He built an empire working with the most challenging of canines -- but as he told "Rock Center's" Kate Snow recently, what he was less proficient with was understanding the human species. citizen now, working on his new series "Cesar Millan's Leader of the Pack," and has two teenage sons.Millan's 43-acre ranch, his "Dog Psychology Center,” is evidence that the Mexican immigrant, who sneaked over the border and once slept under a highway overpass, has come a long way. As many as 11 million people per week tuned in to watch him working with dogs that many owners would want to give away on "Dog Whisperer."But three years ago, his life started to fall apart: His beloved pit bull Daddy died, days later his wife of 16 years phoned to tell him she wanted a divorce, and his relationship with his two sons soured as they blamed him for the divorce.And Millan discovered his inattention to his business had left him without a cent."It's like, 'OK, I'm a failure.
"Dog Whisperer" host Cesar Millan might need some consolation from man's best friend after his divorce was finalized.
TMZ is reporting that the self-taught expert dog trainer must pay his ex-wife, Ilusión, a one-time amount of $400,000, a monthly spousal payment of $23,000, and another $10,000 for monthly child support.
That may seem like a huge sum for a basic cable reality TV personality, but Millan can afford it.
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And when he came to his senses in a psychiatric hospital, Millan discovered he was surrounded by patients who were fans, and who innately trusted him thanks to his work with animals."That gave me -- a sense of belonging," he said. I like to have a purpose in life."And that signaled a huge turnaround for Millan, who quit "Dog Whisperer" last year and started a new show "Cesar Millan's Leader of the Pack." Now, he has a much better grip on his own business situation and has mended his relationship with his children.
And so, Cesar Millan is on a long walk back -- but this time, more reflective, and wiser."What makes you wise in life is not the successes," he said.
"It's when you go down and come back."Encore airings of "Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan" and "Cesar Millan’s Leader of the Pack" can be seen on Nat Geo WILD.
Cesar Millan and his wife Ilusion are splitting after 16 years of being married.
They announced that they remain caring friends, and are fully committed to the co-parenting of their two boys.
It's almost impossible to imagine Cesar Millan without his dogs.
For nine seasons, he starred as "Dog Whisperer" on The National Geographic Channel.