Sylvester Stallone and his wife, Jennifer Flavin, have recently made headlines with their decision to relocate from California to Florida in 2021.
The move, as Flavin explained to Fox News Digital, was driven by a desire for change. “I was born and raised there, two of our kids were born there, but now everyone’s out, our daughters moved to the East Coast … so there wasn’t really anything left for me in California,” she explained.
“A few of our best friends also moved, so I think it’s [a] good change, just making new friends, living a totally different lifestyle. I love it, I’m really happy.”
The move to Florida was not just a change of scenery but also a creative boost for Stallone. In his Netflix documentary “Sly,” he mentioned that changing his environment was beneficial for reigniting his creative process.
“I wasn’t moving because ‘Oh, wow, I wanted another beautiful view.’ Any time changing that paradigm which you become used to, it’s literally to jump-start that process again,” Stallone said.
“I think California is probably the most beautiful state in the United States, I absolutely love it, but I just needed a change,” Flavin said. “I felt like I’ve been there long enough, and life is short, so I wanted to make a change and not just be sitting in one house the rest of my life.”
The couple’s former home in L.A. includes a statue of Stallone’s iconic character Rocky, which was a key selling point for its next buyer, Adele. Despite initially planning to take the statue with him, Stallone left it behind as part of the sale.
Their new residence in Palm Beach, Florida, is a sprawling $35.4 million estate, boasting over 13,000 square feet of living space, including a main house, a guest house, and a pool pavilion. The property, which faces over 250 feet of beachfront, reflects the couple’s desire for a fresh start and a different lifestyle.
The move by Stallone and Flavin highlights a trend among celebrities who are now choosing to leave the blue state for various reasons.
A few weeks ago, comedian Bill Engvall announced his decision to leave California for Utah. Engvall, who spent 30 years in California, revealed his fondness for the state but also noted the rising taxes and economic factors as reasons for his move.
“You know, there was nothing in California that we ever went, ‘Oh my God, we’ve got to get out of here.’… I still have a fondness for California,” he said. “And like I said, if work comes, it’s probably gonna come out of LA… I still go back and do TV shows, you know, talk shows and stuff like that.”
“I had achieved all my goals in the industry. Additionally, from an economic standpoint, the taxes were becoming exorbitant. So, it was a mix of several factors. But I don’t hate California,” he explained.
In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, renowned actress Angelina Jolie recently expressed her disenchantment with Hollywood as well.
“I wouldn’t be an actress today,” she said. “When I was starting out, it wasn’t as much of an expectation to be as public, to share so much.” Jolie remarked, “I grew up in quite a shallow place. Of all the places in the world, Hollywood is not a healthy place. So you seek authenticity.”
Jolie said she plans to relocate to Cambodia, a place of personal significance. Jolie has been known for her humanitarian efforts, particularly as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) since 2001.