on Twitter, but I want to (again) extend my well-wishes for both you and Ponzi in the weeks, months, and years to come. I care about the both of you a great deal, even going so far as to consider the two of you part of my extended family.

    As a child of divorced parents, as well as recent divorcee myself, I know the pain of separation all too well. Which is why I send my love out to the both of you, and hope that, in the end, everything turns out for the best. I would also like to extend my well-wishes to the both of you, and offer any assistance or advice that I possibly can.

    Thank you for taking the time to read this, and I hope that both of you, in the end, will be able to look back on the experiences you’ve shared together fondly, and that both of you will be able to move on from this ordeal stronger people.

    Take care, Chris.

  29. I’m not sure what to say but much respect for your willingness to publicly state this as I know you talk about transparency on the web and this is about as personal as it comes. Anyway, best of luck with everything.

  30. “Things turn out the best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out”
    — John Wooden

    Your community is here for you Chris.

    Stay awesome :)


  31. Chris. I could not believe what I read and I am very sorry to hear it. You are a fantastic guy and I am sure you will be able to move on strong and enthusiastic as usual. I wish you and Ponzi both the best of luck and I wish to say how brave you were in announcing something as hard as this. I hope you both prosper in your lives and that you recover from this pain safely and rapidly.

    Ollie Mallard.

  32. I’m very sorry to hear that, Chris. I hope everything works out well in the end. We’ll be here for you!

    Best of luck. :)

  33. Hi Chris,

    I have been following you for a while, mostly as a lurker. I appreciate all the great info you provide, and I always enjoy learning new things from you.

    This recent news has forced me to come out of the shadows and tell you that I am truly sorry and that you will have all of our support. Best of luck to you.

  34. Best wishes Chris… I hope you and Ponzi both find happiness in your new lives. Remember the good times, and that an “end” is truly just a “new beginning.”

  35. Sorry to hear that. I pray that you get through this time. I don’t know much about divorce so that is all I can say.

  36. I know you may not feel like laughing Chris but I had to post this.

    May your “Glove of Love” find another hand to hold soon my friend. Peace.
    The community is behind you.

  37. This is why I don’t like putting my life on the internet. It’s too bizarre. I also use different email and ids to post online.

  38. I almost wept all over my desk trying to write this. You two were really great people & made a really great couple. I wish to know not what happened or caused this divorce, even if you do post what happened, but I wish you two the best possible lives, & to continue life without hating each other. I wish I could say I was behind you all the way, but then again, I am behind Ponzi all the way, as well as you.

    Best of luck,

  39. Wow Chris, I am very sorry to hear this. I applaud you for opening up your personal life like this, and posting such online. I hope you find happiness in your life.

    Best of luck, Chris.


  40. I’m very sorry chris I wish u the best of luck hopfully all will be well. I know it will be hard for u but u will get throught it again I wish u the best

  41. This came as a shocker.
    as a divorced man myself (1981) i know what you are going through right now.I support your decision to tell the community in the manner that you did through this thread.
    Time heals all wounds,And remember you have your online community for when you do need to reach out to someone.
    Be Strong Dude….better days are ahead.

  42. omg I’m gutted to hear about your divorce I’m very sorry to hear the news and I hope that I doesn’t affect you too much.

  43. wow, chris. i feel for ya. divorce is always hard.

    just dont let your haters hear this, they will have a field day

  44. Chris I know you wouldn’ be announcing unless you were serious about things being broken. And I’m so sorry that you have to go through this publicly. It’s tough to keep a relationship going in the world we live in, which unfortunately I’ve found out more than once. Some things just work for one part of a couple and not for the other. What might have been possible to put up with in 1960 isn’t doing it for us today
    One foot in front of the other, ok? And know that many of us are pulling for you.

  45. So sorry to hear. There’s a lot of this going around I’m afraid. Best of luck.

  46. I am sorry to hear of your difficult situation Mr. Pirillo. I hope you get through this difficult situation smoothly with no concerns later on in the future that may cause you to breakdown in any sort of way. Best of luck to you, keep doing what you do!

  47. I’m so sorry about your divorce Chris. Stay strong and continue with your endeavors. I hope you guys end on good terms. Good luck :)

  48. Wow so sorry to hear this. Best of luck to you and Ponzi. As I was reading this I could only hope that it was possibly a trick but seeing as it is nowhere near April this is probably not the case. I agree with some others who hope you two can stay friends.

  49. hey, chris i totally understand and respect your wishes. Also this article has answered a lot of my question about were she was. but thanks for the update buddy, take your time and don’t rush.

  50. Sorry to here this but I remember to just relax man don’t bury your self to hard in work you will just end up giving yourself high blood pressure.

