Celebrity chef Paula Deen would be the first to admit that she has her flaws. But even as she was being harshly criticized for her role in scandals involving racist and ethically dubious product endorsements, she always seemed to be able to count on the strength and love of her marriage to tugboat captain Michael Groover. They looked thrilled to be together.

That's why it was so startling to read, this past summer, that their marriage was on the rocks. The National Enquirer reported that Groover was angry to have been dragged into the middle of his wife's racism scandal and was threatening to divorce her.

To make matters worse, the pair allegedly didn't have a pre-nup, so a divorce could cost Deen millions of dollars in additional to untold emotional distress.

But now it seems like either these divorce rumors were false to begin with or Groover has changed his mind once the scandal started to subside.

At the end of last week, Us Weekly reported that a source close to Deen and Groover emphatically denied that they were headed for divorce.

"This story is absolutely not true," the source said. "They have never been closer. Michael adores her and Paula adores him. They are completely fine."

Deen and Groover themselves have not yet commented on the rumors, so it's hard to say for sure which report to trust. But Michael did attend Deen's most high-profile public event since her scandal -- a cooking demonstration in Houston in September -- so it wouldn't be too shocking to learn that all is well in their marriage after all.

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  • Morning Of June 19: National Enquirer Reports On Racist Statements

    On the heels of Paula Deen's <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/19/paula-deen-racist-comments-n-word-caught-on-video_n_3467287.html" target="_blank">finishing butters announcement</a>, the National Enquirer claims that it has obtained video of Paula Deen <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/19/paula-deen-racist-comments-n-word-caught-on-video_n_3467287.html" target="_blank">making racist statements</a>.

  • Afternoon Of June 19: HuffPost Obtains Paula Deen's Deposition

    And confirms <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/19/paula-deen-racist-comments-n-word-caught-on-video_n_3467287.html" target="_blank">remarks</a>.

  • Afternoon Of June 19: #PaulasBestDishes Trends On Twitter

    Mixing <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/19/paulas-best-dishes-twitter-reactions-allegations-of-racism_n_3467877.html" target="_blank">recipes with racism</a>.

  • Evening Of June 19: Food Network "Monitors" The Situation

    And <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/20/paula-deen-food-network_n_3471453.html" target="_blank">releases a statement</a>.

  • Afternoon Of June 20: Questions About Her Future Surface

    Is her career <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/21/paula-deen-racist-comments_n_3477536.html" target="_blank">doomed</a>?

  • Evening Of June 20: Deen Gets Skewered On 'Daily Show'

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/21/daily-show-paula-deen_n_3477924.html" target="_blank">Type II racism</a>, y'all.

  • Morning Of June 21: Deen Bails On The Today Show

    The program was <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/21/paula-deen-today-show_n_3477825.html" target="_blank">supposed to have the exclusive</a>.

  • Morning Of June 21: Matt Lauer Was Not Happy

    Nor was <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/21/today-show-paula-deen-cancellation-matt-lauer_n_3478187.html" target="_blank">Al Roker</a>.

  • Afternoon Of June 21: Deen Issues THREE Different Apologies

    Things got a little <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/21/paula-deen-apology_n_3479279.html" target="_blank">messy, and sad</a>.

  • Late Afternoon Of June 21: Food Network Drops Paula Deen

    Her contract was <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/21/paula-deen-fired-food-network-cancels-show-after-racism-scandal_n_3480517.html?utm_hp_ref=@food123" target="_blank">set to expire</a>.

  • Evening Of June 21: Paula Deen Fans Erupt On Food Network Page

    They are <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/21/food-network-facebook_n_3480903.html?utm_hp_ref=@food123" target="_blank">not happy</a>.

  • Sunday, June 23: More Allegations Arise

    It's <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/23/paula-deen-scandal-continues-employees-tell-rainbow-push-alleged-discrimination_n_3484607.html?utm_hp_ref=@food123" target="_blank">not over</a> yet.

  • Monday, June 24: Smithfield Drops Dean

    Other companies still <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/25/paula-deen-smithfield-endorsement-over-company-drops-deen-in-wake-of-racist-remarks_n_3495314.html" target="_blank">mulling their future</a> with Deen.

  • Tuesday, June 25: Paula Deen Cruise Adds Extra Date

    Fans are <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/25/paula-deen-cruise_n_3499047.html?utm_hp_ref=@food123" target="_hplink">standing by her</a>.

  • Wednesday, June 26: Caesars Drops Deen

    They are <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/26/paula-deen-caesars-entertainment_n_3503411.html?utm_hp_ref=@food123" target="_hplink">re-branding her four buffets</a>.

  • Wednesday, June 26: Deen Gives Emotional Interview

    There are <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/26/paula-deen-today-show_n_3501825.html?utm_hp_ref=business" target="_hplink">a lot of tears</a>.

  • Wednesday, June 26: Walmart Drops Deen

    The world's largest retailer said it will not place "<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/26/walmart-paula-deen_n_3505258.html" target="_blank">any new orders beyond what's already committed</a>."

  • Thursday, June 27: Novo Nordisk Suspends Deen Partnership

    The company originally stood by her, but <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/27/paula-deen-novo-nordisk_n_3509855.html?utm_hp_ref=business" target="_blank">no more</a>.

  • Thursday, June 27: Target Drops Deen

    Not <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/27/target-paula-deen_n_3510753.html" target="_blank">too many left</a>.

  • Thursday, June 27: QVC & Deen Taking A Pause

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/27/qvc-paula-deen_n_3512942.html?utm_hp_ref=@food123" target="_blank">From the CEO</a>: "We all think it’s important, at this moment, for Paula to concentrate on responding to the allegations against her and on her path forward."

  • Friday, June 28: Kmart, Sears, Walgreens Phase Out Deen Products

    Domino effect <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/28/sears-walgreens-paula-deen_n_3516532.html?utm_hp_ref=@food123" target="_blank">here</a>.

  • Friday, June 28: J.C. Penney Drops Deen

    No more <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/28/jcpenney-paula-deen_n_3517744.html" target="_blank">Deen merchandise</a>.

  • Friday, June 28: Publisher Drops Paula Deen's Newest Cookbook

    Even though it isn't out yet and it is <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/28/paula-deens-new-testament_n_3518997.html" target="_hplink">number 1 on Amazon right now</a>.