Il Divo

From a $US13million mansion to a caravan

PHOTO: ‘Forced’ into a ‘mobile home park’: Renee Izambard (nee Murphy) with her estranged husband, the suave Il Divo opera singer Sebastien Izambard

  • Renee Izambard, estranged wife of Il Divo singer, sues amid bitter divorce battle 
  • The high-flying couple’s Malibu mansion burned to the ground in 2018 wildfires
  • Ms Izambard claims she twice had to live in a caravan afterwards, court hears
  • Alleges insurer failed to pay her rent and ‘forced’ into ‘sub standard lodgings’ 
  • Izambard split from opera singer two years ago and a divorce is pending

An Il Divo opera singer’s estranged Australian wife claims she was ‘forced’ to live in a caravan park after their $US12.95million Malibu mansion burned down in a wildfire days just after she filed for divorce.

Details of one-time Sydney Sony Music executive Renee Izambard’s new life after her messy split with French tenor Sebastien Izambard were laid bare in a lawsuit filed with a Californian court this week.

Ms Izambard (nee Murphy) is suing insurer State Farm, her estranged husband, an insurance agent and up to 20 others, over an allegedly ‘inadequate’ policy which covered the couple’s destroyed former Malibu home.

Their five bedroom residence – described as a ‘no expense spared … oasis’ – and its two guest houses went up in flames on November 8, 2018 during California‘s devastating Woolsey wildfire, which claimed three lives and 1600 structures.

Only the Izambards’ tennis court was left unscathed by the flames.

In Ms Izambard’s complaint, filed with the Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday, lawyer Devin A. McRae describes the ex-publicist’s home as a ‘stunning French noveau farmhouse style compound’ with views of the Pacific Ocean, modern fixtures and ‘heightened privacy.’

But life after the blaze allegedly saw Ms Izambard ‘forced’ to shack up in ‘sub-standard’ lodgings with her three children – at a caravan park, the complaint said.