  51. Hello Chris.

    I have been watching you and your videos on and off for many months now. I truly have enormous respect for you, its not an easy thing to announce this sort of this to the world. I wish you all the best with your future endeavors, and hope that you come out of this ordeal a stronger person. Life always gets better, it truly does.

    I wish you all the best for the future.
    Take care.

    Eden Brackstone
    New Zealand

  52. I am sorry to read about this Chris. It is such a shame and I wish you the best and hope the dogs are taking it well :)


    Ian Walker (Mhelp2U)

  53. I was pretty shocked to hear about this.. I remember a time you called her your soulmate, however I totally get how these things can change so easily. It has happened to me.

    All the best to you Chris.

  54. So sorry to hear this. Thank you for all your hard work bringing us all news and great info. You’re a great guy, Chris. In a little while you’re gonna get a humongous head with all the attention from the LAY-DEES!! Watch out!!
    I really like Ponzi though and will still follow her and wish her the best also.

  55. hope you know you have support and understanding from me and so many others. take care. keep in touch.

  56. Some girls get attracted to the whole “Hollywood Phenom” thing. They build it up in their head. But the reality of it isn’t like how the movies make it out to be.

    But sometimes people marry for financial reasons and look at the whole “If I marry this person I can use their fame for my advantage” but don’t tell anyone about it. In the end, sometimes it doesn’t work to their benefit, then the truth comes out.

    But when the truth doesn’t come out it’s a marriage of lies right from the beginning and who knows what else could have been going on and the end result could be an ending of bullshite that you’ll be convinced is the truth.

    So when in doubt, don’t marry…especially when it’s to someone who knows too much about you.

  57. On a brighter note, you will soon perhaps oneday have the wonderful experience of falling in love all over again.
    Look forward to seeing many more of your videos.

  58. Um, excuse me anon, but no one asked for your judgment. In fact the OP asked specifically that you NOT judge. What part of that can’t you read? You’re not helping anything. At all.

  59. So sorry to hear that. I thought you two were a very cool and intelligent couple but I hope you both can get along well and remain good friends.

  60. I’m sorry to hear that m8. I hope your Hawaii vacation is taking your mind off things. Enjoy the wine, the view, and come back a new man.
    Good luck!

  61. I’m so sorry to hear about this. I hope you will recover from this! I think you will. Keep up the great videos!

  62. I sorry to hear this happened! its sad, but i hope you get a wife that same interests, best of luck man.

  63. Interesting that all the Google advertisements are about divorce, something amusing about that really given the nature of the statement.

    Also interesting contrasting the comments here to the comments on the Digg article related to this, big difference there.

  64. My Jaw Is Stuck Down.


    I Feel VERY SORRY For You Chris.


  65. A very late reply. I’m sorry to hear about your divorce, especially since it’s a 2nd marriage. I hope that you find love again–I know several people who finally got it right the 3rd time.

  66. I searched you on Google and 13,000 people have searched ‘Chris Pirillo divorce’.

    At first I couldn’t believe it but now, seeing this, it is obviously true.

    Am really sorry to hear it Chris, good luck with it.

    PS – I think your website and services are brilliant and you are a really clever and cool guy.

  67. Im very sorry to hear this, many people are here to support you and give you the best wishes. Have a good Christmas, and be strong buddy.

    best wishes

  68. Well, as a follower for about 2½ years. I am surprised!! nad i KNOW I speak for everybody when I say this. We hope the best of times comes soon… And the best comes out of complete crap sometimes!!


  69. id say good because he is on the computer every single day for atleast 10hr OK if i was his wife id consider it cause she isnt TECH Smart lol

  70. Does the internet love you? Does it keep you warm at night? You screwed up. Take a good look at yourself, put things back together and go get her back. Unlike a PC, you don’t have to get a new one when you get the blue screen of death.

  71. Hang in there bro. Stay tough. We love ya man.. Take care, and know things will get better.

  72. today is september 14 2012 and i saw this and i thought diana and chris were divorcing thanks god thats not the case

  73. Three marriages? Man, I bet Gretchen and Ponzi could definitely say some rather juicy things about you, all of which probably not good for you I’m sure. I always suspected you were a prick. I’d love to hear it straight from your ex’s. I lost all respect for you long ago. I seriously don’t know how people like you manage to bullshit the rest society into thinking you know jack about shit.

  74. Awww man, such gutting news, but no matter what i respect you both and the decision your making, you will get nothing but support from me. Im hearing about this very late as it seems any way. Im finding it hard to even express my support its as if we’ve had an insight into your life but truly we haven’t and i now realize the reality behind camera, what you see is only a fraction of your life and i respect that. But the show must go on Chris. Keep it up, keep going forward, and i will support you all the way! I can go on, but i dont want to waffle!

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